Our Staff

Senior Staff

Director - Catherine Perry, Ph.D.

Psychologist - David Perry, Ph.D.

Psychologist - Nik Olendzki, Psy.D.

Psychotherapist - Nancy Harper, L.I.C.S.W.


Administrative Support Staff

Lisa Ayotte 

Katherine Costa


Counseling Center Interns 2018 2019

Alexander Costa

Hunter D’Abundo, M.A.

Jessica Kim


About our Senior Staff


Catherine (Cate) Perry, Ph.D. joined the Counseling Center in November 2009. She has a masters and 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.  In addition to working at the counseling center, Cate maintains a private psychotherapy practice. She can be reached at x8648 or email.

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David Perry, Ph.D. joined the Counseling Center staff in January 2012. He received a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing from San Francisco State University, a master’s degree in teaching from Columbia Teacher’s College and masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University. He completed an internship at Syracuse V.A.M.C. and then worked for twelve years in psychiatric hospitals, twelve years in prisons, six years in intensive residential psychotherapy programs, five years in an alcoholism program, and twenty four years in private practice. David’s interests include individual and group psychotherapy, substance abuse treatment, treatment of personality disorders, and post-traumatic stress treatment. David can be reached at x8648 or by email 

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Nik Olendzki, Psy.D. earned his doctorate and master's degrees in clinical psychology from Baylor University, and joined the counseling center at UMass Dartmouth in 2017.  His prior experiences include providing individual and group therapy at a variety of counseling centers, as well as in inpatient hospital and justice settings.  He has a special interest in mindfulness and his clinical interests include anxiety, depression, trauma, and existential issues.  Nik can be reached by phone at x8650 or by email.

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Nancy Harper, L.I.C.S.W. is a licensed independent clinical social worker who joined the counseling center in 2013.  Nancy earned her graduate degree in clinical social work from Boston University and her undergraduate degree in psychology from UMASS Dartmouth.  She is happy to be back at her alma mater!  Nancy's experience includes working in hospitals, schools, outpatient mental health clinics, and private & group practices.  She was also the former executive director of the largest adoption educational and support organization in New England.  Nancy's areas of interest include adoption, anxiety, emerging adulthood, relationships, grief and loss.  She can be reached at x8648 or by email.

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Administrative Support Staff


Lisa Ayotte is the administrative assistant. She came to UMD in November of 2010. She began in the Registrar’s Office, transferred to the Career Development Center and joined the administrative support staff of the Counseling and Student Development Center in 2015. Lisa was a medical transcriptionist for 10 years prior to her employment at UMD. You can reach Lisa at ext. 8650 or email

Katherine Costa, is part of our Administrative support team as a Clerk IV.  She came to UMD in June of 2012.  She began in the Advancement Department as an EDP Operator and joined the administrative support staff of the Counseling and Student Development Center in August of 2017.  Prior to Kathy's role here at UMD she was a Medical Receptionist/Secretary.  Kathy can be reached at ext. 8648 or by email.


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Our Interns for 2018-2019

Alexander Costa is a second year master’s student in the mental health counseling program at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from UMass Dartmouth. Alexander has worked in residential settings including group homes and most recently at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. He also has experience working with adolescents and children with developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder. His professional interests include mood disorders, anxiety, relational psychology, and emerging adulthood. In his spare time you can find him quoting “The Office”, cooking while pretending to be on the Food Network, and talking someone’s ear off about basically any sport you could imagine.


Hunter D’Abundo, M.A. is a third-year doctoral student of clinical psychology at William James College. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from High Point University. She also earned her Master of Arts degree in professional psychology from William James College. Hunter has worked with adolescents and adults in a variety of clinical settings, most recently in a residential setting for eating disorders. Her professional interest include emerging adulthood, eating disorders, personal identity, personality disorders and humanistic psychology. In her free time, Hunter enjoys taking walks with her dog, reading, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on the Red Sox.


Jessica Kim is pursuing her master's degree in mental health counseling at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College, where she focused on sociology, race, and American studies, and has since worked in different academic settings with adolescents and emerging adults. Her professional interests include depression, anxiety, attachment, and self-efficacy, especially in relation to race, gender, sexuality, and ability. She enjoys urban gardening, cooking with friends, and being outside.



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