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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 psychotherapy intern for the 2020-2021 school year. He is currently a doctoral student 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.

Dana Ludmer, M.S.

Dana LudmerPre-Doctoral Psychotherapist

Dana Ludmer is a 4th year doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England. She has training in community mental health, as well as inpatient, medical, and school settings. Dana has broad experience helping people address issues, including adjustment, anxiety, relationship difficulties, grief and loss, and trauma. Her therapeutic approach most frequently explores existential and relational psychodynamic perspectives to facilitate collaborative and client-centered care. Dana has a particular interest in health psychology and nature-based therapies, and incorporates the intersection between mind, body, and environment into her practice. 

Office Staff

Kate Marques

Kate MarquesAdministrative Coordinator

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