Our Staff

Psychiatrists

Naomi M. Simon, M.D., M.Sc.
Director, Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders
Director, Complicated Grief Program
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Publications by Dr. Simon

Dr. Naomi M. Simon, a board-certified psychiatrist, is Director of the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and Complicated Grief Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Simon received an MD from Harvard Medical School, and completed a medical internship and residency in psychiatry at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital/ New York State Psychiatric Institute where she also served as Chief Resident. In addition, she completed fellowship training in consultation psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and has a Masters in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Simon’s major clinical and research interests include optimizing initial and next step psychotherapy and medication treatments for anxiety and stress related disorders, and understanding the presentation and biological impact of trauma, loss, and anxiety disorders. She has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous studies aimed at improving our understanding and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and the syndrome of complicated grief.

As Chief Medical Officer at Home Base, she guided development of a novel clinical care model and the Home Base Training Institute through a public private partnership with MGH and the Red Sox Foundation to address the unmet needs of returning veterans and their families impacted by deployment related stress, PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Simon is Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and serves as Associate Editor of Depression and Anxiety.

T. Eric Bui, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Director for Research, The Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders

Publications by Dr. Bui

Dr. T.H. Eric Bui is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and currently serves as Associate Director for Research at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders, and Associate Director for Research at the Red Sox Foundation & Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.

His main research interests include furthering the understanding and treatment of anxiety and stress-related disorders, including both PTSD and the newly defined condition of Complicated Grief. In particular, his research focuses on elucidating the neurobiological and phenomenological bases of these conditions in order to develop novel treatment interventions. He has served and currently serves as co-investigator on many federally-funded studies, and has recently received a grant for a pilot study to develop and test a novel mind-body intervention for older adults with bereavement and stress-related conditions.

Dr. Bui is member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, of the Société Française de Psychiatrie de l’Enfant et de l’Adolescent et Disciplines Associées, and of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He received an MD from Toulouse University, and completed his psychiatry residency at Toulouse University Hospital (France). In addition, he worked as a faculty at Toulouse University Hospital for three years, and also completed a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Toulouse University. To date, he has authored or co-authored over 90 papers and book chapters, and has given over 50 presentations at national and international meetings. He has received different awards as a young investigator including a travel award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and the Prix Bretesche de Médecine from the Académie des Sciences, Inscriptions, et Belles Lettres de Toulouse.

Paolo Cassano, M.D., Ph.D.

Staff Psychiatrist, The Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders

Publications by Dr. Cassano

Dr. Paolo Cassano is assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. director of photobiomodulation at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MASS GENERAL) Depression and Clinical Research Program, and a staff psychiatrist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MASS GENERAL) Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and Complicated Grief Program.

Dr. Cassano received both his MD in medicine and surgery, and his PhD in clinical neuro-psychopharmacology from the University of Pisa in Italy. He pursued post-doctoral studies in mood and anxiety disorders with the MGH Depression and Clinical Research Program (DCRP) and graduated from the MGH-McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program in 2009.

Dr. Cassano’s research has focused on developing new treatments for major depressive disorder (MDD) and better characterizing response to treatment by examining comorbid conditions, cultural factors and trauma. During his PhD studies in Italy, he co-led several research projects focusing on the use of two anti-Parkinson drugs for the treatment of resistant-depression. After coming to the United States he joined the DCRP at MASS GENERAL, where he continued to study mood disorders, comorbidity and resistance to treatment as a co-investigator in STAR*D — the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression — trial.

Since 2014, Dr. Cassano has held a dual appointment at the MGH Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders (CATSD) and DCRP. At the CATSD, he serves as independent evaluator or psychopharmacologist on multiple studies on PTSD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. Since 2009, he has served as principal investigator on several studies on transcranial photobiomodulation for MDD, including a Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (2012 NARSAD YI) Award and a Dupont Warren/Livingston Fellowship from Harvard Medical School. These groundbreaking projects — in collaboration with the MGH Wellman Center for Photomedicine — have led to very promising results. Considerable press attention stemmed from these studies, with CNN and Washington Post coverage at the national level. In August 2015, he was invited to present research findings to the Optical Society Incubator Meeting in Washington DC.

