Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Team

Physicians

Director, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
Clinical Director, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Service
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician
Clinical Psychologist

Barbara Kao, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist at the Children’s Neurodevelopment Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. She earned her undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia. She completed her clinical internship at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York and her postdoctoral fellowship at the Child Development Center at Rhode Island Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Kao is a clinical assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School. She has particular interests in identifying and supporting the needs of siblings of children with developmental disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Clinical Psychologist

Debra Rasile, PhD completed her undergraduate and graduate training at the State University of New York at Binghamton, earning her PhD in clinical psychology in 1994. She completed a year-long psychology internship through the Brown University School of Medicine and a year-long pediatric psychology postdoctoral fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital.

Since September 1995, Dr. Rasile has been a psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital, working in both the child and family psychiatry department and the Children’s Neurodevelopment Center.  She is a member of the Children’s Neurodevelopment Center interdisciplinary team, evaluating children with attention and learning challenges as well as developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders. 

Dr. Rasile was also a Families First CEDARR clinician and conducted eligibility assessments for the Hasbro Children’s Hospital early intervention program for several years.  She provides training to residents and developmental behavioral pediatric fellows and works with children who have complex medical and emotional needs, and their families, in outpatient psychotherapy.

Social Workers

Jessica Healy, MSW, MPH
Clinical Social Worker
Jean Schayer, MSW
Clinical Social Worker
Donald Testa, MSW
Clinical Social Worker

Pediatrics Nurses

Barbara Crosby, RN
Nurse
Sue Kortick, RN
Nurse

Parent Consultant

Minerva Ortiz

Support Staff

Geralyn Hafey
Administrative Coordinator
Kathryn Lowney
Training Coordinator and Research Assistant, Rhode Island Leadership Training in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program (RI LEND)