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Graduates 2021

Jennifer Cueto, MDJennifer Cueto, MDDr. Jennifer "Jenny" Cueto was born and raised in Chicago. She attended Northwestern University for college, where she majored in Human Development and Psychological Services. Both during and after college, Jenny volunteered as a social work intern in child abuse and neglect at Stroger Hospital of Cook County. After graduating from college, she spent a year working in a child development lab at Northwestern and then moved east for a year to complete a post-baccalaureate premedical program at Bryn Mawr College near Philadelphia. She then spent an additional two years as a smoking cessation counselor at Northwestern and subsequently completed medical school at UIC, where she was the recipient of a Dean's Scholarship, based on a combination of academic achievement and extracurricular leadership. She spent the summer after her first year of medical school at Camp STAR, a summer treatment camp for children with ADHD and mild autism spectrum disorder, after being awarded a highly competitive summer fellowship through the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)'s Campaign for America's Kids. She has also served as student leaders for the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation and the psychiatry interest group. In addition, Jenny helped develop and implement a health education curriculum at a free clinic in Chicago during medical school. Jennifer received her MD in May 2016 from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Psychological Services from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. She was the recipient of a Dean's Scholarship from the University of Illinois, based on a combination of academic achievement and extracurricular leadership. She spent her summer of first year of medical school at Camp STAR, a summer treatment camp for children with ADHD and mild autism spectrum disorder. She has also served as student leaders for the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation and the psychiatry interest group. Jennifer was awarded a highly competitive summer fellowship through the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)'s Campaign for America's Kids. In addition she was a member of the PsychEd! Executive board and was Co-President of this group. 

Raina Milne, MDRaina Milne, MDDr. Raina Milne received her MD in May 2016 from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College where she received her B.A., majoring in Psychology. During college Raina interned at the Dartmouth Center for Addiction, Recovery and Education where she pursued research looking at student alcohol use. She spent a summer as a trip leader for the Rural Literacy Project in Peru and Bolivia, where she taught English. Following graduation Raina spent one year working as a psychiatric therapist in a high-security psychiatric facility and another year teaching and developing curricula in Math and Science for underprivileged children in Honduras. During medical school, Raina volunteered in the Chelsea public schools where she developed Engaging Science activities for 7th and 8th graders. She also served as a mentor to the students. 

Charles Wulff, MDCharles Wulff, MD

Dr. Charles Wulff received his MD in May 2016 from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at Colby College in Maine where he received a B.A. in Biology. During his undergraduate years Charles participated in Varsity Swimming and Diving and served as team captain during his senior year. He was also president of Student Health on Campus a group that advocated for improved student health policies. He engaged in research in the Department of Biology where his work on the effects of anesthesia on the innate immune response in zebra fish led to his senior honors thesis. During medical school at Tufts Charles worked as a science instructor at a summer camp for children. He was vice-president of the Pediatric Interest Group at Tufts and vice-president and treasurer of the Health Care Reform Club which organized speakers and seminars in the current healthcare system as well as efforts to reform it. 


 Graduates 2020

Claire Williams, MDClaire Williams, MD

Dr. Claire Williams received her MD in May 2015 from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She completed her undergraduate Developmental Studies Degree also at Brown. In medical school Claire was a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and dedicated to various projects related to child welfare and juvenile justice. Throughout her time 40 triple board residency & women’s mental health fellowship in residency Claire has been committed to working with children and families involved in the juvenile justice system, bridging the gap between medical and behavioral health through integrated care, and teaching medical students and fellow residents. She has won teaching awards from Brown Medical School, Bryant University, and the Brown Pediatrics and Psychiatry departments. She participated in the SAMHSA/CMHS and AACAP Virtual Fellowship learning about advocacy and systems of care, focusing on expanding and transitioning care for youth involved in juvenile justice. Claire will be staying in Rhode Island (again) to work in integrated care as an adult and child psychiatrist at Thundermist Health Centers, a local community health center


