Ken Barringer, M.A.,LMHC
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 12 / Email
Ken Barringer is the Director of the Academy. He has been with the Academy since 1981. Ken earned his degrees from Clark University and Lesley University. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Lesley University Division of Counseling and Psychology. He is a consultant to public and private schools as well as mental health programs. Ken also maintains a private therapy practice specializing in grief and loss.
He is the former chairperson of the Children's Group Therapy Association and is currently a member of the American Counseling Association, Mass. Mental Health Counselors Association, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Association for Specialists in Group Work, and Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development.
Jessica Capone, M.A., LMHC
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 15 / Email
Jessica Capone, Program Manager for the Academy, has been a staff member since 1997. Jessica obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boston College. As an undergraduate, she majored in psychology and obtained a Masters degree in counseling psychology. Jessica currently maintains a therapy practice at the Academy focusing on individual therapy, group work, and consultation/behavior management. She has experience in training and consulting within the public/private school sector, and as Program Manager, is responsible for managing the daily operations of the Academy program itself. In addition, Jessica also maintains the position as Director of the Academy's Summer Programming. She is a current member of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association and the American Counseling Association.
S. Otto Johnson, M.Ed., CAGS
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 38 / Email
Otto has his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in elementary education and his Masters and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from UMass-Boston in school psychology. He has taught 2nd and 3rd grade for 13 years before shifting his careeer to school psychology. Otto is currently a school psychologist at the Walsh Middle School in Framingham and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.
Andrea Maxwell, M.A., LMHC
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 31 / Email
Andrea Maxwell received her M.S. in Counseling and School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Before her time at the Academy Andrea taught theatre in elementary schools and worked as a preschool teacher in the Boston area. She has experience in Early Intervention which focuses on children birth-to-three years old. She studied as a graduate intern at the Academy in 2011-2012, and began work as a full time staff member in 2012. Andrea runs social skills groups, provides social coaching services, and provides individual therapy services. Andrea is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
Jessica Kruss, M.A., LMHC
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 22 / Email
Jessica Kruss is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who provides both individual and group therapy services at the Academy. She a received her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University's School of Medicine. Jessica has been a staff member here at the Academy since her graduate internship year in 2011-2012. In addition to her mental health training, Jessica also has taken course work in Sports Psychology and worked with Freshman Athletes at Boston University's Student Athlete Support Services.
Janae Sernoffsky, M.A.
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 50 / Email
Janae Sernoffsky graduated with her M.A in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College in 2015 where she completed her internship at the Academy of Physical and Social development. Prior, she received her M.S in Sport Psychology from Miami University and her B.S in Kinesiology and psychology from the University of New Hampshire. Janae currently works as a masters level clinician at one of JRI's residential programs where she provides trauma-informed individual and group counseling to adolescent females and their families. She has a range of experiences working with children and adolescents including assessment work at McLean's Anxiety Mastery Program.
Scott Anderson, M.A., LMHC
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 52 / Email
Scott began at the Academy of Physical and Social development in Fall 2016 as a graduate intern and is excited to continue his work with children and families in the community. Prior to working at the Academy, Scott provided support to children and families in Cambridge at The Boys and Girls Club. While working within this setting, Scott was a program specialist, designing cooperative and educational games for children. As an undergraduate, Scott studied mental health counseling at Lesley University and interned for agencies such as Arlington Center For The Arts and All Care Hospice. Scott is now an adjustment counselor at OíDonnell Middle School in Stoughton.
Maura Keefe, M.A.
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 39 / Email
Maura received her Masters in School Counseling Psychology in addition to her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Economics from Boston College. Maura started at the Academy as a part-time graduate intern in the fall of 2018 while she interned in Newton North High Schoolís counseling department. She has continued her work at the Academy as a part-time staff member & counselor at Camp Nonantum. Maura is currently a School Counselor at Reading Memorial High School.
Rachel Schwartz, M.A.
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 24 / Email
Rachel received her Masterís in Sport Psychology and Mental Health Counseling from Boston University and her B.S in Psychology from The Ohio State University. Rachel began working at The Academy as an intern in the fall of 2018 and worked at Camp Nonantum in the summer of 2019. Rachel currently works as a school and community based clinician for South Bay Community services. Rachel enjoys bringing together physical activity and therapy to provide a fun therapeutic experience for clients.
Kayla Trutt, M.A.
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 53 / Email
Kayla Trutt received her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regis College. She completed her internship at the Academy of Physical and Social Development and is excited to continue her work here as a staff member. In addition to her work at the Academy, Kayla will be joining the team at JRI as an Outpatient Clinician, providing trauma-informed care to children ages 3-15. Kayla obtained a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2019. Kayla is currently taking steps to become a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist. In the future, she hopes to fuse her two passions, mental health and dance, to provide meaningful support to children, their families, and the community.
Allison Morgan, M.A.
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 21 / Email
Allison received her Masterís in Mental Health Counseling with a certificate in Child and Family Mental Health from Boston College. She obtained her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University. Allison began working at the Academy in the fall of 2020 as a graduate intern. She is excited to continue working with children and their families at the Academy. Currently, Allison works at Mass General Hospital as a psychometrist.
Katie McGrail, LMHC, BC-DMT
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 37 / Email
Katie McGrail is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist. Her experience includes group and individual end of life and bereavement support for children, adolescents and families, work with adults living with challenges including memory loss, homelessness, and acquired/traumatic brain injury as well as teaching dance and yoga to children and adults. Katie holds a BA from Connecticut College, an MA from Lesley University, and is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor. In addition to her work at the Academy, Katie serves as Childrenís Services Coordinator at the HEARTplay Bereavement Program and as Assistant Director of Camp Erin Boston.
Alessandra Grasso, M.A.
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 35 / Email
Alessandra received her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at Boston college in 2020, after joining the Academy as an intern in the fall of 2019. Alessandra also earned a Masters in Economics in Italy. She currently works as an In Home Therapy Clinician at the Italian Home for Children, where she provides individual and family therapy to children aged 4-21.
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 32 / Email
Denise Goguen has been the bookkeeper at the Academy since 1996. She carries an associates degree in accounting and has been a bookkeeper for 25 years. In addition to the Academy, Denise maintains positions with Running Brook Day Camp and the Windsor Press.
Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 29 / Email
Kate graduated cum laude from Bentley University with a B.S. in accounting. While at Bentley, Kate was a Scholar All-American swimmer, team captain, and Special Olympics volunteer. Kate recently completed her masterís degree in accounting at University of Massachusetts-Amherst and will be starting her third year at The Academy. She enjoys being a part of the team and the mission.
The Academy is involved with the training of new counselors. We are an internship site for graduate schools of counseling and social work. Area colleges we are affiliated with include; Boston College Schools of Education and Social Work, Boston University School of Medicine, Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine Program and the Boston University School of Social Work, Simmons School of Social Work, Lesley University, Northeastern University, Framingham State Mental Health Program, the UMass Mental Health Counseling Program, and William James College.