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.


Nikole Barnes
Assistant Director, Training

Nisha Sundararaj
Case Manager

Damion Vania
Clinical Counselor

​Erin Unkefer
Intercultural Specialist, Staff Psychologist

Roisin O’Mara
Staff Psychologist

Hal Woodcome
Attending Psychiatrist

Joanne Duval
Counseling Services Assistant