GRADUATES

Congratulations!

2019 Graduates

Francesco Peluso, M.D.Francesco Peluso, M.D.Francesco Carlo Peluso, MD received his BA from CUNY Brooklyn College and his MD from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He completed his general psychiatry residency training at Yale. Upon completion of his fellowship, Francesco will be joining the faculty at the Department of Mental Health and Counseling at Yale Health. 

 

Misty Stafford, M.D.Misty Stafford, M.D.Misty Stafford, MD received her BA in Psychology from Loyola University New Orleans, her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and completed her adult psychiatry training at the University of Massachusetts.  During her fellowship training at Brown, she developed a passion for working with children on the autism spectrum and, upon completion of her fellowship training, she will be joining the faculty at Bradley Hospital as an attending in the Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders inpatient psychiatric unit.  

Lorena Reyna, M.D.Lorena Reyna, M.D.Lorena Elizabeth Reyna, MD received her BS in Biology from the University of Texas Pan American in May 2010 and completed her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in May of 2014. While in medical school, Dr. Reyna was chosen as the outstanding medical student in Psychiatry of her graduating class and received the Hilde Bruch Award for Excellence in Psychiatry. She then went on to complete her Adult Psychiatry Residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. In residency, Dr. Reyna was involved in the Clinician Educator Track with a focus in medical student education. In addition, Dr. Reyna served as a Diversity Leadership Fellow from 2016-2018 through the American Psychiatric Association, and was a member of the APA’s Council for Children, Adolescents and their Families.  During her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Brown, Dr. Reyna continued to expand her educational interests through involvement in the Harvard Macy Future Clinician Educators Program. She also served as Chief Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Her clinical interests include Hispanic mental health, community mental health, and early psychosis.  Upon completion of her fellowship, she will be returning home and working at Tropical Texas Behavioral Health, a community mental health agency in South Texas.  

Sarah Rocha, M.D.Sarah Rocha, M.D.Sarah Rocha, MD, received her BA in psychology from Harvard University in 2008, her MD and MA in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University Chicago in 2013, and completed her general psychiatry training at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in 2017. During fellowship, she served as a chief fellow, engaged in medical student teaching, and provided education in the community on both teen social media use and vicarious trauma (the two of which are not mutually exclusive). Upon completion of fellowship, Sarah will be an outpatient psychiatrist treating adults and children at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH. 

2018 Graduates

Yohanis L. Angleró-Díaz, MD obtained her bachelor in sciences in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. During her undergraduate studies, she spent a semester abroad in Salamanca, Spain. She then went on to obtain her medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.  In 2013 Yohanis left Puerto Rico to complete her residency in General Psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center. It was during residency that she became committed to working to improve access to psychiatric care among minorities and underserved communities. She volunteered at Rosie’s Place, a shelter for homeless women in Boston and participated in a research project looking at boarding of psychiatric patients in the emergency department. She received the Citizenship award upon graduating from adult residency and went on to complete child and adolescent psychiatry training at Brown University’s program. Her interests during fellowship included working in consult liaison in both the inpatient and outpatient setting and working with Hispanic families.   After fellowship, Yohanis will be working as an attending on the inpatient medical and psychiatric unit at Boston Children’s Hospital. 

Alison Duncan, MD received her BFA and BA from the Hartt School and University of Hartford in 1998, completed the premedical studies at City College of New York in 2007 and received her MD from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in 2013 as a member of the charter class. She completed her residency training in Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico in 2016 before joining the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Brown. During fellowship training she continued to pursue her passions in quality improvement and patient safety, consult liaison psychiatry and substance use disorders, presenting at national conferences in addition to her work at Brown. She was awarded the NIDA-AACAP Resident Training Award in Substance Use Disorders in 2016 for a motivational interviewing teaching project. After fellowship, she will join the faculty of Boston University Medical School as Associate Medical Director for Psychiatric Emergency Services at Boston Medical Center where she will continue to pursue research, teaching and clinical work. 

Amy Egolf, MD received her BA in Classics from Wesleyan University in 2007 and graduated from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with her MD in 2012. She stayed on at Mount Sinai to complete her residency in adult psychiatry, serving as chief resident in her fourth year. She completed her final year of training at Brown as chief fellow. Aside from her clinical work, Dr. Egolf has focused her time on improving education for medical students and trainees in the field of psychiatry. Her work has included instructing medical students, piloting a program in problem-based learning for adult psychiatry residents, and writing about curriculum development in emergency child psychiatry. Following graduation Dr. Egolf will be joining the Intensive Partial Hospital Program for OCD at Bradley Hospital, as well as devoting time to outpatient treatment. 

