Our Faculty

Our physicians and psychologists are members of the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (DPHB) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, which has been named a Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the nation's largest private foundation solely focused on aging and health.

Board-certified geriatric psychiatrists form the core of our programs, and our nurse clinical specialists are considered the clinical and educational leaders in the region.

Psychiatrist-in-Chief, RIH, TMH; SVP, Lifespan Psychiatry & Behavioral Health

Richard J. Goldberg, MD, MS, is a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, psychiatrist-in-chief at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital, and senior vice president for the psychiatry and behavioral health service line at Lifespan. He is board certified in psychiatry with subspecialty certification in geriatric psychiatry and holds a master’s degree in health care management from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Goldberg is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and six books. 

Dr. Goldberg was appointed Lifespan senior vice president for physician network development in 2010 and played a key role in the development of the Lifespan Physician Group (LPG), with a focus on contract development, compensation policy, and physician coordination. He was appointed Lifespan senior vice president for the psychiatry and behavioral health service line in 2012, with responsibility for overseeing five affiliates (four hospitals and a large community mental health organization), with over 2,400 associated employees and annual revenues of more than $200M.  

Dr. Goldberg has had significant committee roles, including physician-industry interaction, hospital and physician organizational governance, and medical staff leadership. He is a member of steering committees for IT strategy, for the academic Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and of the Norman Prince Neuroscience Institute. 

Dr. Goldberg’s interests include compensation models, development of integrated care, the interface for behavioral health and primary care, including medical home development, the role of mental health disorders in chronic medical illness, the integration of patients with serious mental illness into more comprehensive medical systems, and the development of integrated clinical and financial products to improve performance and value. 

Robert Boland, MD
Director, psychiatric consultation, The Miriam Hospital
Director, Consultation-Liason Services
Ali Kazim, MD
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Emergency Services
Bess Marcus, PhD
Director, The Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, The Miriam Hospital
Debbie Mendelsohn, RN, PCNS
Clinical nurse specialist
Justin Nash, PhD
Director, Clinical Programs in Behavioral Medicine
Director Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center

Brian Ott, MD is director of the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center as well as a professor of neurology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He divides his time between patient care and clinical research. His research interests include development of new drug therapies for Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment, as well as studying behavior problems in aging and dementia such as driving impairment. 

Wasim Rashid, MD
Director, Geriatric Inpatient Psychiatry
Director, Behavioral Medicine Clinical Services

Lucy Rathier, PhD is the clinical director of behavioral medicine clinical services at Lifespan and is responsible for overseeing policy, procedures, and strategic initiatives. She leads psychoeducational groups in The Miriam Hospital Weight Management Program. In addition, she provides cognitive-behavioral treatment for patients with headache and migraine. She was honored in 2005 with the Rhode Island Community Caregiver of the Year Award. Dr. Rathier is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a primary supervisor of its clinical psychology residency program. She also provides training in motivational interviewing.

In Dale Bond, PhD's study of weight management in women with migraines, she led weight management groups and migraine education groups for overweight women with migraines. She developed the protocol for migraine education. Dr. Rathier also conducts research on the use of religious coping in managing uncontrollable stressors.

Romina Smulever, MD
Psychiatrist, Nursing Home Program
Christina Sokoloff, RN, PCNS
Clinical nurse specialist, Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry and Nursing Home Consultation
Director of Neuropsychology

Geoffrey Tremont, PhD completed his PhD in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University, did his clinical neuropsychology internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and his fellowship at Brown University. He is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and human hehavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and director of neuropsychology at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals. He is board certified in clinical neuropsychology and conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations in older adults with cognitive impairments. His primary research interests are psychosocial treatments for dementia caregivers, telephone-based assessment of mild cognitive impairment, and mind-body approaches for mild cognitive impairment. 

Sylvia Weber, RN, PCNS
Clinical nurse specialist, Nursing Home Consultation
Director, Partial Hospital Program and Outpatient Practice

Mark Zimmerman, MD received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School. He completed his postgraduate training at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Zimmerman is board certified in psychiatry and is professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

He is principal investigator of the Rhode Island Methods to Improve Diagnostic Assessment and Services (MIDAS) project. Dr. Zimmerman is the author of more than 300 articles and serves on the editorial board of 10 journals.

He is the author of the recently revised Interview Guide for Evaluating DSM-5 Psychiatric Disorders and the Mental Status Examination, a leading textbook for psychiatric diagnosis and assessment.