Director -Christine Frizzell, Ed.D.
Assistant Director(Training) Rachel Jameson Lively, Psy.D.
Assistant Director(Administrative) Christopher Frazer, Psy.D.
Consulting Psychiatrist - Jonathan Schwartz, M.D.
Administrative Support Staff
About our Senior Staff
Christine Frizzell, Ed.D. joined the Counseling and Student Development Center first in 1988-1989 as a doctoral intern then later as our Staff Psychologist in January, 1993. She assumed the role of director in 1996. Chris graduated from the University of Rhode Island and earned her Ed.D. at Northeastern University. She worked for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health prior to coming to UMD and has extensive experience dealing with the chronically mentally ill.
She has a strong background in emergency mental health services, as both a clinician and an administrator. She is an avid gardener and often sells cut flowers and plants to the UMD community to support Southcoast Compeer, a local chapter of Compeer International that she and Dr. Sharon Sousa of the College of Nursing established. Compeer's mission is to provide trained volunteer friends to persons with mental illness. Chris can be reached at X8649 or email.
Jonathan Schwartz, M.D. joined the Counseling and Student Development Center in 1985 as our consulting psychiatrist. He is certified in both child and adult psychiatry. His training was completed at Children's Hospital in Boston and Mass. General Hospital. Dr. Schwartz specializes in the treatment of ADD, bipolar disorder, panic disorder and depression. Students will often be referred to him for diagnostic evaluation and/or to discuss the risks and benefits of possible use of medication in situations where this would be appropriate. Students must meet with a counselor first, before scheduling an appointment with Dr. Schwartz. Dr. Schwartz can be reached at x8650.
Rachel Jameson Lively, Psy.D. completed her B.A. in psychology at Tufts University and her Psy.D. at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She has worked in a variety of programs within the mental health field, including several hospitals, a residential treatment facility, a day program, and a support program for people with cancer and their families. Rachel also worked at the UMD Counseling and Student Development Center for two years as an intern as part of her doctoral studies. Rachel's areas of focus are broad and include depression, anxiety, trauma and anger management. Rachel can be reached at x8648 or or email.
Christopher Frazer, Psy.D. earned his doctorate at the Massachusetts School for Professional Psychology, and his masters at Springfield College. He has specialized training in the areas of couples and family therapy, addictions treatment and recovery, and career/organizational consulting. His areas of interest beyond these specializations include sports psychology, men's issues, and all facets of internet communication and relationships. In addition to his work at the counseling center, Chris maintains a private practice office in Raynham and is a visiting lecturer in the Counselor Education department at Bridgewater State College. Chris can be reached at x8648 or email.
Sarah Conklin, Psy.D. earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston MA, after completing her undergraduate work at Marist College in Poughkeepsie NY. Prior to working at UMass Dartmouth, she completed her post-doctoral training at Vassar College. Dr. Conklin has trained in a variety of settings, providing individual, group, and couples counseling in both inpatient and outpatient populations. Her interests include attachment, diversity, and mindfulness with a special focus in relationships and loss. In addition to working in the counseling center Sarah maintains a private practice in Middleboro, MA. Sarah can be reached at x8648 or email.
Catherine (Cate) Perry, Ph.D. joined the Counseling Center in November 2009. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University and an MS in neuropsychology from Drexel University. Prior to completing her internship at the State University of New York in Oneonta, she worked as a private case manager. She also worked in head injury rehabilitation doing neuropsychological assessment and as a cognitive remediation specialist. Cate has also been an instructor and taught a number of undergraduate psychology courses. Her interests include behavioral medicine with a focus on chronic illness, pain management, attachment and women's issues. Cate can be reached at x8648 or email.
David Perry, Ph.D. joined the Counseling Center in January 2012. He received masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University, a master’s degree in teaching English from Columbia Teachers College and a bachelor’s degree in English with a specialty in creative writing from San Francisco State University. Dr. Perry has worked in a variety of sites including twelve years in psychiatric hospitals, eleven years in prisons, six years in apartment-based intensive residential psychotherapy programs, five years in an outpatient alcoholism treatment program and twenty years in general outpatient psychotherapy treatment. Interests include individual and group psychotherapy, alcoholism and substance abuse treatment, treatment of personality disorders and post-traumatic psychotherapy. David can be reached at x8648 or email.