Zachary Engler, DN, MD received his BA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his medical degree from Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He did his general psychiatry training at Yale University and then fast tracked back to Brown University for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. During Zachary's clinical training he focused on the partial hospital level of care. He also contributed two chapters to the book "50 Studies Every Psychiatrist Should Know".  Zachary plans to practice in the outpatient setting in Atlanta, Georgia following graduation.

Daniel Moreno De Luca, MD, MSc is intrigued by the genetic basis of neuropsychiatric disorders, and combines his expertise in clinical psychiatry and neurogenetics to focus on the genetic underpinnings of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. He received his MD from the Universidad Industrial de Santander, followed by his Master’s in Neuroscience at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Sorbonne Universités and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurogenetics at Emory University. He then completed his Psychiatry training at Yale and joined the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Brown. Specifically, he studies the role of rare genetic variants as risk factors for neuropsychiatric disorders and how they shape and may ultimately impact the neurobehavioral profile and clinical management of people who bear them. Together with his collaborators, he identified the 17q12 deletion as a risk factor for autism and schizophrenia by pulling together genetic data from over 70,000 people worldwide, and has expanded his work on this and other rare genetic variants within the context of the Simons Foundation and the Psychiatric Genetics Consortium. During his fellowship at Brown, he served as the Chief Fellow for Research, and was honored to receive the Haffenreffer House Staff Excellence Award. He is thrilled to continue his clinical and research work at Bradley Hospital and Brown University around genetic psychiatry and precision medicine. 

2017 Graduates

Dr. Jill Welte completed her PGY-3 general psychiatry residency training at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in June 2015. 2nd year fellow. She received her MD from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. She completed her undergraduate studies in social work at Saint Louis University in 1996 and her masters in social work at New York University in 1998. During medical school, Jill served for two years as a regional chair and one year as the national chair for the APA's Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network (PsychSIGN). She received the James Weiss Award from the University of Missouri Department of Psychiatry at graduation, and was the recipient of an AACAP Life Members Mentorship grant for medical students. While in residency, Jill served as the resident liaison to the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Psychiatry Student Interest Group and was the recipient of the AACAP Educational Outreach Program award during her second year. She is currently a member of the AACAP Committee on Medical Students and Residents.  Jill will join Coastal Medical of Rhode Island where she will develop an integrated care team for four community pediatric practices.

Dr. Chelsea Neumann completed her general psychiatry residency at Duke University. As of now she is a 2nd year fellow. She earned her MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska. Her passions include medical student and resident education and child forensic psychiatry, specifically the treatment of mental illness in adjudicated youth. She is a member of the ADMSEP Clinical Simulation Initiative Task Force with which she has developed online psychiatric learning modules. She is a presenter at the AACAP Residents as Teachers annual workshop, and she has spent time in New Zealand researching juvenile fitness to stand trial. Her personal interests include yoga, scuba diving and hiking and she hopes to learn how to sail in Rhode Island. Chelses plans to serve as a specialist consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Whirinaki Child, family and youth Mental Health System in Aukland, New Zealand. 

Dr. Laura Yahr Nelson  completed four years of training in the Brown General Psychiatry Residency Program. She graduated from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her undergraduate studies in Psychology, Social Welfare, and Criminal Justice were also at the University of Wisconsin. Her research experience includes working as a student hourly in Dr. Ned Kalin's lab at UW-Madison studying the neurocircuitry of fear in non-human primates, conducting Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version interviews in a forensic psychiatric population, and a poster presentation at AAPL 2013 on general psychiatry residents' exposure to and comfort with court proceedings related to state laws surrounding involuntary hospitalization. She was a clinic coordinator for the MEDiC student-run free psychiatric clinic during medical school and has continued in leadership roles during her training, most recently serving as a chief resident. 

Dr. Paul Nye completed his PGY-4 General Psychiatry Residency training at Boston University Medical Center. He earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, and he completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, earning a B.A. in philosophy. His studies and training have been marked by dedication to providing aid to underserved populations. During General Residency, he had been active in medical student teaching, providing the Child Psychiatry lecture every six weeks for the third-year medical students as part of their Psychiatry rotation didactics. He had also been active serving as a representative in the residents' labor union, as well as a member in the Social Determinants of Health Lecture Series and Social Justice Advocacy sub-committees. 

