REACH Staff & Trainers

Staff

Lisa Hunter Romanelli, Ph.D.

CEO

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Lisa Khan, Ed.M.

Director, Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Program

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Kristen Eve Gardner, MPH

Manager, Special Programs & Initiatives

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Nassira Bougrab, MPH

Program Manager at The REACH Institute

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Aidan Zola

Program Assistant

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Maria Molina

Program Assistant

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“Fantastic conference – best continuing medical education I ever attended The six months of followup with help implementing changes in practice is invaluable!”

Kathleen Young, MD
Calgary, AB

PPP Trainers

Lawrence Amsel M.D., M.P.H.

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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Peter S. Jensen, M.D.

The REACH Institute

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Special shout-out to REACH founder & board chair, Peter S. Jensen, M.D., world-renowned child & adolescent psychiatrist & passionate advocate for children w/emotional & behavioral disorders! He’s authored more than 270 articles & chapters, written/co-edited 20 books on children’s mental health. Read more: http://bit.ly/PeterSJensenMD Fun Fact: Peter has competed in 20 marathons!

Diane Bloomfield, M.D.

Private Practice, NY, NY

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Mary DeGuardi, M.D.

Private Practice, Binghamton, NY

Cathryn A. Galanter, M.D.

SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Center

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Harlan Gephart, M.D.

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics/University of Washington, Seattle

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The REACH Institute would like to recognize Dr. Harlan Gephart, Emeritus Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and national expert on #ADHD, for his 50+ years treating kids with & educating physicians on children’s mental health issues, specifically ADHD. Since 1982, Dr Gephart has been involved w/the American Board of Pediatrics. He’s lectured both nationally & internationally, published articles, editorials & now a book on ADHD!

Fun Fact: He loves fishing!

Cori Green, M.D.

Weill Cornell Medicine

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Dr Cori Green is a nationally recognized leader in behavioral & mental health education. She is the Director of Behavioral Health Ed & Integration in Pediatrics & Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, Project TEACH faculty member, consultant for the American Board of Pediatrics, member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Mental Health Leadership Workgroup and helped created the policy statement on mental health competencies for Peds. Fun Fact: Cori has run 2 marathons and 2 half Iron Man’s!

Larry Greenhill, M.D.

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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Dr Larry Greenhill is a Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University in the City of New York and works part time as a #psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente. He has authored 120+ articles, edited 3 books, previously served as President of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & was principal investigator of 7 National Institute of Mental Health grants, including: the MTA & PATS Study on #ADHD. Fun Fact: Larry enjoys driving his 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 on closed course race tracks including Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, Thunderhill Park and more.

Eugene Hershorin, M.D.

Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

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Gene Hershorin, M.D. is a REACH faculty member & Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He holds several key roles, including Chief of the Division of Child & Adolescent Health and Director of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. His research interests: ADHD, Fragile X Syndrome & Internalizing disorders. Gene also serves on an American Academy of Pediatrics payor advocacy committee and is actively involved with the Florida Chapter of AAP. Fun Fact: “Gene Therapy” is the name of his band where he plays the rhythm guitar!

Robert Kowatch, M.D.

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center/Nationwide Children’s Hospital

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Robert Kowatch, MD, PhD is a professor of psychiatry The Ohio State University & Nationwide Children’s Hospital Main Campus. He has authored/co-authored 150+ articles, 14 book chapters & 2 books in the areas of the diagnosis & treatment of children & adolescents w/bipolar disorders, sleep disorders & depression. Clinical & research interests include pediatric mood & sleep disorders. Fun Fact: Dr Kowatch & his wife recently adopted a 5-yr mini Schnauzer named Zoey.

Rachel Lynch, M.D.

Dept. of Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota

Dr. Rachel Lynch is an Instructor of Pediatrics at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and consultant at Mayo Clinic, Div. of Community Pediatric & Adolescent Med. In addition to her primary care practice, she’s an Integrated Community Specialist at the Mayo Clinic, caring for patients w/ADHD. Rachel has been on REACH’s PPP steering committee since 2014. Fun Fact: She loves to play piano, especially Sonata in F major, K. 332. Pictured: Rachel in Salzburg, the day she visited Mozart’s birthplace.

Elena Man, M.D.

MindBody7, Brooklyn, NY

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Elena Man, MD has been with Carlisle Pediatric Associates for 20 years. She joined The REACH Institute in 2015, currently sits on the PPP Steering committee and is a PPP course master. Besides mental health, her pediatric interests include teaching kids self-hypnosis, encouraging the use of technology & sign language for those w/hearing loss and promoting better understanding of gender identity. Interesting Fact: Elena has mild face blindness (prosopagnosia: she struggles to recognize familiar faces). This has gotten her into some embarrassing & funny situations.

Ron Marino, M.D.

Associate Chair, Pediatrics/NYU Winthrop Hospital

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Maureen Montgomery, M.D.

Amherst Pediatrics

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Diane Ojugbeli, M.D.

