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Meet the Counselors

Betsy Smith, Psy.D. - Director of Counseling and Wellness • 617.879.7761

Betsy Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate degree from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston, MA, in 1989. She has worked at Cambridge Health Alliance in the Psychiatric Emergency Services, HRI Arbour Hospital in Brookline, MA, and Fenway Community Health in Boston, MA, where she worked extensively with the LGBT community. Most recently she worked with students in the Psychological Services at Brown University. She has a particular interest in multi-racial families and adoption. When she is not working, she is practicing yoga, cooking, training for sprint triathlons, dreaming of becoming fluent in French, or playing tennis.

Jordan Downing, Ph.D. - Assistant Director of Counseling and Wellness • 617.879.7762

Jordan Downing is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate from Clark University in Worcester, MA. She is broadly interested in how gender, race, sexual orientation, other socio-cultural factors shape individual and family development. She is particularly interested in understanding how experiences of marginalization and discrimination impact identity formation and mental health. She has experience working with emerging adults at The Stone Center Counseling Service at Wellesley College as well as working inpatient with individuals with chronic health problems and severe and persistent mental illness at Tewksbury Hospital. In her spare time, she likes to hike, surf, ski, cook, and explore the city.

Jessica Ray-Mendoza, M.A. - Pyschotherapist and Diversity Outreach Coordinator • 617.879.7571

Jessica Ray-Mendoza is a Mental Health Counselor. She received her degree from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Prior to coming to MassArt, Jessica spent eight years as a therapist within the Latinx community, both in Seattle, WA and Roxbury, MA. Jessica also spends her time teaching racial justice at Boston University. Jessica is interested in racial identity development and becoming a change agent in the dismantling of both interpersonal and systemic oppression. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her wife and daughter, and cooking Colombian empanadas.  

Ruby Stardrum, M.S. - Psychotherapist and Case Manager • 617.879.7763

Ruby Stardrum is a mental health counselor.  She received her master’s degree from University of Massachusetts Boston, and also holds degrees from Bank Street College of Education and Wesleyan University. She has experience working with emerging adults on a wide variety of issues, including relationships, life transitions, identity development, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Areas of particular interest include mindfulness-based approaches to counseling and supporting the needs of the LGBTQ community. Prior to entering the mental health counseling field, Ruby spent several years as a teacher, and lived in San Francisco and Brooklyn before settling in Boston. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, meditation, reading, and spending time outdoors.

Melissa Reynolds, LICSW - Staff Psychotherapist

Melissa is a licensed independent clinical social worker. She received her degree from Simmons College School of Social Work. She has worked at Cambridge Hospital on the community services outreach team, with students at The New England Institute of Art, and most recently at Harvard University in the Mental Health Service providing psychotherapy to graduate and undergraduate students. Melissa enjoys working with issues of race, class and identity within cultural context, loss and grief, family and relational dynamics and mind/body techniques for stress management. Some of Melissa's personal interests include baking and cooking, gardening, music and spending time with family and friends.