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Graduates 2019

Donald PierceDonald PierceDonald Pierce

Donald 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. Don will be joining 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

Amy 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, she will move to Albuquerque New Mexico to practice as a Child Psychiatrist. 

George (Bud) Vana
Bud 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 and The Scaife Family Foundation Scholarship recipient, an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, and a Student/Resident Experiences and Rotations in Community Health Scholar. 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 AMA medical student section relating to Vermont health policies. He has also been involved in several medical education initiatives. Bud is currently serving as the AACAP Robert L. Stubblefield Resident Fellow to the American Medical Associations Resident and Fellow Section.  He will be working with the Lummi Nation at their Tribal Health Center in Bellingham, Washington as a pediatrician, adult psychiatrist and child psychiatrist.

Graduates 2018

Jamie Gainor DiPietro, MD 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 will be joining the Hasbro Partial Hospital Program as a staff psychiatrist where she will work with the multidisciplinary team there to treat children with concurrent medical and psychiatric illness.

Jonathan Kole MD, MBe 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 a new pre-clinical elective, attaining faculty appointments at two local physician assistant schools and recently championing the third-year medicine clerkship’s 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 awaits his upcoming psychiatry exam. As a National Health Service Corps Scholar, he is proud to be starting work next month at the Providence Community Health Centers, providing psychiatry services to local under-served populations. 

Alison (Stein) Manning, MD received her BS in Psychology from Cornell University in 2007 and her Medical Degree 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 will join the faculty of Duke University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences where she will 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

 Christina 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. Christina will be working as a staff psychiatrist at Emma Pendleton Bradley Hospital on the Adolescent Inpatient Unit, where she plans to continue her involvement with resident and fellow education.

Jason Rafferty

Jason received his MD and MPH from Harvard Medical School in May, 2012. He earned his B.S. in neuroscience from Bates College in Maine. Jason is the recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholar scholarship that recognizes extraordinary contributions to the student's fields of study. Jason was a tutorial and anatomy lab instructor and clinical preceptor. Jason also volunteered and co-directed "In Common", which provided peer counseling for Harvard's graduate and professional schools. He was the Vice-chair of the AMA Bioethics and & Humanities Committee, Medical Student Section. Jason is involved with the Mass. Dept of Public Health in the design and implementation of a peer leadership intervention to increase health literacy and utilization of school-based primary care services.Jason will be taking a position with Thundermist Health Center and Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island continuing to address disparities in child health.

Graduates 2016

Jennifer Downs, MD

Jennifer 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”.  Jennifer will be joining the University of Indiana as a clinical faculty member.  Dr. Downs will be working in child psychiatry in both outpatient and consult/liaison capacity as well as pediatrics so she can continue to use her full Triple Board training and help to further integrate mental and physical health care for children.

Stephanie Lichtor, MD

Stephanie 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. Dr. Lichtor will be joining the faculty at the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. 

Paul Stevens, MD

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

Graduates 2015

Elizabeth Brannan - Elizabeth (Beth) Brannan, MD 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 - Vedika Nehra MD 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 will complete her residency in the combined pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry training program (also known as triple board) at Brown University this June 2015. Upon graduation she will be relocating to San Francisco where she plans to continue 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 - Stacey Wermert, MD, received her BA from Barnard University and earned her MD in 2010 from Medical College of Georgia. In June of 2015, she will be completing her residency and fellowship through the 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 has 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 is excited to be taking a position as an inpatient psychiatrist at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Unit at Bradley Hospital. 

Graduates 2014

Lisa Hutchison received her BS from Duke University in 2005. She went on to complete her medical school training at Washington University in St. Louis before starting residency at Brown University in the pediatrics, general psychiatry, child psychiatry combined training program. During training, Lisa developed a particular interest in child welfare, collaborating with DCYF and the child protection service at Hasbro to begin improving mental health care for children in the foster care system. After completing residency, Lisa will be taking a position as a pediatric consult-liaison psychiatrist at Duke Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. 

Dan Spencer received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Brown University in 2004, and then spent the next year living in New York City doing clinical research in pediatric orthopedics. He attended the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and graduated with his medical degree in 2009. He returned to Rhode Island after matching into the Triple Board Residency Training Program in Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Brown University and the Lifespan Hospital System. Dan's clinical and academic interests include treating patients and their families with concurrent medical and psychiatric illness and increasing collaboration between primary care pediatrics and child and adolescent psychiatry. He will be staying in Rhode Island after graduation as the Medical Director of the Hasbro Pediatric Integrated Medical/Psychiatric Inpatient Program. 