Devon Hinton, M.D., Ph.D.
Staff Psychiatrist, The Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders

Publications by Dr. Hinton

Dr. Devon Hinton is a board-certified psychiatrist and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. After receiving his M.D., Dr. Hinton completed his medical internship and his residency in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (Longwood program). He also has a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from Harvard University.

Dr. Hinton’s major clinical and research interests include the culturally sensitive assessment and treatment of PTSD and panic disorder in traumatized refugee and ethnic minority populations. He is fluent in several languages, including Cambodian and Spanish. He has served as a principal investigator on numerous studies examining the phenomenology and treatment of PTSD, panic attacks, and panic disorder in Southeast Asian (Cambodian, Laotian, Vietnamese) and Latino populations. Dr. Hinton has been the Principal Investigator on studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health on developing culturally sensitive treatment of traumatized refugees.

Dr. Hinton is a member of the DSM-V Cultural Study subgroup and an advisor to the Anxiety, OC, Posttraumatic, and Dissociative Disorders Work Group of DSM–V (American Psychiatric Association). He is the co-editor (with Byron Good) of the book Culture and Panic Disorder (Stanford University Press) and is the first author on over 100 chapters or original research articles.

Elizabeth A. Hoge, MD
Consultant, The Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Publications by Dr. Hoge

Dr. Elizabeth A. Hoge is a board-certified psychiatrist and a consultant to the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Related Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hoge studies biological changes that occur in the body as a result of stress and trauma, which may serve as markers for anxiety disorders and may elucidate pathophysiology of these disorders and indicate pathways that could be targeted for novel pharmacologic therapies. Her work also focuses on identifying biological markers of resilience which may protect some people from developing anxiety disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder after a trauma. Dr. Hoge has received awards from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit of the National Institute of Mental Health related to her work in anxiety disorders. She also received a Harvard Medical School Dupont Warren Fellowship award to study the effect of treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Dr. Hoge also received a five-year NIH grant to measure the effect of meditation training on anxiety and biological markers of stress, such as stress hormones and inflammatory markers. Dr. Hoge also was awarded a CIMIT Innovation grant to examine the effect of the neuropeptide oxytocin on memory consolidation.

Mireya Nadal, M.D., Ph.D.
Staff Psychiatrist, The Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders
Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Publications by Dr. Nadal

Dr. Mireya Nadal-Vicens, a board-certified psychiatrist, is an Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry and an Instructor at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nadal earned her M.D. from Harvard Medical School and her Ph.D. from the Department of Neurosciences at Harvard University. Dr. Nadal completed a medical internship in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital and adult psychiatry residency as well as a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. In addition, Dr. Nadal has a Masters in Science from Stanford University and is obtaining a Masters in Medical Scicence from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Nadal's research interests include unraveling the biological and molecular mechanisms underlying anxiety and mood disorders. She is a co-investigator on multiple clinical trials in anxiety and traumatic stress disorders and a principal investigator for a basic science project focused on possible new drug discovery for compounds relevant to psychiatric disease. Dr. Nadal has been awarded the George Ginsberg fellowship for excellence in education and teaching, and was one of two researchers nationally to be awarded the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education/ Wyeth Psychiatric Research Fellowship in 2008. In addition she has been awarded funding from the NARSAD Foundation (the Brain and Behavior Research Fund) and is the 2010-2011 Rappaport Research Scholar in Neuroscience at MGH.

John J. Worthington, M.D.
Staff Psychiatrist, The Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Publications by Dr. Worthington

Dr. Worthington, a board-certified psychiatrist, is a Staff Psychiatrist at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He received his M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., completed his residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C. and did a research fellowship in Clinical Psychopharmacology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Currently he is an investigator on several National Institutes of Mental Health studies involving the course of treatment-refractory panic disorder, treatment-resistant depression, and the predication of outcome during antidepressant discontinuation. He is also an investigator in numerous phase II and phase III clinical trials sponsored by several pharmaceutical companies. He has published over 150 articles, reviews and posters and he lectures in national and international forums. His areas of clinical interest include the effects of alcohol and substance use on mood and anxiety disorders, acute and long-term treatment plans of patients with panic disorder and depression, development of novel pharmacologic agents for mood and anxiety disorders, and uses of combined cognitive-behavioral and pharmacologic therapies for treatment-refractory patients.

