First Year Fellows
Josepha Iluonakhamhe, MD
I was born and raised in Benin city, Nigeria. I have lived in the United States for over 10 years. I attended Georgia Institute of Technology and majored in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Neuroengineering. I attended Georgia Regent University (Medical College of Georgia) and completed my adult psychiatry training at the University of Virginia. I interviewed at several other programs but chose CHA because I believe that this program emphasizes teaching, had very approachable faculty, and a collegial environment. My academic interests include bipolar spectrum disorders and primary thought disorders. When not working, I spend my time watching foreign TV shows, dancing, and yoga.
I hail from New Orleans but I've had a wonderful time these past few years between Atlanta, Nashville and Houston. I decided for fellowship to search within and beyond the South for a training program that would best allow me to find myself as a psychiatrist. Deciding to leave warm climates, I sought a program where I would feel a different type of warmth. CHA was already high on my list after speaking with a former Baylor trainee who spoke glowingly of his time as part of the CHA family. I learned quickly the theme of “family” was one of CHA’s greatest strengths, and I experienced this during my visit. I also appreciated the community focus, the psychotherapy support and the wealth of knowledge, experience and interests of the faculty. My own interests are varied. I enjoy working with youth with developmental disorders and also have a fondness for youth affected by various traumas. Personally, I enjoy sports with my fanaticism aimed squarely at the hometown Saints, Duke basketball and LSU football. Speaking of being a fanatic, I've never met a decadent chocolate dessert I didn't love. I'm thrilled to be joining the CHA family, and I cannot wait to meet everyone!
Sara Lozyniak, MD
I started my clinical work driving an ambulance through snowdrifts to reach isolated farmhouses and impoverished patients who rarely sought medical care. Eventually, I went to medical school in Syracuse, NY. Psychiatry drew me in because of its close attention to people’s relationships. Before coming to Cambridge, I spent 3 years at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC, where my mentors encouraged me to look at CHA for my child and adolescent fellowship training. I have a strong interest in community mental health care and the provision of care to underserved populations, and I am deeply impressed by the community of clinicians at CHA. I came to CHA because of the warmth of the faculty and fellows, their intellectual curiosity and clear joy in teaching, and their dedication to outstanding patient care. Outside the clinic, I tend to spend my time outdoors with friends and family. I enjoy running, biking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, and spontaneous road trips.
Marisa Mendel, MD
I have been planning on completing a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship since I first applied to psychiatry residencies. I first started hearing about the phenomenal program at Cambridge Health Alliance from fellow Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residents and alumni during my PGY-1 year, and have hoped to pursue my training at Cambridge ever since. I feel so privileged to be able to see this dream come to fruition. I am excited to join the Cambridge Health Alliance Community, and am compelled by its sense of family, overwhelming acceptance, warmth and compassion, emphasis on psychodynamic treatments, and exceptional reputation for providing outstanding clinical training. I have always been fascinated by how adolescents negotiate the transitional years where they grapple with independence, while still craving the comfort of home, such as in the field of college mental health. However, as my training has progressed, I find I am interested in a wide variety of ages and diagnoses, from infant mental health through adolescence and early adulthood, from mood disorders to early psychosis .In my free time I love painting and hope to illustrate and create children's books and projects related to combining art and therapy.
Joshua Williams, MD
CHA seemed like a natural fit for me. I've always valued the chance to better the communities in which I've lived through my day to day work and service but also through seeking answers to the broader questions about how systems and policies can better serve children and families in need. It was clear that the people I met at CHA shared this passion. It was also clear that they were a family and supported each other on many fronts. This was a family I wanted to be a part of. My clinical and research interests within adult and child psychiatry include global mental health, more specifically mental health care in China, and addressing patient's religious and spiritual concerns.
My family is my biggest interest outside of the hospital I enjoy spending time with my wife and my two year old son. Residency didn't leave time for much else, but I'm looking forward to fellowship so that I can rediscover some of things I love like playing the piano and outdoor activities (running, hiking, biking, and skiing).
Second Year Fellows
Frederick Crow, MD
I came to CHA for a number of reasons, though at the top of that list were the people, the sense of community, and the emphasis on providing outstanding clinical training. When I came to interview at CHA what stood out most to me was that everyone I met with struck me as the kind of psychiatrist I hope to some day be - warm, caring, intelligent, knowledgeable, and deeply committed to their patients and teaching. It was also clear that fellows are encouraged and supported to follow their own individual academic interests. My own academic interests are in early psychosis, including identification of youth at risk for psychosis, working with their families, and psychosocial interventions to improve outcomes. Outside of psychiatry I love watching sports (I'm a huge fan of the Broncos, Nuggets, and Celtics), traveling, playing online video games (mostly NBA 2K) with my little brother and spending time with my wife and our two cats Josie and Gato.
Courtney McMickens, MD, MPH
I came to CHA for the diversity of the patient population, the rich history within the department of psychiatry, and the mission of the hospital to serve the surrounding community. I am interested in school-based mental health, effects of early childhood adversity on educational achievement, and promoting resiliency within a school- or community-based treatment setting.
Lee Robinson, MD
I came to CHA because I wanted to train in a hospital system dedicated to serving the community. I wanted to be part of a team committed to providing the best possible care to those needing it most, and that is exactly what I have found here at CHA. I love the people I work with, and I am constantly inspired by everyone's level of thoughtfulness and compassion. Specific interests that I hope to pursue here at CHA include working with children on the autism spectrum, medical education, and school-based mental health care.
Justine Wittenauer, MD
I came to Cambridge Health Alliance because of my desire to work at a site that was not only part of a larger academic institution, but one that offered a system-based care approach within a community setting. The staff at CHA are supportive and invested in the academic and personal growth of all its trainees. I am interested in adolescent substance use disorders, and since my arrival I have been able to collaborate with Harvard faculty members on both projects and publications.