Dr. Kelly Ochoa completed her PGY-3 general psychiatry residency training at the University of Texas Austin Dell Medical School Psychiatry Program. She earned her MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She completed her undergraduate studies in Biology and Spanish at Texas Tech University where she was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute student research scholar. In medical school, Dr. Ochoa was a recipient of the John P. McGovern Student Award in Oslerian Medicine and was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society for her dedication to compassionate, patient-centered medical care. In residency, she completed an interdisciplinary quality improvement research project aimed at improving general pediatricians' comfort level in addressing mental health needs in children and adolescents. In addition, she was an active member in the philosophy of psychiatry journal club and participated in the mentor program for incoming interns. 

2016 Graduates

Dr. Constance Mennella completed her PGY-3 general psychiatry residency training at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson. She earned her DO from UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University where she participated in a NIMH Undergraduate Fellowship researching resiliency in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. In residency, she was dedicated to medical student education and the recipient of the "Student Teaching Award" in 2012-2013. She was also an active participant in a student-run clinic providing care to the underserved. Constance will be joining a private practice in New York. 

Dr. Ludmilar Mesidor completed her General Psychiatry residency at New York Medical College, Westchester Medical Center. She earned her DO from the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, New York. Ludmilar completed her undergraduate studies at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with honors and distinction in her major. During her undergraduate studies she was awarded with a grant through the University of Pennsylvania, NIH & Fogarty International Center to the Minority International Research Training Program which enabled her to research autoimmune diseases at L'hopital Pitie Salpetriere in Paris, France. She was awarded the Intern of the Year Award by New York Medical College. Dr. Mesidor also served as the general psychiatry representative for the Graduate Medical Education Council at New York Medical College. Ludmilar also presented at grand rounds at New York Medical College and Danbury Hospital on the clinical presentation and treatment of personality disorders in various age groups. Ludmilar will be returning to New York and practicing outpatient child psychiatry. 

Dr. Damon DeLeon completed his PGY-3 General Psychiatry Residency training at The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, in June 2014. Dr. DeLeon received his MD in May of 2010 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine where he was also an NIH Summer Research Fellow. He completed his undergraduate studies in biochemistry at Maryville College in Tennessee. Damon was the recipient of the AACAP Educational Outreach Program, is a member of the AACAP Committee on Deaf, Blind and Hard of Hearing, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the UVA Psychiatry Residency Manual. Dr. DeLeon began residency as a pathologist but changed to psychiatry soon after his intern year. He has recently participated in research that relates to neuropathological correlates of schizophrenia. Damon is moving to Denver, CO to work as an impatient psychiatrist on the Medical Center of Aurora's new adolescent unit. 

Dr. Agnieszka Janicka completed her PGY-4 General Psychiatry Residency at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in June of 2014. Dr. Janicka received her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York and her undergraduate studies at Brown University. Dr. Janicka received two prestigious medical student awards, the T. Byram Karasu Award in psychotherapy and the Maurice Greenhill Award in psychiatry. During residency Dr. Janicka created a longitudinal psychiatry elective at the VA Clozapine Clinic and has also been a resident representative on the Resident Continuity Clinic Committee. She was also a leader in the formation of a peer supervision group for both psychology and psychiatry trainees that also includes dedicated faculty. Aganieszka will stay on in the Lifespan system as the Director of Transgender Care. 

Dr. Katherine Liebesny completed her PGY-4 General Psychiatry Residency training at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in June of 2014. She received her MD from The University of Chicago, The Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Liebesny completed her undergraduate training at Emory University. Dr. Liebesny has been chief resident and in that role has demonstrated advanced leadership skills. She was a key member of the planning committee developing a critical workshop concerning the aftermath of suicide for the entire department of psychiatry and will be presenting the data from that session at a national training director meeting. Kate has also been a group facilitator for parents as part of a support group for youth with chronic medical illness that is affiliated with students from Brown University. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Martin B. Keller Award for the outstanding resident at Brown University. Kate is heading to Roanoke, Virginia where she will join the academic child psychiatry department of Virginia Tech School of Medicine and Carilion Clinic. 