American Medwell

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Jasmine Reese, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University All Children's Hospital

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Dr. Jasmine Reese is an adolescent medicine specialist w/expertise in evaluation & management of a variety of acute/chronic medical illnesses including eating disorders, depression & anxiety. Dr. Reese is the Adolescent & Young Adult Specialty Clinic director at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, an assistant professor of pediatrics and the adolescent medicine rotation director for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Reese joined REACH after participating in her first PPP course in 2016. Fun fact: Jasmine just celebrated her 10 yr anniversary as a certified Jazzercise Instructor.

Suzanne K. Reiss, M.D.

Geisinger Health Systems

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Meet REACH extraordinaire Suzanne Reiss! Dr Reiss is a child and adolescent #psychiatrist. She previously served as board chair and has been a PPP leader & star faculty member for years! #Funfact: Suzanne swam on the men’s swim team at Williams College. The team & fans weren’t so receptive until she started winning – a LOT! Thanks for all you do for children’s mental health!

Michael Scharf, M.D.

University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Michael Scharf is Chief of the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Division and Director of Psychiatry Graduate Medical Education at the University of Rochester Medical Center. His professional interests include education, mental health services innovation, consultation to clinicians & violence prevention. Dr. Scharf works to expand traditional children’s mental health services and innovative approaches for prevention and intervention for youth and families. He’s a founding member/leader of the Rochester Youth Violence Partnership, and local site leader for Project TEACH. Fun Fact: Michael is an avid kayaker and finds a place to kayak at every PPP location he teaches at!

Molly Scharf, M.D.

Thompson Health Family Practice

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Beth Smith, M.D.

University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Ruth E. K. Stein, M.D.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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Ruth E.L. Stein, MD. FAAP is a REACH founding member, on the PPP steering committee & professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, where she was division director of general pediatrics for 20 yrs. Ruth received the C. Anderson Aldrich from the AAP for contributions to developmental & behavioral pediatrics. She’s published extensively, edited 4 books, served on numerous federal/professional advisory groups & is a past president of the APA. Fun Fact: Ruth loves to garden & swim. She especially loves visits w/her grandchildren – they go berry picking & make famous jams together!

James Wallace, M.D.

University of Rochester Medical Center

Elizabeth Wallis, M.D.

Medical University of South Carolina

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Liz took her first REACH PPP course in 2013 and was so inspired, she became faculty! Since 2016, Liz has taught 9 PPP courses, is a certified REACH course leader & serves on the PPP National Steering Committee. Thanks for being an advocate for ALL children, Liz!

Mark Wolraich, M.D.

University of Oklahoma

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Dr. Mark L. Wolraich is the Shaun Walters Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics & Edith Kinney-Gaylord Presidential Professor at the University Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He developed the Vanderbilt ADHD Behavior Rating Scales that are now used widely both nationally and internationally! He was inducted into the CHADD – Children & Adults with ADHD Hall of Fame and received awards from both the American Academy of Pediatrics & American Psychological Association Society of Pediatric Psychology. He’s authored 115 journal articles & 50 chapters. Fun Fact: During retirement, Dr Wolraich is hoping to learn to do clock repair. #REACH4kids #childrensmentalhealth #ADHD

Rachel A. Zuckerbrot, M.D.

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

CATIE Trainers

Wendy Silverman, Ph.D.

Yale School Of Medicine

  • Alfred A. Messer Professor of Child Psychiatry
  • Director of the Anxiety and Mood Disorder Program at the Yale Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine
  • Professor of Psychology
  • Dr. Silverman’s research focuses on the
  • Development/maintenance of anxiety and mood disorders and
  • Developing/testing treatments to alleviate them
  • Over 3 decades of experience working with children, families, and trainees.

Eliot Goldman, Ph.D.

Turnaround for Children

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Lisa Hunter Romanelli, Ph.D.

The REACH Institute

Dr Lisa Hunter Romanelli just celebrated her 12 yr anniversary w/The REACH Institute! Lisa is a clinical child psychologist with expertise in CBT. Prior to REACH, she was an Asst Prof of Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of School-Based Mental Health Programs at the Center for the Advancement of Children’s Mental Health. Fun fact: Lisa & her husband have been hosting Thanksgiving for their large extended family since she was pregnant with her 1st child. Now she has 3 kids (and puppy, Gravy!)

Peter S. Jensen, M.D.

The REACH Institute

Special shout-out to REACH founder & board chair, Peter S. Jensen, M.D., world-renowned child & adolescent psychiatrist & passionate advocate for children w/emotional & behavioral disorders! He’s authored more than 270 articles & chapters, written/co-edited 20 books on children’s mental health. Read more: http://bit.ly/PeterSJensenMD Fun Fact: Peter has competed in 20 marathons!

Christopher Layne, Ph.D.

UCLA

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Ceth Ashen, PhD

C.Ashen Consulting

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I’m a licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY 16636) specializing in children and adolescents. Provide consultation to Non-Profit agencies whose target population includes children, adolescents and their families.

Specialties: I specialize in children and adolescents and implementation of evidenced based practices such as; Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Incredible Years (IY) Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in schools (CBITS)

William Saltzman, Ph.D

California State University, Long Beach

Clinical Psychologist, Director Marriage & Family Therapy Program at California State University, Long Beach

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