Young Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Team

Clinical Director, Young Adult Outpatient Psychiatry

Meesha Ahuja, MD, received her medical degree from Pennsylvania State University, where she was given the Dean's Award for Outstanding Student in Psychiatry. She completed her residency in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in women’s mental health at Brown University. Dr. Ahuja was elected to be a chief resident during her residency training at Brown. She is passionate about working with young adults and enjoys treating a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses.

Director of Research, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Larry K. Brown, MD, is director of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and academic director of Bradley Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital’s  division of child and family psychiatry.

Dr. Brown specializes in adolescents with HIV/AIDS, especially those with associated psychological issues or substance abuse problems. He has participated as principal investigator or co-investigator in more than 12 federally funded research projects. His research interests are focused on AIDS prevention and safer sex programs for adolescents with psychiatric disorders. He has published more than 50 articles and book chapters about HIV/AIDS education and prevention. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Brown's research publications have included: Self-cutting and sexual risk among adolescents in intensive psychiatric treatment; Promoting safer sex among HIV-positive youth with hemophilia: Theory, intervention, and outcome; Predictors of retention among HIV/hemophilia health care professionals;  Impact of sexual abuse on the HIV-risk-related behavior of adolescents in intensive psychiatric treatment; Heroin use in adolescents and young adults admitted for drug detoxification; and Children and adolescents living with HIV and AIDS: A review
 

Daniella Palermo, MD, is a psychiatrist with Lifespan Physician Group psychiatry and behavioral health. She is the curriculum assistant director for the General Psychiatry Residency Program at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Palermo completed her adult psychiatry residency at Brown University, where she served as chief resident and was the recipient of the Martin B. Keller Award for Outstanding Resident. She has a history of advocating for underrepresented communities and young adults as it relates to socioeconomic and cultural barriers to accessing mental health care. Dr. Palermo is also an appointed member of the Rhode Island Commission for Health Advocacy and Equity, which informs state-wide policy to address health disparities.

Lindsay Wilson Schnetzer is a staff psychologist in the Young Adult Outpatient Psychiatry. She received her BA degree in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College, and her MA and PhD degrees from the University of Mississippi. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at Maine Veteran Affairs Health Care System. Her postdoctoral fellowship was completed through Brown University’s Alpert Medical School.

Dr. Schnetzer is passionate about working with young adults and has special interest in mindfulness- and acceptance-based behavioral therapies, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Dana Siperstein, MD, is a psychiatrist with Lifespan Physician Group. In medical school, Dr. Siperstein was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received the Jerry M. Wiener Award in psychiatry. Her clinical interests include college mental health, anxiety disorders, attentional difficulties, and bereavement.

Harold Woodcome, MD, obtained his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his adult psychiatry residency at Brown University and was elected to serve as chief resident during his final year of training.

Dr. Woodcome’s research interests include college mental health, mood disorders, personality disorders and anxiety disorders. He is a co-author of the book chapter “Assessment and Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders,” in Pediatric Psychopharmacology.