Primary Care Behavioral Health

Faculty

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Ronald Adler, MD – Ron is a Family Physician. He 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. He is a graduate of Tufts University, UMass Medical School and the Worcester Family Medicine Residency.

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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.

Alexander Blount

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. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, University of  Massachusetts at Amherst and interned at Connecticut Valley Hospital.

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Kathleen Braden, MD – Kass is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician who is on the faculty of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. She teaches child development and behavioral practice in pediatrics to Psychology Fellows and residents in Family Medicine and Pediatrics. She is the Director of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities fellowship program at the Shriver Center. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Albert Einstein School of Medicine and Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx.

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Carlos Cappas, PsyD - Carlos is a Primary Care Psychology Fellow. 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. 

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Warren Ferguson, MD - Warren is a Family Physician. He is Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He as been Medical Director of two large FQHCs, Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and Family Health Center of Worcester. He has been named Outstanding Physician of the Year by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. He regularly lectures and leads workshops on Cultural Competence in Massachusetts and nationally. He is a graduate of Boston University Medical School and Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program.

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Kathryn Lee, MD – Katie is a Family Physician. She is a member of the faculty in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and practices at Hahnemann Family Health Center. She has special interests in preventive health and patient-centered holistic medicine.

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Daniel Mullin, PsyD - Daniel was born in Illinois. He completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa with majors in Psychology and Philosophy. 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. He enjoys camping, travel, and photography.

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Sherry Pagoto, PhD – Sherry is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at UMass Medical School.  Her expertise is in weight management, fitness, nutrition, exercise, depression, and stress. She has a federally-funded program of research and has published over 70 papers in many scientific journals including Obesity, Archives of Internal Medicine, Appetite, Nutrition, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Vascular Medicine, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, and others on these topics.  She has also published several book chapters and edited a book entitled Psychological Co-Morbidities of Physical Illness.  Her work has been featured in Time.com, MSNBC.com, CNN.com,Reuters, WebMD, KevinMD.com, Boston.com, ScienceDaily, FoxNews.com, Fitness Magazine, Health Magazine, Self Magazine, and Ladies Home Journal.  She blogs at FUdiet.com.

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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.

Testimonials

“I cannot say enough good things about this program and how it has helped to develop and implement the PC/BH Integration Program at the Gloucester Family Health Center (GFHC) located in Gloucester, MA. The GFHC is an entirely new health center, so we have had the opportunity to shape behavioral health services from the time the very first patient walked through the door of this new facility. I have found the course content that provided an overview of issues commonly treated in primary care, particularly anxiety disorders, chronic illnesses, chronic pain, substance abuse and screening tools to be particularly useful in our practice. Health behavior change strategies as taught in the context of this course, including the stages of change model, motivational interviewing and relaxation and sleep promotion skills provide the foundation for the interventions I use daily with patients. Dr. Blount’s course has also allowed me to speak with confidence and authority to the medical providers in the practice. Even now, one year after the completion of the course, I continue to comb through the course materials, handouts and articles for support and “supervision” as new and challenging situations arise. I highly recommend this course to anyone seeking the clinical knowledge to provide reputable behavioral health services in primary care!”

Lisa Schott, MSW, LISCW
Director of Integrated Services
Gloucester Family Health Center
September 2007 Participant