2015 Graduates


Hassan Minhas, M.D. completed his PGY-3 general psychiatry residency at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He went to medical school at Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan. Dr. Minhas has been part of the Developmental Disorders Research Program at Brown University, and several councils in the American Psychiatric Association (APA). He is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, some of which include the APA Leadership Fellowship, the Brain Conference Travel Award, and the Martin B. Keller Award for the outstanding resident at Brown University in the graduating year. He is interested in continuing to advocate for improved psychiatric care and easier access to resources at a national and international level. Hassan will be completing a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at Yale University. 

 

Dr. Justin Schleifer completed his PGY-3 General Psychiatry residency training at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He earned his MD from New Jersey Medical School-UMDNJ. He completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University. He was the recipient of the "Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award" provided by Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the ACGME, chosen by the MD class of 2013. He has given the "Suicide Risk Assessment" lecture to all medical students in psychiatry and first year residents and receives excellent reviews. Justin presented at the AACAP 59th annual meeting in San Francisco, Oct. 2012 on "Social Networking Behavior of Adolescents Who Endorse Suicidal Ideation and Behavior." We are pleased that Justin will be joining us as an attending at Bradley Hospital in the Crisis and Craft Programs 

 

Dr. Vivienne Gomes completed her PGY-3 general psychiatry residency training at Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Dr. Gomes received her MD in March of 2009 from The University of St. Eustatius School of Medicine in the DutchCaribbean. She completed her undergraduate studies at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA where she was a conference track and field star and national champion cheerleader. Vivienne enjoys teaching medical students and has worked in many programs that addressed the psychosocial and behavioral needs of at-risk and impaired youth. Vivienne will be a practicing child psychiatrist at an outpatient clinic in an underserved community in Cambridge, MD

 

Dr. Salman Majeed completed his PGY-3 general psychiatry residency at Hahnemann/Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Majeed received his MD from Nishtar Medical College in Pakistan. He authored a Handbook of Psychiatry for Medical Students used at his own medical college and at nine others in Pakistan. He has presented at the Annual APA meeting in Philadelphia in May 2012 on "Huntington's disease and the effect of Dopamine Dysregulation on Gambling, Decision Making and Risk Taking Behaviors". Salman has been planning to return to Pakistan following fellowship to help improve access to child psychiatric care for this underserved population by establishing a child psychiatry institute. Salman is joining Penn State College of Medicine as an attending.

 

Dr. Shannon Terkell completed her PGY-3 General Psychiatry residency training at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.  She earned her MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine where she was inducted into the Iota Epsilon Alpha International Medical Honor Society, received the Legacy of Excellence Scholarship, and was on the Dean’s List every semester. Shannon completed her undergraduate studies with honors at Brown University. She has varied research interests during residency and currently investigating the psychopharmacological treatment of children and adolescents with pervasive developmental disorders NOS as compared to children with a diagnosis of autistic disorder. We are delighted that Shannon will be joining us at Bradley as an attending psychiatrist on the adolescent inpatient unit.

 

2014 Graduates

Dr. Amy Funkenstein completed her General Psychiatry residency at the Cambridge Health Alliance. She earned her MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA. Amy completed her undergraduate studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. She was awarded the Outstanding Resident Teaching Award presented by Harvard Medical Students class of 2011. Dr. Funkenstein volunteers at the Asylum Clinic in Cambridge and is a member of the Physicians for Human Rights committed to working with diverse children and families in the community setting. She was the co-chief resident at the program from 2013-2014, and is currently working as an adolescent psychiatrist at Rhode Island Hospital, and at the OCD program at Bradley Hospital.

 

Dr. Marianna Kessimian completed her general psychiatry residency at the Brown University General Psychiatry program. Dr. Kessimian received her MD from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her undergraduate training at George Washington University in DC. She was the medical student elective course coordinator for the psychiatry clerkship at Brown. Dr. Kessimian also reintroduced and helped organize morbidity and mortality conferences for the adult psychiatry program. She was the co-chief resident at the program from 2013-2014, and is currently working as an adolescent psychiatrist at Rhode Island Hospital.

 

Dr. Ivan Aldea completed his general psychiatry residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, General Psychiatry Training Program. Dr. Aldea received his MD in May of 2008 from Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico. He completed his undergraduate studies at Tufts while also minoring in Military Science at MIT/ROTC. Dr. Aldea also served as a Field Artillery Officer in the US Army for over four years between college and medical school, and was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal in addition to other prestigious awards. He is currently working in private practice in Arkansas.

