Professional Psychological Staff
Jeanne Stern, LICSW, BCD, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
Constance Morse, LICSW, BCD, Counselor/Student Listener Coordinator
Christopher Thurber, Ph.D, Counselor/ASAP Coordinator
Szu-Hui Lee, Ph.D, Counselor
Scott Bleakley, LICSW, Covering Dr. Lee's maternity leave: 9/1/16 - 11/22/16
Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
Mrs. Stern received her M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis. Her clinical Internships focused on psychodynamic treatment with adolescents and young adults. She received additional training at the Cambridge Family Institute for a concentration in Family Systems work. Mrs. Stern joined the Exeter team in 1996 after several years in private practice. She is the mother of two college age sons. She and her husband, a local psychologist, are active in the seacoast community.
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Student Listeners Coordinator
Connie Morse joined the Academy's Counseling Dept. in 1997, after having been a founding member of a private psychotherapy group practice in Exeter for 10 years. Ms. Morse received her MSW in Clinical Social Work from the University of Connecticut with one of her internships in the long term adolescent unit of McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass. Ms. Morse brings both medical and mental health experience to Exeter, having also worked as a social worker at Exeter Hospital for 7 years. In addition to maintaining an active individual caseload at Exeter, Ms. Morse is the Academy's Coordinator for the Student Listening Program. Ms. Morse lives off campus and is the parent of a college age son.
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Dr. Christopher Thurber (appointed 1999) is a board-certified clinical psychologist and instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy. Before PEA, Dr. Thurber worked with young burn survivors at Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. His research focuses on the risk and protective factors for homesickness, as well as prevention and treatment of adjustment problems related to separation from home. During the academic year, he teaches Introduction to Psychology, sees students for psychotherapy, and conducts research with the American Camp Association. He also enjoys facilitating faculty development workshops at other independent schools and is a frequent presenter at conferences sponsored by The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). In the summer, Dr. Thurber trains staff at camps and summer schools, including Exeter Summer School and Oxford Royale Academy. He is the co-author, with Dr. Jon Malinowski, of The Summer Camp Handbook, as well as the author of numerous articles and book chapters on leadership and adolescence. Dr. Thurber lives in Exeter with his wife Simonida, a chemist and part-time admissions officer at PEA, and their two boys, Dacha (born 2002) and Sava (born 2004).
Dr. Szu-Hui Lee brings to Exeter more than a decade of academic scholarship and appointments in clinical psychology. She received her PhD from The Ohio State University and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowships at McLean Hospital – Harvard Medical School. She is a licensed psychologist in NH and MA. Before PEA, Dr. Lee served as senior staff psychologist at the University of New Hampshire, providing psychotherapy, crisis intervention, triage, and short-term individual and group therapy to students. She is passionate about her work with students and enjoys opportunities to consult with faculty, staff, and student organizations. Dr. Lee continues to hold an appointment as a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School and is the Course Director of the Multicultural Training Seminars at McLean. Dr. Lee’s areas of expertise include cognitive behavioral therapy and treatments focused on anxiety disorders. Other clinical interests include: cross-cultural adjustment, issues of first-generation and international students, identity development, and relationship issues. She lives off-campus with her husband Kristopher and their two-year old Vizsla named Rode.
Counselor- covering Dr. Lee's maternity leave
Scott Bleakley received his Masters in Social Work from the University of New England in Biddeford ME. Mr. Bleakley has been the Head Mental Health Counselor for the PEA Summer School Program since 2014 and joins the Counseling and Psychological Services Staff for the Fall Semester of 2016. He maintains an active psychotherapy private practice in downtown Exeter and is also the Head School Counselor at Heronfield Academy. Mr. Bleakley lives off-campus and is the father of three children, Devyn, Avery and Nolan.