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Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine

The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine (BHI) at Massachusetts General Hospital teaches patients ways to counteract stress and build resiliency by eliciting the Relaxation Response. BHI is dedicated to research, teaching and clinical application of Mind Body Medicine and its integration into all areas of health.

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Ruta Nonacs, M.D.

Ruta Nonacs, M.D. completed her residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in perinatal and reproductive psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Currently, she is a staff psychiatrist with the Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Clinical Research Program at MGH. She is also the editor-in-chief of the programs website at womensmentalhealth.org. Dr. Nonacs' work has been published in a number of scientific journals and books in the area of women’s mental health. She is the author of A Deeper Shade of Blue: A Woman’s Guide to Recognizing and Treating Depression in Her Childbearing Years (Simon & Schuster).

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Frieda Aboul-Fotouh, M.D.

Frieda Aboul-Fotouh, M.D. completed her general psychiatry training in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, and received her child psychiatry training in the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program. She has been recognized for her interest in teaching and raising cross-cultural awareness. She is currently engaged in telepsychiatry, where she evaluates teens and adults in crisis throughout Texas.

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Robert Accordino, M.D., M.Sc.

Robert Accordino, M.D., M.Sc. is the founder and president of Music for Autism. He is also a fellow in child and adolescent psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital. Dr. Accordino graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University. He earned his M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and an M.Sc. in experimental psychology from Oxford University. He completed an internship in pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital, and a residency in psychiatry at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Accordino has carried out significant advocacy work on behalf of children and adults with developmental conditions in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. In 2007, he was honored for service to individuals with autism and their families by Cherie Blair, wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Dr. Accordino is also the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and his written work regularly appears in The Huffington Post, where he blogs on medicine and social justice.

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Blaise Aguirre, M.D.

Blaise Aguirre, M.D. is an expert in child psychiatry, including psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. He is co-author of Mindfulness for Borderline Personality Disorder: Relieve Your Suffering Using the Core Skill of Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Blaise is medical director of 3East (a residential dialectical behavior therapy program for young women exhibiting self-endangering behaviors and borderline personality traits), as well as a staff psychiatrist at Harvard-affiliate McLean Hospital. He is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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John Badalament, Ed.M.

John Badalament, Ed.M. is the program director for The Fatherhood Project at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the author of the acclaimed Modern Dad’s Dilemma: How To Stay Connected with Your Kids in a Rapidly Changing World, and director of the PBS documentary All Men Are Sons: Exploring The Legacy of Fatherhood. John speaks internationally and consults with schools, parent groups, government agencies, nonprofit and private-sector organizations. His work has been featured on ABC News and NPR, and in Men’s Health, Pregnancy, The Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post. In 2010, John was named as one of the Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund) Heroes for his commitment to ending violence against girls and women. He serves on the Honorary Board of the Ties Never Broken Campaign, a partnership with The White House. He holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Suzanne Bender, M.D.

Suzanne Bender, M.D. is the senior consulting child psychiatrist on the Pediatric Gastroenterology and Child Nutrition Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She has a long-standing interest in adult and child psychodynamic psychotherapy, and is the co-author of Becoming a Therapist: What do I Say and Why? which is used nationwide as a teaching text in psychotherapy training programs nationwide.

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Michael S. Boroughs, Ph.D.

Michael S. Boroughs, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and research and clinical fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

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Peter Braaten

Peter Braaten is the son of Dr. Ellen Braaten, associate director of The Clay Center.

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Hannah Braaten

Hannah Braaten, in addition to being the daughter of Dr. Ellen Braaten, is an assistant editor at St. Martin’s Press.

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Jill Buchanan

Jill Buchanan joined the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine in April 2013, and served as marketing and communications director through 2015. She has more than 15 years of communications and strategic marketing experience in the nonprofit health and sciences arenas. Ms. Buchanan has a M.S. in Science Journalism from Boston University.

