Michael Adragna, MD, is originally from Buffalo, NY. After completing undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Adragna returned to Buffalo and graduated from the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He then stayed at University of Buffalo to complete a residency in general psychiatry, after which he completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Throughout that time, he developed clinical and research interests in autism spectrum disorders, teen use of social networking websites, and the way in which research findings are translated into routine clinical practice. Presently, he is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University at Buffalo.
Brady Case, MD is director of the Health Services Research Program and medical director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Program at Bradley Hospital and is an assistant professor in the departments of psychiatry and human behavior and of health services, research and practice at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. A graduate of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program of Bradley and Brown, Case most previously served on the faculty of New York University and conducted research for the State of New York. His many honors and awards include the Health Services Research Early Career Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the Laughlin Fellowship from the America College of Psychiatrists, and the Outstanding Resident Award from the National Institute of Mental Health. Case recently became one of five child psychiatrists across the U.S. awarded a four-year grant by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to study adolescent substance use disorders. Case is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Case received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. He resides in Barrington, Rhode Island.
Diane DerMarderosian, MD, graduated Amherst College with a BA in anthropology. She attended Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she was selected to be part of the humanities and medicine program. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 1999. Prior to her current role as the pediatric co-director of the Hasbro Children's Partial Hospital Program, she served as the medical director of the Hasbro Eating Disorders Program. In addition to her expertise in taking care of patients with eating disorders, she specializes in working with patients with complex medical and psychological illnesses and their families. DerMarderosian serves on the medical advisory committee for MEDA, the Hasbro Patient and Family Centered Care Steering Committee, the board of TALC, the Pediatric Faculty Development Steering Committee and is the medical director of Reach Out and Read RI. She has been recognized for her excellence in teaching and has won several resident teaching awards.
Susan Dickstein, PhD is an associate professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University's department of psychiatry and human behavior and department of pediatrics, and director of Bradley Hospital Early Childhood Clinical Research Center (part of the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center), devoted to the integration of clinical service delivery and research practice to promote optimal mental health care for young children (birth through five years old) and their families.
Dickstein has collaborated on several NIH grants within the realm of developmental psychopathology, attachment theory, family risk, maternal depression, and early childhood mental health, and assessment of child outcomes in Head Start. Dickstein is principal investigator on a SAMHSA systems initiative, Project RI LAUNCH, aimed at building social-behavioral capacities into community-based early childhood systems of care to promote and integrate physical and behavioral health wellness. Dickstein provides community based mental health consultation, training, evidence based preventive interventions, and program evaluation within pediatric and child care settings serving high risk infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families, including Head Start and Early Head Start. Dickstein is founder and co-president of the Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health and serves on several advisory boards including Successful Start (RI's early childhood comprehensive systems initiative) and the Governor's Early Learning Council.
John Femino, MD, FASAM, MRO graduated from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and completed residency in internal medicine and post-doctoral fellowships in clinical psychopharmacology and drug and alcohol abuse, and is board certified in internal and addiction medicine. He was the recipient of the Career Teacher in Alcohol and Drug Abuse grant at Brown University and was one of the first faculty members at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, teaching in clinical faculty positions for the last 20 years. He founded Meadows Edge Recovery Center, a state licensed substance abuse treatment program and multidisciplinary medical and mental health group practice in North Kingstown, RI and is a frequent lecturer and multimedia producer of educational products including secondary school educational curriculum.
Jennifer Freeman, PhD has extensive experience in research and implementation
of evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with OCD and
other severe anxiety disorders. She is the co-director of the Pediatric
Anxiety Research Clinic (PARC) at the Bradley Hasbro Children’s
Research Center, which has been at the forefront of developing and
testing treatments for pediatric OCD for more than a decade, as well as
the co-clinical director of the recently opened Intensive Program for
OCD at Bradley Hospital. Freeman is an associate professor (research) of psychiatry
and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She has published
extensively on the topic of pediatric OCD and has written a treatment
manual and accompanying parent handbook on family-based treatment of OCD
in young children.
Abbe Garcia, PhD has extensive experience in research and implementation of evidence-based treatments for children and adolescents with OCD and other severe anxiety disorders. She is the co-director of the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic (PARC) at the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center, which has been at the forefront of developing and testing treatments for pediatric OCD for more than a decade, as well as the co-clinical director of the recently opened Intensive Program for OCD at Bradley Hospital. Garcia is an assistant professor (research) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She has published extensively on the topic of pediatric OCD and has written a treatment manual and accompanying parent handbook on family-based treatment of OCD in young children.
Allison Hall, LICSW, is the clinical social worker for the eating disorder program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Allison earned her bachelor of arts degree from Stonehill College, spending a semester abroad in Kenya, and her master of social welfare degree from the University of California at Berkeley, completing internships at both Kaiser South San Francisco and the division of adolescent medicine at UCSF. Her career since graduation has focused on implementing social work practice in the medical setting, with a special concentration on working with individuals and families in treatment for eating disorders.
