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 Our Staff

Senior Staff

Director -Christine Frizzell, Ed.D.

Assistant Director Christopher Frazer, Psy.D.

Director of Training Sarah Conklin, Psy.D.

Catherine Perry, Ph.D.

David Perry, Ph.D.

Catherine (Cathy) Catudal, LMHC, MA, MBA

Consulting Psychiatrist - Jonathan Schwartz, M.D. 

Consulting Prescriber - Donald Bobola, PMHCNS-BC

Administrative Support Staff

Candida "Candy" Hodge, B.A.

Carol Olancin, A. S.

Counseling Center Interns

Kayla Agar, M.A.

Elizabeth Apkin, M.A. 

Charles Kim, B.A.

Mika MacInnis, Ph.D.


 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Donald Bobola, PMHCNS-BC

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.

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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.

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Our Interns for 2014-2015

Kayla Agar, M.A. is a third year doctoral student of clinical psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and English at Williams College and received a Master of Arts degree in Professional Psychology from MSPP. Kayla has worked with adults with substance abuse and mental illness in an intensive outpatient treatment setting. She also has experience with adult and adolescent survivors of sexual assault in individual and group settings. Kayla’s clinical interests include the treatment of trauma, substance abuse, anxiety, and emerging adulthood.

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Elizabeth Apkin, M.A. is a third-year doctoral student of clinical psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP).  She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology at Northeastern University, where she became certified as a rape crisis counselor and volunteered at a domestic violence shelter.  Elizabeth earned her Master’s of Arts degree in professional psychology from MSPP.  Additionally, she has worked in academic and inpatient settings with adults, adolescents and children.  Elizabeth’s professional interests include emerging adulthood, trauma, resiliency, anxiety and psychosocial development. 

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Charles Kim, B.A. is a final year counseling psychology graduate student at Northeastern University. He received his BA from Yale University and was a Fulbright Scholar. Charles’ interest lie in spiritual/existential questioning, the formation of identity and the use of positive psychology to cultivate human flourishing. Charles also has in interest in mindfulness meditation and its effectiveness in the treatment of emotional distress, anxiety and depression. He favors a client/patient centered approach that encourages self awareness and the coherence between personal values and life choices. In his free time, Charles enjoys cycling, coffee shops, used books, and exploring on foot. Under the influence of friends in his meditation community, Charles is increasingly shunning Facebook in favor of farmer’s stand shopping and time spent outside. He has yet to watch a single episode of The Bachelor/Bachlorette, but does eagerly await the next season of Game of Thrones and Top Chef. Charles wistfully considers getting a dog.  

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Mika MacInnis, Ph.D. is a clinical respecialization student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.  She earned her doctoral degree in experimental psychology at Brown University, where she also taught as a visiting professor.  Mika grew up in China, graduated from a Chinese international high school, and is bilingual in Mandarin and English.  In addition, Mika has worked with a range of clients in private practice and university settings.  Mika’s professional interests include issues around emerging adulthood, third-culture kids, cultural adjustment, stress management, and spirituality. 

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