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The Lurie Center for Autism

The Lurie Center for Autism at MassGeneral Hospital for Children is a multidisciplinary program designed to evaluate and treat children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of conditions including autism and autism spectrum disorder, Asperger syndrome and other developmental delays. The Lurie Center is born out of a philosophy that people with developmental disabilities deserve to be viewed as individuals, each with personal patterns of talents and challenges. We strongly believe each individual deserves the opportunity for access to the quantity and quality of services needed to reach his or her full potential, regardless of economic, social or ethnic background. To learn more about the Lurie Center and the services we provide, please visit our website at www.luriecenter.org.

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Michelle Chaney, M.D., MScPH

Michelle Chaney, M.D., MScPH is a resident psychiatrist at the University of Florida. She completed her undergraduate studies in economics at Harvard University, her Master of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and her medical studies at the University of Florida. Dr. Chaney has presented her research, and hosted workshops, on the topic of social media at national psychiatric conferences, including the American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meetings. She has also published in The Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics, as well as the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Her interests include education, student mental health and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Chaney will be starting her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital in Summer 2015.

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Courtney Chelo

Courtney Chelo is the behavioral health project manager at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC). In this role, she coordinates work for the Children’s Mental Health Campaign, a coalition of families, advocates, healthcare providers, educators and consumers from across Massachusetts who are dedicated to comprehensive reform of the children’s mental health system. Prior to joining the MSPCC, she served as the policy coordinator at Health Care For All, where she worked to expand access to affordable oral health care and coverage for vulnerable populations. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. in Environmental and Resource Economics.

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Eojin Choi

Eojin Choi is an undergraduate student at Brown University studying neuroscience and science & society. She worked as a CommonHealth intern at WBUR in 2017 and wrote science and health-related articles on topics ranging from red yeast rice supplements and abortion restrictions to citizen neuroscience games and mental health resources. While she's not sure what she wants to do yet, she will continue pursuing her interests in journalism, health care, and neuroscience.

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Tanishia Choice, M.D.

Tanishia Choice, M.D. is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. She received her M.D. from the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. She completed her general psychiatry residency at UT Southwestern, and her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the MGH/McLean Hospital combined program. Dr. Choice has a strong commitment to the education of clinicians and the community, and her primary academic interest is in reducing disparities in care for mental illness. Toward this end, Dr. Choice was awarded the American Psychiatric Association’s Public Psychiatry Fellowship, where she served on the Council for Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Choice is also developing a curriculum that will enhance pediatric access to mental health care in primary care settings.

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Rana Chudnofsky, Ed.M.

Rana Chudnofsky, Ed.M. has served as the director of the Education Initiative at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital since 2006. Her areas of specialization include relaxation techniques and cognitive strategies for clinical treatment centers, schools and universities. She received her training in Biofeedback from Boston Behavioral Medicine, trained in Vipassana Meditation at Vipassana Meditation Center, and is certified in Medical Qigong. Ms. Chudnofsky graduated from Harvard University where she earned her Ed.M in Technology, Innovation, and Education. She earned her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with dual undergraduate degrees in psychology and education.

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Mary Coleman, Ph.D.

Mary Coleman is dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lesley University in Boston. She received her B.A. from Jackson State University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Coleman is a Woodrow Wilson International Scholar, the recipient of numerous national teaching awards, and has participated in scores of humanities seminars in the United States and abroad. She has received research awards from the National Science Foundation, and served on United Nations teams in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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Alasdair K.T. Conn, M.D.

Alasdair K.T. Conn, M.D. was born in Sheffield, England, and received his medical training at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Toronto. Dr. Conn is the chief of Emergency Services at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and Chairman of the Board for Boston MedFlight, a critical care transport program. In addition to his clinical responsibilities at MGH, Dr. Conn is also an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.

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Nathan Cook, Ph.D.

Nathan Cook, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow (clinical and research) at the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital, a postdoctoral research fellow at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Sports Concussion Program, and a clinical fellow in psychology at Harvard Medical School. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island.

