Health and Counseling Services Staff

Medical and Nursing Staff

Sara Aierstuck, MSN, RN, FNP-BC

Sara AierstuckDirector of Health and Counseling Services

Sara is a nurse practitioner with experience in college and university health centers at Yale University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has been the director of HCHCS since 2009. She earned a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College; an M.S.N from Yale University, and is AANC board-certified as a family nurse practitioner.


Dawn Beckman, MSN, FNP-BC

Dawn BeckmanNurse Practitioner

Dawn is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with experience caring for adolescents and adults, primarily in the Boston area. She earned a B.S, from the University of Massachusetts Boston and an M.S. from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.


Counseling Services

Eliza McArdle, Ph.D.

Eliza McArdleDirector of Counseling Services

Eliza McArdle has been at HCHCS since 2003. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts and completed her advanced training through Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Mental Health Institute. She has been working in college mental health settings since 1996, and has additionally worked with the homeless and chronically mentally ill population in Boston. Eliza's clinical and research interests include the treatment of self-injurious behavior, eating disorders, and depression. She has a special interest in identity development and has extensive experience working with the LGBTQ community.

Angela Bardawil, LICSW

Angela BardawilStaff Psychotherapist

Angela Bardawil has practiced psychodynamic relationally-oriented psychotherapy with diverse populations for over 20 years with a special focus on issues of personal and cultural identity. She has experience in treating substance abuse and addiction, depression, anxiety, and trauma as well as a wide variety of other concerns, and is especially interested in the academic, social, and emotional issues that face college-aged individuals. She works at the intersection of the psychological and the existential, focusing on strengths and helping to identify internal resources. Angela is bilingual in Spanish and has a master's degree from the Smith College School for Social Work.

Avy Skolnik, Ph.D.

Avy SkolnikStaff Psychologist

Avy Skolnik received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and completed advanced training at the Bedford VA Medical Center and the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston University School of Medicine. Avy's training has focused on working with LGBTQ communities, communities of color, veterans, and people living with HIV. His research interests include stereotype threat and implicit bias, and their role in health inequities. Clinically, Avy most frequently draws from relational psychodynamic, family systems, and cognitive behavioral approaches.

Courtney James, M.A.

Courtney JamesPre-Doctoral Psychotherapist

Courtney James is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at Boston University, and received his master's degree from Harvard University. Courtney has previously worked with youth in school settings, primarily focusing on social and emotional factors. His clinical and research interests include areas of identity development, fostering creativity, and development of internal strengths. 

Abby Bliss, M.S.

Abby BlissPre-Doctoral Psychotherapist

Abby Bliss is a fourth year doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire. She has training in community mental health and assessment and loves to collaborate with clients who are navigating a variety of challenges and stages, including emerging adulthood, identity formation, and ADHD. Abby approaches all of her clinical work with a sensitive, culturally humble, and trauma-informed lens. Abby's clinical work is guided by relational psychodynamic and feminist multicultural perspectives, which help her consider her patients intra and interpersonal lives as holistically as possible. Abby also has an interest in health psychology and the relationship between the mind and body.  

Marley Balasco, M.A.

Marley BalascoPre-Doctoral Psychotherapist

Marley Balasco is a third-year doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at Springfield College, and received her master's in mental health counseling from New York University. She has previously worked in a myriad of settings, including wilderness therapy, community-based programs, and college counseling services. Marley integrates relational-culture, psychodynamic, and third-wave psychotherapy approaches within an intersectional framework. Broadly, she is interested in how young people navigate experiences of gender-, sexuality-, and race-based oppression, and further aims to identify how nature-based therapies can be utilized to promote psychological health.

Office Staff

Kate Marques

Kate MarquesAdministrative Coordinator