Tessa Smith


Position at CCPH: Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow

Year joined UMass: 2021

Supervisors: Christine Catraio, Ph.D., and Jennifer Lefort, Ph.D.

Education: MS in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Keene, NH; BA in Psychology from University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Professional Experience and Clinical Interests: I’ve trained in various settings including college counseling, community mental health, neuropsychological assessment, and forensic assessment, as a part of my graduate training. Through these experiences, I’ve sought to work collaboratively with all individuals to create a supportive therapeutic connection of authenticity, openness, and curiosity. My clinical interests include working from relational cultural, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused models. In addition to working with individuals in counseling, I’m part of the assessment program through CCPH, as well as various groups and workshops each semester.

More About Me: I strive to support folks in growing in the ways they’re hoping to grow, identifying potential (personal or contextual) resources and barriers, and learning about themselves. I am also an outdoor-enthusiast during the warmer months, a big fan of podcasts and TV shows, and an even bigger fan of pets of all kinds.