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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.

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

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

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