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Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD
Dr. Andrew Nierenberg graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY. After completing his residency in psychiatry at New York University/Bellevue Hospital, he studied clinical epidemiology at Yale University as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Dr. Nierenberg then joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School, first at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts and then at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is currently Director of the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, Associate Director of the Depression Clinical and Research Program, Director of the MGH Clinical Research Program Support and Education Units, and Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is also Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health at Deakin University, Geelong Australia. Dr. Nierenberg’s primary interests are depression, bipolar depression, and novel treatments.

Dr. Nierenberg has published over 430 papers and has been listed in The Best Doctors in America for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in every edition since 1994. In 2014 and 2015, he was listed among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds by Thompson Reuters in recognition of ranking among the top 1% of researchers for most cited papers in psychiatry worldwide.  He is currently the principal investigator for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Mood Patient Powered Network. The goal is to collaborate with at least 20,000 patients across the country to form a cohort using patient reported outcomes and electronic medical records as a national infrastructure for future studies.

Astrid Desrosiers, MD, MPH
Astrid Desrosiers, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She obtained her medical degree from the State university of Haiti. She completed her training in Psychiatry at the Cambridge Hospital Adult Psychiatry Training Program. She completed her training in Adult Psychiatry through the Harvard Medical School Consolidated Training Program: Harvard South Shore Training Program and Cambridge Hospital in 1995. Dr. Desrosiers has a Master in Public health and a certificate in Global Mental health from Harvard University. She is presently on staff of the Bipolar Disorder and Research program of the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where she is involved in clinical research and treatment of patients. Dr. Desrosiers is the Medical Director of the Haitian Mental Health Clinic at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dr. Desrosiers is also a Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Cape Coast Health and Medical Sciences, Cape Coast, Ghana, Africa. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Her major research interests include psychopharmacology, the role of psychosocial factors in the treatment of Mood Disorders, health disparities and the impact of Multicultural issues on patient care. Her latest awards include the 2010 Kenneth B Schwartz Center Compassionate Care Giver Award, 2010 Special Recognition for Dedication to Psychiatry and Medical Education by the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, 2010 Deep Appreciation for helping Haitians and their families by the Boston Association of Haitian Women, and the 2011 Heart & Soul Honoree for making the world “healthier, wealthier and wiser.”

Sharmin Ghaznavi, MD, PhD
Dr. Sharmin Ghaznavi completed her MDPhD at the Yale University School of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience and a MA in Philosophy. Dr. Ghaznavi completed her adult psychiatry residency training at the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, where she was a resident in the Research Concentration Program. Dr. Ghaznavi is a recipient of the Thomas P. Hackett Award for outstanding academic research and achievement during residency, and the Joyce and Richard Tedlow award for her efforts to integrate psychotherapy, psychopharmacology and clinical research during residency. In addition to serving as a staff psychiatrist at the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program Dr. Ghaznavi is pursuing research on the neural correlates of rumination in bipolar disorder, with funding from the Dupont-Warren and Livingston Psychiatry Research fellowships through Harvard Medical School and a NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. 

Michael Henry, MD
Michael Henry, MD assumed the position of Medical Director in April of 2012. Before coming to the BCRP, he was the vice-president for mental health at Steward Health Chair and the Chairman of Psychiatry at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, as well as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical School. Dr. Henry’s research interests have been focused on the use of brain imaging techniques to study mood disorders and facilitate drug discovery. He has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters. He has presented his work both nationally and internationally. In addition to research, Dr. Henry enjoys teaching. He received recognition for his outstanding teaching from the Tuft’s University Medical Students and received the annual teaching award from the St. Elizabeth's Psychiatry Residents in 2010. As the Medical Director, he is excited to be continuing his work in teaching, direct patient care, as well as expand his research activities at this institution with world-class collaborators.

Gustavo Kinrys, MD
Dr. Kinrys is a graduate from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kinrys was the Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Research Program and the Psychopharmacology Research Program, and the Medical Director of the Portuguese Mental Health Clinic at the Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School for 9 years. Following that, he returned to MGH to become the Associate Medical Director of the MGH Clinical Trials Network and Institute (CTNI), Bipolar Clinic and Research Program (BCRP), Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Currently, Dr. Kinrys is an investigator in studies for the National Institutes of Mental Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) involving the course of Bipolar disorder and Major depressive disorder. He is also an investigator in numerous phase I, phase II, and phase III clinical trials sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry. He has published over 100 articles, reviews and posters and he lectures in national and international forums. Dr. Kinrys has been the principal investigator in over 80 clinical trials. His areas of interest include treatment resistant depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, development of novel pharmacologic agents for mood and anxiety disorders, cross-cultural and minority issues in clinical trials, and uses of natural remedies alone and combined with conventional pharmacologic therapies for treatment-refractory patients.

