Clinical Services

Juvenile Court Consultation Program -- staff biographies

Barbara Stone Amidon, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist
Juvenile Court Consultation Program
Massachusetts General Hospital

Barbara Stone Amidon, Ph.D. is a forensic psychologist who has been employed in Juvenile Court Clinics since 1995; initially in Barnstable County. From 1999-2003, she served as Program Director of the Court Clinics in Barnstable, Bristol, and Plymouth Counties. Since 2003, she has been employed part time by Partners in the Juvenile Court Consultation Program at the Norfolk County Juvenile Court Clinic (located in Dedham Juvenile Court). Dr. Amidon performs evaluations of juveniles who are criminally involved; adolescents who are involved in court because of Children Requiring Assistance; and families who are involved in the Juvenile Court because of Care and Protection petitions. Her areas of expertise include competency and criminal responsibility, sex offender evaluations, fire setting evaluations, risk assessment, emergency assessment, and placement issues.

In addition, Dr. Amidon has been appointed as a GAL for medication monitoring for Rogers’ Petitions primarily for children in the Juvenile Court; she has completed assessments for competency issues including competency of a witness; and competency to make decisions concerning medical treatment and to manage affairs. She is also a member of the Child and Adolescent Forensic Team for DMH, and a consultant to DYS for evaluations of committed youth.

Dr. Amidon can be contacted through the Norfolk County Juvenile Court Clinic at 55 Allied Drive, Dedham, Ma. 02026, 781-329-1500, ext. 244 or at 508-737-5749


AudetDanielle C. Audet, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist
Juvenile Court Consultation Program
Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Audet is a clinical and forensic psychologist who earned a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Human Services with a focus in Social Policy. At the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology she earned both a Master’s Degree in Professional Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Psychology. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric forensic psychology at the Children and the Law Program at Massachusetts General Hospital where she conducted Guardian ad litem and juvenile court evaluations. Dr. Audet has worked at the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic and the Norfolk County Juvenile Court Clinic since 2009 and holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Audet’s training and professional experience include individual therapy with children, adolescents and college-age students and adults with major mental illness, psychological testing in schools and forensic settings, forensic evaluation of children and families and group treatment, including CBT and DBT groups.

As a staff psychologist in the Juvenile Court Consultation Program, Dr. Audet conducts forensic evaluations, provides expert testimony, supervises pre-doctoral psychology students and consultation to the court and child-serving agencies. Dr. Audet conducts training seminars for doctoral students, social workers, and psychiatry residents in topics related to forensic psychology. Her areas of clinical interest include juvenile and family forensic evaluation, delinquency evaluations, psychological testing, complex systems issues, cultural and linguistic factors in forensic assessment and ethnic and racial disparities.

For additional information on Dr. Danielle Audet, please see her curriculum vitae.


Christine Darsney, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Juvenile Court Consultation Program
Clinical Director, Norfolk County Juvenile Court Clinic

Dr. Christine Darsney is a forensic psychologist who has been conducting evaluations of children, adolescents, and families involved with Juvenile and Probate Court since 1996. Dr. Darsney was a postdoctoral fellow in pediatric forensic psychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Children and the Law Program from 1996 to 1997, and joined the staff of Children and the Law directly after her training year. Dr. Darsney completed predoctoral and postdoctoral training at Children’s Hospital Boston prior to training at MGH, with an intensive focus on the evaluation of child sexual abuse, and on evaluating infants and preschool children with a range of developmental delays and disabilities, including autistic spectrum disorders.

Dr. Darsney joined the staff of the Norfolk County Juvenile Court Clinic (NCJCC) in 1997, became the Clinical Director of NCJCC in 2000, and became the Manager of Court Clinic Contracts for Children and the Law in 2006. She is currently the Program Manager for the MGH Juvenile Court Consultation Program. Dr. Darsney supervises MGH staff at the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic, runs the Court Consultation Rotation for MGH first year child psychiatry fellows, supervises postdoctoral fellows at the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic, and teaches within the psychiatry residency program at MGH, as well as the forensic seminar series at the BJCC. Dr. Darsney has held academic appointments at Harvard Medical School since 1993, as well as a clinical appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital since 1996.