Karyn Horowitz, MD, received her BA in honors psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI and her MD from Yale University School of Medicine where she graduated AOA. Following medical school she completed 2 years of internal medicine training at the University of Chicago Hospitals before entering her psychiatry training at Columbia University. She completed both her adult psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University. Currently she is the director of Outpatient Services and the Access Center at Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital.
Kristin Lundsten, MSN, BSN, RN-BC is a board certified registered psychiatric mental health nurse. She received her BSN from Adelphi University in 1995 and graduated from Duke University with a masters degree in nursing education. Currently, Lundsten is working towards her post-masters degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at Drexel University with a graduation date of spring 2015.
She is currently clinical nurse manager at Bradley Hospital on the Adolescent Program. Lundsten is an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University and has received the Lifespan Risk Management Grant 2013-2014 where she is developing a psycho-educational program for inpatient adolescents with the goal of reducing restraint/seclusion episodes. She has also developed a nursing instrument to help predict violence propensity in the inpatient populations. She is passionate about empowering nurses in psychiatric nursing roles to utilize their scope of practice to its full extent in order to create the most therapeutic milieu and program for our patients.
John Makransky, PhD is a professor of Buddhism and comparative theology at Boston College, senior academic advisor for Kathmandu University’s Centre for Buddhist Studies in Nepal, guiding meditation teacher of the Foundation for Active Compassion (a contemplative social service organization), and author of the popular meditation manual Awakening through Love. Having practiced Tibetan Buddhism since 1978 under the guidance of his Tibetan teachers, in 2000 Makransky was ordained a Tibetan Buddhist lama. He has adapted meditations of innate compassion and wisdom from Tibet to be accessible to therapists, healthcare providers, and social workers. He has lectured and led workshops at Harvard Medical and Divinity Schools, Emory University, Brown University, Amherst College, Union Theological Seminary, Catholic Charities, and the Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy.
Margaret Mannix, PhD is a pediatric psychologist who works primarily with children and families who have both medical issues and psychological concerns. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialization in health psychology from Yeshiva University in 2009. She completed an internship in child clinical psychology at the Franciscan Hospital for Children, and a fellowship in pediatric psychology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2010. She currently provides clinical services to the Hasbro Children's Partial Hospital Program as well as the Rhode Island Hospital department of outpatient psychiatry. Mannix participates in the training of interns, residents, and fellows in psychology, psychiatry, and pediatrics. Her primary research interest is coping with chronic illness, especially pediatric cancer.
James V. McDonald, MD, MPH, is the chief administrative officer of the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline. He is board certified in pediatrics as well as preventive medicine. McDonald has served in the US Navy, worked with the Indian Health Service on the Navajo reservation as well as private practice. McDonald lives in North Kingstown, RI with his wife and 3 children.
Jessica Olingy, MSN, CPNP-AC is a board certified pediatric nurse practitioner at Bradley Hospital. She graduated with a degree in advertising and marketing from Radford University in 2000, and in 2006 went on to achieve a degree in nursing from the University of Virginia’s Second Degree Nursing Program. Olingy worked as a registered nurse in an emergency department, pediatric critical care unit, and outpatient surgery center prior to attaining her master of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Acute/Chronic Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program in 2010.
Prior to starting her current position, Olingy worked as a volunteer medical provider with Shoulder to Shoulder, a non-profit organization in Intibuca, Honduras. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Brown/Guachi affiliate of Shoulder to Shoulder. In 2013, Olingy led an interdisciplinary team to develop a rapid response medical code team, one of only a few in freestanding psychiatric hospitals throughout the country. She has an interest in quality improvement and is currently working on a hospital wide initiative to address pediatric obesity in children with psychiatric illness.
Kristie Puster, PhD received her bachelor's degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in clinical community psychology from the University of South Carolina. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Texas Children's Hospital through the Baylor College of Medicine and her post-doctoral fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. After spending 11 years as an outpatient practitioner working with pediatric subspecialty clinics in Asheville, North Carolina, she returned to New England to work at Hasbro Children's Hospital as a psychologist in the medical psychiatric inpatient unit. In addition to treating children and adolescents, she provides supervision and training to psychology and psychiatry residents and fellows. At home, she provides supervision and training (with a healthy dose of love thrown in) to her two daughters, a dog, a cat, and a lovebird with the help of her wonderful husband.
Margaret Paccione has over 30 years of experiences in supervisory and administrative positions, as well as extensive experience with trauma patients and managing trauma-related service environments.
As a licensed psychologist, teacher and rehabilitation specialist, Paccione is currently the director of quality and clinical innovation for Bradley Hospital. The responsibilities of this position sit at the cross section of staff development, quality, risk and regulatory compliance. Prior to this position, Paccione served as the director of the department of behavioral education and prior to that, psychologist manager and director of residential services at Bradley Hospital.
Previously, she served as the regional administrator for behavioral health services for the statewide Delaware correctional system. Paccione has experience working with military and semi-military organizations and has received training through the FBI in delivery of trauma services including defusing, debriefing and hostage negotiation. She has also been deployed as a member of the American Psychological Association/American Red Cross trauma relief team.
