Chief Fellows 2021-22
Dr. Christa Belgrave completed psychiatry residency at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her medical degree from New York Medical College. She was an active member of the Chairman’s Round Table on Leadership and Health Policy and served as a leader and advocate for patients without insurance or access to care. During her fourth year of medical school, she became an American Psychiatric Association Scholar and was awarded funding to attend a national Mental Health Services Conference. During her residency training, Dr. Belgrave joined the Curriculum Committee, the Graduate Medical Education Committee, and the Social Wellness Committee and helped organize a unique program for residents entitled “Vulnerable Populations in Rhode Island.” Dr. Belgrave’s leadership abilities and dedication to clinical work have been recognized with the Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award and the American Psychiatric Association Scholar Award.
Dr. Erica Robinson completed psychiatry residency at Yale University. She received her medical degree at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in 2016. During medical school, Dr. Robinson helped found and direct the Students for Reproductive Rights and was the co-president of the Psychiatry Interest Group. She also received a summer research scholarship to study the antenatal care, delivery experiences, and acquisition of knowledge of mothers from a migrant population in the Dominican Republic. As a resident, Dr. Robinson designed and implemented a curriculum for psychiatry interns about Borderline Personality disorder. Her project focused on whether intervention can decrease stigma and was awarded “Best Poster” at the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders Annual Meeting. Dr. Robinson served as both a program-wide Chief Resident and Chief of the mood disorders inpatient unit.
Second Year Fellows 2021-22
Dr. Sara Armaiz-Flores completed psychiatry residency at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program (Brigham and Women’s and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospitals). She received her medical degree at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 2016. Dr. Armaiz-Flores completed a research fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she worked in the area of obesity and binge eating disorders in children and adolescents and was first author of a manuscript assessing weight, serum leptin, and bone density in children and adolescents. Notably, Dr. Armaiz-Flores is a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, and was chosen Chief Resident for 2019-20. During residency, Dr. Armaiz-Flores served as the co-president in the Residency Leadership council (RLC), the Administrative Chief Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and led several important wellness initiatives for interns and residents.
Dr. Teresa Daniels completed psychiatry residency at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her medical degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016. Dr. Daniels received an NIMH Intramural Training Award after graduation, where she studied the role of the anterior cingulate cortex in learning and decision making. During residency training, she was accepted into the Brown NIMH R-25 Research Training Program. Her research has focused on the epigenetics, including inflammatory and metabolic biomarkers, of early life stress. Dr. Daniels has presented her research at the annual meetings of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Society of Biological Psychiatry, and the Society for Neuroscience. Additionally, Dr. Daniels has worked with the Brown Human Rights Asylum Clinic to conduct asylum evaluations and helped to establish a psychiatric clinic within a local free clinic for undocumented and uninsured patients.
Dr. Mudit Kumar completed psychiatry residency at the University of Wisconsin (UW). He received his medical degree from the Maulana Azad Medical College in India. He was appointed to the UW Clinical Educator Track during residency. Dr. Kumar recognized a gap in the education of residents on the topic of psychiatric genetics and is working on developing an exportable curriculum for psychiatry residents and child & adolescent psychiatry fellows to be delivered through five online modules. Dr. Kumar was selected by the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI) to script and record a video on the biology of memory for the popular NNCI educational series. Dr. Kumar was a member of the UW Psychiatry Residency Program Evaluation Committee. Dr. Kumar has an interest in the assessment and treatment of youth with autism spectrum disorders.
First Year Fellows 2021-22
Dr. Jessica Chaffkin completed psychiatry residency at Yale University. She received her medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2017, where she received the Betty Ford Institute SIMS Scholar Award, the NAACP Service Award, and the Lena Landegger Service Award and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. During residency, Dr. Chaffkin received the Ira Levine Award, which is awarded to a PGY-2 psychiatry resident who embodies the qualities of clinical excellence, breadth of learning, and devotion to the care of severe psychiatric illness. Dr. Chaffkin was also selected as an APA/APAF Leadership Fellow, was elected as the co-president of the Psychiatry Residents’ Association (PRA), and was a program-wide Chief Resident at Yale, providing supervision to junior residents, while also spearheading the creation of a novel, virtually based child and adolescent curriculum.
Dr. Priya Gearin completed psychiatry residency at the Harvard South Shore Residency Program. She received her medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 2018. During medical school, Dr. Gearin was awarded the Frank J. Menolascino Award for outstanding performance in psychiatry. She also received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. In 2019, Dr. Gearin was selected for an Educational Outreach Program Award from AACAP and presented her original research on suicide references in popular music at the 2019 AACAP annual meeting. Dr. Gearin completed the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute one-year Child Track Fellowship, which focuses on contemporary analytic approaches, as well as integrative practices in child and adolescent psychotherapy. She also served as media editor for the American Journal of Psychiatry – Residents’ Journal for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Dr. Julia Katz completed psychiatry residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She also co-led both the Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry interest groups and participated in research at the UNC Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, examining the developmental trajectory of reward processing deficits in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She maintained an interest in ASD as a resident, collaborating with mentors at the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai. Dr. Katz served as Chief Resident for the psychiatry residency for the 2020-21 academic year. Prior to college, Dr. Katz earned the rank of Sergeant in the Israeli Defense Force and served as a medic providing primary and preventative health care to thousands of soldiers.
Dr. Elizabeth Olsen completed psychiatry residency at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her medical degree from Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University in 2018. During medical school, Dr. Olsen was awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, the Kristen Harris Award for Excellence in Psychiatry, and the Stony Brook School of Medicine Excellence in Clinical Research Award. During residency, Dr. Olsen served on the Brown Curriculum Committee, the Brown Selection Committee, and the Brown Recruitment Committee. She volunteered her clinical services for The Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC) helping adolescents with chronic medical illness and their parents cope more effectively. Dr. Olsen is interested in clinical research and has authored several peer-reviewed manuscripts and has also presented at national meetings including the AACAP and APA annual meetings.
Dr. Amy Rasmussen completed psychiatry residency at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. She is a 2017 graduate of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where she received the Christopher Benedick Psychiatry Award, the AACAP Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship, and the Warren Alpert Medical School Summer Research Assistantship. Dr. Rasmussen was also a co-leader of the Klingenstein Foundation Child Psychiatry SIG and The Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC) during medical school. Dr. Rasmussen was extensively involved with education and clinical research during residency. She presented posters at several national meetings and led the development of a certification course for clozapine for her training program. Dr. Rasmussen was the Chief Resident for Ambulatory Services at UPMC and managed the administrative concerns of over 30 residents including helping to transition the outpatient services to telehealth at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Jeannine Rider completed psychiatry residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She graduated from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2018 and received the Christopher Benedick Psychiatry Award, the Alpert Medical School Dean's Scholarship, and was selected to be a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dr. Rider developed and implemented a formalized 10-week outreach program called “BE REAL about Health,” in which medical students facilitated discussions of various health topics with small groups of adjudicated youth at the Rhode Island Training School. During residency, Dr. Rider was actively involved in medical education and was chosen as co-facilitator of the residency PG-1 didactics. In keeping with her interest in global health as a former Peace Corps volunteer, she has participated in providing telehealth supervision to mental health clinicians in Liberia.