At Norfolk County Juvenile Court Clinic, Dr. Darsney conducts evaluations of children, adolescents and families involved with Juvenile Court for delinquency, Child Requiring Assistance, and Care and Protection proceedings. She is a Certified Juvenile Court Clinician, Levels I and II. She has particular clinical interest in termination of parental rights, attachment, parenting evaluations, psychological testing, and the intersection of high conflict divorce with juvenile court. Dr. Darsney is also a consultant to the MGH Law and Psychiatry Service, where she conducts psychological testing, provides expert witness testimony, performs Guardian ad Litem evaluations for Probate Court, and conducts parenting evaluations. Dr. Darsney has expertise in cross cultural issues involving Middle Eastern and Muslim families, and she maintains ongoing clinical interest in child sexual abuse, and children with developmental delays in the context of both Juvenile and Probate Court work. She conducts trainings for agencies on a wide range of forensic topics. Dr. Darsney is best contacted via e-mail, at cdarsney@partners.org.

For additional information on Dr. Christine Darsney, please see her curriculum vitae.


KhialaniPooja Khialani, Psy.D.
Advanced Post-Doctoral Fellow
Juvenile Court Consultation Program
Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Pooja Khialani graduated from the University of Pune, India with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. She moved to the United States in 2004 and subsequently earned a Master’s Degree in Professional Psychology and a Doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Psychology through the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Khialani completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric forensic psychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Children and the Law Program. Her background and training include forensic evaluation of children and families involved with child protective agencies, comprehensive psychological testing services, risk assessments of and individual therapy with adults with severe and persistent mental illness, evaluation of families involved in visitation and custody disputes and trauma focused individual therapy with children, adolescents and adults.

Raised in Lagos, Nigeria and having studied in Pune, India, Dr. Khialani brings a unique multicultural perspective to her clinical and forensic work. She currently conducts psychological testing and forensic evaluations of court-involved children, adolescents and families through the Suffolk Juvenile Court system and provides consultation to the court and child serving agencies. Dr. Khialani also conducts training seminars for pre and post-doctoral students, social workers and psychiatry residents in topics related to forensic psychology. Her clinical interests include the impact of trauma on child development, particularly in younger children, psychological testing, care and protection evaluations, juvenile delinquency and violence risk assessments. Dr. Khialani holds academic appointments at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

For additional information on Dr. Pooja Khialani, please see her curriculum vitae.


KleinElana Klein, LICSW, CJCC I
Site Coordinator, Dorchester Juvenile Court Clinic
Staff Social Worker
Juvenile Court Consultation Program
Massachusetts General Hospital

Elana Klein is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Certified Juvenile Court Clinician (CJCC I) who has been on the staff of the Suffolk County Juvenile Court Clinic since 2010 and has been the Site Coordinator of the Dorchester Juvenile Court Clinic since 2012. Ms. Klein earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Oberlin College, where she was the recipient of the Comfort Starr Award for excellence in Sociology. She earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Boston University, where she was the recipient of the Herbert S. Strean Memorial Prize for outstanding merit in psychodynamically-oriented clinical practice. As a staff Social Worker at the Juvenile Court Consultation Program, Ms. Klein conducts forensic evaluations, provides clinical supervision for Masters level social work students, and serves as an expert witness. She has previously been qualified as an expert witness in the areas of forensic evaluation, substance abuse, parenting, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, trauma, and attachment and bonding. Ms. Klein has particular expertise in the assessment of substance abuse disorders and she serves as the Juvenile Court Clinic’s liaison to community substance abuse treatment providers and conducts training seminars for doctoral students, social work students, and psychiatry residents on topics related to substance abuse, addiction, and treatment. Ms. Klein also maintains a strong interest in juvenile delinquency, issues of social justice related to the juvenile justice system, and the role of social systems and institutions in addressing social problems. She is an associate member of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW).

For additional information on Ms. Elana Klein, please see her curriculum vitae.


Jennifer A. Murphy, Ph.D.
Director of Training, Staff Psychologist
Juvenile Court Consultation Program
Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Murphy holds a B.A. in Psychology from Fairfield University, an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Boston College. She completed her internship and post-doctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School with specializations in the areas of adult, child, and family therapy, psychological and neuropsychological testing, and pediatric forensic psychology.

