Dr. Randolph M. Lee, Director of the Counseling and Wellness Center, Dr. Kristine A. Kennen, Associate Director, and Dr. Sarah Kopencey and Dr. Saleha Chaudhry are licensed clinical psychologists. Ms. T’Kai Howard, Ms. Erica Ronald and Ms. Maryam Parvez are licensed clinical social workers. According to both Trinity College policy and federal and state law, all information and material gathered by the staff of the Center is available only to the Counseling and Wellness Center staff. Except in the case of clear and imminent danger, no information will be transmitted to anyone inside or outside the College without the written consent of the student.
The Counseling and Wellness Center staff also includes two pre-doctoral clinical trainees who are advanced graduate students in the doctoral training program in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford.
We also have a psychiatric APRN available in the Center, Eliza Hedegaard, APRN, for medication consultation for students who are in therapy with one of the members of the staff. She is available on referral from a member of the Center staff. Appointments may be made with any member of the staff by calling the Center (860-297-2415). Our Office Coordinator is Kate Morrell.
Counseling and Wellness Center Staff 2020-2021
Randolph M. Lee, Ph.D., Director – Randy has been in the Counseling and Wellness Center for fifty-one years years, serving as Director for twenty-one 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, and Mind/Body and the Concept of Mindfulness, 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 in the top three in the nation virtually every year. He is certified in meditation and psychotherapy by the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and gives workshops in mindfulness and meditation. His labradoodle, Cody, is training to be a certified therapy dog!
Kristine A. Kennen, Psy.D., Associate Director– Kristine has been with the Counseling and Wellness Center since 2010, serving as Assistant Director since 2014 and Associate Director since 2019. 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 Associate Director, Kristine teaches in the Department of Psychology, works closely with the Office of Accessibility Services, 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, attachment/relationship issues, and sexuality. Her golden retriever, Leila, is often in the office to lend a helping paw!
Sarah Kopencey, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist– Sarah received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. She completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Center for Counseling and Psychological Health. She served as a post-doctoral fellow in the Counseling and Wellness Center from 2017-2018 and was appointed to the full-time staff in 2018. Sarah works from a mindfulness-oriented framework that integrates psychodynamic and third-wave psychotherapy approaches. She believes in helping students develop their capacity for self-compassion and ability to respond flexibly to pain with curiosity, openness, and acceptance. She also has special interests in disordered eating and body image concerns, interpersonal neurobiology, and compassion focused therapy. In her free time Sarah enjoys practicing yoga, cuddling with her two cats Bacon and Eggs, and going on walks with her dog Abby.
T’Kai Howard, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker – T’Kai joined the Counseling and Wellness Center in 2018. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Family Studies at UConn. T’Kai received her Master of Social Work degree from the Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. She comes to Trinity College with over 15 years of experience working in the Greater Hartford Area in various clinical and psychotherapeutic settings. She is skilled in several modalities of therapy, outreach, and group and individual counseling. T’Kai was born and raised in Bloomfield, CT and continues to raise her family locally. She is a dance and basketball mom who also volunteers for the PTO. T’Kai is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Maryam Parvez, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker – Maryam joined the Counseling and Wellness Center in 2019. She received her B.A. from Gettysburg College and her M.S.S.W. from Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Maryam has experience working with adolescents and children with complex medical diagnoses and has particular clinical interest in grief and loss, anxiety, and interpersonal relationships. In her free time Maryam enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and practicing yoga.
Erica Ronald, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker – Erica joined the Counseling and Wellness Center in 2018. She received her B.A. from Trinity College and went on to receive her M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work. Erica’s career as a therapist has given her the opportunity to work primarily with collegiate and high school populations. She has a clinical interest in life transitions, identity issues, substance abuse, anxiety and relational challenges. Erica utilizes an interpersonal approach to therapy and also pulls from mindfulness based practices, psychodynamic theory and motivational interviewing. Outside of work Erica finds great joy spending time with her family and her dog Ziggy.
Saleha Chaudhry, Ph.D. – Saleha received her doctoral degree in counseling and school psychology from Northeastern University’s Bouve College of Health Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Center for Counseling and Psychological Health and her post-doctoral fellowship at Community Health Center, Inc. in New Britain, CT. Saleha integrates psychodynamic, relational-cultural and third-wave psychotherapy approaches in a feminist and intersectional framework. She is interested in helping students build a strong and compassionate sense of self and grow healthy, loving relationships. Saleha has experience in women’s issues, trauma, substance use and eating disorders. She has a special interest in supporting students of color, students in the LBGTQIA+ community and first generation college students. As Outreach Coordinator for Trinity’s Counseling and Wellness Center, you might see Saleha around campus raising mental health awareness and educating the community about our services. In her free time Saleha enjoys spending time with her family, snuggling with her dog Luna and listening to music.
Allie Riege, M.A., Doctoral Trainee – Allie graduated with an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Connecticut and received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Saint Joseph. Allie is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Hartford. Allie comes to us with experience working in counseling and wellness on a college campus where she practiced individual and group therapy with students. Allie approaches psychotherapy with a holistic foundation, she integrates neurobiology, interpersonal theory, and mindfulness into her framework. Allie believes a person’s unique identity and experience is an asset to personal growth and connection. Outside of work, Allie enjoys exploring new places with her family, connecting with friends over good coffee, and reading.
Tamires Tiburtino, M. A., Doctoral Trainee – Tami is a Doctoral Trainee from the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology at the University of Hartford. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA and has lived in CT since 2018. Tami served as a Resident Advisor throughout her undergrad at San Diego State University and is thrilled to be back on a college campus. Tami has experiences working with diverse populations and has a particular interest in multicultural issues, such as racial/ethnic identity development.
Kate Morrell, Office Coordinator and Manager – Kate joined the Center in 2018 with over 11 years of administrative experience as a Center Director where her role was focused on supporting families and their children with learning and development. Kate is working on a secondary degree in Sociology/Human Services. When not working or studying Kate’s true LOVE is spending time with her family. You can often find them at a soccer field, hockey rink, or exploring the great outdoors.