Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency
Faculty

Institute of Living Leadership

John Santopietro, MDJohn Santopietro, MD

Senior Vice President, Hartford HealthCare
Physician-in-Chief, Behavioral Health Network

Dr. Javeed SukheraJaveed Sukhera, HBSc, MD, PhD, DABPN, FRCPC

Chair of Psychiatry at the Institute of Living
Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital

Michael DewberryMichael Dewberry, MD

Medical Director, Institute of Living

Robert Sahl, MD

Robert Sahl, MD

Division Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Course Director, The Art of the Interview
Course Director, Advanced Formulation

Clinical sites: Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Units, Mary W. Parker Autism Center


Training Leadership

Salma Malik, MD, MS, DFAACAP, DFAPASalma Malik, MD, MS, DFAACAP, DFAPA

Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
Course Director, Advanced Principles of Child Psychiatry
Co-Course Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ)
Co-Course Director, Administrative Psychiatry and Leadership
Co-Course Director, Craft and Art of Psychotherapy curriculum

Clinical sites: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinics

Professional interests: Medical Education, International Psychiatry, Pharmacogenomics, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology

Sheena Joychan, MDSheena Joychan, MD

Assistant Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
Chair, Program Evaluation Committee (PEC)
Co-Director, Psychotherapy Training
Co-Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ)
Co-Director, Administrative Psychiatry and Leadership
Co-Director, Craft and Art of Psychotherapy curriculum
Co-Chair, Program Evaluation Committee (PEC)

Clinical sites: Grace Webb School

Professional interests: Psychotherapy, School Psychiatry, Mental Health Policy and Advocacy, Innovation in Healthcare Technology, Systems and Process Improvement, Medical Education, Physician Wellness

Julie Goslee, MDJulie Goslee, MD

Residency Training Advisor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
Co-Chair, Clinical Competency Committee (CCC)
Co-Director, Psychotherapy Training
Lead Coordinator, Clinical Skills Verification (CSV)
Supervisor, Community Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Rotation
Coordinator, Live Interview Course
Co-Course Director, Craft and Art of Psychotherapy curriculum

Clinical sites: Grace Webb School

Professional interests: Normal Development, Attachment Disorders, Trauma-Related Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, School Psychiatry, Wellness

Meredith WatermanMeredith Waterman

Program Coordinator, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Professional interests: Incorporation of Technology into Training, Supporting Education, Training-Related Research, Wellness


Program Core Faculty

Shahana Ayub, MDShahana Ayub, MD

Clinical Sites: Inpatient and Young Adult IOP

Professional Interests:  Neurodevelopmental disorders,  Psychopharmacology, and Advocacy work to support the rights and well-being of children and adolescents.

Ainsley Backman

Ainsley Backman, MD

Clinical Sites: Inpatient Psychiatry

Clinical Interests: Collaborative care, emergency psychiatry, trauma-related disorders, mood disorders

Sudeshna Basu, MDSudeshna Basu, MD

Medical Director Access Mental Health
Course Director, Journal Club

Clinical sites: Access Mental Health (Medical Director, Hartford Hub), and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Services at the Child Guidance Enhanced Care Clinic

Professional interests: Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Psychotic Disorders, Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, Physician Wellness, Medical Education, Administrative Psychiatry

Rosemarie CoratolaRosemarie Coratola, PsyD, LMFT

Lead Supervisor, Family Therapy Training Program
Course Director, Family Therapy

Clinical sites: Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Units (Clinical Psychologist)

Professional interests: Individual, Group, and Family Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Care

Jennifer DownsJennifer Downs, MD

Assistant Medical Director of Integrated Child and Adolescent Care

Clinical sites: Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Professional interests: Interface of pediatrics and psychiatry

Jensi George, MDJensi George, MD

Course Director, PGY2 Developmental Psychopathology
Course Director, Youth Culture
Course Director, PG-2 Child Psychiatry Curriculum
Co-Chair, Program Evaluation Committee (PEC)

Clinical sites: Access Mental Health, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Services at the Child Guidance Enhanced Care Clinic

Professional interests: Trauma-Related Disorders, Attachment Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Mood Disorders, Normal Development, Cultural Psychiatry

Dr. Lovejit KaurLovejit Kaur, MD

Clinical sites: Connecticut Children’s Hospital Emergency Department and Consult- Liaison Service