Cortney Taylor, MDCortney Taylor, MD

Dr. Cortney Taylor received her MD in May 2015 from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington where she was a Mary Gates Scholar. Cortney was co-chair of Medical School for Choice at Einstein and planned events to raise awareness among her fellow classmates. She spent her summer between first and second year of medical school as an extern for Medical Students for Choice and conducted research about the manner in which women's health topics were covered in popular medical. Cortney was the Vice-chair of the Einstein American Association Chapter, which allowed her to get involved with patient advocacy on the more formal level of policy. She also spent time volunteering at a local community college in the Bronx administering rapid HIV tests and counseling individuals about safe sex practices. She worked at Einstein's student run clinics in her free time. She was among a group of students who developed and taught a curriculum on sexual health at a local juvenile correctional facility.   Over the course of triple-board residency, Cortney volunteered with The Adolescent Leadership Council, a monthly group for teens with chronic illness, served on the Lifelong Learning Committee of AACAP, completed international rotations in Cambodia and Kenya and developed a wellness lecture series for the triple board program. Clinically, she spent time working in Hasbro’s childhood obesity clinic and plans to become board certified in obesity medicine and lifestyle medicine. After graduation, Dr. Taylor returned to the Pacific Northwest with an interest in working in integrated primary care and childhood obesity.

Anish Raj, MDAnish Raj, MDDr. Anish Raj received his MD in May 2015 from Florida State University College of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, Gainesville. As a medical student Anish was selected as one of eighteen Florida SEARCH Program Scholars. This opportunity allowed him to assess the health disparities of the underserved community in Jacksonville, Florida and present his findings at the annual Florida Academy of Family Physicians Summer Forum Conference. He served as president of the Allopathic Integrative Medicine organization and was an active member of the FSU Cares interest group. He also secured sponsorships and participated on the Public Relations Committee for the first annual Pedaling for Parkinson's Fundraiser. Anish assisted with AHEC Quit Smoking Now classes and has been active in providing preventative examinations at a homeless shelter. After graduation, Dr. Raj moved to Pennsylvania to pursue additional sub-specialty training in child abuse pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Graduates 2019

Donald Pierce, MDDonald Pierce, MD

Dr. Donald Pierce received his MD in May 2014 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at East Tennessee State University. Donald was a member of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society and the Imhotep Society for campus leadership at the University of Tennessee. He participated in the NIH Medical Student Research Fellowship and is co-author of "Assessing the adequacy of post-experimental inquiries in deception research''. Donald was elected to the UTHSC Medical Student Executive Council representing his class on a council designed to address academic, financial, social and other issues affecting students' experiences, including volunteering for many community events and projects. Donald was recently awarded a Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award from the Brown medical students. After residency, Don joined the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry faculty at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, working with the consultation-liaison team at Monroe Carell Jr's Children's Hospital and the Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program at Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. 

Amy Rouse, MDAmy Rouse, MD

Dr. Amy Rouse received her MD in May 2014 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University. Amy placed First at the University of Maryland SOM Research Day and was also an Arnold P. Gold Foundation Summer Service Fellow. Amy devoted four years between undergraduate and medical school to working for social justice causes at various health and education non-profits at home and abroad. She spearheaded an effort to design and implement a research and intervention study on eating habits of low-income pregnant women in West Baltimore funded by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation summer service fellowship. In order to improve nutritional knowledge and healthy food preparation techniques.  Upon graduation, Dr. Rouse moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to practice as a Child Psychiatrist. 

George Vana, MDGeorge Vana, MD

Dr. George "Bud" Vana received his MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in May 2014. He was a member of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society. Bud is a National Health Service Corps . He earned his undergraduate and masters degree from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages. After graduation from Harvard he worked as a substitute teacher and educational therapist, tutoring children with disabilities. As a medical student Bud was very active in advocacy through the AACAP Legislative Conference as well as the AMA medical student section relating to Vermont health policies. Bud served as the AACAP Robert L. Stubblefield Resident Fellow to the American Medical Associations Resident and Fellow Section and the Jeffrey Weiner Resident Representative to AACAP Council as well as the co-chairperson of the Medical student Section. He was awarded the Laughlin Fellowship in 2019. He is currently working with the Lummi Nation at their Tribal Health Center in Bellingham, Washington as a pediatrician, adult psychiatrist and child psychiatrist integrated and colocated in the Tribal Health Clinic, the Lummi Nation K-12 School, the Substance Abuse clinic and within the Behavioral Health department as well as doing house calls on occasion as a part of the Community Health program.