Graduates 2013

Dr. Michelle Lynn Palumbo is originally from Branchburg, New Jersey and graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University with a BA in Biological Sciences and Psychology. She received her MD from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, also known as the Medical College of Virginia. In medical school, she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. She was thrilled to hear about the existence of the triple board program and more thrilled when she matched at Brown. During her residency, she was involved as a parent group co-leader for the Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC), a support and leadership group for adolescents with chronic illness and their families, for four years and as a triple board chief resident during her final year of training. Upon completing her residency, she will be joining the faculty at the Lurie Center for Autism at Massachusetts General Hospital, and she will also serve as an instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Chase Samsel, MD grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and moved around the southeast before settling in Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2004 with a BS in Biomedical Ethics and received his MD at the Medical College of Georgia in 2008. During the past five years of Triple Board training, Chase has pursued interests in working with children with life-threatening and life-limiting illness, global health, and psychotherapy. He served as assistant and head medical director of the Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC), a leadership and support group for teens and families living with chronic illness. He completed a four-year research project in palliative care initiatives in the Women and Infant's Neonatal ICU. He graduated the Brown Residency International/Global Health Training (BRIGHT) Pathway; received a CATCH grant in 2012 from the American Academy of Pediatrics to start a group therapy for adolescent refugees; and concluded a two-year fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy in Boston. He will serve as an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School while working as an attending physician at Boston Children's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute as Consult-Liaison Psychiatrist and Psychosocial Oncologist.

In Memoriam

Rasa Heyda, MD

Born - June 28, 1971

Died – December 24, 2012

Triple Board Resident - June 2008 – December 2012

Rasa Heyda, MD joined our Triple Board Residency in June of 2008. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California Los Angeles and Duke University. Rasa was Phi Beta Kappa at Duke and later was awarded an NIH Roadmap Fellowship to work in Duke's Brain Imaging and Analysis Center. She dedicated her life to working with children faced with challenges. She worked as a 4th grade school teacher in a self-contained classroom in urban Los Angeles; she moonlighted as a music teacher during medical school at Duke teaching Indian songs and dance; and finally as an exemplary Triple Board resident at Brown Medical School improving the lives of children in need. Rasa continued to shine as soon as she entered the TB program. She used her experience as a teacher to an advantage. She was always well-prepared and demonstrated excellent clinical skills particularly in structuring therapy sessions, collaboratively designing interventions and gently challenging her patients. Rasa was a wonderfully caring, thoughtful, and gentle doctor. She was thorough and kind with patients and a superb team player. Rasa showed great courage over the last two years as she attempted to continue learning while dealing with the assault from rapidly progressing breast cancer. We were all in awe of her ability to quickly accept what had been dealt to her. We watched her gracefully accept the outcome all while continuing to reach out to colleagues, friends and family. Rasa's legacy in the broader Brown Triple Board community is assured. She is a true role model for all triple boarders of the future to aspire to. 

Graduates 2012

Cathleen Adams, MD grew up in Shannondale, Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University in 2001 with a BS in Biology and Psychology. After college she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in HIV vaccine design and briefly as a high school math teacher. She attended medical school at Pennsylvania State University, where she helped lead a sustainable development initiative in rural Uganda, the Uganda Village Project, and most importantly, met her husband. Throughout her residency, Cathy was actively involved in the Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC), a support and leadership group for teens and families living with chronic illness, including directing this group her final year. She completed the Brown Residency International/Global Health Training (BRIGHT) Pathway, spending time working in pediatrics and psychiatry in Cambodia and Kenya. Upon completing her residency, she will serve as the Medical Director of the new medical/psychiatric unit opening in the fall on the sixth floor of Hasbro Children's Hospital.

John Caskey was born in South Dakota and moved around a great deal before finally settling in Texas during high school. He received his BA in University Scholars from Baylor University and subsequently attended the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where he received both his MD and his PHD in Medical Humanities. Though at times arduous, this training has also been frequently rewarding, and the friends, mentors, and supervisors who have played instrumental roles in the process are too numerous to name. John will work as a half-time staff psychiatrist at RIH Psychiatric Emergency Services, caring for both children and adults, and continuing a small child psychotherapy practice. With the remainder of his time, John looks forward to reviving his interests in the medical humanities.

