Meet the Faculty

Dr. Deborah McMakin

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator

B.A., Framingham State University; M.A. The George Washington University; M.S.W., Boston University; Ed.D., University of Massachusetts, Lowell


Dr. McMakin is the Counseling Psychology Program Coordinator and Internship Coordinator. She also teaches a variety of undergraduate psychology courses.

Deborah has over 15 years of experience working with children and adolescents identified as “emotionally disturbed” in residential, day treatment and outpatient settings. She has been a residential counselor, group and individual therapist. Deborah earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Framingham State College, a master’s degree in Special Education and Human Development from the George Washington University (GWU), a MSW from Boston University, and a Doctorate in Education from UMASS Lowell.  She has taught the following graduate courses: Orientation to Counseling, Professional Issues in Mental Health Counseling, Group, Theories of Psychotherapy and Internship. She recently earned Level 1 Solution-Focused Practitioner Certification in Solution-Focused Practices. 

Dr. Robert Donohue

Professor, Program Advisor and Prospective Student Advisor

B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.A. University of Florida; Ph.D. University of Florida


Dr. Donohue has served as an advisor to the program for 6 years and teaches CPSY 956 Advanced Principles of Learning and Development.

Dr. Donohue's research training is in infant cognitive development and developmental psychophysiology.

Dr. T. Bridgett Galvin

Professor, Program Advisor

B.A., M.Ed., Central State University; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma


Dr. T. Bridgett Galvin received her B.A. in Special Education and an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Central State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. She routinely teaches the following undergraduate courses: General Psychology, Adolescent Development, Psychology of Personality, Human Sexuality, Research Methods I & II, Senior Thesis, Senior Seminar (Peace & Conflict). She served for 15 years as the Program Director and Advisor for the MA in Counseling Psychology. She currently serves as one of two advisors for the program. She teaches Orientation to Counseling, Advanced Development and Learning and Understanding Social Science Research for the graduate program when needed. Her office is 244 in O'Connor Hall.


Dr. Rupal Bhatt, LMHC

Visiting Assistant Professor

B.A., Mount Holyoke College; Psy.D., University of Hartford, LMHC


Dr. Bhatt has been teaching in the program since 2014. She enjoys making her course material accessible to a variety of learners. She teaches CPSY 925 Adult Psychopathology, CPSY 945 Multicultural Counseling, & CPSY 966 Assessment, Diagnosis, & Treatment Planning.

She has a background in community and emergency mental health services. She currently works in the Framingham State University Counseling Center.

Amy Leone, M.S., M.A., LMHC

Visiting Instructor

B.S., M.S., Northeastern University; M.A., Framingham State University; LMHC


Amy Leone is a Visiting Instructor at Framingham State University (FSU).  She teaches Practicum I and Problems in Substance Abuse.  Outside of FSU, Amy is an independent consultant and a licensed mental health counselor based in the Greater Milford area. Amy has been a mental health counselor since 2000. She is the owner of Community Impact Inc. as well as the chair of the Juvenile Advocacy Group (JAG) and an active member of the following local organizations CHNA 6, Stacy Middle School Council, District Attorney Early Opioid Task Force, Vice Chair of the Upton Opioid Task Force and the Milford Regional Medical Center's Mental Health and Substance Abuse task force. Amy is the founder JAG Coalition and the JAG Youth Council, the annual youth mental health networking breakfast,  the and co-founder of the Milford Annual Road Race "A day to play."

In her current role as Chair of the Juvenile Advocacy Group Amy works with the towns of Milford, Bellingham, Mendon/Upton and Hopedale bringing them together to prevent underage substance use. She has also over the year been an integral part in the refurbishing of the Milford Town playground as well as sustaining many environmental changes in youth substance abuse. She currently is working in the Greater Milford Area on the current opioid epidemic, providing resources and navigation of services for those in need of treatment.

She was the recipient of the Department Of Public Health “Ounce Of Prevention” award in 2015, collaborative partner in the “Community Impact Award” from the United Way of Tri-County 2015, and Women’s Heron Award recipient in 2015. All of her community involvement  and efforts combined with her educational training in mental health and criminal justice make her an exceptional resource in the field of individual and community prevention. Amy can also be reached at

Dr. Anne Lutz

Visiting Assistant Professor

B.S.N., Northwestern University; M.D., University of Illinois College of Medicine; Residency, Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals; Fellowship in Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Boston Children's Hospital


Anne Bodmer Lutz, M.D. is the Director of Training for the Institute for Solution Focused Therapy. Anne is a board certified adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist, and was a nurse prior to becoming a physician. She was trained by the founders of Solution focused therapy, Insoo Kim Berg and Steve DeShazer, and has provided training seminars with Insoo Kim Berg, and Yvonne Dolan.

Anne is an assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester MA, and adjunct professor at Framingham State University. Anne worked for 9 years as a consulting psychiatrist for a residential treatment center for adolescent girls suffering from addiction and co-occurring disorders integrating solution-focused approaches within their treatment setting. She has provided direct clinical supervision, teaching and training to psychiatric residents, psychology interns and workshops for community based treatment organizations.

She has worked in community mental health agencies integrating solution focused approaches with psychopharmacotherapy. Anne currently has a private practice in West Boylston Massachusetts where she sees children and families providing solution focused psychiatric treatment.

Dr. Maria Masotta

Visiting Assistant Professor

B.A., Hartwick College; M.S., Psyc.D., Nova Southeastern University


Dr. Masotta obtained her B.A. from Hartwick College and PsyD in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Forensic Psychology. She has a post-graduate certificate in Forensic Mental Health from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Law and Psychiatry Program. She has been teaching various courses at Framingham State University since 2003.

Ms. Allison Parks

Visiting Instructor

B.A., SUNY Potsdam; M.A., Marywood University


Allison Parks, LMHC, ATR-BC is the Program Director for Wayside Youth and Family Support Network’s FamilyWorks Program. She received a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. Upon graduation, Allison worked for Hospice of Jefferson County, in Watertown, NY where she completed her final internship and compiled the data for completion of her thesis, “Art Therapy with Children Dealing with Issues of Death and Dying.”

In 1996, Allison moved to the Boston Area and began working for Westwood Lodge Hospital’s Special Care Unit, a long-term, DMH- funded, psychiatric unit for children ages 5 through 12. For five years, Allison served as the Milieu Coordinator where she structured all therapeutic groups, supervised direct care staff, and coordinated all unit activities and family functions. Allison then expanded her clinical expertise in the area of home based counseling services with Wayside’s FamilyWorks Program, a non-profit community based program serving individuals and families in the MetroWest area. Allison began as a Clinician with FamilyWorks and was soon after promoted to Program Coordinator and clinical supervisor. After two years, Allison was further promoted to the role of Program Director for the FamilyWorks Program, which employs a staff of approximately forty Clinicians and Youth and Family Support Workers. Allison continues to provide direct clinical services to individuals and families, as well as serve on several community organizations in MetroWest and Metro-Boston.

Dr. Eric Weiser

Visiting Instructor

B.S., University of Iowa; Ph.D. Texas Tech University


Dr. Weiser has been a Visiting Instructor at Framingham State University since 2005 and teaches Understanding Social Science Research. Dr. Weiser is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and he is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Curry College in Milton, MA.