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Release Date: 05/05/2015

Shannon Marie Erisman, PhD, of Rehoboth, MA , 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, has joined the staff at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Women & Infants and Butler are both Care New England hospitals. Dr. Erisman has been named clinical director of the Day Hospital in the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health.

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.

“Dr. Erisman is a tremendous addition to the Center for Women’s Behavioral health,” said Dr. Margaret Howard, director of the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health and the postpartum depression Day Hospital. “We look forward to what added benefit she can bring to our already successful Day Hospital program at Women & Infants.”

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.

About the Day Hospital
The Day Hospital is the nation’s first perinatal partial hospital program treating pregnant women and new mothers with depression, anxiety or other emotional distress, and their babies in a warm, nurturing setting. The concept of keeping mothers and babies together during treatment was unique when the Day Hospital opened in 2000.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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