Early Childhood Outpatient Program

The Early Childhood Outpatient Program offers counseling services for young children from birth to 8 years old, and their families. Parents and caregivers often find it helpful to consult with a professional to answer questions and ease concerns about their child, or to engage in services to support their family.
 

We create individualized care plans for each child and family, and offer family therapy, parenting support and coaching, and individual child counseling as necessary.

Common concerns of parents and caregivers seeking our services are:
  • Is my child’s development progressing as it should be?
  • How can I help my child to better manage his/her behavior?
  • Is my child’s attention and activity level appropriate for his/her age?
  • How can I help my child (and family) adjust to stressful life events or family transitions?
  • How can I help my child better adjust to child care or school?
  • How can I help my child cope with a recent traumatic event?

Our Staff

The Bradley Hospital Early Childhood Outpatient Program staff has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of young children and families. We strive to help families better understand their child’s development as well as plan for intervention, if necessary.

Karyn Hartz-Mandell, PhD
Staff Psychologist
Christine M. Low, PhD is a staff psychologist with Bradley Hospital, providing clinical service, research collaboration, and supervision of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and medical residents at the Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Low earned her doctoral degree in child clinical psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of  Washington School of Medicine and her postdoctoral fellowship in Early Childhood at Bradley Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She joined the faculty at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2005.

Research Interests

Low’s research interests are in the area of developmental psychopathology; early childhood mental health; development of children and families in high-risk contexts; parent-child relationships and family functioning; early childhood community-based mental health consultation; child care health consultation, and program evaluation.

Selected Publications

Baker, B.L., McIntyre, L.L., Blacher, J., Crnic, K., Edelbrock, C., & Low, C. (2003). Preschool children with and without developmental delay: Behavior problems and parenting stress over time.  Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 47, 217 – 230.

Brown, E. and Low, C. M. (2008). Chaotic living conditions and sleep problems associated with children’s responses to academic challenge. Journal of Family Psychology, 22 (6), 920-923.

Coyne, L.W., Low, C.M., Miller, A.L., Seifer, R., & Dickstein, S. (2007). Mothers' empathic understanding of their toddlers: Associations with maternal depression and sensitivity. The Journal of Child and Family Studies, 16 (4) 483-497.

Parker, J.G., Low, C.M., Walker, A.R., Gamm, B.K. (2005). Friendship jealousy in young adolescents: Individual differences and links to sex, self-esteem, aggression, and social adjustment. Developmental Psychology, 41, 235-250.

 

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.

Staff Psychologist

Stephanie Shepard Umaschi, PhD, is a staff psychologist at Bradley Hospital, providing clinical services and conducting program evaluation and research within the Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center. She also provides organizational assessment, training, coaching, and consultation to community programs to facilitate the adoption, delivery, and sustainability of evidence-based programs for children and families. This includes the Incredible Years Series, Family Check Up, and applications of Motivational Interviewing. She is a certified group leader and mentor in the Incredible Years BASIC Parent Training Series and a certified group leader in the Child “Dina School” social skill curriculum for young children and the Teacher Classroom Management training series.

Shepard Umaschi received her MA in developmental psychology from Arizona State University and her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon. She completed her child clinical internship at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology and a T32 postdoctoral research fellowship in developmental psychopathology at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where she joined the faculty in 2007 in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.

Research Interests

Shepard Umaschi's research interests include the prevention and early intervention of externalizing behavior problems in young children, as well as the development and community dissemination of evidence-based practices. She also has an ongoing program of research to study predictors of parent engagement in preventive parenting interventions and to identify strategies to build parent engagement.

Selected Publications

  • Herman, K., Reinke, W., Frey, A., & Shepard, S (2014). Motivational Interviewing in Schools: Strategies for engaging parents, teachers and students. NY: Springer Publishing.
  • Shepard, S, Armstrong, L., Silver, R., Berger, R., & Seifer, R. (2012). Embedding the Family Check Up and evidence-based parenting programs into Head Start to increase parent engagement and reduce conduct problems in young children. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 5, 194-207.
  • Shepard, S.A. & Dickstein, S. (2009). Preventive interventions for early childhood behavioral problems: An ecological perspective. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics, 18(3), 687-706.

Rebecca Silver, PhD, is a staff psychologist at Bradley Hospital, providing clinical and consultation services, participating in program evaluation and research activities, and supervising psychology trainees within the Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Silver is a graduate of Brown University, and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. She did a clinical internship in child clinical psychology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship in early childhood mental health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Research Interests

Early childhood mental health; developmental psychopathology; development, dissemination and implementation of evidence based practices in community settings; program evaluation.

Selected publications

Silver, R. B., Beers, M. M., Godoy, L., & Dickstein, S. (in press). Addressing barriers and limitations of developmental screening in community contexts: Moving beyond the red flag. In R. DelCarmen-Wiggins & A.S. Carter (Ed.), Handbook of Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Mental Health Assessment: Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Silver, R. B., Measelle, J. R., Armstrong, J. M., & Essex, M. J. (2010).  The impact of parents, child care providers, teachers, and peers on early externalizing trajectories. Journal of School Psychology, 48, 555-583.

Silver, R. B., & Eddy, J. M.  (2006). Research based prevention programs and practices for delivery in schools.  In K. Dodge, T. Dishion, & J. Lansford (Eds.) Deviant Peer Influence in Programs for Youth (pp. 253-277). Guilford Press.

Silver, R. B., Measelle, J., Essex, M., & Armstrong, J.M. (2005).  Trajectories of externalizing behavior problems in the classroom: Contributions of child characteristics, family characteristics, and the teacher-child relationship during the school transition. Journal of School Psychology, 43, 39-60.

Contact Us

Please feel free to call 401-793-8700 to learn more about our services. Our fax number is 401-793-8799.

More Information

The Early Childhood Outpatient Program is offered in collaboration with the Bradley/Hasbro Children's Research Center. We are devoted to the study and treatment of young children and their families who may be at risk for serious behavioral health concerns. Learn more about Early Childhood Research and Services.

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