The mission of CAPS is to help students achieve their fullest potential, improve the quality of their life, and successfully meet the challenges of college.
Students utilize CAPS services in consultation with counseling staff who help determine the limited number of sessions a student will attend. These services are time limited in nature and help students focus in on both the central issue(s) that brought them to treatment as well as on identified goals and objectives. CAPS services include individual, group, and couples counseling. Of course, there are times when a student's treatment needs to extend beyond that of which CAPS can offer. In such instances, CAPS counselors will work with students to arrange access to off-campus psychotherapists and psychiatrists. While walk-in appointments are reserved for emergencies only, an initial appointment with a counselor is usually available within a week and may be arranged by calling our office at 860.768.4482, or by stopping by GSU, room 313.
CAPS staff also provides training, outreach, and consultation to University faculty and staff.
David Albert, Ph.D.
Dr. David Albert is a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of CAPS. Prior to coming to CAPS in 2007, Dr. Albert was Director of Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He has also served as a senior in-house consulting psychologist to the State of Connecticut's Department of Children and Families. Dr. Albert received his doctorate from Northwestern University and completed his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital's Victims of Violence Program (VOV).
Nicholas Pinkerton, Psy.D.
Dr. Nicholas Pinkerton is a licensed clinical psychologist who obtained his doctoral and master's degrees from the University of Hartford's Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology, and his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut. Prior to coming to CAPS in 2010, he completed an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at Northwestern University's Counseling and Psychological Services center. Dr. Pinkerton additionally trained at other college counseling centers including Eastern Connecticut State University and Connecticut College. He also has several years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in community mental health settings as well as providing individual and group counseling, crisis services, supervision, and outreach programming.
Samantha Morris, M.A.
Samantha has a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (GIPP) at the University of Hartford, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Springfield College. Prior to coming to CAPS in 2012, Samantha was a practicum student at CAPS in 2010. She also completed a year of training at the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living in Hartford. Samantha is currently in the process of completing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at GIPP at the University of Hartford.
Kate Gardner, L.C.S.W.
Kate Gardner is a licensed clinical social worker who obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work , and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northeastern University. Prior to coming to CAPS in 2012, Kate provided clinical services in congregate care programs, schools, hospitals, and private practice. Kate has several years of experience providing individual, group, and family therapy, as well as crisis services, for child, adolescent, and adult clients.
Nicole Cappiello, B.A.
Deanna Ferrentino, M.A.
Anne Head, B.A.
Brian Becker Broncheau, M.D.
Natalie March, M.D.
Remy Sirken, M.D.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Gengras Student Union, Room 313
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117-1599