Our Outpatient Team at Bradley Hospital

Meet the staff providing pediatric outpatient mental health care in Rhode Island at Lifespan.
 
 
Clinical Psychologist

Caley Arzamarski, PhD, NCSP is a school and clinical psychologist specializing in child, adolescent, and family therapy, as well as school consultation. She completed her clinical internship at Boys Town through the Nebraska Internship Consortium for Professional Psychology and her post-doctoral fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Caley serves as an outpatient psychologist, a member of the interdisciplinary crisis clinic team, and facilitates the iFriend social skills group. Her research interests include evaluation and implementation of preventative, positive approaches to parenting and schools.

Rajvi Broker-Sen MD is the director of the PediPRN Clinic. She is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist in Outpatient Services at Bradley Hospital. She did her adult psychiatry residency at Institute of Living in Connecticut and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

Clifford Bromberg, PhD, has been a staff psychologist at the Bradley Hospital Outpatient Services Department for over 20 years, providing psychotherapy services to both children and adolescents, and their families.

Clinical Psychologist

Christine Conelea, PhD, is a clinical psychologist at Bradley Hospital in the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC) and an assistant professor (research) in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She specializes in Tourette Syndrome and other tic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders. Conelea directs the Tic Talk program.

Co-Director, Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic

Jennifer Freeman, PhD, is the co-director of the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic at the Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center, and a staff psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital. Freeman received her bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and her doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in child mental health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Research Interests

Freeman's research interests include the assessment and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in children and adolescents, family based interventions for early childhood onset OCD, and family processes, particularly parent-child interactions, in young children with OCD.

Selected publications

·         Lehmkuhl, H. D., Storch, E. A., Rahman, O., Freeman, J., Geffken, G., & Murphy, T. (2009). Just say no: Sequential parent management and cognitive behavioral-therapy for a child with comorbid disruptive behaviors and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Clinical Case Studies, 8, 48-58.

·         Freeman, J., Choate-Summers, M., Garcia, A., Moore, P., Sapyta, J., Khanna, M., March, J., Foa, E., and Franklin, M. (2009). The Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treatment Study II: Rationale, Design and Methods. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 3 ArtID 4.

·         Flessner, C., Berman, N., Garcia, A., Freeman, J., & Leonard, H.  (2009).  Symptom Profiles in Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): The Effects of Comorbid Grooming Conditions. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 753-759.

·         Flessner, C.A., Allgair, A., Garcia, A., Freeman, J., & Sapyta, J. (2010).  Neuropsychological functioning in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Depression and Anxiety, 27(4), 365-371.

·         Garcia, A.M., Sapyta, J., Moore, P.S., Freeman, J., Franklin, M., March, J.S., Foa, E.B. (2010).  Predictors of treatment outcome in the Pediatric OCD Treatment Study,Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 49(10), 1024-1033.

·         Franklin, M.E., Edson, A.L., & Freeman, J.B. (2010).  Behavior Therapy for Trichotillomania: Exploring the Effects of Age on Treatment Outcome. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 4:18.

·         Flessner, C.A., Sapyta, J., Garcia, A., Freeman, J.B., Franklin, M.E., Foa, E., and March, J.  (2011).  Examining the Psychometric Properties of the Family Accommodation Scale-Parent Report (FAS-PR). Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 38-46.

·         Freeman, J.B., Flessner, C.A., Garcia, A.M. (in press) The Children's Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale: Reliability and Validity for Use Among 5 to 8 Year Olds with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

·         Flessner, C. A., Freeman, J. B., Sapyta, J., Garcia, A., Franklin, M. E., March, J et al. (in press). Predictors of Accommodation in Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Findings from the POTS trial. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

·         Freeman, J.B., Sapyta, J., Garcia, A., Fitzgerald, D., Khanna, M., Choate-Summers, M., Moore, P., Chrisman, A., Haff, N., Naeem, A., March, J., and Franklin, M.  (in press).  Still Struggling: Characteristics of Youth with OCD who are Partial Responders to Medication Treatment. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 

Clinical Director, PARC

Abbe Garcia, PhD, is the co-director of the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic at the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center. Garcia is a licensed clinical psychologist, with a particular interest in the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders. She specializes in cognitive behavioral treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders.

