Faculty

Clinical and Research Leaders

The field of child and adolescent psychiatry has seen tremendous growth recently in areas of epidemiology, diagnosis, neurobiology, treatment and health services research. The Department of Psychiatry at CHA is particularly committed to advancing the scientific knowledge base regarding the mental health of children living in culturally diverse community settings, and in training mental health professionals in clinical excellence, research investigation and academic writing for the promotion of this knowledge.

Cambridge Health Alliance is a health care system with strong clinical, academic and research programs and diverse faculty interests. The training program and the faculty are committed to providing top educational opportunities for our Fellows within the Cambridge Health Alliance, as well as at affiliated Harvard teaching hospitals.

Jacob Venter, MD, CPEInstructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical SchoolChief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Jacob Venter, MD, CPE

Dr. Venter hails from South Africa and completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at CHA and a child and adolescent neuropsychiatry research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He has held a number of positions at CHA including Director of Intensive Services. His clinical interests include autism, trauma, early-onset psychosis and mitochondrial disorders. Most recently he has served as Division Chief of Psychiatry at Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Arizona. He obtained his certification as a physician executive in 2013, and stepped into the role of Division Chief of Child Psychiatry at CHA in 2016.

Nicholas Carson, MD, FRCPCInstructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical SchoolMedical Director, Child & Adolescent Outpatient PsychiatryClinical Research Associate, Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research/Health Equity Research Lab

Nicholas Carson, MD, FRCPC

I have been proud to work at the Cambridge Health Alliance since 2004, as part of a talented and caring group of mental health clinicians. In my clinical role, I help families make difficult decisions about psychiatric treatment, especially medications for complicated mental health problems. It's an privilege to work with children and adolescents who have a range of behavioral, emotional, developmental, and cognitive difficulties. I especially enjoy working across cultures, and collaborating with therapists, "wrap-around" services, schools, and other agencies. As the medical director for our outpatient services, I am engaged in many projects to improve the patient experience and the quality of services we provide. As a health services researcher, I spend time at the Health Equity Research Lab studying inequities in mental health care and working on innovative solutions to help the mental health of youth and families.

Benjamin Cook, PhD, MPHAssistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical SchoolDirector, Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research and Health Equity Research Lab

Benjamin Cook, PhD, MPH

Dr. Cook holds a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University and is a health services researcher focused on reducing and understanding underlying mechanisms of racial/ethnic disparities in health and mental health care. He has been principal investigator on several major R01 grants from the NIMH and AHRQ investigating mechanisms underlying disparities in episodes of mental health care, a R01 Supplement developing state by state report cards on mental health care disparities and a Milton Foundation grant supporting research on tobacco use and mental health. His methodological work focuses on improving statistical methods for the measurement and tracking of healthcare disparities, and he has received awards from NIMH and AcademyHealth for this work. His other research interests include improving mental health of immigrant populations, comparative effectiveness research and its influence on healthcare disparities, substance abuse treatment disparities and healthcare equity. Dr. Cook assists with the Scholarly Activities seminar for first-year fellows and provides mentorship on research methods and analysis to fellows and faculty interested in pursuing quantitative research studies.

Katherine E. Grimes, MD, MPHAssociate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical SchoolDirector, Children’s Health Initiative, Cambridge Health Alliance

Katherine E. Grimes, MD, MPH

Dr. Grimes is the Director of the Children’s Health Initiative, a health services research group focused on improving mental health access and treatment quality for children and adolescents, particularly those at greatest risk for health disparities. Dr. Grimes is currently the co-principal investigator of a 4-year, $4 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) titled “Enhancing Systems of Care: Supporting Families and Improving Youth Outcomes ‘E-SOC,'” which aims to integrate services for children with, or at-risk of, serious emotional disturbance. Her previous work as founder and Director of the Mental Health Services Program for Youth (MHSPY), a demonstration project for impoverished, high need families, provided an opportunity to assess the impact of intentionally organized, community-based, integrated care on health and mental health outcomes for children.

Xenia Johnson-Bhembe, MD Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Director of Community Minority AffairsDirector of Medical Student Education, Child Psychiatry

Xenia Johnson-Bhembe, MD

Dr. Johnson completed a General Psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and her child training at The Cambridge Hospital. Upon completing her child training in 2000, she worked as a staff psychiatrist on the Child Assessment Unit. Dr. Johnson was the Associate Director of Training for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program until 2004, and she currently works as a consultant to the Cambridge and Malden Public School systems. Additionally, she was recently appointed Director of Medical Student Education for Child Psychiatry. She has worked as a community child psychiatrist for underserved populations in Massachusetts. Dr. Johnson’s interests led her to create a biracial girls group focusing on the challenges facing teenage girls around identity formation. Her other interests include consulting to community organizations and exploring the issues around diagnosing children with both medical and psychiatric disorders.

Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhDProfessor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD

Dr. Lyons-Ruth’s work has focused on the assessment of attachment relationships in high-risk environments over the infancy, childhood and adolescent periods and has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Borderline Foundation, the Mailman Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund. Several attachment-focused assessments developed in her lab are now being disseminated internationally, including the AMBIANCE scales for atypical parent-infant interaction. She is the author of more than 90 research articles and book chapters on infant development, maternal depression, the early attachment relationship and, more recently, the interplay between genetic and environmental factors in young adult psychopathology. Under current NIH funding, her group is developing tools for assessing attachment relationships at risk in adolescence and evaluating their interplay with traumatic experiences and genetic factors in contributing to young adult depression, suicidality and borderline psychopathology. In collaboration with McLean neuroscientists Diego Pizzagalli and Martin Teicher, studies are also assessing the effects of early adversity on neurobiological structure and function in young adulthood.

James Barrett, PhDInstructor of Psychology in Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical SchoolDirector of School-Based Programs, Division of Child/Adolescent PsychiatryClinical Coordinator of the Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative

James Barrett, PhD

Dr. Barrett is a graduate of the child psychology internship and fellowship at the Cambridge Health Alliance and completed his doctoral training at Boston College. He is the clinical coordinator of the Safety Net Collaborative in partnership with the Cambridge Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Unit, Cambridge Human Services and Cambridge Public Schools. Dr. Barrett is the author and developer of the Fight Navigator curriculum under the Eleanor and Miles Shore Fellowship from the Harvard Medical School to address retaliatory violence in youth. Dr. Barrett’s research interests are in juvenile justice, preventing retaliatory youth violence, juvenile risk assessment and police-mental health partnerships.

Dr. Barrett is the Director of School-Based Programs in psychiatry at CHA and is the rotation supervisor for school consultation for the 2nd year child psychiatry fellows. He is also the elective supervisor for fellows who have an interest in juvenile justice and risk assessment through the Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative.

Deborah Kulick, MDInstructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical SchoolMedical Director of School-Based Programs, Division of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry

Deborah Kulick, MD

Dr. Kulick graduated from Cornell University and went on to obtain her Masters in Social Work degree from SUNY Buffalo, and her MD degree from SUNY Buffalo. She completed an adult psychiatry residency at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program and trained in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Her academic interests include outpatient consultation-liaison, domestic violence, homelessness and school-based treatment. She is the rotation supervisor for 1st year child psychiatry fellows rotating through the Outpatient Pediatrics Consultation/Liaison rotation at MIT Health Services, and is the Medical Director for School-Based Programs in psychiatry at CHA. She divides her time between working at CHA school based health centers, consulting to public schools and her private practice.

Nancy Rappaport, MDAssociate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Nancy Rappaport, MD

Nancy Rappaport, MD completed her General Psychiatry Training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and her Child & Adolescent training at the Cambridge Hospital. Her particular passion is training child psychiatrists to provide support to students and teachers. Particular research interests are in community based participatory research (with schools), understanding and providing safety assessments of aggressive students, refining CBT for traumatized adolescents and writing creatively (having published a memoir, In Her Wake: A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother’s Suicide, in September 2009). Her most recent book is The Behavior Code – A Practice Guide to Understanding and Teaching the Most Challenging Students, written with Jessica Minahan. Dr. Rappaport received the prestigious Art of Healing award from the Cambridge Health Alliance Foundation in 2013. She was the long-time Director of School-based Mental Health Programs, and will continue to teach the fellows in school-based child mental health work.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Teaching Faculty

Ayelet Barkai, MD
Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Adolescent development, gender identity and sexuality development, attachment, psychoanalysis.

Elizabeth Freidin Baumann, PhD
Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Part-time, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: GLBT Mental Health, Adolescent Mental Health, Family Systems, Trauma, Attachment

James Barrett, PhD
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Director of School-based Mental Health Programs
Academic Interests: Juvenile justice, police and mental health, at risk boys and violence prevention.

Carol Becker, PhD
Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Seminar leader, family therapy
Academic Interests: Family therapy.

Sarah Birss, MD
Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Early emotional development, parent-infant psychotherapy, integration of attachment and psychoanalytic theories, psychoanalytic treatment.

Elizabeth Brenner, LICSW
Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Seminar leader, family therapy.

Gloria Carrera, MD
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Inpatient psychiatry, multicultural psychiatry.

