Leadership Team

We are proud to offer a Harvard Medical School child psychiatry faculty, a skilled team of nurses, social workers, teachers, and therapists, and unique linguistic and cultural resources. This allows us to provide the finest care to children from across Massachusetts.

Christopher Pagano, Ph.D.

Christopher Pagano, Ph.D.

Christopher Pagano, Ph.D., is the Director of Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology and Group Programming. Since 2000, Dr. Pagano has served as the training director for the psychology practicum and post-doctoral fellows training on the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Units. He also runs the psychological testing on the units. Dr. Pagano has an expertise in treating children and adolescents with histories of trauma and neglect, and he plays an integral role in teaching and supporting the nursing and milieu staff in utilizing trauma-sensitive models of care.

His interests include understanding therapeutic factors in individual, group and family treatment, and he has published and gives presentations on this area of interest. He takes a creative, integrative and flexible approach to treatment, combining psychodynamic, family, attachment, trauma-sensitive and DBT/CBT approaches. Over the past three years, Dr. Pagano has lead the effort to integrate an innovative, intervention-based approach to psychological testing on the units known as “Therapeutic Assessment” , with considerable success and praise from families and outpatient providers.

Teresa Forestell, RN

Teresa Forestell, RN

Teresa has over 30 years of psychiatric nursing experience working with children and adolescents. She has been with CHA for the past 20 years. Teresa is also a member of Somerville Mayor’s task force for suicide prevention and substance abuse.

Dianna Lesanto, LICSWDirector, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatric ServicesManager, Inpatient Social WorkInterim Manager, Emergency Social Work

Dianna Lesanto, LICSW

Dianna graduated from Bentley College for her undergraduate degree, received her Masters in Social Work from Simmons College, and completed an Advanced Clinical Fellowship at the Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston, MA (a Harvard Medical School affiliate). She has worked in public and community mental health settings for more than 20 years, providing direct care and management for both adult and child/adolescent populations, as well as serving in leadership and training roles at Riverside Community Care Outpatient Clinics at Newton/Dedham and Vinfen Corporation. Her clinical background is diverse, and includes such modalities as trauma focused treatment, CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). She sits on the Cambridge Health Alliance Social Work Leadership Council, and participates in teaching and supervising in both the Social Work Training and Child Psychiatry Fellowship training programs at the hospital. Her current role is as the Director of Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services, as well as Manager of Social Work for inpatient psychiatry and emergency services at CHA’s Cambridge Hospital campus. Dianna is dedicated to providing excellence in care and services that improve the health of our patients and our communities.

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