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Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Spring 2021 information

General hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
Primary phone: 401 454–6637
Primary email:

All regular appointments with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will be through tele-counseling and can be made by phone or email. Students can also access a crisis counselor 24/7 to support mental health emergencies by calling 401 454-6637.

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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.


Deborah Levans

Nikole Barnes
Assistant Director, Training

Nisha Sundararaj
Case Manager

Damion Vania
Clinical Counselor

Yumin Tan
Intercultural Specialist

Hal Woodcome
Attending Psychiatrist

Joanne Duval
Counseling Services Assistant