Meet Our Team at the Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

The multidisciplinary team at the Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities includes psychologists, social workers, a psychiatric nurse specialist, and a psychiatrist. Our team is highly experienced and professionally trained in the area of developmental disabilities and psychiatric disorders.

Clinical Director, Bradley Verrecchia Outpatient Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Karen Cammuso, PhD, ABPP is the clinical director of the Bradley Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She earned her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Catholic University of America. Dr. Cammuso completed her clinical internship at the University of Maryland Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital’s Child Development Center. She is a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Cammuso is actively involved in teaching activities with child psychology residents and fellows in the clinical psychology training programs. Her interests center on using evidence-based practices to support and treat children with developmental and behavioral health challenges at home and at school.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Margaret Klitzke, DO, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who has been in practice since 1989 and has worked across all settings of the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She is a 1983 graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency and fellowship training at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Klitzke is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Rhode Island Medical Society, where she serves on the Physicians’ Health Committee. She is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents and fellows and has received several teaching awards from the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Gina M. Marini, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Gina M. Marini, LCSW, is a social worker in the Verrecchia Outpatient Clinic at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) at Bradley Hospital.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from American University, a master’s degree in child development from Tufts University, and a master’s degree in social work from Boston College.  She completed her clinical internship with Bradley Hospital’s Children’s Partial Hospital Program.  Upon receiving her MSW, she remained on staff at Bradley Hospital before joining the Verrecchia Outpatient Clinic.

Gina has gained extensive experience working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.  She has co-led social skills training groups at the Groden Network’s Asperger’s Center and worked at the Autism Project facilitating groups, consulting local schools on best practices, and directing Camp WANNAGOAGAIN!  She is currently running a recreational group for teenagers and young adults with varied developmental disabilities at Skills in Motion.  Within the Verrechia Outpatient Clinic, she provides direct clinical services to children and families, in addition to coordinating community and school services, resources, and programs required to meet client needs.

Attending Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist

Daniel Moreno De Luca, MD, MSc is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist at the Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Bradley Hospital, where he also provides genetic psychiatry consultation to people with autism spectrum disorder, or neuropsychiatric conditions arising from a clinically-identifiable genetic cause. He is an assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and performs research on the genetics of autism with a focus on precision medicine.

After receiving his medical degree, he completed a research fellowship at the University of Bologna in Italy and received a master’s degree in neuroscience at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Sorbonne in Paris. He then moved to the United States, where he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neurogenetics at Emory University in Atlanta. Besides English, he is fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian, and is certified by Lifespan to provide patient care in these languages.

Psychologist

Shivali Sarawgi, PhD, is a psychologist in Bradley Outpatient Services and at the Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD). Dr. Sarawgi specializes in child and adolescent psychology. Her interests include using evidence-based practices to treat children and adolescents with anxiety, autism spectrum (ASD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders. She is also interested in family-based behavioral interventions and helping patients with social skill development.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Richard M. Smith, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, and has been in practice since 1989. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by residency and fellowship training at the Medical College of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania/Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, and the University of Maryland. 

Dr. Smith is a clinical assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. He has spent the bulk of his career in general outpatient child psychiatry and community mental health working with kids of all ages and abilities, and a broad range of mental health issues.

Licensed Psychologist

Valerie Vorderstrasse, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist in The Verrecchia Clinic for Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD). She earned her doctoral degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology and neurodevelopmental disorders at the University of Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Dr. Vorderstrasse has extensive experience in autism assessment, and spent two years in Okinawa, Japan, at an international university conducting psychological assessments of children with both autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Her interests center around the assessment of children, adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum, and providing treatments to support individuals with high-functioning autism and anxiety, depression, and ADHD. She also assists these patients with transition planning and social skill development.