Nicholas Carson, MD, FRCPC
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Mental health service disparities, shared decision-making, clinical scholarship during training, treatment quality, youth engagement with media and technology.

Peter Chubinsky, MD
Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Integrating psychopharmacological and psychotherapy treatments in children and adolescents, psychoanalytic psychotherapy of children and adolescents, psychotherapeutic implications of infancy research.

Allison Clark, LCSW
Program Director, Community Service Agency, Cambridge Youth Guidance Center (Riverside Community Care)

Don Condie, MD
Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: medical director roles, risk management, quality improvement.

Benjamin Cook, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Statistical methods for the measurement and tracking of healthcare disparities.

Fred Crow, MD
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: early psychosis, inpatient psychiatry, adolescent mental health.

Sandra M. DeJong, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Early onset psychosis, professionalism and the Internet, psychiatric education.

Timothy Dugan, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Suicide prevention; development of resilience, psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Ann R. Epstein, MD
Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Infant Development, Parent-Infant Psychotherapy.

Lois Flaherty, MD
Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: community child psychiatry, adolescence and clinical scholarship.

Laura Gaugh, PsyD
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Neuropsychological testing, developmental disorders.

Joel Goldstein, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Inpatient care patterns and improvements for children and adolescents, community and family-based interventions in child and adolescent psychiatry, fire setting behaviors in children and adolescents, Systems of Care in Children's Mental Health Services.

Katherine E. Grimes, MD, MPH
Associate Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Public-sector child psychiatry, health-care service delivery, integrating pediatrics and primary care.

Sanjay Gulati, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Clinical work with deaf children, adolescents, and families conducted in American Sign Language, teaching, the effects of late language exposure on the behavior of deaf children.

John Hamilton, MD, MSc
Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic interests: Evidence based psychiatry, practice parameters, prevention, psychiatric research and quality improvement in HMO settings.

Jill Elka Harkaway, EdD
Assistant Professor in Psychology, Part-Time, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Family therapy, couples therapy, systems consultation.

Jennifer Harris, MD
Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: College mental health, parent guidance, psychodynamic therapy and mood dysregulation in children.

Treniece Lewis Harris, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Adolescent mental health and multicultural issues in psychotherapy.

Alexandra Harrison, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Evaluation and treatment of young children and their families, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, theory of therapeutic action, videotape microanalysis for use in research, clinical work and teaching.

Fida Hassan, MD, MPH
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Inpatient psychiatry, Autism spectrum disorders.

Barbara Hauser, LICSW
Lecturer on Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Effects of divorce on children, parental conflict, clinical roles and interventions within legal settings.

Jeanne Heiple, MD, PhD
Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Child psychiatry consultation in the preschool setting, early childhood development.

Ann Hess, MD, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale Child Study Center; Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic interest: Interface with parents during child/adolescent psychotherapy.

Xenia Johnson-Bhembe, MD

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Public health psychiatry, school and system consultations, disparities of care in pediatric psychiatry.

Neal Kass, MD
Teaching Associate, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Integration of therapeutics - neuropsychiatric, family, psychodynamic, psychoanalytic.

Janice Kauffman RN, MPH
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Academic Interests: Adolescent substance abuse, opioid dependence, dual diagnosis, pain and addiction.

Kathy Kelts, LCSW

Early Intervention Group Leader and Coordinator, The Guidance Center.

Deborah Kulick MD
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.
Academic Interests: Outpatient consultation-liaison, domestic violence, homelessness, school-based treatment.

Dianna Lesanto, LICSW
Director, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatric Services; Social Work Manager of Inpatient and Emergency Psychiatry Units, Cambridge Health Alliance
Areas of interest: Inpatient mental health treatment, dialectical group therapy in adolescent inpatient settings.

Karen Levine, PhD
Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Diagnosis, emotional development and behavioral challenges of children with Developmental Disabilities, school consultation regarding children with Developmental Disabilities and/or autism related issues.

Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD
Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Trauma and social stressors on parent-child relationships over time and the effects of attachment-oriented parenting supports in therapeutic interventions.

Lauren Marchette, PhD
Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy research.

Amy Mayhew, MD, MPH
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Rotation supervisor- Psychiatry Transition Service
Academic Interests: Acute psychiatric services, working with children and families who have experienced trauma.

Theodore Murray, MD
Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: psychodynamic psychotherapy, family therapy, adolescent substance use, systems consultation.

Louis Ostrowsky, MD
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Psychiatric education, mental health in schools and colleges, psychoanalytic theory, and healthcare equality.

Mathilde Pelaprat, PsyD
Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Rotation Supervisor- Adolescent Consultation Service
Academic Interests: Forensic evaluation and assessment services, individual, couples, family psychotherapy.

