Who is on the OPD Team?
Meet us at a workshop!
Shana Passonno, MS, Director
"Being informed and intentional with your career is essential! Our team's broad expertise can help you be focused and proactive during your time at UMass. We collectively represent the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields: We have been where you are!"
Heidi Bauer-Clapp, PhD, Associate Director
"So much of the graduate experience involves taking risks, which require you to not only know how to do something but also believe that you can do it! I love facilitating supportive, informative OPD events that help you feel prepared to succeed!"
Patricia Matthews, Writing Coordinator
"It’s easy to feel like you are the only one struggling in grad school…and maybe you don’t feel comfortable sharing your challenges with people in your program. At OPD workshops, you get to meet a lot of grad students and postdocs who are facing similar concerns, like procrastination and high self-expectations. Remember, you came here to learn, so be kind to yourself and come learn with OPD!"
Bryan Monesson-Olson, PhD, Associate Director
"There are so many parts of graduate school that can be overwhelming. With OPD you can develop strategies that make you more successful and prioritize your mental health and wellbeing!"
Johanna Frances Yunker, PhD, Associate Director
“In OPD workshops, we talk a lot about the 'hidden curriculum' of graduate school. You know, all those little things that nobody explains - but you're being judged on. Some people already have networks that help them navigate these things, but we want to make success in academia accessible to all.”