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
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
Staff Psychologist, Interim Associate Director of Training
Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Western Connecticut State University, a Master’s in Education and Certificate in Advanced Graduate Study in Counseling from Boston University, and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Multicultural Counseling from Seton Hall University. He has extensive training experience in various college counseling settings including externships at Montclair State University, Seton Hall University, Rutgers University, an internship at the University of Notre Dame Counseling Center, and a Postdoctoral Psychology Fellowship at the University of California, San Diego Counseling & Psychological Services. Jonathan has held leadership positions in the Section on College and University Counseling Centers of the American Psychological Association and the National Latina/o Psychological Association. He has focused his training and work on providing care to disenfranchised, marginalized and underserved groups and is fluent in Spanish.
Susan Ellingwood, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor
Susan serves as a Clinical Counselor and as a Substance Abuse 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 Abuse 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.
Brynheld Martinez Zavras, PhD
Interim Staff Psychologist/Clinical Counselor
Bryn received her B.A. from McGill University with Double Major concentrations in Psychology and Economics and her M.A. from Concordia University in Child Study. She completed her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of Rhode Island in 2015, where her research focused on life satisfaction of expatriate students in international schools. Her clinical interests include issues of diversity and inclusion, cultural adjustment and mobility, relationship concerns, and stress management.
Bridget Kelly, MA
Doctoral Psychology Intern
Bridget received her B.A. from Saint Michael’s College with a Major in Psychology and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from William James College. Her clinical interests include identity development and emerging adulthood, self-care and wellness, attachment and relationships concerns, as well as working with adults experiencing learning and social challenges.
Mary Elizabeth Ruggiero, MA
Doctoral Psychology Intern
Mary Elizabeth is a Providence College alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She earned her Master’s degree in clinical psychology from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and is currently completing her doctoral studies at William James College. Much of her work and clinical experience has focused on working with children, adolescents and families, on an individual and group level. She has dedicated a lot of her time working with adults suffering from substance abuse disorders and major mental illnesses. Mary Elizabeth enjoys working with a culturally diverse population and is fluent in Spanish.
Alexandra Lash, PsyD
Alexandra received her B.A. from Eugene Lang College at The New School University with a Major in Psychology in New York, New York. Alexandra received her M.A. in General Psychology from The New School for Social Research in New York, New York. Alexandra received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, Massachusetts. Alexandra enjoys using an eclectic approach to therapy and often incorporates a blend of psychodynamic, relational, and family systems and attachment theory. Her clinical interests include relationship concerns, trauma, substance abuse, as well as emerging adulthood.
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.