Garcia received a BA in psychology from Williams College. She did her graduate training at Temple University, completed a predoctoral internship at the Brown University clinical psychology training program, and was a postdoctoral fellow in child and pediatric psychology at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University.

Research Interests

Garcia’s current research interests are focused on parent-child interaction patterns and temperamental factors that may be associated with anxiety disorders in children. She is the recipient of a junior faculty training and research award from the National Institutes of Mental Health. The objective of this project is to identify and describe the inter-relationship between behavioral patterns and child psychophysiology that are associated with anxiety disorders.

Other interests include research on the assessment and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder in children and adolescents, with particular emphasis on family-based cognitive behavioral interventions.

Selected Publications

  • Garcia, A.M., Freeman, J.B., Himle,. M., Berman, N.C., Ogata, A.K., Ng, J.S., Choate-Summers, M., Leonard, H.L. (2009).  Phenomenology of early onset obsessive compulsive disorder, Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 31 (2), 104-111.
  • Flessner, C.A., Berman, N.C., Garcia, A.M, Freeman, J.B., Leonard, H.L. (2009).  Symptom profiles on pediatric obsessive compulsive disorder: The effects of comorbid grooming conditions. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23(6), 753-759.
  • Freeman, J. Choate-Summers, M., Garcia, A., Moore, P., Sapayta, J., Khanna, M., March, J., Foa, E., Franklin, M.  (2009).  The Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treatment Study II: Rationale, Design and Methods. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 3(1):4.
  • Garcia, A.M. (2010).  What does “work” mean? Reopening the debate about clinical significance. Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice, 17(1), 48-51.
  • Flessner, C.A., Allgair, A., Garcia, A., Freeman, J, Sapayta, J., Franklin, M.E., Foa, E., March, J.  (2010).  The impact of neuropsychological functioning on treatment outcome in pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Depression and Anxiety, 27(4), 365-371.
  • Chorney, J.M., Garcia, A.M., Berlin, K.S., Bakeman, R., Kain, Z.N. (2010).  Time-window sequential analysis: An introduction for pediatric psychologists, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35(10), 1061-70. 
  • Garcia, A.M., Sapyta, J., Moore, P.S., Freeman, J., Franklin, M., March, J.S., Foa, E.B. (2010).  Predictors of treatment outcome in the Pediatric OCD Treatment Study, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 49(10), 1024-1033.
  • Flessner, C.A., Sapyta, J., Garcia, A., Freeman, J.B., Franklin, M.E., Foa, E., & March, J. (2011). Examining the Psychometric Properties of the Family Accommodation Scale-Parent-Report (FAS-PR). Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 38-46.
  • Freeman, J.B., Flessner, C.A., Garcia, A.M. (in press) The Children's Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale: Reliability and Validity for Use Among 5 to 8 Year Olds with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
  • Freeman, J.B., Franklin, M., Garcia, A.M., Sapayta, J., March, J.M. (in press).  Still Struggling: Characteristics of Youth with OCD who are Partial Responders to Medication Treatment. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 

 

Staff Psychologist

Karyn Hartz-Mandell, PhD is a clinical psychologist at Bradley Hospital and the Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center. Dr. Hartz-Mandell specializes in child and family psychology. She has expertise in early childhood development and psychology. She is part of the Early Childhood Outpatient Program and leads the Incredible Years Parent Group.

Dr. Hartz-Mandell is a graduate of Cornell University. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia and completed her predoctoral clinical internship in child and adolescent clinical psychology at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital. Hartz-Mandell completed an American Psychological Association clinical fellowship in early childhood mental health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Hartz-Mandell's research interests include early childhood mental health; developmental psychopathology; teacher-child relationships; classroom interactions; early childhood mental health consultation; prevention and early intervention; implementation and evaluation of evidence-based practice in the community.

Selected Publications

Hartz, K., & Williford, A. (2015). Child Negative Emotionality and Caregiver Sensitivity Across Context: Links with Children's Kindergarten Behaviour Problems. Infant and Child Development, 24(2), 107-129.

