Women's Behavioral Medicine Clinical Team

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Director, Women’s Behavioral Medicine, Women’s Medicine Collaborative

Teri Pearlstein, MD is director of Women’s Behavioral Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. A professor of psychiatry and human behavior and professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Pearlstein received a medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Pearlstein is board certified in psychiatry.

Dr. Pearlstein is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and past president of the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her clinical interests include depression and anxiety disorders in women, particularly in relation to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, postpartum period, and menopause.

Clinical Psychologist

Margaret Bublitz, PhD, is a psychologist in Women’s Behavioral Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative; and a research scientist in its research department. An assistant professor (research) in the department of psychiatry and human behavior and department of medicine at The Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Bublitz earned her doctor of philosophy degree in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia. She then completed her clinical psychology internship and NIH T32 post-doctoral fellowship in cardiovascular behavioral medicine at The Alpert Medical School.

Dr. Bublitz's research aims to understand the biological and psychosocial mechanisms linking psychological stress to poor health, with a specific focus on the impact of stress during pregnancy on adverse neonatal outcomes. She was one of the first researchers to demonstrate a relationship between maternal history of childhood abuse and dysregulated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity over pregnancy. She is principal investigator of the Mindfulness and Pregnancy Study, which tests the effectiveness of a phone-delivered mindfulness intervention for reducing risk for preterm birth among at-risk pregnant women. She is also conducting a study to test a unique biological phenotype of preterm birth among pregnant women who experienced maltreatment as children.

Carla Ferrari, LICSW
Psychotherapist

Carla Ferrari, LICSW, is a psychotherapist in women’s behavioral medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She received her master’s degree in social work from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, Massachusetts. Her clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, perinatal issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, and relationship difficulties.

Psychiatrist

Ellen Flynn, MD is a psychiatrist in Women’s Behavioral Medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. A clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior and a clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Flynn is co-director of the contemplative studies scholarly concentration and co-director of the mindfulness-wellness program at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Flynn received a medical degree from University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. She completed a residency in adult psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She trained in psychosomatic medicine, completing a fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and holds a master of theological studies degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Flynn was awarded formal certification as a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) instructor from the Center for Mindfulness, Oasis Institute at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Flynn is board certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Her clinical interests include perinatal psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and mindfulness-based interventions in health care. 

Psychiatrist

Joanna MacLean, MD, is a psychiatrist in women’s behavioral medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. A clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior and clinical assistant professor of medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, MacLean received her medical degree from Alpert Medical School and completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. MacLean served as chief resident of women’s mental health at Cambridge Hospital with a longitudinal elective at Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women's Mental Health in Boston, Massachusetts. 

MacLean is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and recipient of the Isaac Ray Award in Psychiatry. Her clinical interests include psychiatric issues unique to women, including mood and anxiety disorders particularly related to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, postpartum period and menopause.

Psychiatrist

Carmen Monzon, MD is a psychiatrist in women’s behavioral medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. A clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Dr. Monzon received a medical degree from National University Pedro Henriquez Urena in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and completed a residency at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Monzon is board certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. She is the 2013 recipient of the Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award at Alpert Medical School. Her clinical interests include perinatal psychiatry, oncology, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Alyssa Norris, PhD
Psychologist

Alyssa Norris, PhD, is a psychologist in the Integrated Behavioral Health program in Women’s Primary Care at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative and an Interventionist at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital. Dr. Norris earned her doctor of philosophy degree in clinical psychology from Washington State University. She completed her clinical psychology internship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and post-doctoral fellowship in child/adolescent biobehavioral HIV research at The Alpert Medical School. Her research interests include substance use, sexual risk behavior, and the impact of sexual violence on the women's health. She also works to understand and support the well-being of individuals of diverse gender and sexual identities, particularly sexual minority women.

Mara Reichenberg, LICSW, OMHP
Psychotherapist

Mara Reichenberg, LICSW, QMHP, is a psychotherapist and intake coordinator in women’s behavioral medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She received her master’s degree in social work from New York University, Silver School of Social Work. She is certified as a qualified mental health professional. Prior to joining the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, Reichenberg was a clinical therapist and access clinician in Child and Family Enhanced Outpatient Services at The Providence Center. Her clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, relationship and family difficulties.

Chrystal Vergara-Lopez, PhD
Psychologist

Chrystal Vergara-Lopez, PhD, is a psychologist in the Integrated Behavioral Health program in Women’s Primary Care at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative (WMC), and an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at The Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Vergara-Lopez earned her doctor of philosophy degree in clinical psychology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She completed her clinical psychology internship at Rutgers University and post-doctoral fellowship in biological stress response and maternal health at The Alpert Medical School. Dr. Vergara-Lopez serves as a clinical supervisor for the Women & Family Medicine Rotation at WMC through the Brown Clinical Psychology Internship.

Dr. Vergara-Lopez is also a research scientist in the Centers for Behavioral and Preventative Medicine at The Miriam Hospital, her research interests include woman’s mental health, depression and anxiety among emerging adults, and neurobiological mechanisms of stress, psychopathology, and substance use involvement.

Dr. Vergara-Lopez is fluent in Spanish

Sharon Vessella, MSW, LICSW
Psychotherapist

is a psychotherapist in women’s behavioral medicine at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. She received her master’s degree in social work from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, Vessella worked as a perinatal clinical social worker in an inpatient women’s specialty hospital with pregnant and postpartum women for 25 years. Her clinical interests include mood and anxiety disorders, pregnancy and postpartum support, and grief and loss.