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Michael Delman

Michael Delman is the CEO and founder of Beyond BookSmart, an executive function coaching company with offices in Boston, Chicago, Providence and New York City, as well as online coaching throughout the United States and world. He led Beyond BookSmart to become the first organization to apply Dr. James Prochaska’s Transtheoretical Model of Change to help students tackle academic challenges. Michael is also the co-founder and former principal of the McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, Massachusetts. Previously, as a teacher in Southborough, Michael received the Anti-Defamation League’s Teacher Incentive Award for creating a superior learning environment for his students.

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Jennifer Derenne, MD

Jennifer Derenne, MD, is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with expertise in feeding and eating disorders. She completed her training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital Psychiatry Training Programs. She is currently the Psychiatric Director of the Comprehensive Care Program at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, which specializes in the medical stabilization of eating disorders. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Judith Edersheim, J.D., M.D.

Judith Edersheim, J.D., M.D. is co-director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain & Behavior, and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. For more information, please see www.clbb.org.

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Gretchen Fischer Felopulos, Ph.D.

Gretchen Fischer Felopulos, Ph.D. is a staff psychologist in the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP) at Massachusetts General Hospital. She worked as a school psychologist and coordinator of learning services for an area private school for several years, and continues to specialize in educational/neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Felopulos co-authored Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids with fellow LEAP colleague Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., with whom she shares a private practice in Lexington, MA. Dr. Felopulos is also a mom of five kids, ages 11 – 18, and spends too much time in the grocery store and laundry room.

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Lisa B. Fiore, Ph.D.

Lisa B. Fiore, Ph.D. is a professor of education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she also serves as director of the Child Homelessness Initiative (CHI). She teaches undergraduate and graduate students preparing to be early childhood and elementary educators, and also enjoys working with in-service teachers on professional development. Dr. Fiore's current research interests focus on Social-Emotional Learning and Development, Mindfulness in Education, and integrating inspiration from the early childhood education practices in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The mother of two young children, she is reminded daily of the competence and curiosity of young people, and how much grown-ups have to learn about the way things work. She is the author of several books for teachers and families, including LifeSmart: Exploring Human Development, Your Anxious Child: How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children, and the forthcoming Your Child’s Social and Emotional Well-being: A Complete Guide for Parents and Those Who Help Them.

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Anne K. Fishel, Ph.D.

Anne K. Fishel, Ph.D. is the author of Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids (Amacom, January 2015), and a founding member of The Family Dinner Project. She is also director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School.

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Geri Fox, M.D., M.H.P.E., F.A.A.C.A.P.

Geri Fox, M.D., M.H.P.E., F.A.A.C.A.P. is director of Psychiatry Undergraduate Medical Education, and assistant dean of Graduate Medical Education at University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Fox's clinical practice philosophy is to be a family's psychiatrist throughout the life cycle, including family systems in transition. She works with individuals, couples, and families from infancy through old age. Click here to view a number of video clips and other works by Dr. Fox.

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Gregory Fricchione, M.D.

Gregory Fricchione, M.D. is associate chief of psychiatry and director of the Division of Psychiatry and Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is also director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine. Dr. Fricchione has published over seventy journal articles since 1983. He has made important original contributions to the treatment of patients with catatonia, and to the management of cardiac patients who suffer from co-morbid psychiatric conditions. Most recently he has been involved in research on neuroimmune mechanisms underlying diseases that connect mind and body.

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Carey Goldberg

Carey Goldberg

Carey Goldberg is the editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog. She has been the Boston bureau chief of The New York Times, a staff Moscow correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, and a health/science reporter for The Boston Globe. She was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT; graduated summa cum laude from Yale; and did graduate work at Harvard. She is co-author of the triple memoir "Three Wishes: A True Story Of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak and Astonishing Luck On Our Way To Love and Motherhood."

