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College can be overwhelming with new pressures and stresses. Our staff are here to offer support in a safe, welcoming and confidential environment.

NOTE: Please be aware that email is not a confidential source and our staff may not be able to immediately respond. All emergencies should be directed to University Police at 781-891-3131. Please also see our Emergencies page.

 

Staff Bios

 

Peter Forkner, Ph.D.


Director

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 worked in a number of college counseling centers, 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, and supporting New England sports.

 

Meghan Van Keuren, Psy.D.


Assistant Director/Training Coordinator

Meghan received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, her MS in counseling psychology from Northeastern University and her BS in psychology from William Smith College.  She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, mental health counseling centers, and college counseling centers.  Meghan’s clinical interests include the mindbody connection, anxiety, life transitions, the grief process, and stress management. She focuses on helping students increase self-awareness, develop strategies related to management and overall functioning, and improve life balance. Outside of work, Meghan enjoys spending time at the beach, New England road trips, and Barre/Yoga classes.

Karen Cutting, Psy.D.


Staff Psychologist

Karen received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, her MA in counseling psychology from the University of West Florida, and her BA in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross. The philosophy that guides Karen’s approach in counseling is the unwavering belief that people have limitless potential to heal and grow. Her hope for those with whom she works is increased self-awareness, enriched relationships, deeper emotional engagement, and healthier, more flexible functioning.  Karen has worked in various college mental health settings as well as community mental health and inpatient psychiatric care.  She has an interest in treating young adults with a wide range of concerns through both individual and group counseling.

Andrew Dole, Psy.D.


Staff Psychologist

Andrew received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, his MS/CAGS in school psychology from Northeastern University, and his BS in psychology from the University of Vermont. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including college counseling centers at Wellesley College and Roger Williams University. Andrew’s professional interests include trauma, grief, men’s issues, depression, relational issues, and sports psychology. In his free time, Andrew enjoys spending time with his friends and family, being active, traveling, and cheering for the New England Patriots.  

Hope Forbes, Ph.D.


Staff Psychologist

Hope received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Suffolk University and her BA in psychology from Cornell University.  She has worked in a wide range of settings including college counseling center, hospitals and community mental health centers.  Hope’s clinical interests include trauma, resiliency, anxiety, stress management, depression, and relational difficulties.  Outside of work, Hope enjoys spending time with family and friends, going into Boston, relaxing at the beach, and watching reality TV.

Melissa Alois


Doctoral Intern

 

Melissa is a 4th year doctoral level intern in the clinical psychology program at William James College. She received her MA in professional psychology from William James College and her BA in psychology from Villanova University. In the past, Melissa has worked in an inpatient hospital, a partial hospital program, a therapeutic day school, and a high school counseling center. Her clinical interests include depression, eating disorders, relationship concerns, identity development, and life transitions. Outside of work, Melissa enjoys spending time with family and friends, being active, reading, and traveling.

Stephanie Batista


Doctoral Intern

 

Stephanie is a 4th year doctoral level intern in the clinical psychology program at William James College. She received her M.A. in counseling psychology from Lesley University, her M.A. in professional psychology from William James College, and her B.S. in psychology from Suffolk University. She has worked in a number of settings including hospitals, mental health counseling centers, therapeutic schools and high schools. Stephanie’s professional interests include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, major mental illness and relational difficulties. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.

AJ Diamonti


Doctoral Intern

 

AJ is a 3rd year doctoral-level intern in the counseling psychology program at Boston College. He received his MA in counseling psychology from Boston College. AJ studied biochemistry as an undergrad at Cornell University and worked as a researcher and teacher before entering the field of psychology. He has worked at a therapeutic day school, and in middle and high school counseling centers. AJ’s clinical interests include critical consciousness and identity development, school to work transition, relationship concerns, anxiety, and depression. Outside of work, AJ enjoys reading and photography, and spending time kayaking or hiking with his family.

 

Christine Hill


Office Manager

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.