Our Staff

Senior Staff

Director - Catherine Perry, Ph.D.

Director of Training Sarah Frazer, Psy.D.

Psychologist - David Perry, Ph.D.

Psychotherapist - Nik Olendzki, Psy.D.


Administrative Support Staff

Lisa Ayotte 

Katherine Costa

Counseling Center Interns 2017 2018

Benjamin Trigani, M.A.

Laurie Bryan, M.A.


About our Senior Staff


Sarah Frazer, Psy.D. joined the counseling center in August 2009. She graduated from Marist College and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She is currently our Director of Training, assuming the role in September 2014. She has trained in a variety of settings, providing individual, group, and couples counseling with both inpatient and outpatient populations. Her interests include mindfulness, diversity, and attachment with a special focus in relationships and loss. 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 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.


Administrative Support Staff


Lisa Ayotte is one-half of our administrative support team. 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 2017-2018

Benjamin Trigani, M.A. is a third-year doctoral student of clinical psychology at William James College.  He completed his Bachelor's in Psychology from Stetson University. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in professional psychology at William James College. Benjamin has worked with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings ranging from schools to community health centers. His professional interests include personal identity, anxiety, depression, gender, and sexuality, de-stigmatizing mental health, and mental health literacy. In his down time, Benjamin enjoys spending time with loved ones, hiking, experiencing new cultures, and traveling.


Laurie Bryan, M.A. is a third-year doctoral student of clinical psychology at William James College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She also earned her Master of Arts degree in professional psychology at William James College. Laurie has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults in various academic settings. Her clinical interests include anxiety, emerging adulthood, humanistic psychology, narrative therapy, and military and veteran populations. She is currently researching social media’s effects on the reintegration experience of recently separated military personnel. In her free time, Laurie enjoys dystopian novels, cooking, video games, and meditation.




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