Meet the Staff


Courtney Butler


Courtney Butler, MS, BCBA
Program Coordinator RCAAS-CSP

Courtney Butler is the Program Coordinator of the College Support Program (CSP) for Students on the Autism Spectrum at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Courtney is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and earned her Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis at Western New England University in 2018. Prior to her current position, Courtney worked on the Intensive Treatment Team at the New England Center for Children in Massachusetts. More recently, she worked as a behavior technician and behavior analyst at the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS), providing individualized community-based support for autistic adults where her research primarily focused on decreasing maladaptive, stereotypic behavior. Courtney has presented at several conferences and is interested in the integration of Applied Behavior Analysis to the various supports of college students. The focus of her current research and clinical work includes the assessment of academic, social, and employment skills, and the development of support systems for young adults on the autism spectrum.

Lauren Carino

Lauren Carino, PhD
Assistant Program Coordinator, RCAAS-CSP

Lauren M. Carino, Ph.D. is the Assistant Program Coordinator for CSP at Rutgers University. Dr. Carino provides direct support services to students enrolled in the program and serves in a leadership position for the day-to-day functioning of the program under the Program Coordinator. Dr. Carino received her Ph.D. from Seton Hall University's APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program in August of 2019 and completed her APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at Rutgers' Counseling, Alcohol, and Other Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) in August of 2018. She has worked in several university and college counseling centers across New Jersey, including Ramapo College, Montclair State University, and The College of New Jersey providing a variety of therapeutic services. Dr. Carino is a former adjunct faculty member at Middlesex County College, where she taught introductory psychology classes. Her clinical interests include anxiety, perfectionism, girls/women in STEM, and student advocacy.



Manica Jacques
CSP Graduate Student Coordinator

Manica Jacques is a graduate student coordinator for Rutgers-CSP. Manica provides direct support services to students enrolled in the program. Prior to taking the coordinator position, she worked as the Academic Support Coordinator for CSP. Manica received her BA in Psychology and Anthropology at Rutgers University in January of 2019. She is currently enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Track – Rehabilitation Counseling Master’s program at the School of Health Professions (SHP) with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). She is interested in going into the clinical psychology field and working with individuals on their intellectual, emotional, psychological, social, and behavioral maladjustment.




Kara Metz
CSP Graduate Student Coordinator

Kara Metz is a graduate student coordinator for Rutgers-CSP.  Kara earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education at Seton Hall University. Kara is a dedicated, organized professional who is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in social work at Rutgers University, where she is expanding her knowledge and enhancing her skills so that she can make a difference in the lives of individuals and their families.





Nancy Mount
CSP Graduate Student Coordinator

Nancy Mount is a graduate student coordinator for Rutgers-CSP.  Nancy joined the RCAAS-CSP in Fall 2019.  She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Brescia University and is currently completing her Master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University. Nancy is an empathic listener with years of experience working with both neurotypical and neurodiverse college students. She also works as the Front Desk Supervisor for Rutgers Health Services' Counseling, Alcohol, and Other Drug Assistance Programs & Psychiatric Services (CAPS).






Michael Plunkett
CSP Graduate Student Coordinator

Michael "Mike" Plunkett is a graduate student coordinator for Rutgers-CSP. Mike graduated with a BA in the Science of Sociology with a minor in Human Rights and Social Justice from Sacred Heart University. He is also currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Social Work at Rutgers University. With years of experience working in both mental health and education in school and hospital institutions, Mike looks to continue applying his proficient services to unique individuals and families around him. Mike is dedicated to providing direct high-quality service for children and adults who experience educational, developmental, and emotional disorders.