Hartz, K., Williford, A. & Koomen, H. (2016). Changes in teachers’ perceptions of teacher-child relationships: Links with children’s observed classroom interactions. Early Education and Development.

Hartz-Mandell, K., & Shepard Umaschi, S. (2016). Classroom coaching for professional development in early care and education. The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, 32(4).

Staff Psychologist

Jennifer Herren, PhD, is a staff psychologist in the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC) at Bradley Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. She specializes in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy for pediatric anxiety and exposure and response prevention (EX/RP) for pediatric OCD.

Pediatric Nephrologist

Karen Holler Ph.D. is a pediatric neuropsychologist and associate professor at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine Brown University. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and families to identify and manage cognitive, social, emotional, learning and attention difficulties.

Karyn Horowitz, MD, is the Director of Outpatient Child Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services at Lifespan and Director of Outpatient Services at Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital. She is also a clinical associate professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her expertise is in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Brian Kavanaugh, PsyD, is a clinical neuropsychologist at Bradley Hospital with a specialization in pediatric neuropsychology and expertise in the neurocognitive aspects of childhood psychiatric disorders.

Clinical Psychologist

Rebecca Newland, PhD, is a staff psychologist at Bradley Hospital, who provides clinical and consultation services, participates in research and program evaluation activities, and supervise trainees at the Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Newland is a graduate of Northwestern University. She earned her doctoral degree in child clinical psychology from Arizona State University and completed her predoctoral clinical internship in child clinical/pediatric psychology at Geisinger Medical Center. Newland completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship in early childhood mental health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Research Interests:

Early childhood mental health; developmental psychopathology; child, family, and parenting processes in the context of risk, including parental mental health; early childhood mental health consultation; prevention and early intervention; implementation and evaluation of evidence-based practice in the community.

Selected Publications:

Newland, R. P., Parade, S., Dickstein, S., & Seifer, R. (in press). The association between maternal depression and sensitivity: Child-directed effects on parenting during infancy. Infant Behavior and Development.

Newland, R. P., & Crnic, K. A. (2016). Developmental risk and goodness of fit in the mother-child relationship: Links to parenting stress and children’s behavior problems. Infant and Child Development. Advance online publication

Newland, R. P., Parade, S., Dickstein, S., & Seifer, R. (2016). Goodness of fit between maternal and infant sleep: Associations with maternal depressive symptoms and attachment security. Infant Behavior and Development, 44, 179-188.

Newland, R. P., Crnic, K. A., Cox, M. J, Mills-Koonce, W. R, & Family Life Project Key Investigators. (2013). The family stress model and maternal psychological symptoms: Mediated pathways from economic hardship to parenting across the infancy to preschool period. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 96-105.

Beverly Rich, APRN, BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Leila Sadeghi is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist at Newport and Bradley hospitals. Dr. Sadeghi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Sadeghi completed an internship in pediatric medicine at New York University Medical Center, completed a residency in adult psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Weill-Cornell Medical Center and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at New York University Medical Center. In addition to her current clinical responsibilities as a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Newport and Bradley hospitals, Dr. Sadeghi also provides consultation to pediatricians through the Pediatric Psychiatry Resource Network (PediPRN). 

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Bradley Hospital

Justin Schleifer, MD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Bradley Hospital and a clinician educator in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In addition to clinical care, his interests include medical education and the intersection of mental health and technology.

Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist, Bradley Hospital

Gregg  Selke, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist at Bradley Hospital. He is also a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. As a neuropsychologist, he has expertise in a wide range of medical, neurologic, and psychiatric conditions.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Gerald Tarnoff, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Bradley children's outpatient clinic and the children's inpatient unit. Tarnoff is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

 

Michael Walther, PhD, is a clinical psychologist at Bradley Hospital and Clinical Instructor in the department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He specializes in treating children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette’s disorder, and hair pulling disorder.

Natalie Zervas, PhD
Clinical Psychologist & DBT Program Manager

Natalie Zervas, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the DBT Program Manager at Bradley Hospital with expertise in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and a specialization in child and adolescent psychology. She is also a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.