Brian Schulman, MD
Brian Schulman, MD trained at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and completed his adult psychiatry residency in the Harvard-affiliated joint MGH/McLean program in 2012.  Since that time, he has been on staff at the BCRP as a clinical psychiatrist with an interest in combining psychopharmacological treatment of Bipolar disorder with psychotherapeutic approaches. He is also pursuing advanced training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

Gary S. Sachs, MD
Gary S. Sachs was the founder and director of the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School until 2010. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland Medical School, he completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Thilo Deckersbach, PhD
Dr. Deckersbach is the Director of Psychology in the Bipolar Disorder Clinic and Research Program at MGH and the Director of Research in the Division of Neurotherapeutics at MGH. He is also the Director of the MGH Graduate Student Division at MGH, which includes over 350 graduate students from local and international graduate schools. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Deckersbach graduated from the Philipps University Marburg, Germany in 2000 and completed his clinical psychology internship in the Cognitive-Behavior Science Track at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He specializes in psychosocial treatments and neuroimaging of bipolar disorder.

Louisa Grandin Sylvia, PhD
Dr. Louisa Sylvia is a staff psychologist and Director of Psychology at Bipolar Clinic and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Director of Health and Wellness for the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sylvia’s major research interests are developing psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder, particularly improving the management of exercise, nutrition, and sleep in this clinical population. Dr. Sylvia has published many peer-reviewed manuscripts in her area of specialization, authored a workbook for Bipolar II Disorder and another on a Wellness for Bipolar Disorder, as well as presented her work at numerous local, national and international conferences. Additionally, Dr. Sylvia is dedicated to patient care and is a trained Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist. Dr. Sylvia received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and completed her psychology internship at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA.

Noreen Reilly-Harrington, PhD
Noreen Reilly-Harrington, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and is an internationally recognized expert in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, with a particular expertise in treating bipolar disorder.  She has co-authored several books on bipolar disorder, including "Bipolar Disorder: A Cognitive Therapy Approach," "Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Individuals and Families," and "The Bipolar II Disorder Workbook: Managing Recurring Depression, Hypomania, and Anxiety." She has served as the Director of Training and Assessment for the Bipolar Trials Network and has consulted on numerous studies to improve the reliability of clinical assessments. In addition to her work at the MGH Bipolar Clinic and Research Program, she also serves on the staff of the MGH Weight Center, with a special focus on the treatment of obesity and eating disorders in individuals with mood disorders.  Prior to arriving at MGH 20 years ago, she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and her doctoral degree at Temple University. She trained in cognitive therapy under the direction of Dr. Aaron T. Beck at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania and at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. She completed both her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at MGH/Harvard Medical School and is a Founding Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.”

Kristen K. Ellard, PhD
Kristen K. Ellard, PhD is a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at the BCRP. She completed her doctoral training at Boston University, and her Clinical Internship in Psychology at MGH. Her clinical work focuses on the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Ellard’s primary research interests are in the investigation of new CBT approaches to the treatment of bipolar disorder with co-occurring anxiety disorders, characterizing neural mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral therapy, and exploring neural correlates of transdiagnostic versus disorder-specific cognitive and affective processing in the emotional disorders.

Clinical Research Coordinators

Weilynn Chang, BS
Weilynn graduated from Boston University (BU) in 2013, earning a BS in Magazine Journalism with a concentration and minor in Psychology. At BU, Weilynn worked in the Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies Social Psychology Research Lab, investigating the roles of physical health behaviors (i.e. exercise habits, calorie-tracking) and their impact on mental health. She also interned at Rhodes Farm, a residential treatment center in London for youth with eating disorders. After graduating, she worked as a Research Assistant at BU’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders under the direction of Dr. Donna Pincus, where she was involved in both research and clinical tasks for youth with selective mutism, anxiety, and other behavioral problems. After her time at CARD, Weilynn worked at McLean Hospital’s Behavioral Health Partial Program as a Community Residence Counselor, leading CBT, DBT, and ACT based group therapy for people with a wide range of psychiatric conditions. Weilynn’s clinical research interests include mood, anxiety, and related eating and personality disorders, specifically with a focus on emotional regulation and improving treatment outcomes. She is also interested in examining these constructs through a transdiagnostic framework. Following her time at the BCRP, Weilynn hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Jake Dinerman, BA
Jake graduated summa cum laude from Clark University in May 2016 with a BA in psychology and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During the summer of 2014, Jake interned in the adolescent partial unit at Bradley Hospital in Providence, RI, where he assisted with group therapy and in a therapeutic milieu. While at Clark, Jake worked in the lab of Dr. Laura McKee, where he assisted in evaluating the effectiveness of Cognitive Bias Modification and Positive Psychology on college students’ well being.  Subsequent to that, Jake worked in Dr. Phoebe Moore’s lab at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In Dr. Moore’s lab, he conducted research on the effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on parents of children with anxiety disorders. After his time at the BCRP, Jake hopes to attend graduate school in clinical psychology.

