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Meet the Staff

Shauna E. Summers, Ph.D. (they/them)
Director • 617.879.7761

A deep appreciation for working with art and design students, a passion for making mental health services accessible and innovative, and an unexplainable joy of administrative responsibilities are some of the things that brought Shauna to the MassArt community in March 2021. They earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2005 and have worked in several college counseling centers in the United States. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and a licensed psychologist, Shauna’s focus is on destigmatizing mental health services, making services more user-friendly and accessible, and collaborating with everyone in the MassArt community to develop a shared responsibility for our collective mental health. Other things Shauna loves to do are spend time with their people, cook, swim, and hang out with their dogs, Jasper and Jofi.

Kristen Johnson, LICSW (she/her)
Assistant Director/Training Director • 617.879.7762

Kristen is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Adjunct Faculty at Boston University’s School of Social Work, and graduate of Boston College’s School of Social Work. Prior to coming to MassArt, Kristen worked as a Case Manager of Counseling Services at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University, a Clinical Social Worker at Boston Medical Center, and at various other Boston area mental health agencies who provide mental health services in schools and in the community. Kristen was born and raised in Boston of two immigrant parents from Jamaica. She has a deep connection and understanding of the double-consciousness people of color have to manage to move through the world. Thus, she is passionate about systemic oppression and its impacts on mental health. Kristen is excited to learn about the MassArt community in order to provide students with services that feel real, collaborative, accessible, and empowering. When she is not social working, Kristen enjoys spending time with her charismatic family, listening to music, traveling, eating out, and watching cartoons.

Jessica Visconti, LMHC (she/her)
Assessment and Referrals Specialist and Therapist • 617.879.7763

Jessica Visconti is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and expressive arts therapist. Jessica completed her education at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Expressive Arts Therapy with a minor in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy. Prior to coming to MassArt, Jessica has worked as an outpatient therapist, developed CreativeGrounding, an arts and mindfulness based program with Bristol Community College. Additionally, she has worked in outpatient substance abuse treatment, and other community based work in the greater Boston area. Jessica is passionate about mental health advocacy and finding creative ways to help students connect with community resources. Outside of mental health work, Jessica enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking and eating new foods, dancing, traveling, and spending time at the beach.

Nicole Pimentel (she/her)
Administrative Assistant • 617.879.7760

Nicole has a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Advertising from Salem State University. Prior to joining MassArt, Nicole worked with first-generation and low-income high school aged youth at a college access progam for six years. She also worked at various publishing companies in sales and marketing. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys baking, cooking, reading, traveling, blogging, and attending book events.

2022-2023 Clinical Trainees

Lisa Fernandez (she/her)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.A. program, Rollins College • 617.879.7760

Lisa has a B.S. from State University of New York and is currently in her third year of study in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.A. program at Rollins College. Prior to joining MassArt, Lisa completed internship placements at The LGBT+ Center in Orlando and Jewish Family Services in Orlando. She has a strong interest in being an active ally to the LGBTQ+ community and a culturally humble, active ally to BIPOC and other marginalized individuals. She has taken coursework in College Counseling and mindfulness training and is an experienced meditator. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys hiking, animals, cooking, dining out and exploring the Boston and New England area.

LaGriff Griffin (they/them)
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, Suffolk University • 617.879.7760

LaGriff is a first-generation 4th year PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Suffolk University. They are passionate about making mental health care and the field of psychology more equitable, accessible, and inclusive. They have been a member of the Louisiana Contextual Science Research group for 8 years and the Adolescent Connectedness and Empowerment lab since 2020, where they research psychological flexibility, stigma, and self-compassion in LGBTQ+ communities. As a provider, LaGriff loves working with folks who’ve experienced complex/systemic/intergenerational trauma. Their practice is queer, polyamorous, and kink-affirming. They are passionate about resisting systemic oppression and creating collaborative spaces for folks to feel empowered, seen, and heard. They make a mean pizza, and they love hiking, backpacking, plopping themselves in bodies of water, and exploring different foods and cultures.

March Kim (she/her)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.A. program - Lesley University • 617.879.7760

March is a third-year Clinical Mental Health Counseling student at Lesley University and a new addition to the clinical trainee program at MassArt’s Counseling and Wellness Center. She was born and raised in Seoul, Korea and spent some time living in Beijing, China. March is passionate about education and community organizing in queer, polyamorous, and kink communities; as well as about mental health in marginalized populations such as people of the global majority as a critical part of our collective liberation. Seeking to understand and disrupt both systemic and interpersonal harm, March believes in transformative justice for violence intervention and prevention and has experience working as a counselor in an intimate partner abuser education program. In her spare time, March likes to dance, care for her houseplants, and volunteer at local community organizations.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.A. program - Lesley University