 

Dr. Joshua Blum completed his general psychiatry residency at the UMass Memorial Medical Center, where he was chief resident. Dr. Blum received his MD from Penn State College of Medicine and completed his undergraduate studies at Princeton University. He authored three chapters in “How to Succeed in Psychiatry: A Guide to Training and Practice”. He has presented at seminars at UMass Memorial Medical Center and at the 56th Annual AACAP meeting in Hawaii on “An enriched environment protects against cocaine abuse in adult male rats”.  Joshua is now a Child Psychiatrist at Bradley Hospital.

 

Dr. Michael Carpenter completed his general psychiatry residency at New York Medical College, Metropolitan Hospital Center Program. He was elected chief resident for academic affairs during his PGY-3 year. He received his MD and MPH from St. George’s University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Dakota. Dr. Carpenter is enrolled in the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry (AAPDP) and APA affiliate organization. He was appointed to the AAPDP Task Force of Future Leaders in Psychodynamic Psychiatry. Michael is now an Outpatient Child Psychiatrist at St. Cloud Hospital in Minnesota.

 

Dr. Anish Dube completed his General Psychiatry residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He earned his MD from Ross University and a MPH from Brown University in 2009. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has given two Department Grand Rounds presentations, “PTSD-an evolutionary perspective” and “Stultifera Navis to the asylum - Locating the ‘Lunatic’ in Western Civilization”. He has been among the leaders in the residency program as a resident representative on their Training Committee and in the larger graduate medical education resident council. He is currently doing a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Tanya Thomas completed her general psychiatry training at the Brown University General Psychiatry Residency. She also earned her MD from the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Thomas’ undergraduate studies were completed at Florida State University. Dr. Thomas was the recipient of the E.J. McCrane Award for Excellence in Psychiatry while at the Medical College of Georgia and the Program for Minority Research Training in Psychiatry Fellowship through the American Psychiatry Association. Dr. Thomas was Chief Resident at Brown and also served on multiple committees such as the GME Policy Committee, Curriculum Committee, Psychiatric Assessment Service Committee, Residency Continuity Clinic and Founder of the Peer Supervisory Group, Psychiatry Residency. Dr. Thomas was the Director of Medical Student Education 2009-2010 and was a Course Lecturer for third year medical students and PGY-1 residents.

 


2013 Graduates

Dr. Otema Adade completed her general psychiatry training at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt, General Psychiatry Training Program. Dr. Adade received her MD in May of 2008 from Duke University School of Medicine, where she created a dual-degree track and simultaneously obtained a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University. Dr. Adade received a scholarship to pursue advanced training in Cognitive Therapy at The Beck Institute in Philadelphia. She was also awarded an American Psychiatric Association/Center for Mental Health Services fellowship in July of 2010. During her fellowship training she was chosen as a member of AACAP’s Systems of Care and Family Committees and participated in Advocacy Day annually.  Dr. Adade will be relocating to Washington DC to work at a community based clinic for the Department of Mental Health and the Ross Center for Anxiety.

 

Dr. Diana Deister completed her general psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she was also an Assistant Chief Resident. She received her MD in 2007 from University of Texas Health Science Center and a Masters from the University of Houston. She completed her undergraduate studies at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Deister has shown a commitment to education throughout her career. She has served as a tutor for Kaplan test prep and as a tutor/advisor for both grad school and medical school classes while participating actively in medical student teaching throughout her residency. Dr. Deister’s long-term goal is to pursue a career that combines research with the clinical instruction of medical students and residents. Dr. Deister is moving to Brookline, MA to pursue outpatient practice options with an emphasis on family therapy.

 

Dr. Benjamin Lederer is a Major in the US Air Force Medical Corps. Dr. Lederer completed his general psychiatry residency at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base in 2006. Dr. Lederer earned his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2002.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia University.   He served as an active duty attending psychiatrist in South Korea and Italy for five years, receiving meritorious service and commendation medals before coming to Brown.  Dr. Lederer will remain in Rhode Island where he plans to work at both the Providence Center and Northern Rhode Island Community Services.

