Yale College Community Care (YC3), a new program now available to undergraduates, expands mental health and wellness support by devoting eight new full-time staff members to support Yale College’s diverse student population. Together with a separate staffing increase of six full-time positions in the department of Mental Health and Counseling, the YC3 program expands the types and settings for therapy and makes it easier and faster for students to get counseling. Together, both expansions will add 14 full-time staff positions.

In addition to the treatment that remains available to students in the department of Mental Health and Counseling, the YC3 program offers students new options for support through its four College Care Clinicians and four Community Wellness Specialists. All of them meet with individual students and with groups. Along with their own services, they provide a pathway for students who are thinking about pursuing more formal, ongoing therapy through Mental Health and Counseling. Students can schedule YC3 appointments directly.

College Care Clinicians are licensed clinical psychologists and licensed social workers who are available to meet with students in locations near the residential colleges for drop-in clinical care. The YC3 clinicians are part of the Mental Health and Counseling staff, and meetings with them are confidential. They also work closely with the rest of the YC3 team on common issues and community programming.

Community Wellness Specialists are available to meet in the residential colleges with students who want to work on practical strategies for overall well-being. They are part of Yale College’s Student Affairs Office and work together with heads, deans, first-year counselors, and peer liaisons as members of the residential college’s support team. The tools and approaches they offer can be used alongside therapy or on their own. The YC3 specialists can also connect students to other resources throughout the university.

Mental Health and Counseling continues to offer treatment to students who would like to pursue formal therapy in a clinical setting, and the new staff expansion will make it easier and faster for students to be seen. Students can always call (203) 432-0290 during regular business hours to schedule appointments. They can also call that same number any time, day or night, to speak to a clinician immediately.

Although the formal YC3 launch is scheduled for the 2021-2022 academic year, the program is already available to students. Two of its four College Care Clinicians and two of its four Community Wellness Specialists have been hired and supporting students since the start of the spring 2021 semester and later in the rollout, groups and events will be available. Student groups and individual students have been providing feedback during this initial stage, and the YC3 program will continue to incorporate student ideas as it continues its rollout.

These two expansions have been made possible by the generous support of anonymous donors and the offices of the president and the provost.

Meet Our Staff

College Care Clinicians

Andrea DePetris

Andrea DePetris, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist. She completed her doctorate at the University of Connecticut, her predoctoral internship at the Veteran Affairs Connecticut Healthcare System (Newington), and postdoctoral work at Columbia University’s Counseling Center. Her research has focused on health disparities, the psychological and physical toll of experiencing racial discrimination, and multiracial/ethnic identity formation. Her clinical specializations include racial identity development, trauma treatment, and health behavior change. Dr. DePetris approaches counseling with a culturally-informed and intersectional perspective. She strives to create a supportive and collaborative environment that fosters therapeutic growth.

 

Lauren Moss-Racusin

Dr. Moss-Racusin completed a Bachelor’s degree in Hispanic Language and Literatures from Boston University, followed by a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, a clinical internship at the counseling center at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the counseling center at Temple University. She is passionate about contributing to the linguistic and cultural inclusivity of the mental health field, and about using psychotherapy as a platform through which to advance social justice. As a clinician, she helps individuals to understand themselves and their relationships, to learn adaptive ways to engage with their thoughts and feelings, and to make healthful changes. Dr. Moss-Racusin loves working with university students on the range of life issues they may be facing, including psychological distress; trauma; identity development; discrimination; familial, peer, and romantic relationships; academic and occupational decisions and pressures; and growing independence.

 

Community Wellness Specialists

Angie Makomenaw

Angie Makomenaw is an advocate and educator. She has 16+ years supporting and advocating for mental health clinical teams within university settings (Wesleyan University, University of Northern Colorado, and University of Utah) and her own tribal community, Saginaw Chippewa. Angie is also a peer grant reviewer for the Department of Justice specifically working on grants supporting human trafficking organizations, tribal communities, and law enforcement. Throughout her career she has made it a point to support her community. Angie has held numerous Board of Director positions within her community including Batterer's Intervention Services of Michigan, Uniting Three Fires Against Violence Tribal Coalition, Utah Sexual Assault Coalition, Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, Salt Lake Area Domestic Violence Coalition, Restoring Ancestral Winds Tribal Coalition, and Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Angie has a Bachelor’s in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Minorities Studies and a Master’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado. In her free time, Angie enjoys watching way too much television with her family and reading science fiction romance novels. She lives with her partner (Matthew) and kids (Odeno and Ishkode Nimkee) in Trumbull College. Not to be forgotten, she also lives with their cat, Jasper, who keeps them all in line with his condescending stares

 

Corinne Coia

Corinne loves working with students through a holistic lens to help support them through their unique life challenges. Corinne has experience working with members of the LGBTQ+ community and has extensive experience working with topics such as stress management, mindfulness, body image and athlete specific issues. Corinne joined Yale after spending two years at the University of Notre Dame working on well-being initiatives within the athletics department and worked to create a psycho-educational program for both student-athletes and coaches. During her time at Notre Dame, Corinne worked to create a mental health bystander program for all students and served as a Koru Mindfulness instructor. Corinne spent several years working with eating disorders as a therapist at Walden Behavioral Care, where she did both individual and group therapy and was part of the team who worked to create an athlete specific program called GOALS. Corinne earned her Master's in Social Work and Bachelor's in Kinesiology from the University of New Hampshire where she was a member and captain of the Women's Basketball team. Corinne currently resides in New Haven with her wife Elizabeth and their two dogs, Hunter and Ollie. Corinne enjoys hiking, home renovations and watching the office.