Dr. Murphy is a clinical and forensic psychologist who has worked in a wide range of treatment settings including schools, community mental health centers, inpatient psychiatric units, emergency rooms, and residential treatment facilities. Currently, she conducts evaluations of court-involved children, adolescents, and families and provides consultation to child protection agencies. She has served as an expert witness in Juvenile and Probate Courts and supervises graduate-level interns and postdoctoral fellows at the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic. Dr. Murphy conducts training seminars for doctoral students, social workers, and psychiatry residents in topics related to forensic psychology. She has presented nationally on the topic of the trafficking of children for sexual purposes and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Dr. Murphy currently holds academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in the graduate programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Boston College. She also serves as a consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families concerning complex cases of child abuse and neglect. Her clinical and research interests include comprehensive support services in public schools, children and adolescent’s capacity to understand legal proceedings, inter-professional collaboration among mental health experts and lawyers advocating for children in legal contexts, the impact of trauma on children’s development, and the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children. Dr. Murphy is best contacted via email at jamurphy@partners.org


Emilie H. Picard, LMHC
CJCC I Candidate
Juvenile Court Consultation Program
Massachusetts General Hospital

Emilie Picard is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a candidate for Certified Juvenile Court Clinician I. She has been on the staff at the Suffolk County Juvenile Court Clinic since January 2014. Ms. Picard earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology, specializing in Forensics, at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Ms. Picard holds an interest in the assessment and treatment of adult and juvenile sex offenders, as well as understanding both risk and mitigating factors for recidivism. She also has interest in assessing those at risk of harm to themselves or others. She has experience providing emergency evaluations and psychiatric assessments in secure detention facilities, emergency departments, inpatient units, and outpatient clinics. She is also trained in sex offender evaluations and individual and group therapy for those with sexually related crimes, paraphilias, and/or addictions. Ms. Picard preformed neuropsychological testing and structured interviewing for a longitudinal study examining the effects of interuterine cocaine, tobacco, and alcohol exposure on later cognitive functioning, attachments, delinquency, emotional wellbeing, and substance use.

For additional information on Ms. Emilie Picard, please see her curriculum vitae.


Margaret Witecki, Ph.D
Staff Psychologist
Juvenile Court Consultation Program
Massachusetts General Hospital

Margaret Witecki, Ph.D. has evaluated court-involved children and families and consulted to youth service and child welfare agencies for over thirty years in addition to providing individual therapy to adults and adolescents. After working with a de-institutionalization project for adult clients in Brooklyn New York, she began her forensic work at the Boston Juvenile Court Clinic. She then worked from 1980 to 1983 as the Chief Psychologist for a state-wide Dept. of Youth Service clinical services program at the Judge Baker Children’s Center, where she supervised all psychological testing completed for DYS committed adolescents at a central program at Judge Baker and clinical services provided by regional consultants, while also serving as a regional consultant herself.

In 1983 she co-founded the Children and the Law program at Judge Baker, and co-directed that program until 1990 when the program moved to Mass General Hospital. This program included supervising postdoctoral psychology Fellows placed at a Juvenile Court and as consultants at a Dept. of Children and Families field office, as well as their work at a clinic at Judge Baker where custody evaluations were completed for the Probate Court. In addition, she supervised psycho-diagnostic testing, both inpatient and outpatient, plus individual and family therapy, at Judge Baker and Children’s Hospital, where she maintained a Harvard Medical School appointment. Her educational background includes a B.S. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from New York University. She is a Certified Juvenile Court Clinician I & II.

Dr. Witecki has worked at the Norfolk Juvenile Court site of the Juvenile Court Consultation Program since it began in 1997. She conducts a range of forensic evaluations of adolescents (competency, dispositional, Child Requiring Assistance) and parenting evaluations there. She has a special interest in the inter-relationship of learning disabilities, neuropsychological deficits and delinquent behavior. She also conducts forensic inpatient evaluations through the Dept. of Mental Health Child and Adolescent Forensic Team, and she consults to the Dept. of Youth Service. The best way to reach Dr. Witecki is through her voice mail at 508 740-5033.