Weight Management Program Team

Our multidisciplinary team includes physicians, psychologists, nurses, dieticians, and exercise physiologists. Our team plans and administers a weight management program customized to your needs.

Medical Team

 

Medical and Program Director, Weight Management Program
Marisol Ayala
Medical Assistant
Meredith Dixon, RN, CDOE
Nurse
Wendy Fennelly, PA-C
Physician Assistant
Norma Lopez
Medical Assistant
Tatyana Malyuta
Medical Assistant
Grace Patita
Medical Assistant
Diana Severnio
Medical Assistant
Crescentia Sieh
Medical Assistant
Carla Stallworth
Medical Assistant
Yesenia Tovar
Medical Assistant

Behavioral Team

 

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.

Staff Psychologist, Lifespan Physicians Group

Maria Buckley, PhD provides individual and group behavioral treatment within cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. She also leads psychoeducational groups in The Miriam Hospital Weight Management Program. Dr. Buckley supervises psychology residents in the cardiac rehabilitation service within The Miriam Hospital Behavioral Medicine, Cardiovascular and Primary Care Rotation at Brown University.

Recent Publications

Please visit http://research.brown.edu/myresearch/Maria_Buckley for a full list of Dr. Buckley's recent publications.

  • Busch, A. M., Leavens, E. L., Wagener, T. L., Buckley, M. L., Tooley, E. M. (In Press). Prevalence, Reasons for Use, and Risk Perception of Electronic Cigarettes among Post-Acute Coronary Syndrome Smokers.  Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.
     
  • Busch, A. M., Scott-Sheldon, L. A., Pierce, J., Chattillion, E., Cunningham, K., Buckley, M. L., Mazer, J. M., Blaney C., & Carey, M. P. (2014). Depressed mood predicts pulmonary rehabilitation completion among women, but not men. Respiratory Medicine. 108, 1007–1013. 
     
  • Buckley, M. (2013) COPD and Depression, www.emphysema.net
     
  • Buckley, M., Braman, S., Nash, J., Blaney,C., & Pierce, J.F. (2012). The association between change in depression and improvements in quality of life following pulmonary rehabilitation. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 32 (4), 234. 
     
  • Buckley, M., Braman, S., Nash, J., Blaney,C., & Pierce, J.F. (2011). The relationship between baseline depressive symptoms and six minute walk test prior to pulmonary rehabilitation. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 31(4), E2. 
     
  • Buckley, M.L., Braman, S., Nash, J., & Pierce, J. F. (2010). Depression and pulmonary rehabilitation: Gender differences and relationship between depression and drop-out. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 30 (4), 273.
Staff Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine Clinical Services / Center for Weight and Wellness

Kalin Clark, PsyD conducts evaluations for patients seeking enrollment in The Miriam Hospital Weight Management program as well as for those pursuing bariatric surgery. She also provides individual and group treatment for patients enrolled in the weight management program. In addition, she provides individual treatment to address behavioral and lifestyle factors that impact chronic medical conditions.  Dr. Clark is a Clinical Supervisor in the Brown University Clinical Psychology Residency.
Recent Publications:
Miller-Matero, L. R., Clark, K. B., Brescacin, C., Dubaybo, H., & Willens, D. E. (2015). Depression and literacy are important factors for missed appointments. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 21, 686-695.

Staff Psychologist, The Miriam Hospital

Ernestine Jennings, PhD provides individual treatment focused on activating health behavior change and coping with chronic illness. In addition, she leads weight management groups in The Miriam Hospital Weight Management Program. Dr. Jenning's research has focused on using behavioral interventions to improve physical and mental health in both apparently healthy and known disease populations. She is specifically interested in developing smoking cessation interventions for women. She is a research mentor within the Brown University Clinical Psychology Residency.

Staff Psychologist, Lifespan Physicians Group

Julie Morris, PhD is a staff psychologist at The Miriam Hospital, where she provides individual counseling in behavioral medicine focused on health behavior change, coping with chronic illness, management of chronic pain, and co-existing depression and anxiety. Dr. Morris provides clinical training within the Brown Clinical Psychology Residency.

Recent Publications

Moring, J.C., Bowen, A.M., Page, T., & Angiola, J.E. (2014). HIV in Rural Areas. In J.Warren & B. Smalley (Eds.), Rural Public Health: Best Practices and Preventive Models. New York, NY: Springer.

Ross, L.M., Moring, J.C., Angiola, J.E., & Bowen, A.M. (2014). The influence of sexual scripts and the “Better than Average” effect on condom responsibility. Journal of College Student Development, 55 (4):408-412.

Angiola, J.E., & Bowen, A.M. (2013). Improving quality of life in advanced cancer patients: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy view. The Counseling Psychologist, 41(2):313-335.

Staff Psychologist

Megan Pinkston-Camp, PhD provides evidence-based therapy to HIV- and HCV-infected patients who struggle with mental illness and substance use disorders. Her research interests include the exploration and development of effective interventions for the interactions of disorders that surround cocaine addiction, HIV infection, and mental illness as well as the development of interventions to impact behavioral medicine concerns (e.g., pain, adherence, sleep) in HIV infected populations.

Recent Publications

Visit http://research.brown.edu/myresearch/Megan_Pinkston-Camp for a full list of Dr. Pinkston-Camp's publications.

Staff Psychologist, Lifespan Physicians Group

Anna Schierberl Scherr, PhD is a staff psychologist at The Miriam Hospital, where she provides individual counseling in behavioral medicine focused on emotional and binge eating, health behavior change, coping with chronic medical conditions, and co-existing depression and anxiety. In addition, she provides group weight management treatment in The Miriam Hospital's Weight Management Program. She provides clinical training within the Brown Clinical Psychology Residency.

Recent Publications

  • Schierberl Scherr, A., McClure Brenchley, K.J., & Gorin, A.A. (2013). Examining a ripple effect: Do spouses’ behavior changes affect each other’s weight loss? Journal of Obesity, 2013, 1-8.
     
  • Gorin A.A., Niemeier, H.M., & Schierberl Scherr, A. (2011). Binge eating in overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes. In: V. R. Preedy (Ed.), International Handbook of Behavior, Diet, and Nutrition. New York: Springer.

Nutrition Team

 

Theresa Jerominek, RD, CDOE
Registered Dietician
Jennifer DiBello, RD, CDOE
Registered Dietician

Exercise Team

 

Amy Vayda, MS, CPT
Exercise Physiologist
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. 

Suzanne Moriarty, MSW, CPM
Director, Administrative Operations