Kerri Augusto Kerri Augusto, PhD


  • Director, Undergraduate Studies


  • PhD, Adult Clinical Concentration, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1995)
  • MS, Child Clinical Concentration, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1992)
  • BA, Colby College (1990)

Research and Practice Interests

I am especially interested in learning more about creative pedagogy for live, online, and hybrid teaching.  In the past, I have researched, published and presented on the use of interdisciplinary case study teaching in Psychology.  I maintain a strong interest in the process of gamifying online course experiences, and have a passion for well-designed curricula.

As a clinician, my interests are in the treatment of adolescents and adults diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders.  Most recently, I have begun working with individuals whose mental health is significantly impacted by experiences of chronic pain. Though my initial training was largely in CBT, I have expanded my practice to include the integration of clinical hypnosis and EMDR, and have a healthy appreciation for the contributions of ACT to clinical practice.

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist, MA
  • Health Service Provider in Psychology, MA
  • Trained in EMDR
  • Certified in Clinical Hypnosis
  • Academic Coaching Trainer (National Tutoring Association)
  • COGMED Coach


  • Trustee's Award  for creating the first Master’s degree program at Becker College (2015)
  • President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2011)

Publications and Presentations

Nava-Whitehead, S., Augusto,K.W., Finkelstein, K., Cruz, S., Clark, J. “Modern Frankenstein?” National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, 5 Mar. 2018,

Augusto, K.W. (ed.). The Thinking Parent”.  Bay State Parent Magazine. (monthly column)

Nava-Whitehead, S., Augusto, K.W., Gow, J.B. (2011).  Bewitching ideas influence learning:  An evaluation of an interdisciplinary teaching experience.  Journal of College Science Teaching, 40, 70-74.

Gow, J, Nava-Whithead, S., Augusto, K.W.  “Josie.” National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, 30 June 2011,

Augusto, K. (2008).  Strawberries in Winter.  Samhain Publishing.

Augusto, K. (2008, September 2).  The (Play) Dating GameNewsweek.

Augusto, K. (2006-2008).  “Pondering Parenting…”. Bay State Parent Magazine.  (monthly column)

Augusto, K. (2001, March).  “Why Cambodia?”  Adoption Today.

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Coordinator of Psychology, Becker College
  • Psychologist, Becker College Counseling Center
  • Division Director for Humanities and Social Sciences, Becker College
  • Department Chair, Psychology and Mental Health Counseling, Becker College
  • Professor of Psychology and Mental Health Counseling, Becker College
  • Master's Level Clinical Supervisor, Community Counseling Clinic at Becker College
  • Academic Coaching (COGMED)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
    • Division 2  - Society for the Teaching of Psychology
    • Division 12 - Society of Clinical Psychology
    • Division 17 - Society of Counseling Psychology
    • Division 30 - Society of Psychological Hypnosis
  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis (NESCH)
  • American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH)
  • EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

Community Engagement

  • Clinical Psychologist, Community Counseling Clinic at Becker College
  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor (Adult/Youth/Higher Education)
  • Director, BC5 Cheerleading Camp

Special Interests

I have a passion for all issues related to growing a family through adoption, to the impacts of premature sport specialization and coaching styles on the mental health of youth, and dogs -- particularly french bulldogs.