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Lorolyn A. Gorrindo

Lorolyn A. Gorrindo has worked for 25 years in education. She was a classroom teacher for 15 years before entering school administration. She served as director of Curriculum and Instruction before her present position as the assistant superintendent of Education Services for Douglas County School District in Minden, Nevada.

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Tristan Gorrindo, M.D.

Tristan Gorrindo, M.D. is the director of education for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in Washington, D.C. He was formerly the managing director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and director of postgraduate medical education for the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy.

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Emily K. Gray, M.D.

Emily K. Gray, M.D. is director of the Teen Mentor Program within the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), a staff psychiatrist at MGH, and a faculty member of Harvard Medical School. She was a three-time All-American rower while completing her undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where she also completed her M.D. and adult psychiatry residency training. She received her child and adolescent psychiatry training at MGH/McLean Hospital. Dr. Gray is interested in education, prevention and advocacy around eating disorders, and recently received a research grant to study eating disorders in adolescent females.

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Dan Greenberg

Dan Greenberg grew up in Lexington, MA, and has lived in the Chicago area for the past seven years. He graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing and design engineering, and a master’s degree in engineering design and innovation. He currently works as a product development engineer, and still enjoys playing and seeing live music with friends.

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Aude Henin, Ph.D.

Aude Henin, Ph.D. is the co-founder and co-director of the Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Henin specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) of children, adolescents and young adults with mood and anxiety disorders. She has conducted research to evaluate the efficacy of CBT approaches for youth, as well as risk factors for the development of mood and anxiety disorders in children. She has received funding for her work from the National Institute of Mental Heath, Department of Defense, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and Harvard University.

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Grace Eujeania Herman

Grace Eujeania Herman grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, and attended public high school. She is a 2014 graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, where she received her bachelor’s degree in environmental medicine. Currently, she is a clinical research coordinator for the Substance Use Disorder Initiative at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Dina Hirshfeld-Becker, Ph.D.

Dina Hirshfeld-Becker, Ph.D. is co-director of the MGH Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an associate professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She specializes in CBT with children, adolescents and young adults with anxiety and mood disorders, and has particular expertise in treating anxiety in preschool and early elementary school children. Dr. Hirshfeld-Becker’s research interests focus on identifying early temperamental, behavioral and familial risk factors for childhood disorders, and on using this information to develop preventative interventions. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

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Brian Ibsen

Brian Ibsen is a parent.

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Julie Kaplow, PhD

Dr. Kaplow serves as Director of the Trauma and Grief Center at Texas Children's Hospital, a SAMHSA-funded Treatment and Service Adaptation Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. In this role, she oversees evidence-based assessment, treatment, and research with youth and families exposed to traumas and/or losses, and develops and disseminates trauma- and bereavement-informed “best practices” to community providers nationwide. Dr. Kaplow’s primary research interests focus on the biological, behavioral, and psychological consequences of childhood trauma and bereavement, with an emphasis on therapeutically modifiable factors that can be used to inform psychosocial interventions. Dr. Kaplow is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (ABCCAP) of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

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John F. Kelly, Ph.D.

John F. Kelly, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Recovery Research Institute, the program director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS), and the associate director of the Center for Addiction Medicine, all at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kelly has served as a consultant to U.S. federal agencies such as The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH); to non-federal institutions such as the Betty Ford Institute and the Hazelden Foundation; and internationally to the British Parliament Drugs Misuse Taskforce.

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Carol. A. Kinlan, M.Ed., M.B.A.

Carol. A. Kinlan, M.Ed., M.B.A. is an educational consultant at McMillan,Howland, & Spence in Boston, MA, who specializes in helping families find the best school and college for traditional students, as well as students with learning disabilities and attentional and organizational challenges.

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Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., J.D.

Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., J.D. is a clinical/forensic psychologist and attorney who serves as associate vice president and faculty for the Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program at William James College; scientific faculty for the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); and senior associate at the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. During the 2015-2016 academic year, he will focus on scholarship and teaching in juvenile justice through his role as the joint senior fellow in Law and Neuroscience for the MGH Center for Law, Brain and Behavior and the Petrie-Flom Center of Harvard Law School.

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Hal Kronsberg, M.D.

Hal Kronsberg, M.D. is a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital. Long before medical school and residency, he taught seventh grade math and coached basketball at a public school in rural Mississippi. He would subsequently work with adolescents struggling with a variety of conditions at McLean Hospital’s residential units before completing medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College, and an adult psychiatry residency at NewYork Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is particularly interested in the relationship between mental health services, the public school system, and resiliency-building in children and adolescents.

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Raymond Levy, Psy.D.

Raymond Levy, Psy.D., is founding director of The Fatherhood Project in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Project aims to build programs both within medical services at Mass General, and in the community that increase emotional connection between fathers and their children. Dr. Levy runs fathering skills groups for incarcerated and divorced dads, and facilitates workshops and serves on panels at fatherhood conferences. He is also an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Levy is a father to a son and a daughter.

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Becca Mason, M.Ed.

Becca Mason, M.Ed. joined Codman Academy in 2014 after spending five years as a lead K1/K2 teacher with Conservatory Lab Charter School, a music-based, expeditionary learning public charter school in Boston. She is also an adjunct professor with Lesley University's Graduate School of Education, where she teaches early childhood education. Becca is a huge fan of the arts, and incorporates dance, music, drama, storytelling and fine arts into her classroom and private life. She earned her B.A. in political science with a focus in public policy from The George Washington University, and her M.Ed. in early childhood education with a focus in fine arts from Lesley University.

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Patrick McGuinness

Patrick grew up in Fairfield, CT and received his B.A. in psychology from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He has experience in Genetic Neuropharmacology research and currently serves as Psychometrician at the Learning and Emotion Assessment Program (LEAP) at MGH. His current research interests include cognitive functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Jamie Menhall

Jamie Menhall is a 10th grade student at Boston University Academy. He recently completed an internship at the Stepping Stones Center for Autism Treatment in Dubai, for which he completed 40 hours of Applied Behavior Analysis training in autism spectrum disorders, and worked with young autistic children. In addition to his involvement with autism therapy and research, Jamie is an expert skier, accomplished piano player, and karate practitioner. He is also an avid football follower.

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Cynthia W. Moore, Ph.D.

Cynthia W. Moore, Ph.D. is the associate director of the Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. She joined the PACT Program (www.mghpact.org) in 2003, and began caring for individuals and families coping with a parent's medical illness, focusing particularly on promoting children's resilience. As an interest in bereavement in children and adults grew from this work, Dr. Moore has gone on to join the Complicated Grief Program at MGH, through which she provides state-of-the-art therapy for patients suffering from complicated grief. She lectures locally and nationally about how parents and healthcare professionals can support children's resilience during challenging times, and conducts research on parenting-related distress in adults with cancer.

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Mireya Nadal-Vicens, M.D., Ph.D.

Mireya Nadal-Vicens, M.D., Ph.D. conducts research in the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and Center for Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also an instructor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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Gil Noam, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Gil Noam, Ed.D., Ph.D. (Habil) is the founder and director of the Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR) at Harvard University. An associate professor at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital focusing on prevention and resilience, Dr. Noam trained as a clinical and developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst in both Europe and the United States. Dr. Noam has a strong interest in translating research and innovation to support resilience in youth in educational settings. He served as the director of the Risk and Prevention Program at Harvard, and is the founder of the RALLY Prevention Program, an intervention that combines early detection of health, mental health and learning problems in middle school youth, and pioneers a new professional role: "prevention practitioner."

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Alexia Norton Jones

Alexia Norton Jones is the grandchild of W.W. Norton, founder of the publishing house by the same name, and daughter of Clarence Jones, who served for nine years as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s attorney and draft speech writer. Passionate about literature, theater and the creative arts, Alexia's current projects include a personal memoir entitled The Gods Make Great, as well as a situation comedy teleplay entitled "Over The Top," loosely based upon her real life adventures as a "biracial heiress with no airs."