Graduates 2018

Jamie Gainor DiPietro, MDJamie Gainor DiPietro, MDDr. Jamie Gainor DiPietro attended Providence College where she earned a BS in Biology and in Health Policy and Management in 2008 then subsequently attended the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University where she earned her MD in 2013. During medical school, she was nominated to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and completed a fellowship year in medical education. During training in the Triple Board program, she has worked to liaison between the fields of pediatrics and psychiatry, teaching in the PediPRN conference series, participating in pediatric resident teaching, and working in the resident Child Psychiatry Consultation Clinic. She additionally served in the role of Triple Board Co-Chief Resident during the 2017-2018 academic year. After graduation, Jamie joined the Hasbro Partial Hospital Program as a staff psychiatrist working with the multidisciplinary team there to treat children with concurrent medical and psychiatric illness.

Jonathan Kole, MD, MBeJonathan Kole, MD, MBeDr. Jonathan Kole received his undergraduate, medical, and bioethics degrees all at the University of Pennsylvania (2005-2013). For the last 5 years, he has been completing his combined residency training in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry here at Brown. During his training, he published articles on humanism in medicine, substance abuse ethics, and medical management of eating disorders. He has demonstrated a passion for medical education, winning four teaching awards, directing and developing pre-clinical electives, attaining faculty appointments at two local physician assistant schools and recently championing Brown's preclinical and third-year internal medicine bioethics curriculum. His commitment to patient care has led him to be twice inducted in Gold Humanism Honor Society. He is now board certified in pediatrics and adult psychiatry (awaiting results from child psychiatry exam). As a National Health Service Corps Scholar, he is proudly working at Providence Community Health Centers, providing adult/child psychiatry services to local under-served populations.   

Alison (Stein) Manning, MDAlison (Stein) Manning, MDDr. Alison (Stein) Manning received her BS in Psychology from Cornell University in 2007 and her MD from Drexel University in 2013.  Her clinical interests include psychosomatic medicine, adherence in type 1 diabetes and other chronic conditions, transition age youth, and medical education.  During her training, Ali served as the Chief Resident for TALC (The Adolescent Leadership Council), a support group at Hasbro for teenagers living with chronic illness.  Ali was also a selected Brown Residency International/Global Health Training Pathway (BRIGHT) scholar and pursued a project on peer mentorship and glycemic control in youth with type 1 diabetes. Ali attended the Harvard Macy Post-graduate program in Graduate Medical Education and assisted in the implementation of a Resident-as-Teacher Curriculum for first and second year psychiatry residents.  Upon completion of her residency and fellowship training in the combined Triple Board program she joined the faculty of Duke University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to continue to pursue research interests in the aforementioned areas as well as clinical work in an outpatient med-psych clinic and on the inpatient consult service.  

Graduates 2017

Christina Pastorello, MDChristina Pastorello, MD

Dr. Christina Pastorello received her MD in May 2012 from Tufts University School of Medicine. She also has a Bachelor of Science in dual majors, Biology and Clinical Psychology, from Tufts University. She was president of the Tuft's chapter of the American Medical Women's Association and organized several events to enhance leadership, advocacy and mentoring skills to medical students. Christina has broad experiences working with adolescent girls with complex psychological and physical trauma in a Massachusetts residential facility as well as with teaching typically developing younger girls' leadership skills at SPIRIT, a sports-based summer camp. During residency, Christina has been active in The Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC), a monthly advocacy, skills, leadership, and support group for teenagers with chronic illness. Following graduation, Christina became a staff psychiatrist at Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital on the Adolescent Inpatient Unit, where she continues her involvement with resident and fellow education.

Dr. Jason Rafferty is an attending psychiatrist and pediatrician who graduated from Harvard Medical School and obtained post-graduate training through the Triple Board Residency at Brown University. He has additional degrees from Harvard University in public health concentrating on Maternal and Child Health, and education focused on adolescent development and psychology.  Currently, he works in an integrated medical home at Thundermist Health Centers, in the Gender & Sexuality Clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and the Co-occuring Disorders Program at Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital.  He is involved with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), frequently reviewing policy and publications related to LGBTQ health.  In fact, he sits on the Section of LGBTQ Health and Wellness and was the lead author of the Academy’s policy statement, “Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents.”  He is a member of the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) where he sits on the Sexual and Reproductive Health Subcommittee.  He is a board member for both Physicians for Reproductive Health and the Partnership for Male Youth.  Dr. Rafferty is a 2017 Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists which recognizes graduating trainees deemed likely to make a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry.

