Carrie began her career in the mental health field during her undergraduate degree at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), at The Grove School in Madison, CT - a residential school for children and adolescents with behavioral and psychological challenges. Her senior year of her undergraduate degree, Carrie completed her clinical internship at Bridgeport Hospital's inpatient adult psychiatric unit running group therapy for patients aimed at improving quality of life. She graduated cum laude with her Bachelors in Health and Human Services, with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation and was the recipient of the Jack Gregory Award for Outstanding Academic Performance. After graduation Carrie received her certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) and was hired from her internship, working on both the adult and geriatric psychiatric units, as well as in their REACH program, an Intensive Outpatient (IOP) for children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders.
While continuing to work at the hospital, Carrie went on to receive her Master's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, with a concentration in Mental Health and Substance Abuse at SCSU. During this time she also worked part-time as a graduate assistant to the dean of the Health and Human Service's department, teaching undergraduate courses and aiding in program improvement measures. Shortly after graduating with her MS, Carrie left Bridgeport Hospital and was hired by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), at the Connecticut Mental Health Center as a CTRS within their Community Support Program (CSP). Here, she used her certification to gain expertise in case management and quality of life improvement with individuals diagnosed with chronic severe mental illnesses (SMI). In 2016 she returned to Southern Connecticut State University to obtain her Masters in Social Work, within the Co-Occurring Disorders track and was inducted into the Phi Alpha Honors Society in 2019.
Upon completion of her MSW, Carrie left DMHAS and began her work with Yale University's STEP clinic, bringing to the program her expertise in case management and community resources, as well as long-standing experience in working with individuals with SMI. Here she continues to provide client and family psychoeducation of community resources and case management, but also provides individual psychotherapy to young adults early in their course of psychiatric treatment while coordinating care through an interdisciplinary team that promotes overall wellness and recovery.
Education & Training
- MSWSouthern Connecticut State University, Social Work, Co-Occurring Disorders (2019)
- MSSouthern Connecticut State University, Therapeutic Recreation (2013)
- BSSouthern Connecticut State University, Health and Human Services (2012)