Faculty, Certificate Course in Primary Care Behavioral Health

 
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Course Director

Alexander Blount, EdD – Sandy is the Director of the Certificate Program. He is a psychologist and Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Director of Behavioral Science in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He is the Editor of Families, Systems, and Health, the official Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, a national organization dedicated to promoting collaborative care between medical providers and behavioral health clinicians and past President of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.

Adler photo Ronald Adler, MD – Ron is currently the Director of  Quality Improvement for Primary Care for the UMass Memorial Healthcare system. He was formerly Medical Director of Hahnemann Family Health Center and Education Director for the same health center in the Worcester Family Medicine Residency. A family medicine physician, he is a graduate of Tufts  University, UMass Medical School and the Worcester Family Medicine Residency.
Barnard photo Katharine Barnard MD is a family doctor whose practice focuses on care of low-income families in the urban center of Worcester Massachusetts. She is a 2000 graduate of UMass Medical School and in 2003 from UMass Family Medicine Residency. She especially enjoys care of multi-generational families, maternal-child health, and group medical visits. 
Baxter photo Jeffrey Baxter, MD – Jeff is a Family Physician with fellowship training in Addictions Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor at the UMass Medical School. His main clinical service site is the Family Health Center of Worcester, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) serving a very diverse underserved population of patients. He is a graduate of Rochester University, Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis) and the Worcester Family Medicine Residency.
Burdette photo Nelly Burdette, PsyD -  Nelly is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Integrated Care at the Providence Center in Providence, RI. Her clinical interests specific to the primary care population include the following: patient-doctor communication, motivational interviewing for health-behavior change, smoking cessation, healthy weight maintenance and weight loss, female reproductive issues and chronic health issues in the elderly.
Cappas  photo Carlos Cappas, PsyD - Carlos is clinical psychologist at the Great Lawrence Family Health Center in Massachusetts. A graduate of our fellowship inClinical Health Psychology in Primary Care, he received his BA in Criminal Justice from the Interamerican University in Puerto Rico. He earned his Clinical Psychology Doctoral degree from Ponce School of Medicine in 2008 and completed his internship experience at the Damas Hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He enjoys volunteer work and speaks fluent Spanish. 
Ferguson photo Warren Ferguson, MD - Warren has been named Outstanding Physician of the Year by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. He is a Family Physician and Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He has been Medical Director of two large FQHCs, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and Family Health Center of Worcester. He regularly lectures and leads workshops on Cultural Competence in Massachusetts and nationally.
Hartman-Stein photo Paula Hartman-Stein, Ph.D.  - Paula is a clinical geropsychologist who provides clinical services and cognitive wellness programs through her private practice, the Center for Healthy Aging in Kent, Ohio.  Before working in specialty mental health, for ten years Dr. Hartman-Stein was the chief psychologist in the Departments of Medicine and Surgery at a teaching hospital in Akron, Ohio. Currently she is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology at the University of Akron, and Faculty Associate for the Nicholas A. Cummings Behavioral Health Program at Arizona State University.
Hobart photo Marie Hobart, MD - Marie is Chief Medical Officer for Community Healthlink in Worcester, and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Currently she is the attending psychiatrist for an Assertive Community Treatment Team (PACT), and a Developmental Disabilities Team. Her special interest is health and wellness for those with serious mental illness (SPMI) and addiction. She is the co-chair of the Wellness Academic Interest Group for the UMass Department of Psychiatry, and is the PI for a new SAMHSA funded project integrating primary care into a community mental health center. Dr. Hobart received her M    D from Yale in 1985 and completed her psychiatric residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1989.
Mullin photo Daniel Mullin, PsyD - Daniel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and is a behavioral health clinician at the Barre Family Health Center. He received his Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University in October 2006 and completed his internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in the department of Family Medicine. Dr. Mullin then completed a two-year fellowship in Primary Care Family Psychology at the University of Rochester in the departments of Family Medicine, Medicine, and Psychiatry.
Christine Runyan, PhD – Tina is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Family and Community Medicine where she practices integrated care and teachesfamily medicine residents to work collaboratively delivering patient centered primary care. Dr. Runyan also directs the APA-accredited post-doctoral fellowship in clinical health psychology in primary care. She spent six years on active duty in the US Air Force (USAF) as a psychologist where she served as the project manager for the USAF Surgeon General’s initiative that defined integrated care services for the Air Force Medical Service. Since leaving the USAF, Dr. Runyan has been a behavioral health clinician at two Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Dr. Runyan received her PhD from Virginia Tech in 1998.
Sell photo Peter Sell, DO - Pete is a pediatric hospitalist who completed one year of fellowship training with a concentration in pediatric critical care.  He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine through Brown University.  His main clinical service site is the UMass Children's Medical Center, where he sees patients in the general pediatrics, pediatric ICU and pediatric emergency medicine divisions.  He is also seeing inpatient and ED consults for the Child Protection Program at UMass several days per week. 
SpannringJ photo Jeanna Spannring, PhD -Jeanna grew up in Montana and received her BA in psychology and philosophy from St. Catherine University in Minnesota in 2001. She recently earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University with a focus in child and family therapy and evidence-based practice for the treatment of traumatic stress.