Our Staff


Christopher Bailey, Ph.D.
Director

Dr. Bailey joined the Center as Assistant Director in 2011, designated Associate Director in 2015, named Interim Director in 2016, and then promoted to Director in 2018. He has a B.A. in psychology from Providence College and a M.A. in clinical psychology from Connecticut College. Chris earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a licensed psychologist in Rhode Island. Working with undergraduate and graduate students has been a focus for Dr. Bailey in his clinical, research, supervisory, and teaching roles. Prior to Roger Williams, his previous counseling center experience included Rhode Island College, Rockhurst University, Stonehill College, and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Bailey also served in a variety of other settings, including career services, community mental health centers, juvenile probation, a psychiatric hospital, and residential care with individuals diagnosed with neurodevelopmental disorders. His professional interests include administration, college student development, career psychology, emotion regulation, outreach presentations (topics such as dreams, happiness, and sleep), personality theories, positive psychology, supervision, and training. Chris enjoys art, baseball, domestic and international travel, music, science fiction, spirituality, walking, and time with family, friends, and pets.

James Blue
James Blue, Psy.D.
Post-Doctorate Fellow

Dr. Blue joined the Center in 2015. James has a B.A. in psychology from Gordon College. Dr. Blue earned a M.A. in psychology from William James College, where he completed his doctorate in clinical psychology. In the past, James has worked at a therapeutic day school, a high school counseling center, and an outpatient program that focuses on early intervention and recovery in psychosis. Dr. Blue's professional interests include emotion regulation, identity development, mindfulness, philosophical psychology, positive psychology, sports psychology, and substance-related concerns. In his free time, James enjoys cooking, exercise, fishing, live music, and time with family and friends.

Alyssa Freedman
Alyssa Freedman, M.A.
Psychology Intern

Alyssa joined the center in 2017. She has a B.A. in psychology and Spanish from University of New Hampshire. Alyssa earned her M.A. in psychology from William James College where she is currently a fourth-year student in the doctoral clinical psychology program. Her professional interests include forensic psychology, major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and psychosis, mental health awareness, and reducing mental health stigma. In her free time Alyssa enjoys backyard campfires, coloring, corgis, and spending time with family and friends.


Kineret Kandelker, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist

Dr. Kandelker joined the Center in 2013 when she started her internship and fellowship trainings in our Counseling Center. Kineret has a B.A. in psychology from University of Connecticut and a M.A. in psychology from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Kandelker earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at William James College. She is a licensed psychologist in Rhode Island. Dr. Kandelker had internships at Community Care Services and Corrigan Mental Health Center. She has completed a research assistantship in Psychological Services at University of Connecticut. Her professional interests include attachment, interpersonal functioning, mood disorders, multicultural counseling, and trauma. She enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

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Deborah Knapman, LICSW
Counselor

Debbie joined the Center in 2015. She has a B.A. in English and philosophy from Boston College and earned a M.S.W. from Hunter College. Debbie is a licensed social worker in Rhode Island. Prior to Roger Williams, she was employed at the counseling centers of Johnson & Wales University, Providence College, and University of Rhode Island. She has also worked in a variety of other settings including domestic and sexual violence agencies, public high schools, and residential treatment facilities. Her professional interests include healthy relationships, self-care, social justice, and spirituality. Debbie enjoys activities with her family and friends, exploring nature, and going to the beach.


Miranda Liberty

Miranda Liberty, M.A.
Psychology Intern

Miranda joined the Center in 2017. She has a B.A. in psychology from University of New England and a M.A. in psychology from William James College where she is currently a fourth-year student in the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Miranda's professional interests include anxiety, eating disorders, positive psychology, and substance-related concerns. She enjoys Netflix, reading, spending time with friends and family, and travel.

Jung Yang Jeff Lin

Jung-Yang Jeff Lin, Psy.D.
Post-Doctorate Fellow

Dr. Lin joined the Center in 2017. He has a B.A. in psychology and a Chinese minor from University of Michigan. Dr. Lin earned his M.A. and doctorate in clinical psychology from William James College. Jeff’s professional interests include working with acculturation/transitional issues, anxiety, depression, health psychology, international students/cross-cultural counseling, and motivational interviewing. Dr. Lin has also worked in a variety of other settings including community health centers, elder services, integrated health systems, and V.A. medical systems. Jeff’s hobbies include e-sports, fishing, mixed martial arts, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Michael McGrath

Michael McGrath, M.A., M.S.W.
Psychology Intern

Michael joined the Center in 2017. He holds a B.A. in psychology and sociology, a M.A. in public policy administration and management, and a M.S.W., each from Ohio State University. Michael earned a M.A. in psychology from William James College where he is currently a fourth-year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology. His professional interests include L.G.T.B.Q.I.A. identities, military/veterans psychology, social justice issues, and trauma. Michael enjoys bulldogs, nerd-culture, rugby, and swimming.


Maureen Minarik, Ph.D.
Assistant Director

Dr. Minarik joined the Center in 2015 and was promoted to Assistant Director in 2016. She has a B.A. in psychology from University of Maryland, College Park. Maureen earned a M.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from American University. She is a licensed psychologist in Rhode Island. Prior to Roger Williams, Dr. Minarik worked in other counseling centers including American University, Johnson & Wales University, and University of Rhode Island. She remains grateful for the privilege of guiding students on their journeys of self-discovery and wellness. Maureen completed an internship with the US Navy and has served on active duty. Additionally, Dr. Minarik has worked in an employee assistance program, a VA medical center, psychiatric hospitals, and in military settings.  Her professional interests include assisting service members and families, grief and loss, living well with illness, positive psychology, size diversity and acceptance, and suicide prevention. Maureen is also interested in creativity, fitness and running, reading, spending time with family and friends, and travel.

Rachel Sardinha

Rachel Sardinha
Secretary

Rachel joined the Center in 2017. Previously, she had been the secretary for Health Services at Roger Williams University for 6 years. Rachel has always had a desire to help others. Early in her career path she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant and later as a Medical Assistant as she gained experience in a variety of specialities. Rachel enjoys baking, camping, knitting, reading, and spending time with her family and Indy, her Australian Shepherd.