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 our Research Department. An associate 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 doctorate of philosophy 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.

Bublitz also serves as the behavioral healthcare manager of the Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) service in Women’s Primary Care at the Women's Medicine Collaborative. The IBH service is a model of care that helps women cope with medical conditions, follow medical recommendations, manage psychological distress and improve self-care. Within this service she supervises behavioral medicine residents in the Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium. 

Her clinical interests include women’s health and perinatal mental health. Her research area 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 has published some of the first studies to demonstrate a relationship between maternal history of childhood abuse and dysregulated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity over pregnancy. 

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.

Amy Fazekas, LICSW
Psychotherapist

Carla Ferrari, LICSW, 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 Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island. Prior to joining the Women’s Medicine Collaborative, Fazekas was a clinical social worker in an acute care setting and also worked with a multidisciplinary team to coordinate the care of children and families in the community setting.  Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, medical conditions, and relationship and familial 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. Dr. Flynn teaches the eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction program at the Women's Medicine Collaborative.

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.

Sharon Vessella, MSW, LICSW
Psychotherapist in women’s behavioral medicine, Women’s Medicine Collaborative

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.