 

Dr. Ruby Lee completed her General Psychiatry residency at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Program. Dr. Lee received her MD in May of 2007 from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. She also completed her undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University. Because of her administrative and leadership skills along with her impressive clinical skills, Dr. Lee was chosen to be Executive Chief Resident for the first half of her PGY 4 year and Chief Resident for the second six months. Dr. Lee was a National Merit Scholar and Medical Science Scholar at Texas A&M College of Medicine. She had published an article related to the effects of nicotine exposure on brain development in rats. Additionally she is studying the relationship of ethnicity and treatment with ECT in adults. Dr. Lee will be staying at Bradley Hospital as a per diem inpatient child psychiatrist and plans on doing a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship next year.

2012 Graduates

Dr. Erin Kelly completed her general psychiatry residency training at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care Center, where she was the chief resident. Dr. Kelly earned her MD in 2006 from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Kelly has been involved in research investigating the effectiveness of multi-disciplinary primary care appointments in Ireland’s lowest socioeconomic area as well as investigating relationships among severity of major depression, childhood adversity and type and severity of life events. In her first year of fellowship, Dr. Kelly joined the Bradley Hospital Ethics Committee and became psychiatry board certified with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She participated heavily in recruitment, leading tours and hosting lunches and dinners with candidates. In the coming year, Dr. Kelly will participate in the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic as she has a strong interest in anxiety disorders as well as the assessment and treatment of early onset psychosis. In her spare time, Dr. Kelly enjoys dancing and is an accomplished instructor and choreographer. Erin will now be moving back to Canada closer to her family to work as a child psychiatrist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.


Dr. Kerry-Ann Williams completed her general psychiatry residency training at Creighton-Nebraska Health Foundation. She also earned her MD from Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Williams’ undergraduate studies were completed at Baylor University in Texas. Dr. Williams was the recipient of several awards at Creighton University School of Medicine, namely “Outstanding Student in Psychiatry”, “Outstanding Service to the School of Medicine” and “Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs Award for Excellence-for Leadership in the Student National Medical Association”. In her first year of fellowship, Dr. Williams lectured to the pediatric residents on anxiety and tic disorders and gave a Grand Rounds at Newport Hospital entitled, “Treatment of the Psychotic Child”. She is interested in continuing her work in the outpatient clinic during her second year and will be doing research as well as an elective in the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic. Outside of fellowship, she enjoys traveling, reading and gardening. Kerry-Ann plans on moving to Cambridge, MA where she will serve as a staff psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance and with the Justice Resource Institute.


Dr. Michael Adragna completed his general psychiatry residency training at State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Adragna also received his MD in May of 2006 from SUNY Buffalo. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Adragna received the Residency Service Award from the Department of Psychiatry at SUNY Buffalo in 2007-08 and 2008-09, which is given to a resident who goes above and beyond to help his fellow residents. Dr. Adragna served on a number of Departmental committees, including resident representative on the GME committee. In his first year as a fellow, Dr. Michael Adragna gave Grand Rounds at Bradley Hospital, entitled "Psychiatry Residents on Facebook: Content, Attitudes, and Experiences," based on a nationwide survey of psychiatric trainees that he conducted. He also presented a poster at last year's AACAP meeting based on work from his general residency, entitled "The Rapid Pediatric Psychiatric Consultation Project: Following Consultants' Medication Recommendations Predicts a Positive Response." Finally, he served on the Academic Policy Committee, and began participating in community outreach by speaking to a group of adolescents with anger management problems. Mike’s interest in social networking and the use of technology in psychiatry has also led him to be a co-investigator on a project exploring adolescents' use of social media to express suicidal thoughts. He'll be returning to Buffalo to join the University at Buffalo faculty.


Dr. Nicole Franklin completed her general psychiatry residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She received her MD in 2007 from Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington WV, where she also completed her undergraduate training. During her residency, Dr. Franklin volunteered at the CARES clinic, providing free medical and psychiatric care and worked in her spare time at the state forensic hospital. She had leadership roles on the Resident Selection Committee, Resident Curriculum Committee and the Executive Quality Committee. In her first year of fellowship, Dr. Franklin arranged the candidate dinners and led tours during interview season, culminating the experience on the selection committee. She completed a project on rating scales at the state’s juvenile detention facility. She lectured first year Brown medical students on pediatric psychopathology and was on the Academic Policy Committee. Dr. Franklin was an active participant of the AACAP media committee and in the coming year, will undertake a child media review project. Her interests include developmental disorders, emergency psychiatry and the interface between medicine and psychiatry. In her free time, Dr. Franklin enjoys shopping, reading and working in historic preservation. Nicole’s next step will be to head back to the south where she will be working as an inpatient child and adolescent psychiatrist at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.


