Brenda Hawks, PhD
DirectorOffice: Counseling Center
A native of Virginia, Brenda received her PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University in counseling psychology and a BA in literature from the University of Virginia. Prior to Bentley, she was a faculty member in counseling psychology at Lehigh University and worked in a VA hospital. Brenda's main interests are in career development; gender, cultural, racial and class issues; and the mind-body connection, focusing on spirituality, humor, and health. She also co-facilitates the Develop U initiative and the Peer Education program. In addition, Brenda maintains a private practice and teaches in the management and ID programs at Bentley. She enjoys reading, singing, gardening and laughing.
Stephanie Kendall, PhD
Assistant DirectorOffice: Counseling Center
Stephanie received her doctorate in clinical psychology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and has been working in college counseling for more than 12 years. Stephanie is an engaged and collaborative therapist, working with students to increase self-awareness, positive coping, and healthy relationships. She has particular interests in grief and loss, parental divorce, childhood abuse, and working with LGBTQ or other multicultural students. Stephanie also co-facilitates the Develop U initiative, Peer Education program, and routinely conducts wellness programs on campus. In her personal life, Stephanie enjoys spending time running and being with her family.
Stephanie S. Brodeur, CRC, LRC
Assistant Director for Disability ServicesOffice: Counseling Center
Stephanie completed a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and a BA in social rehabilitation at Assumption College. She is certified and licensed as a rehabilitation counselor. Prior to Bentley, Stephanie worked at a therapeutic after school program and a day and residential school for students with disabilities. In addition to academic accommodations, Stephanie coordinates Project Eye-to-Eye and advises the Delta Alpha Pi honors society. Her interests include issues of disability, diversity, and mental health. Her personal interests include reading, going to the gym, and relaxing on Cape Cod.
Peter Forkner, PhD
PsychologistOffice: Counseling Center
Raised in Massachusetts, Peter obtained his PhD from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, where he majored in psychology and minored in sociology. Peter has experience in psychological research and college counseling, including George Mason University, Catholic University, the University of New Hampshire, and Salem State University. Peter’s clinical interests include the treatment of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse, as well as masculinity and its influence on male behavior and mental health issues. Outside of work, Peter enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, cheese-making, and supporting New England sports.
Darleen Gracia, PsyD
PsychologistOffice: Counseling Center
Darleen is a bicultural, bilingual clinician originally from Puerto Rico. She obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (concentration in Latino Mental Health), an MA in counseling psychology from Boston College, and a BA in psychology and sociology at UConn. Darleen has worked in hospitals, community health centers, and college counseling centers. Her clinical interests include cultural adjustment; life transitions; gender-, race-, class-, religion-related issues; LGBTQ concerns; and the impact of stress on the mind and body. Outside of the office, Darleen enjoys being a foodie, playing tennis, and exploring the outdoors.
Office ManagerOffice: Counseling Center
Chris came to Bentley in 1989. Prior to Bentley, she served as a paralegal in the field of criminal and probate law. Chris is responsible for coordinating student services within the Counseling Center. Her focus concerning the Bentley community is with ALANA and PRIDE students.