Professional interests: Emergency psychiatry, C/L Psychiatry, Cultural Psychiatry, Collaborative Care Medical Education, Psychopharmacology

Marta PapooshaMarta Papoosha, MD

Lead Physician, Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry
Co-Chair, Clinical Competency Committee
Supervisor, Elective Rotation

Clinical sites: Inpatient Adolescent Psychiatry - Institute of Living, Hartford, CT

Professional interests: Trauma-informed care and empathetic management of externalizing behaviors

Jonathan Raub, MD, MPHJonathan Raub, MD, MPH

Course Director, Forensic Psychiatry

Clinical sites: Inpatient Child Psychiatry

Professional interests: Forensic Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology and Inpatient Psychiatry

Saachi Tarr, MDSaachi Tarr, MD

Clinical sites: Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and CARES Units, Solterra Academy School, Access Mental Health

Professional interests: Urgent Psychiatric Care, Psychotherapy, Psychopharmacology, Integrative Psychiatry, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders

Jennifer Zajac, DOKashmeer Zablan, MD

Supervisor, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Clinical sites: Child Partial Hospitalization Program, and TOPS Extended Day Treatment Program

Professional interests: Substance Abuse, Psychopharmacology, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Integrative Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry

Jennifer Zajac, DOJennifer Zajac, DO

Course Director, Special Topics

Clinical sites: Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program

Professional interests: Prodrome of Psychotic Disorders, Maternal-Infant Mental Health, Physician Leadership, Systems and Process Improvement


Community Faculty of Distinction

  • Benjamin Anderson, MD, Director of CTU (Clinical Trials Unit)
  • Charles Caley, Pharm.D., BCPP, Chair and Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Western New England University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • James DeGiovanni, Ph.D., Former Director of Psychology and Training IOL/HH
  • Mara DeMaio, Ph.D., Director of Psychology and Training
  • Mirjana Domakonda, MD, CTU (Clinical Trials Unit)
  • Suzanne Femino, LCSW, Family therapy supervisor
  • Derrick Fenwick, Psy.D., Clinical Coordinator – The Right Track/LGBTQ Specialty; Young Adult Services; Assistant Director, Center for Gender Health
  • Jennifer Ferrand, Ph.D., Psy.D., Director of Well-Being
  • Scott Hannan Ph.D., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Course Director
  • Alexandra Harrison, MD, Psychotherapy Supervisor; Core Faculty of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Certificate Program (University of Massachusetts, Boston); Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society
  • Karen Johnson, LCSW, Family therapy supervisor
  • Kate Keefe, LCSW, Family therapy supervisor
  • Vanessa Laurent, Ph.D., Psychologist at Connecticut Children's
  • Kikke Levin-Gerdner, Ed. D, Director, The Grace Webb Schools
  • Nicholas Lombardi, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, DBT PHP
  • Kelly Maynes, Psy.D., Psychologist at Connecticut Children's
  • Erica Moura, LCSW, MBA, Access Center Manager and Family Therapy Supervisor
  • Theodore Mucha, MD, Former Medical Director, IOL
  • Lisa Namerow, MD, Former Training Director and Director of Mental Health Access IOL, Former Medical Director of C/L Service at Connecticut Children's
  • Amit Rathi, MD, Psychotherapy Supervisor
  • Francisco Ripepi, MD, Consultant to Solterra School
  • Gualberto Ruano, MD, Ph.D., Expert in Pharmacogenetics
  • Laura Saunders, Psy.D., Director, Center for Gender Health
  • Harold Schwartz, MD, Former Psychiatrist in Chief, IOL
  • Connie Shean, LCSW, Family therapy supervisor
  • Jessica Silva, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapy Supervisor
  • Scott Sinisgalli, MD, Associate Program Director, Adult Psychiatry Residency Program; Child, Adolescent and Adult Attending Psychiatrist, Medical Director of Integrated Care
  • Ari Steinberg, Ph.D., Clinical Supervisor, Grace Webb School
  • Kelly Williams, LCSW, Family therapy supervisor
  • Kevin Young, Ph.D., Assistant Training Director, Psychology Manager, Psychological Testing
  • Aieyat Zalzala Ph.D., Assistant Training Director, Psychology and Training; Program Manager, Older Adult Services; Assistant Program Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Education & Training