Counseling Staff

Elisa Castillo, PhD, director

  • Director of CHS, Assistant Dean of Students for Wellness
  • Elisa has a PhD. in counseling psychology from University of Wisconsin- Madison and is a licensed psychologist and health care provider in the state of MA
  • Elisa provides crisis intervention and brief therapy to SSU students, and supervision to counseling staff. She provides consultation to campus community related to wellness, health and safety.
  • Elisa also oversees the PEAR Program and Student Advocacy.

Christine M. Williams, PhD, training director/assistant director

  • Associate Director (focused on training and counseling clinic operations)
  • Christine has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from University of Akron and is a licensed psychologist and health care provider in the state of MA
  • Christine provides brief therapy and crisis intervention for SSU students, as well as consultations for students and their families about having a successful college career while managing persistent mental health issues.
  • Christine also runs the CHS training program, which focuses on post-masters training in college mental health, brief treatment, culturally responsive therapy, and trauma-informed work.  

Cheryl DeLuca, MSW, LCSW, clinical fellow

  • Cheryl has a MSW from Salem State University, and is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Massachusetts. She also has a masters in higher education (from [school]), and over fifteen years of experience working with diverse student populations in the areas of residence life (add the others). 
  • Cheryl provides crisis intervention and brief therapy to SSU students from a strengths-based, client-centered, collaborative approach.
  • She also provides clinical support for the PEAR program and mental health awareness on campus and in the Salem community. 

Health Staff

Kimberly Daly, MSN, FNP, DNPc, associate director

  • Kim has a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and is a licensed family practice nurse practitioner in the state of Massachusetts.
  • Kim has been the health coordinator for the student health services and a clinician at Salem State University since 2008.
  • Kim has over a decade of experience working with young adult populations in the areas of health promotion and health education.
  • She has a strong interest in quality improvement initiatives to improve health outcomes and processes.
  • She is a strong advocate for patient rights and has participated in several statewide committees and coalitions to ensure access to confidential healthcare and eliminating disparities.
  • She has a particular interest in reproductive health care and women’s health. 

Joan Sweeney, MSN, FNP, nurse practitioner, assistant director

  • Joan has a MSN in nursing from UMass Lowell and is a licensed family practice nurse practitioner in the state of Massachusetts.
  • Joan has provided clinical services and care to SSU students through daily appointments since 2007. 
  • She has assisted with outreach for programming and flu clinics across campus and is the immunization compliance officer. 

Kalei Ensminger, MS, FNP-BC, nurse practitioner

  • Kalei has a MSN in nursing from Regis College and is a licensed family practice nurse practitioner in the state of Massachusetts.
  • Kalei provides clinical services to students via appointments in health services and helps coordinate various campus wellness programming and outreach efforts. 

John Beaulieu, MD, supervising physician

  • Attended Salem State and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
  • Has worked at counseling and health services since 1990.
  • Professional specialty is internal medicine.

Administrative Staff

Juliet Carty Greene, AS, office manager

  • Associates degree in science from North Shore Community College and has worked at Salem State since 2006. Formerly worked at a community health center. Currently continuing her education to earn a degree in psychology.
  • Member of American Society of Administrative Professionals, National Leadership and Success Society and Phi Theta Kappa.
  • Coordinates patient intake and manages the daily operations of a busy healthcare facility, handling confidential patient health information with sensitivity and care.

Channa Vieng, BEd, administrative assistant

  • Bachelors degree in early childhood education from Salem State University in 2013. Before attending Salem State, and continuing during her college career, Channa worked with a local primary health care facility.
  • Coordinates patient intake, assists with daily operations of our busy center, manages provider credentialing and licensing, and handles confidential patient information. Channa prides herself on offering all visitors to counseling and health services excellent customer service.

Cecile Gagne, medical billing specialist

  • Insurance verification, referrals and authorizations.

2016-2017 Counseling Interns

Dericka Canada, MEd

  • Dericka is currently completing her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Boston College.
  • She earned both her master’s degree in counseling psychology and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Louisville.
  • Dericka provides brief therapy and crisis intervention for SSU students.
  • Dericka is passionate about giving voice to the unique issues that communities of color face and enjoys working with college students, particularly on issues around race, culture and identity.
  • Dericka serves as a liaison to SSU’s Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Office where she develops and supports initiatives to foster the psychosocial wellbeing of students from diverse backgrounds. 

Erin McFadden, MA, postdoctoral fellow

  • BA in psychology from Clark University and MA in clinical psychology and PsyD candidate in clinical psychology from William James College.
  • Has experience working in therapeutic schools, community mental health agencies, and college counseling centers.
  • Clinical interests include: interpersonal relationships, sex/couples therapy, gender dynamics, life transitions and working with survivors of sexual and relationship violence.
  • She considers her clinical orientation to be eclectic, primarily using client-centered and relational-based therapies.

Kimberly Ashby, MA, intern

  • BA in psychology and comparative ethnic studies from Columbia University and MA in counseling theories from Boston College. Currently a fourth-year doctoral student in counseling psychology at Boston College.
  • Clinical experience includes college counseling at several universities and mental health case management in a scattered site housing program in New York City working primarily with racial minorities and low SES populations.
  • Worked with clients around a number of issues including stress and adjustment difficulties, mood disorders, psychosis, schizophrenia, substance abuse, and complex trauma and psychiatric crisis.
  • Practices from a relational-cultural orientation, focusing on the role of power and privilege in clients’ lives, while also utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy techniques.
  • Researcher for the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, with current research interests in mental health stigma among Black Americans and interracial dialogue.

Kelsey Chambers, MA, intern

  • BA in psychology and sociology from Franklin & Marshall College and MA in professional psychology from William James College. Doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at William James College.
  • Student affiliate of the Association for Psychological Science.
  • Experience working with adolescents, emerging adults, college students, and families in school- and community-based settings. Has conducted individual therapy, group counseling, psychoeducational workshops and trainings to address a variety of mental health needs, including stress and anxiety, depression, substance use, mood and sleep disorders, adjustment difficulties, relationship issues, and anger management.
  • Takes an adaptive, developmental approach to counseling, meeting her clients where they are and with what they need. Prefers a strengths-based orientation that is solution-focused and client-centered, and enjoys supporting students through identity formation as they cultivate self-awareness to enhance their unique skills and strengths.

Jake Cooper, MS, intern

  • BA in psychology from Taylor University and MS in sport & performance psychology with MA in counseling from Ball State University. PhD candidate in counseling psychology at Boston University with a specialization in sport and performance.
  • Currently a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and is in process of obtaining AASP certification for sport psychology consulting.
  • Clinical interests include working with veterans and athletes on mindfulness and resiliency, and helping college students navigate the difficult decisions and transitions they face on a daily basis.
  • Counseling style primarily focuses on the incorporation of mindfulness and the identification of purpose throughout all experiences in life. Also aims to help clients discover authentic happiness and optimal performance via the implementation of evidence based strategies rooted primarily in logo therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and positive psychology. 
  • Research experience focuses upon the use of sport and fitness to foster pro-social behaviors in youth, transcend cultural barriers, and bolster peace in diverse conflict laden environments.
  • Other interests include cross cultural adventures, movies, any and all forms of athletics, running, triathlons, and copious amounts of reading epic novels.


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