Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

RISD’s Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a range of mental health services to help students improve emotional, interpersonal, and academic functioning, including:

  • individual and group counseling, at no additional cost, to any matriculated undergraduate or graduate student
  • recommendations to off-campus providers
  • consultation to faculty, staff, and parents who may have concerns about a student
  • outreach events, and training, related to educating and improving mental health within the college community
  • a counselor on call (for after-hours mental health emergencies)
  • psychiatric services (upon recommendation from a CAPS counselor)

Emotional well being is essential to personal development and integral to the creative process. Counseling provides a space to address issues that may be interfering with your work. Seeing a counselor helps you respond to the situation before it escalates.


Shauna Summers

Damion Vania
Clinical Counselor

Mia Downes
Case Manager

Jess Miller
Staff Psychologist

Samantha Becker
Clinical Counselor

Joanne Duval
Counseling Assistant

Hal Woodcome
Attending Psychiatrist

Marc Halperin
Psychiatric Resident

Alexa Brewer
Doctoral Intern

Emily DiTomaso
Doctoral Intern

Andrea Medaris
Doctoral Intern

Allison Silvers
Doctoral Intern

Lauren Whittle
Doctoral Intern