Clinical Staff

Bob Samuels, Ph.D., DirectorBob received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, majoring in Sociology with Certificates in Afro-American Studies and Science in Human Affairs.  He then went on to receive his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.  When not at work he spends his time breathing deeply, listening to spoken word poetry, and riding his motorcycle.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. – Maya Angelou

Cory Clark, Ph.D., Assistant Director / Director of TrainingCory received his B.A. from SUNY Buffalo, MA and Ph.D. from West Virginia University.  He enjoys being outdoors, kayaking, fishing, and spending time with my family and friends.

Love the life you live, Live the life you love. – Bob Marley

Catherine Calise, LICSW, Substance Abuse SpecialistCatherine received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Relations and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and went on to acquire her license as an Independent Clinical Social Worker. Outside of work, Catherine enjoys being outdoors, taking walks, going to the beach, day trips, playing volleyball and being in the company of her family.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Marge Franca-Terceira, Psy.D. Marge-Franca-Terceira
Alison Homan, M.A., CAGS, LMHCAlison studied first in Australia for her B Ed. in Language and Literature before arriving in the U.S. to complete two graduate degrees in Counseling and Counselor Education from Rhode Island College. In between she traveled extensively and fell in love with exploring countries and cultures. The cultures and behaviors of animals also fascinate her. She loves her two cockatiels – her feathered friends.

Hope is a thing with feathers that perches on the soul. – Emily Dickinson

Mary Jane Klinkhammer, LICSWMary Jane received her B.S. from the University of Rhode Island and Master’s in Social Work from Rhode Island College.  She has gone on to achieve her Independent Clinical Social Work License.

There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live well.- Dalai Lama

Nathaniel O’Connor, Psy.D.Nate received his Psy.D. from Widener University. He is an interim Psychologist at the URI Counseling Center and is currently working toward licensure. In his free time he enjoys traveling, rowing, spending time with family and reading historical non-fiction.

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together. – Desmond Tutu

Nate O'Connor
Holly Nichols, LMHCHolly received her B.A. in Women’s Studies and Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and her Masters of Counseling from Antioch University.  Holly enjoys spending time with her rescue dogs (including Samantha, her Pet Assisted Therapy Dog), organic vegetable gardening, being outside in nature, and time with family and friends.

I’m just like you – I want to be a good human being. I’m doing my best, and I’m working at it. – Maya Angelou

Warren Schwartz, PsyDWarren received his B.A. in psychology from Skidmore College. He went on to receive his M.A. in experimental social psychology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and his Psy.D. from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, writing and playing music, and metal detecting / colonial relic hunting.

Perhaps everything terrible is, in its deepest being, something that needs our love. – Rainer Maria Rilke

Warren Schwartz
Michael T. Starkey, Ph.D.Michael received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He really enjoys nature, riding his bike, reading, and existential psychology/philosophy.

If a way to the better there be, it lies in taking a full look at the worst. -Thomas Hardy


Post-Doctoral Fellow:

Mackenzie Brown, Psy.D.Mackenzie received her Bachelors of Science from SUNY Buffalo and her Masters and PsyD in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Free time outside of work is typically filled with training for her next endurance adventure (triathlons), anything to do with being outdoors (hiking, fishing, camping, kayaking), travel to lands and cities near and far, and attending live music shows.

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mackenzie Brown

Graduate Students in Training:

Clifton Berwise, MAClifton received his B.S. in psychology from Trinity College and his Master’s in psychology from the University of Rhode Island. He is currently a student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at URI. Outside of school, he enjoys listening to music, trying new food and spending time with loved ones.

Our ability to grow is directly proportional to an ability to entertain the uncomfortable.

Nathan Capalbo, MANate received his Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from William James College, where he is now currently pursuing his doctorate in Clinical Psychology. In his free time Nate enjoys spending time with his dog, riding motorcycles, and traveling.

“Our greatest freedom is to choose our attitude” – Victor E. Frankl

Meaghan SpragueMeaghan earned her undergraduate degrees in Psychology as well as Chemical Dependency and Addictions Studies from Rhode Island College. She is currently studying towards her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling at William James College. In her free time Meaghan embraces any opportunity to be active, in nature, or surrounded by friends, family and animals.

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself as I am, then I can change. –Carl Rogers


Administrative Assistants

Cynthia CandonCynthia received her BA in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island. In addition to her work at the Counseling Center, she enjoys entertaining her family and friends at home, traveling and attending theater and musical performances.  She also assists her family and friends with their real estate needs functioning as a Real Estate Broker.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. – Gandhi

Carolyn PerroneCarolyn received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. She enjoys her work helping others at the Counseling Center. She also likes walking outdoors, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.-Theodore Roosevelt

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