Catherine (Cathy) Catudal, LMCH, MA, MBA, joined the Counseling Center, as a part-time, temporary counselor October 2009. She received her master's level training as a therapist from Salve Regina University's Holistic Counseling Program. She has spent the past 5 years working with adults as an outpatient therapist at a community mental health center. Before becoming a therapist, Cathy worked for nearly 10 years as a sales and marketing manager. Her interests include holistic health, alternative therapies, dream work, ADHD and stress management. Cathy can be reached at x8648 or email.
Administrative Support Staff
Candida "Candy" Hodge, B.A. is presently in the position of Administrative Assistant I. Candy has been with the Counseling and Student Development Center since 1982. She graduated from Graham Junior College in Boston and completed her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology here at UMD in 2002. Her education and training have provided her with the opportunity to work in various fields (community service, civil service, radio spot sales, music/broadcasting, corporate, law, TV production, media/public relations, college counseling/student development), and live in various areas of the U.S. (Boston, New York, St. Thomas, Los Angeles, and Greensboro) coming full circle back to her hometown area of New Bedford/Dartmouth. Candy can be reached at X8650 or email.
Carol Olancin, A. S., Clerk IV, is the other half of the administrative support team. She came to UMD in January of 1983. She began in the Medical Technology Department, now known as Medical Laboratory Science, then worked in the Alumni Office, and the Management Department, before joining the administrative support staff of the Counseling and Student Development Center in February of 1999. Carol earned an associates degree from Bristol Community College. She has also worked at BMC Durfee High School as a substitute teacher and at BCC in the Job Placement Office. Carol can be reached at X8648 or email.
Our Doctoral Interns
Gregory Cesarini, MA, LMHC is a fourth-year doctoral student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) in the clinical psychology program. He received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Bridgewater State College and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. He has over 10 years of private practice experience and 15 years of working with residential populations. As part of his training he has interned at a private practice, a charter school, and a mental health agency, completing neuro-psychological assessments. His interests are broad and varied and they include neuro-psychological assessment, complex trauma and resiliency, trauma and learning, adolescent and young adult psychosocial development, anxiety and depression. In addition to his internship at the Counseling Center, Greg continues to complete neuro-psychological assessments and maintain a private practice caseload in Fall River, MA.
Molly Coxon, B.A. is a fourth-year doctoral student at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). Molly earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California, Davis and a Master’s in professional psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She has worked in academic, inpatient, and outpatient settings with adults, adolescents, and children. Molly’s professional interests include emerging adulthood, anxiety, depression, phobias, and spirituality.
Isabelle Eccles, B.A. is a third-year doctoral student of clinical psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). She earned a bachelor’s degree in Peace and Justice Studies with a focus on interpersonal conflict and resolution at Tufts University, where she also worked as both a member and president of the student-run hotline on campus. She received a Master’s of Arts degree in Professional Psychology from MSPP. In addition, Isabelle has worked with children in a school setting, and both adolescents and adults in residential and outpatient settings. Isabelle’s interests include issues around relationship building and maintenance, substance abuse, emerging adulthood, psychosocial development, attachment, and stress management.
Sarit Lesser, M.A. is a fourth-year doctoral student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Sarit is a native Israeli, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has been a teacher of Hebrew and Arabic for a number of years, both in Israel and the U.S, taught students in elementary, junior high, and high school, and worked with children refugees from Darfur through the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. Sarit later earned a second B.A. in psychology from the Open University in Israel, and a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge. She had worked with children, adolescents and adults at a mental health agency, both individually and in a group setting. Her interests include attachment-based interventions, trauma, the effect of culture on mental health, and women's development.
Our Master's Interns
Grace Bongiorno, BA is a third-year master’s student at the University of Massachusetts of Dartmouth. Grace earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in History at
the University of Massachusetts of Dartmouth. She has worked at DCF and the Women Center. Grace is an immigrant who understands the challenges that generate with being in a
foreign country. Grace’s professional interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, and stress management.