Counseling Services

Emotional well-being is essential to personal development and integral to the creative process. RISD Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a range of mental health services to help students function well emotionally, interpersonally and academically.

CAPS staff members provide individual and group counseling to any matriculated undergraduate or graduate student, free of charge. Referrals to outside providers are available when indicated. Coordinating with Public Safety, CAPS also has an on-call counselor available in the event of a psychological emergency after hours.


phone: 401 454-6637
fax: 401 454-6660

Thompson House
63 Angell Street
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

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Shauna Summers, Psychologist
PhD Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Damion Vania, LMHC
Clinical Counselor
MA Lesley University

Mia Downes, LMHC
Case Manager
MS Springfield College

Jess Miller, Psychologist
Staff Psychologist
PsyD The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Samantha Becker, LICSW
Clinical Counselor
MSW Smith College School of Social Work

Joanne Duval
Counseling Assistant

Hal Woodcome, MD
Attending Psychiatrist

Marc Halperin, MD
Psychiatric Resident

Alexa Brewer, MA
Doctoral Intern

Emily DiTomaso, MA
Doctoral Intern

Andrea Medaris, MA
Doctoral Intern

Allison Silvers, MA
Doctoral Intern

Lauren Whittle, MA
Doctoral Intern

The Providence River and cityscape as seen from the southern edge of campus, behind the Industrial Design and
Architecture buildings.