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Ranna Parekh, M.D., M.P.H.

Ranna Parekh, M.D., M.P.H. is medical director of the Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment Program at McLean Hospital, assistant in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Parekh is a practicing child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, and has lectured locally and nationally on child and adolescent psychiatry and substance abuse.

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Holly Peek, M.D., M.P.H.

Holly Peek, M.D., M.P.H. is a resident psychiatrist at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. With a background in communication and media studies, her research has focused on the use of various forms of media by children and adolescents. Dr. Peek is also interested in using media to improve access, reduce stigma and increase mental health advocacy. She hosts a mental health radio show, and is the mental health columnist for Tulane's campus newspaper. She is also the media editor for American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal and the digital media columnist for Psychiatric Times. She has written for APA Healthy Minds, AJP Residents' Journal, Psychiatric Times, Psychology Today, and has been interviewed for Get Social Health, APA TV, and Psych Congress Network. Dr. Peek has been recognized with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Educational Outreach Award, the American Psychiatric Association Child and Adolescent Fellowship, and the Robert Heath Society Gonzalez Prize for scientific writing. You can follow Dr. Peek on Twitter at @PsychGumbo, and explore her many articles and podcasts at www.psychgumbo.com.

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Stephen Power, NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Stephen Power is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer who has worked at Massachusetts General Hospital for the past 13 years. For the past 9 years, he has been part of Mass General's nationally recognized fitness and nutrition program, Be-Fit.  He is a Fitness Instructor for Boston Children's School and the MGH Children's Center, and has a particular interest in understanding and solving the growing problem of childhood obesity.

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Laura Prager, M.D.

Laura M. Prager, M.D. is the director of the Child Psychiatry Emergency Service at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is an assistant editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and a reviewer for the journals Pediatrics, Critical Care Medicine and Psychosomatics. She is the author of Suicide by Security Blanket, and Other Stories from the Child Psychiatry Emergency Service.

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Jubilee Project

Believing that well-told stories can change the world, Jason, Eddie and Eric joined together to create Jubilee Project, a production group that makes films to inspire change. Their diverse backgrounds - Jason worked in business, Eddie at the White House, and Eric is currently enrolled at Harvard Medical School - allows them to bring a variety of experiences to the table, but what truly unifies them is a passion for philanthropy and filmmaking. Since the inception of Jubilee Project 4 years ago, they have made over 100 videos garnering over 10 million views on YouTube, and supported causes like autism, sex trafficking and HIV/AIDS. Explore their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/jubileeProject.

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Paula K. Rauch, M.D.

Paula K. Rauch, M.D. is the founding director of the Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. This unique program provides expert parental guidance to support the emotional health and well-being of children when a parent is seriously ill. Dr. Rauch is also program director of the Family Support component of the Home Base Program, a partnership between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital, which works to heal the invisible wounds of war for post 9/11 veterans and their families. Additionally, she supervises on the Consultation Service to Pediatrics, and is an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rauch has been honored with numerous clinical and teaching awards, including the Kenneth B. Schwartz Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award. She co-authored the book Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick, along with many chapters and journal articles addressing the impact on children of medical illness in the family.

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Alvin Rosenfeld, M.D.

Alvin Rosenfeld, M.D., along with Nicole Wise, co-authored Hyper-Parenting (St. Martins Press, 2000) and The Over-Scheduled Child (Griffin/St. Martins, 2001). You can find out more about this topic at www.hyperparenting.com. Dr. Rosenfeld is on the faculty of Weill/Cornell Medical School, and practices child, adolescent and adult psychiatry in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Anthony L. Rostain, M.D., M.A.

