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Meet the Staff

Shauna Summers - 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.

Nicole Pimentel - 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.

Mohammad Zafar, LICSW - Psychotherapist/Justice & Equity Outreach • 617.879.7571

Mohammad is a licensed independent clinical social worker and received his Master’s in Social Work from Florida State University. He has had the fortunate privilege of working in a variety of settings hearing people’s stories, which has left him feeling honored, humbled and grateful. Prior to coming to MassArt, Mohammad was at the Children’s Hospital at the University of Florida where he was able to work with children and young adults diagnosed with terminal disease. There, Mohammad spent much of his time studying, teaching, and addressing health disparities specifically linked to racial and economic inequality. Before that, Mohammad worked with the criminal legal system as a substance abuse counselor and advocate for those incarcerated. Some of his most impactful learning experiences came volunteering as a suicide hotline counselor, trainee at a psychiatric hospital, and student leader and mentor at the University of Florida. Outside of work, Mohammad spends most of his time with his large family travelling where affordable, snorkeling in his hometown, hiking the Great Smokies, looking for the next big giga-coaster to ride, and learning about his religious and cultural identity.  

Allison Shanley - Psychotherapist • 617.879.7760
Allison is a doctoral student in the Psy.D. program at William James College in Newton, MA. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Sacred Heart University. She has also attained two Master of Arts degrees, one in counseling psychology at the College of Saint Elizabeth and the other in professional psychology at William James College. Prior to starting at MassArt, Allison has had experience treating individuals across the lifespan doing individual and group therapy. Allison ultimately hopes to find a career in college counseling because she finds the work to be intriguing and rewarding. Allison aims to support and motivate clients by effectively providing them with evidence-based treatments, which will help them explore different healthy coping skills and strategies they can use to manage stress and other symptoms. Allison strives to build a strong therapeutic alliance that enables a foundation based on trust, open communication, and collaboration. Outside of work, Allison enjoys traveling, exploring, cooking, baking, and spending quality time with her partner and two dogs Zoey and Bella.