Rachel A. Ross, M.D., Ph.D.
Staff Psychiatrist, The Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders

Publications by Dr. Ross

Dr. Rachel Ross, a board-certified psychiatrist, is an instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and at McLean Hospital, with an affiliate appointment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She earned her MD and PhD as part of the MSTP at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, NY focusing on hypothalamic nutrient sensing in relationship to obesity. She completed residency training in adult psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital.

Dr. Ross's basic science research with the Ressler lab at McLean and the Lowell lab at BIDMC utilizes genetic engineering techniques in mice to study central neuro-circuitry controlling behavior involved in metabolism (ranging from feeding to fertility) and in stress response. Her work within the clinic centers on biomarkers to describe the pathophysiology involved in human presentations of anxiety and eating disorders. Dr. Ross focuses particularly on the role of neuropeptides emanating from the hypothalamus in animals and in humans, within these circuits and in circulation to better understand the role that the brain plays in whole body behavior. Dr Ross has received awards from the NIH and Harvard Medical School, and is currently funded through the NIH KL2/Harvard Catalyst CMeRIT.

Psychologists

Amanda Baker, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, The Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders

Publications by Dr. Baker

Dr. Amanda Baker is a staff psychologist in the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders. Dr. Baker received her Ph.D. from Boston University and completed her doctoral internship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Baker's clinical and research interests involve mediators and moderators of the etiology and cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety. She recently received a two-year grant from Harvard Catalyst/The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center/National Institutes of Health to study intra-individual networks of panic disorder in hopes of being able to personalize CBT treatments in the future. She has been trained in a variety of evidence-based assessment methods and cognitive behavioral therapies for anxiety, mood, OC spectrum and traumatic stress disorders, including panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, body dysmorphic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and tic disorders. Dr. Baker was previously awarded a Livingston Fellowship for Young Investigators from Harvard Medical School to conduct research on anxiety sensitivity and suicidality in OC spectrum and anxiety disorders. Dr. Baker is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Depression and Anxiety Disorders (ADAA).

Meredith Charney, Ph.D.
Director of Psychotherapy and Training, The Center for Anxiety an Traumatic Stress Disorders
Staff Psychologist, The Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders

Publications by Dr. Charney

Dr. Meredith Charney is a clinical psychologist in the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and is an Assistant in Psychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Charney received her Ph.D. from Boston University and completed her doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Charney’s clinical interests include the use of empirically supported treatments for various disorders including anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and complicated grief (CG). She has extensive experience providing evidence-based therapies including Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy to patients with PTSD as well as Complicated Grief Therapy to patients with CG. Her research has focused on the impact of traumatic exposure and loss on psychological and psychosocial functioning in various patient populations including refugees and veterans. Dr. Charney is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). In addition to her clinical and research work, Dr. Charney is committed to training through her work as a supervisor of interns and fellows and her involvement in training community providers in evidence-based treatments for PTSD.

Elizabeth Goetter, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, The Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and The Home Base Program 

Publications by Dr. Goetter

Dr. Elizabeth Goetter is a clinical psychologist in the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and Complicated Grief Program and Assistant in Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital. She also serves as Director of the outpatient clinic at the Red Sox Foundation/Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, where she specializes in the treatment of veterans with PTSD and other deployment-related mental health concerns. Dr. Goetter received her PhD from Drexel University and completed her doctoral internship at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego VA Healthcare System.

Dr. Goetter's clinical and research interests surround the utilization of and access to empirically supported treatments for anxiety and traumatic stress disorders. Dr. Goetter has been trained in a variety of cognitive behavioral therapies for anxiety and traumatic stress disorders, including Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD. Dr. Goetter is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA), and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).

Luana Marques, Ph.D.
Director; Community Psychiatry Program for Research in Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence-Based Treatments (PRIDE) 
Staff Psychologist; Massachusetts General Hospital 
Associate Professor of Psychology; Harvard Medical School 

Publications by Dr. Marques

Dr. Luana Marques is the Director and founder of Community Psychiatry PRIDE at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Marques completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and her clinical internship in the Cognitive Behavioral Track (CBT) at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in 2007.

Dr. Marques’ major clinical and research interests include the implementation of evidence-based practices for individuals suffering from a variety of behavioral health disorders in diverse communities. Her goal is to decrease disparities in care for individuals experiencing behavioral health difficulties, especially among low-income and ethnic minorities. Upon beginning her work in community mental health clinics, Dr. Marques became increasingly aware of the substantial implementation gap in evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatments for anxiety and trauma-related disorders. Her research now centers primarily on reducing the disproportionate mental health burden among underserved populations in resource-constricted community clinics across Massachusetts.

