Fellows

First Year Fellows

Solomon Adelsky, MD, MPP

Solomon Adelsky, MD, MPP

Greetings, world! I’m a native of New Jersey, who landed at CHA by way of Ann Arbor (Go Blue!), Ukraine, and Rhode Island. After graduating from medical school at Brown, I came to CHA for adult psychiatry residency. I can say without hesitation that I love CHA. What sets it apart is the strong and deep sense of community that infuses the institution; I’m on a first-name basis not just with faculty and supervisors, but with public safety officers, parking attendants, and housekeeping staff. Having been here for a few years, I’ve also had the opportunity to meet and work with many of the child fellows, and have found them to be a consistently warm, thoughtful, and invested group. My clinical interests are broad and constantly evolving, but include parenting, social media, college mental health, and global health. When not at work, I love spending time with my family, as well as indulging my much-neglected hobbies, which include mountain biking, running, and traveling. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about CHA!

Shireen Cama, MD

Shireen	Cama, MD

I completed my undergraduate training at Yale, where I studied economics and developed my interest in systems thinking and the social determinants of health. I learned more about these areas during the following year as a Congressional Hunger Fellow. I then came to Harvard for medical school, where I embraced opportunities for health promotion and advocacy both locally and abroad. My interest in preventative health and love for working with children led me to complete a pediatrics residency at UCSF. However, I soon realized that directly addressing the mental health and psychosocial needs of my patients was my true passion. I was so happy to come to CHA for my adult psychiatry training and am thrilled to be able to continue here as a Child & Adolescent Fellow. My current interests include infant mental health, integrated care, cultural psychiatry and fostering resilience in individuals and communities. I am inspired daily by the commitment and dedication of the community of trainees, faculty and patients I am privileged to work with here at CHA.

Kevin Coughlin, MD

Kevin Coughlin, MD

Born and raised in rural Western Massachusetts, my training journey thus far has taken me to Rhode Island for my undergraduate and medical degrees, and then to Maine for completion of my adult psychiatry residency training. I am so thrilled to be returning home to the Bay State for my fellowship years! I studied public health as a Brown University undergraduate before moving on to medical studies at Brown's Warren Alpert Medical School. While a medical student, I did part-time work as a child/adolescent home-based therapeutic services worker through a local mental health agency and ran a small research study on video game use amongst adolescents admitted to a local psychiatric hospital. During residency training at Maine Medical Center in Portland, I developed specific interests in early onset psychosis, family therapy, and autism spectrum disorders. The community-psychiatry oriented ethos of CHA, along with the warm and caring presence of its faculty and fellows, were factors that helped me know I had found the right environment to call home during these final years of training. During my fellowship ahead I am interested in understanding how we deliver psychiatric care to children and families in underserved areas, and I hope to someday practice in a professional shortage area myself. Outside of work I enjoy listening to and discovering new music, and in my free time I play guitar and a little mandolin. I’m very quickly educating myself on the vibrant food and drink scene in the greater Boston area, and am always up for a gastronomical adventure!

Priya Sehgal, MD

Priya Sehgal, MD

I am originally from Cincinnati, OH. After graduating from The University of Michigan College of Engineering, I joined Teach for America and taught high school mathematics in Washington, DC for three years prior to attending medical school. My teaching experience has fueled a passion to work in the intersection of mental health, school systems, poverty and race. I completed my adult psychiatry residency here at The Cambridge Health Alliance, where I served as the Chief Resident of the Asian Mental Health Team. I feel incredibly fortunate to continue training at CHA because it is an institution committed to improving the lives of children and families from both an individual and systems-oriented approach, while creating a family atmosphere for trainees. I am also inspired by the faculty’s commitment to teaching, intentional curriculum design and genuine sense of warmth and passion for this work. My clinical interests are psychotherapy, trauma, identity formation, immigrant and minority mental health, school psychiatry, and systems of care. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and family, playing sports, karaoke, cooking, and current events.