Steven Dufour, BA
Steven graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University with a BA in Psychology with honors and a minor in statistical methods. As an undergraduate, he worked in the research lab of Dr. David Barlow assisting with research on transdiagnostic approaches to the treatment of emotional disorders. During his senior year, he conducted his honors thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Todd Farchione in the same lab assessing the feasibility and efficacy of an online intervention for the prevention of anxiety and depression in undergraduates. Additionally, Steven helped with several projects aiming to improve treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorders as an undergraduate volunteer at the Boston VA under Drs. Shannon Wiltsey-Stirman and Cassidy Gutner. Steven is interested in researching transdiagnostic treatment for emotional and traumatic disorders as well as studying statistical methods to better understand idiographic applications of particular protocols. He plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology following his time at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Jessica Janos, BA
Jessica graduated with honors from the University of Miami in May 2016 with a BA in psychology. As an undergraduate, she gained research experience in Dr. Jill Ehrenreich May’s Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program, where she completed her senior honors thesis on barriers to treatment in a clinical sample of youth with internalizing disorders. Under Dr. Ehrenreich-May’s guidance, she gained experience administering diagnostic assessments to children and adolescents with anxiety and mood disorders. Jessica is particularly interested in child psychology, and after her time at the BCRP, she plans to pursue her PhD in clinical psychology.

Samantha Walsh, BS
Samantha graduated summa cum laude from the University of Miami in May 2016 with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Biology, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi honor societies, and as the overall College of Arts and Sciences outstanding senior. While completing her degree, Samantha worked in Dr. Amanda Jensen-Doss’s lab, conducting research on evidence-based treatment and assessment implementation. She also worked in Dr. Jill Ehrenreich-May’s Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment (CAMAT) program, studying treatment approaches for mood and anxiety disorders in youth. In CAMAT, Samantha also assisted with clinical intake screening interviews and clinical assessments with child and adolescent clients and their caregivers. During her senior year, Samantha developed a senior honors thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Amanda Jensen-Doss, examining leadership and its importance in implementing an evidence-based practice using a community-based learning collaborative implementation model. Samantha is interested in studying the development and treatment of mood disorders and plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology after her time at the BCRP. 

Former Staff

Margaret E. Gigler, BA
Maggie graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in 2014 with a BA in psychology with honors. Her research experience began in Dr. Best’s developmental lab, where she looked at differences in filial responsibilities between Anglo and Hispanic children and the effects of those responsibilities on academic and global self-esteem. She spent the summer of 2012 at The Family Institute (TFI) at Northwestern University where she assisted Dr. Tamara Goldman Sher with editing and compiling research for her book on couples and heart disease. While at TFI, she also worked with Dr. Richard Zinbarg on a study that looked at psychotherapy outcomes for patients who had been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, specifically looking at their partner’s criticisms and the type of criticism as a dependent variable. Finally, she spent a summer at Wake Forest as part of the Research Fellowship Program with Dr. Fleeson looking at the quality of life of individuals who exhibited symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder. Maggie hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and current clinical research interests are in helping those afflicted by eating disorders and depression.

Alexandra Gold, BA
Alexandra graduated from Georgetown University in May 2014 with honors in psychology and as a member of the Psi Chi honor society. While at Georgetown, she worked in Dr. Yulia Chentsova Dutton’s Culture and Emotions Lab where she conducted her senior thesis research on somatization among Chinese-American and European-American women. During her senior year, Alexandra also worked at the National Institutes of Health in Dr. Jack Yanovski’s Section on Growth and Obesity where she conducted research that examined whether a group program aimed at improving mood could also improve insulin resistance among adolescent girls at risk for type II diabetes. Alexandra completed a summer internship in 2013 at McLean Hospital in Dr. Scott Lukas’s Behavioral Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory where she assisted with studies focusing on alcohol dependence, drug abuse, and smoking cessation. She is particularly interested in researching mood and anxiety disorders, as well as the treatment and prevention of addiction. After her time at Massachusetts General Hospital, Alexandra plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Casey Hearing, BA
Casey graduated with honors from Skidmore College in May 2014 with a BA in Neuroscience and Psychology and also as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. As an undergraduate, Casey worked in the lab of Dr. Robert Hallock, where she helped develop a predictive scale for the severity of the human gag reflex. Additionally, Casey worked with Dr. Sarita Lagalwar investigating protein degradation mechanisms of wild type and mutant proteins in the neurodegenerative disease Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 1. During the summer of 2013, Casey worked in the inpatient children’s ward of Four Winds Mental Hospital, where she assisted in group therapy and in a classroom setting. Casey is interested in anxiety disorders as well as the development of early intervention treatments for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. After her time at the BCRP, Casey hopes to attend graduate school in clinical psychology.

Rebecca Montana, BS
Rebecca graduated from Brandeis University in May 2014 with a BS in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Biology and a minor in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and as a member of Psi Chi honor society. As an undergraduate, she worked in Dr. Paul Garrity’s genetics lab, conducting research on thermal and chemical sensation in Drosophila. Rebecca also interned at Dr. Mel Feany’s biology lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, completing a project on a Drosophila model of the neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. As a senior, she interned at McLean Hospital with Dr. Throstur Bjorgvinsson and Dr. Courtney Beard at the Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program, investigating Cognitive Bias Modification techniques in depressed individuals. Rebecca is interested in pursuing a degree in medicine after her training at the BCRP.

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