Paccione’s other former positions include director of the department of psychiatry and human behavior for Southern Chester County Medical Center in Pennsylvania, program director, drug and alcohol services division, life guidance services also in Pennsylvania, and chief of clinical services, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in New York. Paccione has managed multi-site, multi-service programs in the not for profit sector, has directed her own private practice/consulting corporation and worked in the private, for profit behavioral sector as well. She has published in the areas of both mental health and substance abuse.
Michelle Rickerby, MD, is the psychiatric co-director of the Hasbro Children's Partial Hospital Program and a clinical associate professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her career since completing child psychiatry residency training at Brown in 1996 has been focused on family based treatment of complex pediatric illness including eating disorders; chronic illness complicated by non-adherence and somatoform disorders. She is the co-director of family therapy training for the child psychiatry residency and the triple board residency at Brown.
Justin Schleifer, MD, is originally from northeastern New Jersey, where he graduated from Rutgers University in 2005 with degrees in psychology and english. He earned his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. Following graduation from medical school in 2009, he spent a year on the research team at the Center for Suicide Risk Assessment at Columbia University, with a focus on standardizing suicide risk assessment to improve accuracy in screening and precision in allocation of treatment resources. Schleifer completed his adult psychiatry residency training at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he continued his training as a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow. He is interested in thoughtful exploration of the intersection between mental health and technology, specifically social media.
Valerie Seney LMHC, MSN, RN is the clinical nurse manager of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) unit at Bradley Hospital. In this role, she is actively involved designing programs for nurses and milieu staff that focus on developing their skill set to promote best practice in patient care. Seney has also served on the committees for Trauma Informed Care, RN professional development, food and nutrition services, charge RN leadership development, new staff orientation, and CADD unit program planning. In addition, she supervises psychology undergraduate and graduate students during their time at Bradley.
Prior to joining the CADD team, she was a staff RN on the children’s unit for four years and acted in the role of relief supervisor for Bradley Hospital. Before becoming a nurse, Seney worked in the outpatient setting at Community Counseling of Bristol County for nine years. During this time, she worked with adults with dual diagnosis in an outreach setting and then as a clinician working in children and adolescent services. Recently, she has presented her research at the 2014 American Nursing Association Quality Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
Stephanie Shepard Umaschi, PhD earned her master’s degree in developmental psychology from Arizona State University, and her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in developmental psychopathology through The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University's department of psychiatry and human behavior where she is now an assistant professor (research). She also is a staff psychologist at the Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center. Her research and clinical interests include implementation science, specifically the development and community dissemination of evidence-based prevention and treatment programs for parents and teachers, as well as addressing the significant problem of parent and staff engagement. Her work in this area has resulted in multiple conference papers, published manuscripts, and grants.
Shepard Umaschi has extensive training and experience in working with community programs to facilitate the adoption, delivery, and sustainability of evidence-based programs for children and families, including the Incredible Years (IY) Series, the Family Check-Up, Motivational Interviewing, and Nurse Family Partnerships. In particular, she is a certified group leader and mentor in the IY BASIC Parent Training Series and a certified group leader in the Child “Dina School” Training Series and the IY Classroom Behavior Management Series. She is one of the few IY certified mentors in the Parent Training Series in the country, and offers IY authorized training workshops and consultation locally, nationally, and internationally to prepare leaders to deliver the toddler, preschool, and school-age parenting curricula.
Christina Tortolani, PhD, is a staff psychologist in the division of child and family psychiatry at Rhode Island Hospital. She earned her MA from Boston College and doctorate in counseling psychology from Northeastern University. She completed her internship in clinical psychology at Dartmouth Medical School and postdoctoral fellowship in traumatic stress at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2012. Tortolani's clinical and research interests include the treatment of eating disorders, body image and trauma. She contributes to the training of residents and fellows in psychology and psychiatry. She is also an assistant professor in the department of counseling psychology, educational leadership and school psychology at Rhode Island College.
Matthew Willis, MD, MPH, graduated with a bachelor of science from Georgetown University in 2001 with a biology major and theology minor. In his time at Georgetown he was inducted into two honor societies (Alpha Sigma Nu and Theta Alpha Kappa), ran a grocery store which he co-owned with other Georgetown students, and most importantly became a lifelong Georgetown Hoyas basketball fan. He received his MD and his MPH from the University of Connecticut in 2006, where he also met his better half. Willis completed his Triple Board Residency at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2011 and served as chief resident in the child psychiatry fellowship in his final year of the residency. During his residency, he received the Haffenreffer House Staff Excellence Award and the Community Advocacy Award for his work with The Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC), a support and advocacy group for teenagers with chronic medical illnesses.
Upon graduation from his residency, he became a staff psychiatrist at the Hasbro Children’s Partial Hospital Program, where he remained until March of this year, when he became the medical director of the Hasbro Med/Psych Inpatient Program. He was the PI for The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University site for a multi-site national study investigating risk factors for the development of non-epileptic seizures in youth, and has been a co-author in multiple studies examining outcomes data for participants in the TALC program. Most importantly, he is the proud father of 4 girls ages 4 years, 2 years, and 6 month old twins, and a diehard Red Sox fan who recently fulfilled a lifelong dream by taking his father to a World Series game at Fenway Park.