Adele Pressman, MD
Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Group psychotherapy.

Nancy Rappaport, MD
Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: community based participatory research (with schools), understanding and providing safety assessments of aggressive students, refining CBT for traumatized adolescents, and writing creatively.

Debra Rosenblum, MD
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Neurodevelopmental disorders in children and adults, children’s relationship to popular culture.

Lee Robinson, MD
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Education, autism spectrum disorders, integrating pediatric primary and mental health care, social determinants of pediatric mental health.

Maria Sauzier, MD
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, part-time, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: supporting children and families who have experienced trauma, psychotherapy, education.

Jeanne Strassburger, PhD
Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Nandini Talwar, MD
Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: college mental health, consultation to state agencies.

Cynthia J. Telingator, MD
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Gender and sexuality, alternative and contemporary families, preventive community care, trauma and psychiatric training and education.

Judy Tsafrir, MD
Teaching Associate in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Psychoanalysis, integrative/holistic psychiatry.

Susan Walker, MD
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.
Academic Interests: Psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.

Allison Warshof, LICSW
Academic Interests: Mental health evaluation, family therapy.

John Wechter, EdD
Teaching Associate in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Psychotherapy of children and adolescents.

Kerry-Ann Williams, MD
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Community psychiatry, trauma, CBT.

Tyrone Williams, MD
Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Academic Interests: Community psychiatry, interface of psychiatry and spirituality.

Faculty List - Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

John Baker, PhD
Ayelet Barkai, MD
James Barrett, PhD
Elizabeth Freidin Baumann, PhD
Carol Becker, PhD
Sarah Birss, MD
Elizabeth Brenner, LICSW
Gloria Carrera, MD
Nicholas Carson, MD
Peter Chubinsky, MD
Allison Clark, LCSW
Don Condie, MD
Benjamin Cook, PhD, MPH
Fred Crow, MD
Sandra M. DeJong, MD, MSc
Timothy Dugan, MD
Marla Eby, PhD
Ann Epstein, MD
Lois Flaherty, MD
Marshall Forstein, MD
Laura Gaugh, PsyD
Joel Goldstein, MD
Len Greenberg, PhD
Katherine E. Grimes, MD, MPH
Sanjay Gulati, MD
John Hamilton, MD
Jill Harkaway, EdD
Jennifer Harris, MD
Alexandra Harrison, MD
Fida Hassan, MD, MPH
Barbara Hauser, LICSW
Jeanne Heiple, MD, PhD
Ann Hess, MD, PhD
Holly Houseman, PhD
Albert Hyman, MD
Gabriela Iagaru, MD
Xenia Johnson, MD
Neal Kass, MD
Janice Kauffman, RN, MPH
Kathy Kelts, LCSW
Deborah Kulick, MD
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Maydee Lande, LICSW
Dianna Lesanto, LICSW
Karen Levine, PhD
Treniece Lewis Harris, PhD
Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD
Lauren Marchette, PhD
Amy Mayhew, MD, MPH
Cynthia Mittelmeier, PhD
Theodore Murray, MD
Ann Neumeyer, MD
Barbara Okun, PhD
Miriam Ornstein, MD
Louis Ostrowsky, MD
Laura Pabo, LICSW
Christopher Pagano, PhD
Mathilde Pelaprat, PsyD
Ava Penman, MS
William Pollack, PhD
Adele Pressman, MD
Malak Rafla, MD
Nancy Rappaport, MD
Lee Robinson, MD
Adam Rosen, JD, PhD
Debra Rosenblum, MD
John Sargent, MD
Maria Sauzier, MD
Susannah Sherry, MD
Stephanie Smith, LICSW
Jessica Stern, MD
Jeanne Strassburger, PhD
Lyn E. Styczynski, PhD
Nandini Talwar, MD
Cynthia J. Telingator, MD
Stephanie Tournet, MD
Judy Tsafrir, MD
Allison Warshof, LICSW
John Wechter, EdD
David Wilcox, PhD
Kerry-Ann Williams, MD
Tyrone Williams, MD

 

Supervision

Fellows have four to six hours of supervision per week. For first-years, this includes two or more hours of individual supervision in addition to supervision by the rotation supervisor and other faculty during each rotation. In addition, first years have an administrative supervisor (Dr. Robinson) who helps fellows learn to manage their patient commitments effectively and efficiently.

In their second year, the fellows have up to four individual supervisors assigned, three supervisors for psychotherapy, and at least one psychopharmacology clinic preceptor. Dr. DeJong, administrative supervisor for the second years meets with them regularly to discuss caseload balance and management. In addition, second-years have a rotation supervisor for each rotation. Finally, the second-year fellows also receive supervision in group therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.