The Counseling Center staff also includes three post-doctoral fellows, and two pre-doctoral clinical trainees who are advanced graduate students in the doctoral training program in clinical psychology at the Universiry of Hartford or the University of Connecticut.
Randolph M. Lee, Ph.D., Director - Randy has been in the Counseling Center for over forty-five years, serving as Director for over fifteen years. He graduated from Trinity and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts. He teaches courses in the Psychology Department in Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology, and Mind/Body and the Concept of Self, and serves as an academic advisor and thesis adviser to psychology majors working in his areas of interest. He also serves as assistant coach, faculty liaison, and sport psychologist for the Trinity women’s squash team, ranked #3 in the nation. He is certified in meditation and psychotherapy by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and gives workshops in mindfulness and meditation. His standard poodle, Cooper, is training to be a certified therapy dog!
Kristine A. Kennen, Psy.D., Assistant Director- Kristine has been working in the Counseling Center since 2010, serving as Assistant Director since 2014. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in psychology and women’s studies from Marist College and earned her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford. In addition to her responsibilities as Assistant Director of the Counseling Center, Kristine teaches in the Department of Psychology, works closely with the Office of Accommodation Resources, and serves at the Director of Training for graduate students completing Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral training. While Kristine enjoys working with the full spectrum of students’ presenting concerns, she specializes in working with students struggling with mood disorders, bereavement, disordered eating, and sexuality. Her golden retriever, Leila, is often in the office to lend a helping paw!
Kate Marinchak, Psy.D., Staff Psychologist- Kate has been with the Counseling Center since 2013. She previously worked at the counseling centers of Montclair State University and Rutgers in New Jersey. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Chicago, where she graduated with degrees in psychology and English language and literature. She went on to obtain her doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2011. Dr. Marinchak believes that college is an exciting and challenging time in life and loves working with college students coping with this transition. Kate particularly enjoys working with students struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, identity issues and sexuality.
Kelly Copeland, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow - Kelly received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Marywood University and completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the University of Rochester University Counseling Center. She thoroughly enjoys working with the college student population and strongly values being a part of a campus community. Kelly works from an interpersonal and psychodynamic framework and believes strongly that both healing and learning occurs relationally. She also has a special interest in eating disorders and body image concerns, women’s issues, and group psychotherapy. Outside of the realm of psychology, Kelly enjoys spending time outdoors with her adorable Cairn Terrier, Abby!
Alex Lemiszki, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow - Alex joins the Trinity Counseling Center following his graduation from William James College in Newton, MA. Alex's evidence-based therapeutic approach blends traditional psychodynamic and insight-driven exploratory work with practical and concrete cognitive-behavioral knowledge, helping students grow in understanding and acceptance of themselves while developing a tool belt of strategies and techniques to support healthy living. Some of Alex's clinical interests include working with social anxiety and/or panic, mindfulness, substance use and abuse, LGBTQA affirmative therapy, spirituality/existential counseling, and grief.
Ryan Ochoa, Psy.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow – Ryan received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois in 2016. Ryan also has a master’s degree in clinical and humanistic psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. Ryan is a former member of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis where he obtained supplemental training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. During his time in Chicago, Ryan collaborated with multiple community groups to highlight the impact of decreased funding from the State of Illinois for mental health treatment for impoverished populations, and limited oversight of competency standards for agencies and providers serving high-risk clients. Ryan’s clinical interests include the utilization of psychoanalytic and existential psychotherapy with college/university students, grief/bereavement issues, the role of religion/spirituality in treatment, and working with LGBTQ clients.
Maggie Hughes, Pre-Doctoral Trainee - Maggie is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford. She received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Loyola University Chicago. She worked for three years on a residential unit at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA where she counseled adolescents with complex psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and mindfulness-based interventions. In her free time, Maggie enjoys traveling, baking, and practicing yoga.
Lauren Moss-Racusin, M.S., Pre-Doctoral Trainee - Lauren is a fourth year student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Connecticut. She has taught undergraduate courses on the Psychology of Gender and on Clinical Psychology. Her research interests include the identification of risk factors for intimate partner violence and for sexual violence on college campuses, both from a preventative framework. Her research also focuses on racial and ethnic discrimination, and the intersection of discrimination victimization and violence perpetration. Lauren's clinical interests include providing interpersonally oriented, dynamic psychotherapy to college students experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and trauma. She also enjoys working with individuals experiencing relationship problems, and is trained in providing couples therapy. Lauren is committed to outreach and advocacy, particularly regarding healthy relationships and safe sexual practices, and to social justice broadly.
Kristina Cavalieri, Office Coordinator and Manager - Kristina has been with the Counseling Center for over twenty-two years. Her priority in life is her family and devoting time to children in need. In the early 70’s she worked for Putnam, Coffin & Burr/Advest Inc. reporting daily stock quotes at WDRC and WTIC radio stations. Her passion and inner peace comes from art, gardening and meditation.