Marta Majczak grew up within a Polish community in central Connecticut with her parents, twin sister, and younger sister. She then completed her undergraduate degree in bioethics at Cornell University in 2003. She earned her medical degree in 2007 from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine where she was fortunate to discover her passion for the field of psychiatry, and then, to learn about the triple board program. During residency, Marta continued an interest in international work and traveled to Angkor Children's Hospital in Siem Reap, Cambodia where she worked in pediatrics and to Moi University Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya where she worked in psychiatry. Marta is incredibly grateful for the educational opportunities provided to her in training, particularly in allowing her to rotate through the Hasbro Partial Program an astounding 4 times. Marta is excited to stay in Providence with her co-chiefs, Cathy Adams and John Caskey, and to join the faculty at Brown University as the child psychiatrist for a new Child Partial Program at Bradley Hospital. 

Graduates 2011

Pamela Mosher was raised in Boston by Canadian parents and always wanted to be a pediatrician. She received her B.S. from Duke University and her M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School where she studied liberation theology, ethics, and interpretations of suffering and death across religious traditions. During this time she began facilitating bereavement groups for college students and decided to pursue a career in pediatric palliative care. Between divinity school and med school Pam spent a fellowship year studying Celtic music in Scotland. At Stanford Medical School Pam developed new curricula around delivering difficult news and navigating end of life conversations with patients/families, an effort she continued in residency along with facilitating bereavement groups. Pam was also the recipient of the prestigious Laughlin Scholarship Award. Pam is now an attending in Pediatric Palliative Care at the Izaak Walton Killam Children's Hospital (IWK) in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Matthew Willis, M.D., M.P.H. grew up in East Lyme, CT. before completing his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Biology major and a Theology minor. He attended medical school at the University of Connecticut, where he also obtained a Master of Public Health. Matt completed his Triple Board Residency at Brown University in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. During his residency, he directed The Adolescent Leadership Council, a support and advocacy group for teens and families living with chronic medical illness. He was awarded the Community Advocacy Award from the Department of Pediatrics in 2009, and was the recipient of the Haffenreffer House Staff Excellence Award in May 2011. He is very excited to be joining the multidisciplinary team at the Hasbro Partial Hospital Program, where he will be treating children and adolescents with medical and psychiatric illness. He will also be joining Psychiatric Emergency Services as a staff psychiatrist.

Elizabeth Kowal, M.D. currently serves as an outpatient child psychiatrist in the Pediatric Behavioral Health Clinic at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. She previously served as Chief of Pediatric Behavioral Health and worked to grow the section to a more robust and vibrant model. Dr. Kowal completed her medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Clinical interests are in integrative psychiatry, tele-psychiatry, somatoform disorders and treating medically complex children; including children with autism and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Kowal is active in teaching, advocacy and mental health policy. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and core faculty for the MSU Pediatric Residency.  She has participated in the AACAP Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. and also served on the Michigan Autism Council.

Graduates 2010

Chia S. Granda received her BA in Psychology and MD from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. She completed her residency in Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in December 2010 and returned to the island of Kaua'i. There, she will practice outpatient Child Psychiatry and General Pediatrics. Chia is committed to improving access to health care for the underserved, particularly for Native Hawaiians, reducing psychiatric stigma, and involving the community in improving mental health. In doing so, she will address the crystal methamphetamine epidemic.

Marsha Chenoweth came from the great state of Texas, where she received her MD from University of Texas Houston Medical School in 2005. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Plan II Honors from The University of Texas at Austin, in 2000. Marsha graduated from the Brown Triple Board residency in September, 2010 and is excited to be joining a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry private practice in Cranston, RI, as well as continuing to do some urgent-care pediatrics at Hasbro Children's Hospital.

Julianne Giust was born and raised in Indiana, attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and returned to Indiana University to earn a medical degree. Julianne recently completed her combined residency in pediatrics, psychiatry and child & adolescent psychiatry in December of 2010. Julianne will be staying on at Brown as an attending child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital Emergency Department.