Scott Yapo, MD

Scott Yapo, MD

I’m originally from the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio, but I left the Buckeye State to attend the University of Michigan for undergrad. During that time I developed an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders. After graduation, I moved to Framingham, Massachusetts where I worked as an applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapist. Wanting something broader than strict behavioral therapy, I moved back to Ohio to attend medical school with the plan to become a child psychiatrist. I completed my adult residency at Cambridge Health Alliance and I am excited to continue my training here as a child fellow. I was drawn to CHA by its collegial environment, emphasis on psychodynamic treatments, its experienced and knowledgeable faculty, and its commitment to the underserved. My interests in psychiatry include neurodevelopmental disorders, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and sub-acute levels of care.


Second Year Fellows

Stephanie Hernandez, DO

Stephanie Hernandez, DO

Hi! I was born and raised in the northern suburbs of Chicago and completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. In Philadelphia, I developed a passion for community outreach after helping teach health sciences to inner-city high school students. I continued working within the community during my adult training at Baylor College of Medicine, where I developed a mental health wellness program for junior high and high school students. Interviewing at Cambridge Health Alliance, I found it encompassed everything I was looking for in a program: a dedication to working within the community and its systems, a strong foundation in psychotherapy, along with a multitude of opportunities and resources to explore and progress my individual interests. Along with the thoughtful planning of the program’s curriculum, perhaps most important to me was the genuine warmth and caring nature of the faculty and fellows I met. All together, I felt CHA would be an amazing environment for this stage of my training and would well prepare me for the next.

Louis Ostrowsky, MD

Louis Ostrowsky, MD

I completed my undergraduate studies in Biochemistry and Applied Anthropology at American University in Washington, DC. My interest in psychiatry emerged during the following two years while coordinating clinical trials at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where I found I gravitated to addressing the psychosocial consequences of terminal illness. I then went on to medical training in Chicago at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine where I graduated with Distinction in Research. I completed my residency in psychiatry here at the Cambridge Health Alliance, where I served as Chief Resident at MIT Mental Health and Counseling. My interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy, child and adolescent identity formation, family therapy, medical student and resident education, and learning more about the factors that promote resilience in the patients and families that I see.

James Palmer, MD

James Palmer, MD

I was born in a small town in Utah where I grew to appreciate the importance and support of that community. As I worked through undergraduate studies at the University of Utah at an adolescent residential treatment center, I began to see the role of child and adolescent psychiatry to be involved in developing communities for those patients. The experiences I had in that setting as well as clinical rotations in medical school informed my decision to train in psychiatry. I began general psychiatry training in Arizona in a program that provided focus to community psychiatry and am elated with opportunity to further specialize in child and adolescent psychiatry here at Cambridge Health Alliance. In becoming acquainted with the program through interview season, I was impressed with the wealth of training opportunities this program offered with expert faculty and colleagues as well as with a significantly diverse and underserved population that allows further focus to training in systems of care and community child and adolescent psychiatry. My wife and three children are grateful for this opportunity to be in Boston and join with me to be part of this new community.

Margaret Spottswood, MD

Margaret Spottswood, MD

I decided to stay at CHA following my excellent general psychiatry training here because of the culture: a culture that treats individuals in a way that honors their humanity, one in which there is a commitment to finding the best outcomes for children and families, and a culture with the goal of continual improvement. I find the teachers and patients incredibly inspiring and I am thrilled to be part of this group of trainees. Specific interests include integrated care, trainee teaching and research, and how relationships connect and heal.

Jessica Stern, MD

Jessica Stern, MD

On my interview day at CHA it was so clear to me that this program places an extraordinary value on clinical excellence and comprehensive thoughtful care for each patient. I knew that it was exactly the kind of community where I wanted to learn and work. I’m arriving here at CHA after 4 years at the Harvard Longwood residency where I have had the opportunity to treat a wide range of patients and have been able to cultivate some particular interests in perinatal psychiatry, early psychosis work and psychotherapy for a broad population of patients with a variety of techniques. Last year I was enrolled in a one year long psychodynamic psychotherapy fellowship at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and also had the ability to maintain a focus on psychotherapy in my role as an outpatient chief resident. I hope to be able to continue to nurture these interests and expand them into a population of children, adolescents and their families. I’m eager to learn about the fields of infant mental health, early attachment interventions, family therapy and play therapy. It is particularly exciting to have the opportunity to learn about this field of child and adolescent psychiatry within a community treatment setting. I have recently moved across the river from Boston to join the Cambridge community myself and I couldn’t be more thrilled!