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 Boston College School of Education and 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.

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 and Association for Specialists in Group Work.

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, Jessica majored in psychology and obtained a Masters degree in counseling psychology. Jessica currently maintains both a group and individual caseload at the Academy, has experience in training and consulting within the public school sector, and as Program Manager is responsible for monitoring the daily operations of the Academy program itself. In addition, Jessica also maintains the position as director of the Academy's summer program, Camp Nonantum.

Veronica Carney, MA, LMHC

Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 19 / Email

Veronica Carney joined the Academy in 2003 and currently works as a group counselor and individual therapist for children and adolescents. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in addition to a BA in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Dartmouth College. She obtained her Elementary Education Certification in 2001 and has worked as a Certified Personal Trainer since 2002. Veronica has also worked in past years as a full time Physical Education Teacher in two Boston Public Charter Schools implementing curriculums that fostered physical, social and emotional development. Additionally, she consults with public schools on mental health and group related issues. Veronica is the founder and director of the Academy's personal training program, IN MOTION, which supports children with social and emotional needs to become more physically active and confident. Veronica is also the co-founder of the Academy Sports Program which has helped children learn and practice traditional sports in the safe environment of the Academy since 2004.

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.

Emily Saul, Ed.M., CAGS, LMHC

Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 13 / Email

Emily Saul has been working at the Academy since 2002. She earned her Master's Degree in Counseling and Sport Psychology at Boston University, and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) in Counseling Psychology at Lesley University in 2005. In addition to leading groups, Emily spent her first two years at the Academy teaching Physical Education at the Conservatory Lab Charter School. In 2004, she co-developed the Academy Sports program, which provides organized sports experience for children who have had little to no other participation in sports. Emily also works for The Life Is Good Kids Foundation.

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 studied as a graduate intern at the Academy in 2011-2012, and began work as a full time staff member in 2012. Andrea consults at a local elementary school, runs social skills groups, provides social coaching services, and provides individual therapy services. Andrea is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Jessica Farnsworth, M.A., LMHC

Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 22 / Email

Jessica Farnsworth received her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University's School of Medicine. After completing her graduate internship at the Academy of Physical and Social Development in 2011-2012, Jessica has been a full time staff member running groups, consulting at an elementary school, and training graduate social work and mental health counseling interns. Before her work at the Academy, Jessica completed an internship at one of Arbour Hospital's Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program where she provided group therapy services to adults. She also completed a year of course work in Sports Psychology and worked with Freshman Athletes at Boston University's Student Athlete Support Services. Jessica is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who provides both individual and group therapy services.

Lindsay Beatrice, M.A., LMHC

Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 35 / Email

Lindsay received her M.A in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College and her BA in Psychology from Stonehill College. She is starting her second year as a part time Academy staff member after working as an Academy intern for the 2012-2013 school year.  Lindsay also currently works as a Masters level clinician for Lahey Health Behavioral Services on the North Shore servicing children, adolescents and their families. She has also had experience working in a group home, working with adolescents with behavioral and emotional difficulties.

Neil Hagen, M.A.

Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 39 / Email

Neil Hagen spent two years as a high school math teacher in Mississippi before he earned his M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College in 2016. He is starting his first year as a part time Academy staff member after working as an Academy intern for the 2015-2016 school year. In addition to a summer position as the LTP Director at Camp Running Brook, Neil works as a Masters level clinician for Lahey Health Behavioral Services on the North Shore providing addiction counseling to adolescents and their families.

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.

Emily Thompson, MSW, LCSW

Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 28 / Email

Emily received her masterís degree in Social Work from Boston College and her BA in Psychology from Stonehill College.† She is starting her first year as a part time Academy staff member after working as an Academy intern for the 2014-2015 school year.† Emily currently works as a Masters level clinician for Dearborn Academy in Newton servicing children who have learning, emotional, and behavioral challenges.† She has also had experience working as a School-Based Clinician through an outpatient agency, providing individual, group, and family therapy to children and families.

Rebecca Kearney

Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 51 / Email

Rebecca Kearney is currently attending Lesley University and will receive her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in School and Community in May 2018. Rebecca began her career at the Academy as an intern during the 2016-2017 school year. She was also a camp counselor at Camp Nonantum during Summer 2017.† Before her time in graduate school, she was a Kindergarten Teacher at a Charter school in the Boston area. Rebecca also taught preschool and theater in the Providence, RI area. Rebecca has experience running social groups, working with many different ages of children, and working with families. She will be interning at the Runkle School in Brookline during the 2017-2018 school year to finish up her graduate studies.

Scott Anderson

Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 52 / Email

Scott Anderson is a Spring 2018 masters candidate at Lesley University specializing in school and community counseling. Scott entered 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 with the agency, 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.

Stephanie Chancey, M.A., R-DMT

Phone: 617-969-2200 ext. 24 / Email

Stephanie received her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Dance/Movement Therapy from Lesley University and her B.A. in Elementary Education and Human Development from Boston College. She holds an elementary teaching license and has experience teaching and counseling children who are hospitalized for physical and mental illnesses. She is a lifelong mover, a Registered-Dance/Movement Therapist, and has led dance and movement groups for children, teens, and adults. Stephanie currently works with children and families in bereavement as a Children's Services Counselor at CareGroup Parmenter Home Care & Hospice, Inc.

Denise Goguen

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.

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.


The Academy is a child and adolescent centered agency offering a social skills group program, individual counseling, and school-based services to Newton and the greater Boston Area.