Anthony L. Rostain, M.D., M.A. is professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and vice chair of education for the Department of Psychiatry. He is also co-director of the Penn Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program, director of the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and co-chair of the President and Provost’s Task Force on Student Psychological Health and Welfare at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rostain is a co-author of the books Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Integrative Psychosocial and Medical Approach, Second Edition, as well as The Adult ADHD Tool Kit: Using CBT to Facilitate Coping Inside and Out (Routledge Press, 2015).

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David H. Rubin, M.D.

David H. Rubin, M.D. is director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training for Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. He is also a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty. Dr. Rubin is currently conducting research in the area of biological markers of social withdrawal in children and adolescents. He frequently serves as a consultant to inpatient psychiatric services, as well as to the popular media, and was recently featured in Horizon Films’ documentary The Passage of Time.

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Laurie Schoen

Laurie Schoen received her B.A. in early childhood education from Lesley University in Boston. In the more than two decades since her graduation, Laurie has been a compassionate, fierce and effective advocate for homeless children. Emblematic of her advocacy for children is her founding of Great Beginnings: A Newton Kindergarten Readiness Program, as well as US4Kids, a collaborative organization that works directly with Project HEALTH, Share Our Strength and Horizons for Homeless Children. Thanks to support from Laurie and the Schoen Family Foundation, the Child Homelessness Initiative (CHI) was established at Lesley University in 2011.

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Joseph Shrand, M.D.

Joseph Shrand, M.D. is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and the medical director of CASTLE (Clean and Sober Teens Living Empowered), an intervention unit for at-risk teens that is part of High Point Treatment Center in Brockton, MA. Dr. Shrand is triple Board Certified in adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Shrand routinely gives lectures on Theory of Mind and its application to re-conceptualize the behaviors of patients. He is the author of Manage Your Stress: Overcoming Stress in the Modern World, and Outsmarting Anger: 7 Strategies for Defusing Our Most Dangerous Emotion. (Outsmarting Anger won the "Books for a Better Life - Psychology Self-Help" Award for 2013.)

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Rand Spero, CFP®, MBA, Ed.M.

Rand Spero, CFP®, MBA, Ed.M. is a founding advisory council member for The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, and president of Street Smart Financial, a fee-only financial firm that works with individuals and families on their long-term planning and investing needs. He believes that career and lifestyle values must be incorporated into any meaningful financial plan, and has been an organizational consultant for firms such as Novartis, John Hancock and Time Warner. He teaches courses on personal financial matters at the Tufts University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Rand has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports Money Adviser and Smart Money. He is a trustee of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

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Susan Swick, M.D., M.P.H.

Susan Swick, M.D., M.P.H. is the chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Newton-Wellesley Hospital where she also directs the Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program at the hospital's Vernon Cancer Center. Additionally, she is an instructor in psychiatry for Massachusetts General Hospital’s division of child and adolescent psychiatry and for Harvard Medical School, where she directs a course on parent guidance for the child psychiatry fellows.    

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Jennifer Thomas, Ph.D.

Jennifer Thomas, Ph.D. is co-director of the Eating Disorders Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she has evaluated and treated individuals of all ages with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Thomas is also an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School. You can follow Dr. Thomas on Twitter at @drjennythomas.

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Barbara Thorp, LICSW

Barbara Thorp is the program director of the One Fund Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. The One Fund Center was established in October, 2014 with a grant from One Fund Boston to provide on-going supportive services to those who were injured at the Marathon Bombing as well as family members of the injured and those families who lost loved ones. Barbara received her B.A. in Child Development from Simmons College and her MSW from Rutgers University School of Social Work. Prior to her work with the One Fund Center Barbara was employed by the Archdiocese of Boston for thirty-five years where she directed the outreach to the survivors of clergy sexual abuse. She has three adult children and three grand-daughters ages 2, 8 and 11.

