Personal Counseling Center Staff
Rosemary F. Mugan, PsyD
Rosemary is an alumnus of Providence College, having graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and currently teaches in the Masters in Counseling program at PC. Rosemary received both her masters Doctorate in Psychology from the University from Hartford. Her professional interests have been in college mental health having done training in counseling centers at Trinity College, a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her post-doctoral training at Roger Williams University’s Counseling Center. Rosemary has been interested in working with students in their own personal processes of growth and change as students examine their sense of self throughout the collegiate experience and the impact of culture on that experience. She is also interested in working with students around issues of grief, relationship issues, eating disorders, trauma, anxiety and depression.
Susanne E. Danish, PhD
Staff Psychologist/Clinical Counselor
Susanne is a licensed clinical psychologist in RI. She received a BA in psychology from Rutgers University, a MSEd in Therapeutic Interventions and a Professional Diploma in School Psychology from Fordham University, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University. Susanne came to us after completing a doctoral internship at Fordham University’s Counseling Center and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at URI’s Counseling Center. Prior to becoming a clinical psychologist, Susanne worked in the New Jersey school systems for eight years as a School Psychologist. Susanne’s professional interests include identity exploration, personal and spiritual growth, healing trauma, woman’s and men’s issues, managing stress, developing self-care and compassion, attachment and love, building healthy relationships, and creativity.
Jonathan Dator, PhD
Associate Director of Training, Staff Psychologist
Jonathan was born in San Jose, Costa Rica and grew up in the Danbury, Connecticut area. He is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Rhode Island and is fully Credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Multicultural Counseling from Seton Hall University, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from Western Connecticut State University. He is currently enrolled in the Harvard Medical School’s Global Mental Health Certificate Program. Jonathan has extensive training experience in various college and university counseling centers including externships at Montclair State University, Seton Hall University, Rutgers University, an APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology at the University of Notre Dame Counseling Center, and a Post-Doctoral Psychology Residency at the University of California, San Diego Counseling & Psychological Services. He has also worked in hospital, residential treatment, assisted living, and public school system settings and has engaged in psychology training in Europe and the Caribbean. Jonathan has held leadership positions in the Section on College and University Counseling Centers of the American Psychological Association, the National Latinx Psychological Association, the New Jersey Psychological Association, and the Latinx Psychological Association of New Jersey. He has focused his training and work on providing care to disenfranchised, marginalized, and underserved groups through research and practice with a social justice lens. When not at the Personal Counseling Center, Jonathan enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking his Siberian Husky, traveling, and rooting for his favorite New England sports teams.
Susan Ellingwood, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Counselor, Substance Use Counselor
Susan serves as a Clinical Counselor and as a Substance Use Counselor, and is a Rhode Island licensed clinical social worker. She earned a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Boston University and a B.A in Psychology with a Minor in Women’s Studies from Rhode Island College. She received additional training in Comprehensive Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment, Substance Use Treatment, Motivational Interviewing, Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training, Group Therapy, Holistic Health and Wellness, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She enjoys using an integrated and eclectic approach in individual and group therapy.
Fr. Joseph J. Guido, OP, EdD
Senior Staff Psychologist
Fr. Guido is a licensed psychologist in Rhode Island and holds a joint appointment as Senior Staff Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology. He is a graduate of Brown University where he majored in history, the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception where he studied philosophy and theology, and Harvard University where he received his doctorate in human development and psychology. He completed his clinical internship at Harvard and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Danielsen Institute at Boston University. He is interested in helping young adults deal with the myriad challenges that come their way, and helping them compose a sense of themselves as worthy of love and capable of effecting a life of meaning and purpose. He is particularly interested in issues of attachment and loss, mourning and resilience, trauma, and the role that faith can play in coping with adversity.
Meeckral Searight, LICSW
Micki is a Providence College alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She earned her Master’s degree in social work from Rhode Island College and has over 15 years of experience in mental health/human service settings. Micki spent much of her time post-licensure with the Providence Center, working clinically with children, families and adults in various programs, including outpatient and in-home settings within the agency, and also has vast crisis intervention experience within an emergency room/hospital setting. She is experienced working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds and utilizes a solution focused, cognitive behavioral treatment approach in her work with clients.
Mary Elizabeth Ruggiero, PsyD
Temporary Staff Psychologist
Mary Elizabeth is licensed clinical psychologist in the state of RI and a bicultural and bilingual therapist (native fluency in Spanish). She earned her Psy.D. from William James College, and her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her training has been primarily focused on working with young adults, adolescents and college students. She has previously held other positions working in clinically intensive hospital settings working with high risk clients and substance use. She also worked for many years with children and families. She has psychodynamic training and practices within a psychodynamic-interpersonal framework, though she often use strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness, compassion based techniques, and narrative approaches. She specializes in the areas of complex traumas, identity development, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, multicultural issues and working with LGBTQIA-identified individuals.
Marcus Dumas, MEd
Doctoral Psychology Extern
Marcus is a Creole male from South Vacherie, Louisiana currently in his 4th year of the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Marcus was a football student-athlete at the University of Central Arkansas where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Marcus also earned a Master’s degree in Physical Education and Coaching from the University of Arkansas at Monticello while working as a graduate assistant defensive backs coach with the football team. His professional interests include holistic development, multicultural counseling, athlete populations/sport psychology, group counseling, and mindfulness/meditation. Marcus has experience working in college and university counseling from the University of Hartford and Connecticut College. Marcus is especially interested in working with student athletes as they matriculate through university life and beyond, balancing the demands of academic and athletic responsibilities.
Clinical Social Work Intern
Peter is in the final year at Boston University in the Clinical Social Work program. In his past internship and work he has focused on developmental adolescent trauma and therapy with teens in the midst of important life transitions. Prior to Peter’s focus on clinical work, he was a performer and chocolate maker in New York City. In his work with chocolate, Peter focused on bridging the gap between Central American farmers and the American chocolate industry, with a special emphasis on the cultural and economic impact of the cacao trade. In his current job, Peter creates programming for adolescents to help them build self-regulation skills and form a lasting identity built around their passions. Peter is excited to be working with the Personal Counseling Center at Providence College and looks forward to his experience over the next year!
Donna Marcone, BA
Donna received her B.A. in liberal arts from Providence College in 1993. She was also accepted into the Master of education Program in Counseling at PC. Before coming to Providence College, Donna was employed as a legal secretary for 10 years at Kiernan, Connors & Kenyon – a Providence law firm. Her personal interests include most outdoor activities and spending quality time with family and friends.