Christopher Bailey, Ph.D.
Dr. Bailey joined the Center as Assistant Director in 2011, was named Associate Director in 2015, and then promoted to Interim Director in 2016. 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 experiences 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 in residential care with the developmentally disabled. His professional interests include administration, college student development, career development, 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, Psy.D.
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 positive psychology, mindfulness, philosophical psychology, emotion regulation, substance-related disorders, identity development, and sports psychology. In his free time, James enjoys exercise, fishing, cooking, live music, and time with family and friends.
Alyssa Freedman, M.A.
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.
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.
Deborah Knapman, LICSW
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 public high schools, domestic and sexual violence agencies, and residential treatment facilities. Her professional interests include healthy relationships, social justice, spirituality, and self-care. Debbie enjoys activities with her family and friends, exploring nature, and going to the beach.
Miranda Liberty, M.A.
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 traveling.
Jung-Yang Jeff Lin, Psy.D.
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 elder services, community health centers, V.A. medical systems, and integrated health systems. Jeff’s hobbies include e-sports, fishing, mixed martial arts, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Michael McGrath, M.A., M.S.W.
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 working with survivors of trauma, L.G.T.B.Q.I.A. identity, military/veterans psychology, and social justice issues. Michael enjoys bulldogs, nerd-culture, rugby, and swimming.
Maureen Minarik, Ph.D.
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 grief and loss, positive psychology, size diversity and acceptance, suicide prevention, assisting service members and families, and living well with illness. Maureen’s hobbies include running and fitness, reading, travel, creativity, and spending time with family and friends.
Marissa Norman, M.S.
Marissa joined the center in 2016. She has a B.A. In Psychology from University of Rhode Island and a M.S in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Barry University. Marissa is currently a third year student in the doctoral program at William James College. Her professional interests include sport psychology, substance abuse, mood disorders, positive psychology and social justice. Marissa enjoys outdoor activities, animals, Netflix, and spending time with family and friends.
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's hobbies including baking, camping, knitting, and reading. She also enjoys spending quality time with her family and her Australian Shepherd, Indy.