Graduates 2016

Jennifer Downs, MDJennifer Downs, MD

Dr. Jennifer Downs received her MD from the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine, in May 2011.  She received her undergraduate degree from Colby College in Maine where she graduated magna cum laude.  She was actively involved in a variety of community service activities during medical school and received the Outstanding Leadership and Community Service Award in 2006 because of her efforts. Jennifer was also selected as a Clinical and Translational research fellow in 2008-09 studying the relationship between children with chronic illnesses and their health care providers.  She also co-authored a study entitled “Integrating Clinical Hands-On Experiences into the Curriculum for First Year medical students”.  After graduation, Jennifer joined the University of Indiana as a clinical faculty member.  Dr. Downs works in child psychiatry in both outpatient and consult/liaison capacity as well as pediatrics so she can use her full Triple Board training and help to further integrate mental and physical health care for children.

Dr. Stephanie Lichtor received her MD from the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in May 2011.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.  She did bench work in genetics as an undergraduate as well as working at the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety at a later date. Prior to starting medical school, Stephanie was a research technician at the University of Chicago.  Stephanie also served as copy editor and editor of “Vital Signs” the medical student newspaper.  She has published two articles and was the winner of the Sparks Essay Prize. After graduation, Dr. Lichtor joined the faculty at the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. 

Paul Stevens, MDPaul Stevens, MD

Dr. Paul Stevens graduated from the Triple Board Program in 2016.  He works as a Psychiatrist at the Neurobehavior HOME Program at the University of Utah where he treats children & adults with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and co-morbid psychiatric disorders.  His outpatient clinic provides highly coordinated primary medical/pediatric and psychiatric care, with a unique funding stream (capitated model rather than fee for service).  Dr. Stevens feels grateful for the opportunity he had to train at Brown, especially the chance to work at the Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities at Bradley Hospital.  Also, he feels very fortunate that Brown provided such strong psychotherapy training & professional mentorship.  

Graduates 2015

Elizabeth Brannan, MDElizabeth Brannan, MDDr. Elizabeth "Beth" Brannan is a native of California and earned her BA from Stanford University and completed her MD at University of California at Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, California. After graduating from Stanford, she taught there as a Human Biology Course Associate for two years prior to entering medical school. During medical school, she continued to have an active role in teaching and curriculum development, and this passion followed her to residency. During her 5 years as a Triple Board Resident at Brown University, she was fortunate to serve as a resident facilitator for The Adolescent Leadership Council for teens with chronic illness, to sit as a resident representative on the state's Physicians Health Committee, to teach medical students and residents in both pediatrics and psychiatry, and to serve as a chief resident in her final year. She graduated with specialized training and interest in pediatric OCD and anxiety disorders as well as psychosocial oncology. Since completion of her residency, Beth has worked in the Intensive Program for OCD and Related Disorders at Bradley Hospital as an attending psychiatrist and has served as an Assistant Professor (Clinician Educator) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, which allows her to teach and learn from medical students, residents, and fellows on a daily basis.  She is also the mother of a delightful daughter who allows her to put her training in pediatrics and child psychiatry to good use even outside the hospital!


Vedika Nehra, MDVedika Nehra, MDDr. Vedika Nehra received her BSc Honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia in biochemistry and creative writing and her MD from New York Medical College, NY, in 2010. Vedika completed her residency in the combined pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry training program (also known as triple board) at Brown University in June 2015. Upon graduation she relocated to San Francisco to work in global mental health with a focus on rural mental health and systems of care in rural India. She would like to thank Steven Dickstein, MD for introducing her to triple board, Thomas Roesler, MD for welcoming her to Brown as a medical student and encouraging triple board as a career, and Michelle Rickerby, MD and Ann Back-Price, PCNS, IAAP for their exceptional supervision and mentorship. She would also like to thank each individual training program and the Brown triple board family for their compassion and support over her 5 year journey. 

Anastasia Wermert, MDAnastasia Wermert, MDDr. Anastasia "Stacey" Wermert received her BA from Barnard University and earned her MD in 2010 from Medical College of Georgia. In June of 2015, she completed her residency and fellowship through the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University's Triple Board Program. During this combined residency program she specialized in General Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and she obtained her board certification in General Pediatrics. Stacey's primary clinical interest includes working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities, and she participated in research examining the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation on children with ASD. She would like to thank her clinical supervisors and program directors for the exceptional training and mentorship she received during residency and fellowship. She is also extremely appreciative of the infinite encouragement and support provided by her training colleagues, family and friends throughout her training. After graduation she became an inpatient psychiatrist at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Unit at Bradley Hospital. 

List of Brown Triple Board Graduates from 1986 - 2014