Dr. Stephanie Hartselle completed her general psychiatry residency training at New York University Medical Center. She earned her MD in 2007 from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. She completed her undergraduate training at Linfield College in Oregon. During residency, Dr. Hartselle was a Fellow at the New York University Psychoanalytic Institute and was involved in two research projects: “Atypical Antipsychotic Induced Obesity and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome” and “Development of Brain Connectivity in Autism”. During her first year of fellowship, Dr. Hartselle led a medical student teaching seminar on psychopathology, presented a poster at the Brown Research Day on the psychopathy of Lizzie Borden and received a scholarship to attend the AACAP advocacy day in Washington D.C. Dr. Hartselle is currently creating films on child and adolescent normal development and has been accepted to present her project at the American Academic Psychiatry meeting this year. She enjoys cooking, sewing and hunting for antiques in her spare time. During her training, Stephanie has been involved in research at Brown with media in psychiatry. She presented several films at the Academic Psychiatry conference that she created aimed at parent instruction. She also accepted a position on the AACAP Consumer Issues Committee which writes the Facts For Families. Stephanie will be the Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services at Hasbro Children's Hospital. She also plans to continue her work in media, film and consumer issues.


2011 Graduates

 Dr. Todd Peters will become one of the attendings on the Inpatient Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Program at Vanderbilt University Psychiatric Hospital along with helping to develop and run an anxiety treatment program for youth in the near future. Dr. Peters, completed his PGY-3 General Psychiatry residency at Brown’s General Psychiatry program, earned his MD from the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in May 2006, graduating AOA and also received an award for his Excellence in Psychiatry Research. Dr. Peters completed his undergraduate education at McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College). He is a reviewer for the Journal of Adolescent Health, has 3 publications of his own and has been active as a teacher and mentor to junior residents and medical students. Dr. Peters has also been actively involved in the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic, (PARC) within the Division of Child Psychiatry and one of the three national university programs affiliated with the Pediatric OCD treatment Study. Dr. Peters was the 2010 National Champion of the American Psychiatric Association’s MindGames (a national team competition for residents at the annual APA conference). He and three other teammates represented Brown. Dr. Peters was the Child Psychiatry Fellowship’s Chief Resident 2010-2011.


Dr. Jonathan Calimlim Manaoat returned to the West Coast for his forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Southern California. He plans to craft a career in children’s community mental health, psychotherapy, and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Manaoat completed his General Psychiatry residency at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, California. Dr. Manaoat received his MD in 2005 at the University of California, San Francisco. He also completed his undergraduate training there. During residency, Dr. Manaoat was involved with the Edgewood Center for Children and Families providing short-term psychotherapy for two programs, which helped support non-parental family caregivers and service programs for youth 16-25. He was the chief resident in his General Psychiatry Program.


Dr. Rotsna Pradhan will be working as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with Northern Rhode Island (NRI) mental health services.Dr. Pradhan completed her General Psychiatry residency at the Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital. Dr. Pradhan received her MD from Ghandi Medical College in India in 2001. Dr. Pradhan had been substantially involved with relief efforts in poverty stricken areas of India prior to residency. While in residency she was described as an excellent team player with notable clinical skills. She has been an active resident member of AACAP and was selected to attend the annual meeting in Chicago in 2008. Dr. Pradhan has multiple interests including bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders, and sexual identity disorders, and has presented on these topics while in residency.


Dr. Laura Whiteley Upon completion of her three year research fellowship, Dr. Whiteley will continue as faculty at Brown on the research track in bio-behavioral HIV prevention, including utilizing technology for STI/HIV prevention interventions. Dr. Whiteley was a PGY-3 General Psychiatry resident in the Brown University General Psychiatry program. Dr. Whiteley received her MD from Temple University in 2005. Dr. Whiteley completed a premed post baccalaureate program at Bryn Mawr College following her undergraduate studies at University of Pennsylvania graduating magna cum laude with honors in major of International Relations. Dr. Whiteley has been actively involved as a Research Team Member, in several NIMH funded research studies with Dr. Larry Brown in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry here at Brown. Her research interests and current projects are HIV risk behaviors in adolescents and HIV preventative behaviors. She was also selected for an AACAP/ Brain Science Institute retreat in Chicago in December of 2007. Dr. Whiteley is described as an extremely diligent, hard working and conscientious physician and a great team player. We are very pleased that she will be staying at Brown where she will be training within a novel integrated research/clinical track.


