Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association
M.A. Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine, 2009, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
B.A. Counseling and Health Psychology, 2007, (Magna Cum Laude) Emmanuel College, Boston, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) (2012-Present)
I am an alumna of the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program at Boston University School of Medicine and am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Massachusetts. I am employed as a Project Director/Clinical Interventionist for an NIMH funded HIV Prevention Study with the Homeless and Mentally Ill at the Boston Medical Center, working with Drs. Brady, Berger-Greenstein, and Levy-Bell. In addition, I am an adjunct faculty member at Emmanuel College, where I have taught courses in Counseling Theory and Techniques, Internship in Psychology, and General Psychology. Prior to my current positions, I worked at a non-profit organization in Boston providing individual/group therapy and crisis stabilization counseling to adults on parole and federal probation with acute mental health needs. I have experience working as part of multidisciplinary care teams providing individual and group psychotherapy, substance abuse counseling, and crisis counseling to adults facing multiple challenges. I enjoy working with disadvantaged individuals in an effort to promote health and wellness among a population affected by mental illness.
Questions & Answers
Q: Please describe theoretical orientation and your teaching philosophy
My theoretical orientation is grounded in Cognitive-Behavioral Theory with a Person-Centered approach. I frequently incorporate Motivational Interviewing techniques as part of my clinical practice.
As a component to experiential learning, it is important that each student feels comfortable participating and is able to honestly discuss achievements, as well as missteps along the way. My approach emphasizes creating an environment of trust and fostering a collaborative atmosphere that encourages open communication for students.
Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of counseling psychology?
My interest in understanding the nuances of human behavior is a driving force both academically and professionally. While studying in college and graduate school, I applied what started out as genuine curiosity of human behavior and relationships to courses and internships in counseling and psychology. The opportunity to incorporate biological, psychological and social factors into both theory and practice is what ultimately drew me to the field of Health Psychology. Working with homeless, mentally ill, and disenfranchised clients from a variety of ethnicities and backgrounds has become a passion of mine. I have found helping others in a clinical capacity to be incredibly fulfilling and rewarding.
Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching in the MHCBM Program?
As a graduate of the program, I have truly enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the MHCHM program as part of the adjunct faculty. Now that I am on the other side of the classroom experience after working in the field for a few years, I continue to be impressed with the level of clinical knowledge that the students have gained in their first few semesters at BU. I have enjoyed connecting with students and helping them navigate their first clinical cases as a supervisor. Having been in their shoes, I fully appreciate the challenges and achievements of the graduate level practicum and internship experience.
- Massachusetts Mental Health Counseling Association (MaMHCA)
- American Counseling Association (ACA)
Select Recent Presentations
- 2014 Berger-Greenstein, J., J., Jain, K., Bacic, J., Reid, K., Bhatia, N., Mainville, C., Richardson, M., & Brady, S. (2014, July). PTSD symptoms, HIV risk behaviors, and sex trade in a homeless/marginally-housed population with serious mental illness. Poster presented at the 20th meeting of the International AIDS Society, Melbourne, Australia.
- 2013 Berger-Greenstein, J., Mainville, C., DeSena, T., Wolfe, J., Reid, K., Richardson, M., & Brady, S. (2013, March). The Relationship between Hepatitis C, HIV, Service Utilization and HIV Risk Behavior. Poster presented at the 34thth Annual Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference, San Francisco, California.
- 2012 Rosenbloom, J. Rees, V., Reid, K., Wong, J, Kinnunen, & T. H. (2012). A Cross-sectional Study on Tobacco Use and Dependence among Women: Does Menthol Matter? Tobacco Induced Diseases, 10(1), 10-19.
- 2009 Lin, L., & Reid, K. (2009). The relationship between media exposure and antifat attitudes: The role of dysfunctional appearance beliefs. Body Image: An International Journal of Research, 6, 52-55.
- 2009 Kinnunen, T., Rosenbloom, J., Reid, K., Wong, J., & Rees, V. (2009, May). The burden of menthol cigarettes: The tobacco intake and dependence. Paper presented at the 10th Annual Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
- 2007 Reid, K., & Lin, L., (2007, October). The Relationship Between Antifat Prejudice, Body Dissatisfaction, and Media Exposure. Poster presented at the 2007 Annual Conference for the New England Psychological Association, Danbury, CT.
- 2006 Kinnunen, T., Regnault N., Reid, K., Shapiro, F., Miesmaa, P., Medaglia, & T.D., Korhonen, (2006, July). Characteristics of Female Smokers Interested in Smoking Cessation Studies. Abstract presented at the13th World Conference on Tobacco and Health Conference, Washington D.C.
Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine program:
GMS MH 921: Clinical Internship Supervision
GMS MH 902: Clinical Practicum Supervision