Rachel Zack Ishikawa, Ph.D.
Staff Psychologist, The Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders

Dr. Rachel Zack Ishikawa is a clinical psychologist and Assistant in Psychology in the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Ishikawa received her Ph.D. from Clark University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Victims of Violence Program at the Cambridge Health Alliance. She holds a Master’s of Public Health degree in International Health from Emory University.

Dr. Ishikawa’s clinical interests include the use of empirically supported treatments for anxiety and traumatic stress disorders, and strategies to improve access to care for ethnic minority groups and older adults. Dr. Ishikawa’s research has examined factors related to mental health treatment disparities among underserved populations. Dr. Ishikawa is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Statistician, Graduate Students, Clinical Interns, Post Docs and Residents

Susanne S. Hoeppner, Ph.D., M.Ap.Stat
Biostatistician

Publications by Dr. Hoeppner

Susanne S. Hoeppner, Ph.D., M.Ap.Stat, is a biostatistician and epidemiologist at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and an Assistant Investigator in Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hoeppner received her Ph.D. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences and her Master in Applied Statistics from Louisiana State University and conducted three years of post-doctoral research in climate change ecology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Purdue University. With more than 12 years of experience in research and clinical investigation, she has extensive training and expertise in experimental design, statistical analysis and simulation modeling.

Dr. Hoeppner's clinical interests are in modeling dynamic health behavior change and positive psychology. She has served as the principal statistician on pivotal trials approved by the FDA and has designed and analyzed Phase I-III studies in addiction, psychiatry, and psychology. She also has ample experience setting up, updating, and overseeing the use of electronic data capture forms as implemented via REDCap, having designed and managed such databases for several single- and multi-site clinical trials at MGH, and routinely trains and advises research assistants, data managers, and clinical staff on principles of good clinical practice.

Don Robinaugh, Ph.D.
Clinical Fellow in Psychology, Harvard University

Dr. Donald Robinaugh is a Clinical Fellow in Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Robinaugh completed his Ph.D. training at Harvard University and completed his pre-doctoral internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the Anxiety and Depression Association of American (ADAA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP).

Dr. Robinaugh’s research is focused on better understanding the factors that lead to the development and maintenance of emotional disorders following loss and trauma and on using that knowledge to improve our ability to identify and support those who suffer most following these negative life events. His current research uses intra-individual network analyses and non-linear dynamics to assess the structure of post-loss and post-trauma mental disorder networks at the level of individual and to examine the effect of empirically supported treatments on the persistence and integrity of those networks.

Mary C. Zeng, M.D.
Resident Physician in Psychiatry, MGH McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program

Dr. Mary C. Zeng is a resident psychiatrist in the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital Psychiatry Residency Program, where she splits her time between clinical care and research with the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University, and graduated magna cum laude with commendation in investigative scholarship from the State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine. Dr. Zeng has both clinical and research interests in trauma- and stressor-related disorders.

Ryan J. Jacoby, M.A.
Clinical Fellow in Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Ryan Jane Jacoby, M.A. is a Clinical Fellow in Psychology completing her pre-doctoral internship in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy track at Massachusetts General Hospital. Ryan attended Williams College for her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the Anxiety Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she defended her dissertation entitled, “A Translational Study of the Mechanisms of Exposure Therapy for Obsessions: Gradual vs. Variable Exposure Intensity.” Ryan’s clinical and research interests are broadly focused on the nature and treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders, including specific interests in psychological mechanisms of change in exposure-based therapy for anxiety-related problems (e.g., inhibitory learning approaches to exposure) as well as treatment augmentation strategies that capitalize on these mechanisms of action. She is also interested in transdiagnostic psychological processes (e.g., intolerance of uncertainty) as well as improving behavioral and psychophysiological measurement of these processes and therapy outcomes.

Nicole J. LeBlanc, M.A.
Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Harvard University

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Clinical Research Coordinator

Samantha Hellberg, B.A., Wesleyan University
Program Coordinator

Emily O'Day, B.A., Williams College
Clinical Research Coordinator

Sarah Wieman, B.A., Williams College 
Clinical Research Coordinator


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