Dr. Xiangyang (Patrick) Zhao has taken a position as a child psychiatrist in a Minnesota State hospital treating severely ill adolescents. Dr. Zhao completed his PBY-3 General Psychiatry training at Case Western Reserve University Metro Health Medical Center. He earned his MD from Norman Bethune Medical University, China and his MS from Shanghai Second Medical University in China. Between medical school and residency Dr. Zhao has been a noted researcher, initially in surgery and subsequently in psychiatry, presenting at the annual American Psychiatric Association in DC in 2008 on “Impacts of Local Negative Events on Mental Health Visits to a Remote Emergency Department”. He plans to pursue a combined clinical and research career in child psychiatry.


2010 Graduates

 Maria Luisa Hincapie, M.D.
Maria-Luisa will be returning to her home in Panama as a child psychiatrist. Maria completed her general psychiatry residency here at Brown and earned her MD at The University of Western Ontario.

 

Seema Shah, M.D.
Seema has taken a position as a child psychiatrist for a Behavioral School in Philadelphia. Seema completed her general psychiatry residency here at Brown and earned her MD at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

 

Heather Shibley, M.D.Heather was the recipient of the American College of Psychiatrists Laughlin Fellowship Award and the Rhode Island Hospital Haffenreffer House Staff Excellence Award. Heather will be a Lieutenant in the US Navy Medical Corp, stationed in San Diego California. Heather came to Brown after completing her general psychiatry residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. Heather graduated AOA from Penn State College of Medicine. Heather is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association on the Dimensions of Disaster Committee. She has been named to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Task Force on Crisis and Disaster Preparedness.

 

Michael Wolfe, M.D.
Michael has taken a position as a child psychiatrist in New Zealand. Michael chose to continue his child and adolescent psychiatry training at Brown after he completed four years of his general psychiatry residency here. Michael received his MD at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. Michael recently spent a month in Kenya with a team of psychiatrist from the Department of Psychiatry at Brown, including the chairman, at the Moi University School of Medicine Teaching and Referral Hospital.


2009 Graduates

 James Andriotis, M.D. James completed his general psychiatry residency at Brown and his MD at the University of Connecticut Medical School. Dr. Andriotis will be an Child/Adult Psychiatry Attending at the Butler Hospital Emergency Department. He will also be in private practice in Cranston, Rhode Island.

 

Sandra DeSantis, M.D.completing her general psychiatry residency at Albany Medical Center in New York. She also earned her MD from Albany Medical College. Dr. DeSantis will be heading the Children’s Inpatient Unit at FourWinds Hospital in Saratoga Springs, New York.

 

John Hart, M.D. John came to Brown after completing his general psychiatry residency at LAC & USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, and his MD at Albany Medical College. Dr. Hart will be a Staff Psychiatrist, Adolescent Partial Program, Bournewood Hospital, Brookline MA.

 

Jamie Rogers, M.D.
Jamie came to Brown after completing his general psychiatry residency at the University of South Florida, and his MD at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Rogers will be a Child Psychiatry Attending on the Children’s Inpatient Unit at Bradley Hospital. He will also be seeing patients in the Child Psychiatry Outpatient Department at Rhode Island Hospital.

 

Noha Sadek, M.D. Noha is a graduate of the American University of Beirut. Before arriving at Brown she completed her general psychiatry residency at Emory University. Noha also completed one year of child psychiatry training at the Medical College of Georgia. Noha was a staff psychiatrist at the Fairmont Medical Center Mayo Health System in Minnesota for five years before continuing her child psychiatry training here at Brown. She is board certified in psychiatry. Noha was recently granted the psychoanalytic fellowship from the American Psychoanalytic Association for 2008-2009.  Dr. Sadek will be a Child Psychiatry Attending at Bradley Hospital at the Pediatric Partial Hospitalization program. She will also be seeing patients in the Outpatient Clinic at Bradley.