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Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. is a leadership fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He practices as a resident child and adolescent psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, in addition to being a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Vahabzadeh is also a trained family physician, having completed training under the Royal College of General Practitioners. Dr. Vahabzadeh is deeply interested in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and schizophrenia. His research experience has encompassed several lines of study, including genetics, novel psychopharmacology and social cognition. Dr. Vahabzadeh is also a strong proponent of mental health education, and has written editorials for Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, APA Healthy Minds, Boston Magazine and CNN. During residency, Dr. Vahabzadeh has been recognized with several awards including the American College of Psychiatrists Laughlin Fellowship, the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Educational Outreach Award, three successive Joe and Hope Skobba Resident Research Awards, a CADEF travel grant, and the Emory University Department of Psychiatry's Medical Student Teaching Award.

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Daisy Novoa Vásquez

Daisy Novoa Vásquez is a Chilean-Ecuadorian writer. She immigrated to the United States in 2002. She is a contributing columnist for the Hispanic newspaper El Planeta of Boston, and for several websites. She has participated as Writer in Residence for Hispanic Writers Week, a program from the University of Massachusetts that aims to educate students of Boston Public Schools about the importance of using writing as a tool for educational advancement, communication and as an alternative for conflict resolution. Daisy writes poetry and short stories (mainly in Spanish) covering a variety of themes and styles; her new publication is the book of poems Fluir en ausencia (Artepoética Press, New York, 2014). Learn more about Daisy at www.daisynovoavasquez.com

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Mark Vonnegut, M.D.

Mark Vonnegut, M.D. is a Boston-area pediatrician who writes and speaks on mental health topics. His two books, The Eden Express and Just Like Someone Without Mental Illness Only More So: A Memoir, are available on Amazon. Dr. Vonnegut was born in Chicago, the son of Kurt and Jane Vonnegut, grew up mostly on Cape Cod, started a commune in British Columbia, went to Harvard Medical School, completed his internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is very proud of continuing to write, paint and play music through it all.

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Heidi R. Webb, Ed.M, J.D.

Heidi R. Webb, Ed.M., J.D. has been licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and before the Federal District and Appeals Courts since 1986. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Heidi received a masters in Education from Harvard University, where she concentrated in counseling and consulting psychology. Soon after graduating, she was granted a fellowship with the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C. Hoping to merge her backgrounds in education, psychology and law, Heidi embarked on a solo law practice in 1998 to give clients a more effective means of navigating through their divorce, and into their next life stage. At her firm, Consilium Divorce Consultations, clients receive not only legal advice, but life-planning strategies, and emotional, financial and logistical support during this critical life transition. They are guided through the labyrinth that is the divorce process, and helped to make calm, informed decisions, hire appropriate legal counsel and start their new journey after divorce with attainable goals.

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Marilyn Wilcher

Marilyn Wilcher, senior director of the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI), has been associated with the Institute since its founding in 1988 as the Mind Body Medical Institute — first as a trustee and later as senior vice president. During these years, she was involved in many aspects of the Institute, including administrative oversight of clinical areas, finances, development and marketing. At BHI, her primary responsibilities include marketing, clinical administration, and the Resilient Youth Program. Ms. Wilcher launched the program, which was formally known as The Education Initiative, in 1989 to offer a relaxation response-based curriculum to students and educators. She and her staff have successfully trained thousands of students and educators in independent, urban, suburban and special needs schools throughout the United States. Ms. Wilcher is an honors graduate of Wellesley College and did post graduate work at the University of Washington.

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Tim Wilens, M.D.

Tim Wilens, M.D. is director of Substance Abuse Services in the Clinical and Research Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wilens' research interests include the relationship among attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder and substance abuse, as well as the pharmacotherapy of ADHD and juvenile bipolar disorder across the lifespan.

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Nicole Wise

Nicole Wise is a freelance journalist who has specialized in writing about health and family issues for more than a decade. Her articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, Redbook, Parents, Parenting, Child, Woman’s Day, Cosmopolitan, Country Living and others. Ms. Wise has also been a writer/consultant for Yale University’s Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy, and for the Connecticut Commission on Children.

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