Screening and Treatment of Early Psychosis (S.T.E.P) Clinic Staff
As part of the Psychotic Disorders Specialty Clinic, the Screening and Treatment of Early Psychosis (STEP) Clinic at CHL provides clinical service to individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 who are experiencing early psychotic symptoms or in the prodrome phase. For more information or to schedule an intake at the STEP Clinic, please call 508-373-7835. Click here for the STEP Clinic brochure.
||Xiaoduo Fan, MD, MPH, MSc (Director)
Dr. Fan is an internationally renowned clinician and researcher specializing in psychotic disorders. Dr. Fan's clinical expertise includes early identification and intervention strategies for refractory symptoms of schizophrenia, medical comorbidity and real life functioning recovery. In addition, Dr. Fan is interested in cultural aspects of mental illness.
||Amy Harrington, MD (Medical Director)
Dr. Harrington's interests include co-occurring psychosis and substance, as well as community mental health. As a board certified specialist in Addiction Psychiatry she provides screening and intervention for substance abuse, including cigarette smoking among patients in the clinic.
||Irene Coletsos, MD
Dr. Irene Coletsos is an attending psychiatrist at Community Healthlink, the largest mental health care organization in central Massachusetts. She is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
She did her medical school training at UMass Medical School. She completed her residency in psychiatry in 2013 at two Boston, MA programs: St. Elizabeth's Medical Center/ Tufts Medical School; and at a Massachusetts Mental Health/Harvard Medical School program which specializes in early psychosis treatment. She was chief resident at both programs during her final year of residency.
Before medical school, she worked as a journalist and volunteered for Healthcare for the Homeless in Boston, MA.
She has co-authored book chapters on mental health treatment in the primary care setting, and journal articles on addictive disorders treatment. Her goal for clients with psychosis is that "Wellness" (exercise, relaxation techniques) and family support be incorporated into treatment.
||Debika Paul, PhD
Dr. Paul is a licensed clinical psychologist who offers therapy and psychosocial treatments for young adults experiencing psychosis and their families. Her interests include treatment of major mental illness and community mental health.
||Joyce Landers, MS, ANP-BC
Joyce Landers, MS, ANP-BC, is a board certified adult nurse practitioner. She has been providing primary medical care and chronic disease management for patients with mental illness, addiction and housing challenges for over seven years with Community Healthlink. More recently, in partnership with CHL's Outpatient Psychiatry Department and the SAMHSA funded Primary Behavioral Healthcare Integration project, she has developed a primary care clinic, now in its fourth year, which facilitates delivery of well-integrated, comprehensive care and wellness services to individuals who struggle with severe and persistent mental illness. She earned her Registered Nursing and Master's Degrees at University of Massachusetts, Worcester and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at University of Massachusetts, Boston.
||Brian Skehan, MD, PhD
Dr. Brian Skehan is a third year Psychiatry Resident in the Integrated Adult/Child Psychiatry program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His research interests include early onset psychosis and identifying symptoms exhibited in transitional age youths that may be suggestive of increased risk for developing psychotic disorders.
Dr. Skehan completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Sacred Heart University where he graduated in 2001. He then enrolled in the dual degree program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he completed his Ph.D. focusing on Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and his medical degree in 2012.
||Jared Jones, BS
Jared is a Research Assistant with the Psychotic Disorders Research Program at UMass Medical School. Jared received his Bachelor's degree in the Biological Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2014. He is involved in community outreach and engagement. He coordinates various aspects of the STEP clinic.