Graduate Profiles

Dr. Jeff Summerville lives and works in southern Connecticut. Jeff’s work focuses primarily on a group private practice after having worked many years in the world of human service agencies. He enjoys the freedom and independence of private practice, and says the money is fairly good if you are willing to work hard. About 60% of his practice is with children. He began marketing his practice by encouraging referrals of children with the most difficult behavioral problems, and feels that working with children and families is particularly rewarding.

Jeff also has a major commitment to Employee Assistance Programs, including one that provides services to the State Police, local police, fire departments and local school boards, as well as one at Yale University that serves all 11,000 Yale employees. His work involves promoting the services of the EAP, building relationships with key management and union leaders, crisis intervention, conflict management and management coaching. He highly recommends that graduates interested in private practice affiliate themselves with an EAP.

Jeff reserves Mondays for personal/professional development. He is completing certification from the California School of Professional Psychology in Executive Coaching and meeting some interesting people in the business world. He has taken trips to Italy and England, which he had neither time nor money to do as a graduate student. Finding a better balance in life has been a major accomplishment over the past two years. He just ran a six-minute mile for the first time in his life!

Dr. Donna DiCello, a 1996 PsyD graduate, is currently the Associate Director of the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology at the University of Hartford, where she has been core faculty since 2000. Prior to this, she was adjunct faculty in the PsyD program at Antioch University New England and also taught at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. At the University of Hartford, she is the faculty facilitator for the Women’s Research and Mentoring Project, which she co-founded with another graduate, Sarah Pearlman, in 2001.

Donna has a special interest in the role of countertransference in the therapeutic relationship; resiliency in adolescents; mentoring in graduate school; ethnicity and professional development; and the interface of Buddhism and psychotherapy. She is currently preparing publication of her study on Italian-American female psychologists in relationship to their families, and has recently submitted an article on women and mentoring. She also maintains an independent practice in New Haven, CT, in which she sees children, adolescents, and adults. Her areas of clinical expertise include anxiety, relationship difficulties, depression, and trauma which she approaches from a psychodynamic/cognitive/interpersonal approach.

Dr. Lynn Dowd lives in the Boston area. She states that her current work situation has evolved along with her development as a psychologist. She holds one position is a small municipal youth and family services department, where she does individual and family therapy, prevention activities, and community education. She feels this is an ideal position for her because as a salaried municipal employee, she does not have to charge fees and there is no restriction on the delivery of services. It is very community-based, with access to the police youth officers, the school personnel, clergy, and other organizations. She supervises social work and Master’s-level interns.

Lynn also provides services in the Outpatient Psychiatry Department at UMass Memorial Health Center in Worcester. The department is closely affiliated with UMass Medical School, so there are many research and training opportunities available. The major focus is on training psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and practicum students. Lynn did her pre-doctoral internship in this setting. Lynn also teaches a 3-semester case- and practice-based class for students doing fieldwork in the Counseling Psychology Program at Assumption College, where she enjoys watching the growth of students, as well as learning from them.

Dr. Steve Broer is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont’s Center on Disability and Community Inclusion, where he coordinates outreach services, an alternative service delivery project, and collaborates with colleagues from other disciplines researching disability-related issues. He is about to become the Director of Behavioral Health at Northwestern Counseling and Support Services (a rural community mental health center) where he will be responsible for crisis services, outpatient services, and community-based programs for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. He will continue as adjunct faculty at the University of Vermont’s Center on Disability and Community Inclusion.