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Woman And Infants

A Multidisciplinary Team of Providers

Margaret Howard, PhD, is the director of the Division of Women's Behavioral Health and the Day Hospital at Women & Infants Hospital and a clinical professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Howard received her PhD in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University.

Dr. Howard has experience in assessing and treating individuals in inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospital settings. Past and current areas of expertise include PTSD, eating disorders, addictions, and mood and anxiety disorders. For the past 12 years she has focused exclusively on the treatment of perinatal women with mental health disorders.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Howard has extensive administrative experience in the establishment of psychiatric outpatient and partial hospital specialty programs focusing on women’s issues. Dr. Howard has published, taught, and lectured widely on the topic of perinatal psychiatric disorders and was the recipient of the 2003 Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award which recognized five individuals nationwide for their innovative approach to the recognition and treatment of depression.

Shannon Marie Erisman, PhD, is clinical director of the Day Hospital of the Center for Women's Behavioral Health. She is also a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and staff psychologist for the Women’s Partial Program at Butler Hospital.

Dr. Erisman completed her B.A. in psychology at Boston University and her master’s and PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Edith Rogers Memorial VA Medical Center in Psychosocial Rehabilitation.

Dr. Erisman’s current research interests include outcomes and mechanisms of third wave behavior therapies, particularly in the treatment of women with borderline personality disorder. She is also involved in ongoing studies examining psychosis-proneness, emotional processing, and cognitive flexibility with a particular focus on women’s mental health.

M. Aimee Grause, PCNS, is a clinical nurse specialist with extensive experience in psychiatric inpatient and partial hospital settings. She has been a member of the Day Hospital since its inception. Grause received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Georgetown University and completed her graduate degree in adult mental health nursing at the University of Colorado. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Grause is a certified therapist and supervisor in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), with a particular focus on treating women with perinatal psychiatric disorders. She is one of two IPT therapists for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) research project at Women & Infants involving treatment of postpartum depression. She has training in mindfulness meditation practice and incorporates this and her interest in the arts in the therapeutic milieu of the Day Hospital.

Neha S. Hudepohl, MD, is a consultation liaison psychiatrist at Women & Infants and provides outpatient consultation and ongoing care at the Center for Women's Behavioral Health, as well as coverage at the Day Hospital for pregnant and postpartum women with mood disorders.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Hudepohl earned her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in general adult psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati Department of Psychiatry/University Hospital. She is board-eligible in adult psychiatry. Her clinical interests include women's mental health and trauma both in obstetric patients and the general population.

Jill Harrington, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in the Day Hospital and outpatient services. Ms. Harrington received her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, a master's degree in English from Northwestern University and her master's degree in social work from Boston University.

Ms. Harrington conducts individual, group and family therapy and draws from a number of therapeutic approaches, including CBT and mindfulness-based treatment such as DBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, to help in recovery from perinatal and postpartum mental health issues.

She has more than 15 years of experience as a journalist, working as an editor and writer for newspapers, national consumer magazines and a variety of start-up publications. She brings to her current work excellent communication, writing skills and innovative thinking. Her clinical interests include women's mental health issues--especially depression, anxiety and PTSD--attachment, and journaling as a therapeutic tool.

Ann Back Price, PCNS, IAAP, is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at the Day Hospital. A graduate of Smith College, she earned her nursing degree at Yale University and completed a fellowship in psychoanalysis at the C. G. Jung Institute in Boston, where she currently chairs the Admissions Committee. Price is a clinical teaching associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and coordinates the psychotherapy training program for psychiatry residents.

She is one of only four individuals in Rhode Island who is a Certified Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) therapist with particular focus on treating women with perinatal psychiatric disorders. Price also has extensive clinical and research experience in the field of bereavement and perinatal loss and is a co-principal investigator in a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) study investigating a group treatment approach with women who have experienced perinatal loss. She is a member of the Women & Infants Hospital Bereavement Board.

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