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Research Team

Dr Fan Xiaoduo Fan, MD, MPH, MS (Director) 
Phone: 508-856-3881

Dr. Xiaoduo Fan is a Board-certified psychiatrist, and a Professor of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is Director of the Psychotic Disorders Clinical and Research Program at UMass. Prior to joining UMass, Dr. Fan was a staff psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School for seven years.

Dr. Fan's research focuses on developing innovative pharmacological and psychosocial interventions for refractory symptoms of schizophrenia, medical co-morbidity, co-occurring substance use disorders, and real life functioning in patients with schizophrenia.

Dr. Fan has received research funding from government agencies, private foundations and industry. He serves as a reviewer for various SAMHSA grant programs; in addition, he serves on the PCORI Advisory Panel on Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research. Dr. Fan received his medical degree from Peking University in Beijing, China. He completed Psychiatry residency training at the State University of New York. Dr. Fan earned a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Chicago Medical School in Chicago. In addition, Dr. Fan obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

Amy Harrington Amy Harrington, MD
Phone: 774-312-2739

Dr. Amy Harrington is a clinician and a researcher specializing in the treatment of patients who have both schizophrenia and co-occurring addictive disorders. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Harrington’s research interests are in both the pharmacologic treatment as well as systems-based treatment for patients with co-occurring disorders. Some of her current projects include clinical trials investigating pharmacologic interventions for alcohol use and cannabis use in patients with schizophrenia.

Dr. Harrington completed her undergraduate training at Swarthmore College and her medical training at Drexel University College of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Georgetown University, where she served as Chief Resident in Psychiatry for the DC Veterans Affairs Hospital. She completed her Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at Boston University before joining the faculty at UMass in 2010.

Abita Raj, MD 

Dr. Abita Raj is a dual Board-certified psychiatrist (Adult and Child and Adolescent), and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the UMass Medical School. She is the Medical Director for the Child Division at Community Health Link. She is also the Medical Director of the BRIDGE Counseling Center at Open Sky.

Dr. Raj's research focuses on developing innovative system-based interventions to support real life functioning for individuals with schizophrenia, trauma, and co-occurring substance use disorders.

Dr. Raj received her medical degree from ROSS University School of Medicine, NJ. She completed Psychiatry residency training and her Child and Adolescent fellowship training at UMass.

Nawras Shukair, MD 

Dr. Shukair received his MD from Damascus University, Syria in 1999 and completed a Diagnostic Radiology Residency training in Damascus University in 2003. Dr. Shukair completed General Psychiatry Training Program (research Track) in University of Texas Southwestern in 2007, with psychoanalytic training in the Dallas Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Shukair completed a Child and Adolescents Psychiatry training in Children’s Hospital of Boston, Harvard Medical School in 2009. Dr. Shukair is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry And Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester. Dr. Shukair‘s current research interests focus on the interaction between executive function deficits and psychopathology, with special interest in the role of trauma.

Anthony Giuliano, PhD 

Dr. Anthony Giuliano is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the neuropsychology of psychotic and related disorders and evidence-based treatments for adolescents and adults with psychosis and their families. He has worked as a clinical psychologist at the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) since April 2013. 

Dr. Giuliano's primary clinical research interests are in the neuropsychology of serious mental illness, and in the enhancement of cognition through psychosocial treatments to improve the social and role functioning of people with psychosis.

Dr. Giuliano completed his BA in psychology and philosophy at Boston College, his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Rhode Island, and postdoctoral fellowships in adult and child/adolescent neuropsychology at the University of Virginia and Harvard Medical Schools.


Ursula Makrum, PMH CNS – BC

Ursula Makrum, PMH CNS – BC is Board Certified in Advanced Practice with focus on Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She completed a Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Fitchburg State College and a Masters in Nursing at Northeastern University. She is currently employed at Community Health Link in the Outpatient Department.

Ursula Makrum has recently joined the Psychotic Disorders Research Program as Co-Investigator at UMASS Medical School. Her research interests include alleviating distressing symptoms of psychosis with pharmacological and psychosocial interventions.


Amy Cheung, MD/PhD, Co-Leader Community Intervention Program 

Amy is a fifth year MD/PhD student at UMass. She graduated from Stony Brook University in 2014 and received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (Neuroscience specialization). She is interested in community outreach efforts to embrace a more holistic approach to patient care and reduce mental health stigma. Amy is currently serving as one of the program leaders for the UMass MIND Community Intervention Program, and a co-leader for the Healthy Living Module.


Zachary Wipff, BA, Clinical Research Coordinator I 
Phone: 508-856-2494 

Zachary Wipff is a Clinical Research Assistant for the UMass Psychotic Disorders Program. He graduated from Clark University in 2019, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. He has published articles within the field of qualitative psychology, and has multiple years of experience serving adults with serious mental illness as a residential counselor. In the future, Zach hopes to pursue an advanced degree in Psychology.


Brianne Calitri, BS, Clinical Research Assistant 
Phone: 508-856-2505

Brianne Calitri is a Clinical Research Assistant for the UMass Psychotic Disorders Program. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Bridgewater State College. Then she worked at the Department of Youth Services as a group worker for eight years. More recently, Brianne worked in clinical research at MetroWest Medical Center. Brianne is also a certified phlebotomy technician and a phlebotomy instructor. Brianne is interested in working with patients with serious mental illness; she is also interested in regulatory, management and training aspects of clinical research.

Kalea Barger, Clinical Research Intern

Kalea Barger is a Clinical Research Intern for the UMass Psychotic Disorders Program. She is currently enrolled at Clark University and pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in English. With an interest in incorporating a more holistic approach to patient care, Kalea is looking forwards to assisting in the program's community outreach, particularly through lifestyle education, art therapy, and music therapy. In the future, Kalea hopes to pursue an advanced degree in Clinical Psychology.

rotated.jpg Kareem Hamada, Clinical Research Intern

Kareem F. Hamada is a Clinical Research Intern for the Psychotic Disorders Program at UMass, and one of the program leaders for the UMass MIND Community Intervention Program. He is currently a member and student advisor of the College Honors Program at the College of the Holy Cross pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology on the Pre-Med track. In addition to his work at UMass, he works with the Counseling Center at Holy Cross as a Counseling Peer Educator. Kareem is currently studying the efficacy of dramatherapy for patients with a dual diagnosis of serious mental illness and substance use disorder as well as underlying biological mechanisms of mindfulness-based therapies. After graduating from college, he hopes to pursue an MD specializing in Psychiatry/Behavioral Medicine. 

imagevpat8.png Catherine Leonard, Clinical Research Intern

Catherine Leonard is a Clinical Research intern for the UMass Psychotic Disorders Program. She is currently a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Honors College and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in both Biology and Psychology. Catherine is currently involved in several community intervention projects for individuals with serious mental illness. Catherine plans on becoming a healthcare professional in the future.

Asha Picture.jpg Asha Prashad, Clinical Research Intern

Asha Prashad is a Clinical Research Intern for the Psychotic Disorders Program at UMass. She is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology on the Pre-Med track, and is a member of the student organization for Developing and Educating South-Asian Ideologies (DESI) at College of the Holy Cross. Asha currently is studying how the Zentangle art method can be used as a form of therapy to impact the symptomology and functioning of those diagnosed with schizophrenia. After graduating from College of the Holy Cross, she hopes to pursue a career in healthcare.