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Center for Women's Behavioral Health
2 Dudley Street
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Providence, RI 02905
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Spanish speaking staff members are available in the department, and the hospital has interpreters in other languages available upon request.

Margaret Howard, PhD
Margaret Howard, PhD

Margaret Howard, PhD, is the division director of the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health and director of the Day Hospital. She is associate fellowship director for the Brown University/Women & Infants Hospital Women’s Mental Health Fellowship. Dr. Howard is a professor of psychiatry and human behavior (clinical) and medicine (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University.

Dr. Howard‘s primary clinical and research interests are postpartum depression, depression and anxiety disorders during pregnancy, trauma, OCD, and novel treatment approaches in both prevention and treatment of perinatal mood disorders.

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Shannon M. Erisman, PhD
Shannon M. Erisman, PhD

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’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.

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Neha S. Hudepohl, MD
Neha S. Hudepohl, MD

Neha Hudepohl, MD, is the fellowship director of the Brown University/Women & Infants Hospital Women’s Mental Health Fellowship. She is an attending psychiatrist in the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health and an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Hudepohl received 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, where she served as chief resident, and also completed an internship in emergency medicine. Dr. Hudepohl is board certified in adult psychiatry.

Dr. Hudepohl’s primary clinical and academic interests include women’s mental health, trauma, pharmacotherapy in pregnancy and lactation, and medical education.

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Marie A. Grause, PNS
Marie A. Grause, PNS

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 and outpatient service since its inception. Ms. 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.

Ms. Grause also holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Ms. 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.

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Ann Back Price, PNS
Ann Back Price, PNS

Ann Back Price, PCNS, IAAP, is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist at the Day Hospital and outpatient service. She is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Ms. Back Price is the psychotherapy training coordinator for the Brown University psychiatry residency program. A graduate of Smith College, Ms. Back Price 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.

Ms. Back Price is one of a handful of clinicians in Rhode Island who is a certified Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) therapist with particular focus on treating women with perinatal psychiatric disorders. She also has extensive clinical and research experience in the field of bereavement and perinatal loss and was 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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Laura J. Hollar-Wilt, MD
Laura J. Hollar-Wilt, MD

Laura J. Hollar-Wilt, MD, is an attending psychiatrist in the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, she earned a master’s degree in evolutionary biology at the University of California at Riverside and her medical degree from Albany Medical College. She completed a residency in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine at the Milton Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Hollar-Wilt is board certified in general adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association and the World Association for Infant Mental Health. Her clinical and academic interests include maternal-infant bonding, psychophysiological markers of stress, and trauma. She is also on the medical staff at Butler Hospital.

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Carmen E. Colomer, MD
Carmen E. Colomer, MD

Carmen Colomer, MD, is an attending psychiatrist in the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health who received her medical degree magna cum laude from the University Of Puerto Rico School Of Medicine. She completed her medical internship and psychiatry residency at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in Boston. She is board certified in adult psychiatry. Her clinical and academic interests include perinatal psychiatry, impact of medical conditions on psychiatric functioning, and complex psychopharmacology. Dr. Colomer is fluent in Spanish and English.

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Cynthia L. Battle, PhD
Cynthia L. Battle, PhD

Cynthia Battle, PhD, is a research psychologist in the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health. She is an associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior (research) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Battle received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and completed both her clinical internship and treatment research fellowship at Brown University. Dr. Battle specializes in women’s mental health, specifically depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder occurring during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She has conducted several federally funded studies focused on developing new non-pharmacologic treatments for perinatal women, including interventions that utilize yoga, physical activity and home-based family treatment. She is particularly interested in finding ways to make treatment more accessible and acceptable to pregnant and postpartum women, including women from diverse cultural groups. Dr. Battle is also on the staff at Butler Hospital.

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Laura B. Chalk, CNS
Laura B. Chalk, CNS

Laura B. Chalk, CNM, is a psychiatric advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) at Women & Infants Center for Women's Behavioral Health. She earned a master's of science in nursing in midwifery from the University of Pennsylvania and a post-graduate certificate in psychiatric mental health from the University of Rhode Island. Ms. Laura Chalk completed a fellowship in infant mental health and has special interest in the area of sexual health.

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Stacey D'Eletto

Stacey D’Eletto is the nursery attendant for the Day Hospital, where she has been working since 2007. She holds an associate’s degree in early childhood education and is nearing completion of her bachelor’s degree in social work. Ms. D’Eletto has more than 13 years experience working with infants and their families. She is a certified infant massage instructor and teaches individual and group sessions at the Day Hospital. In April 2011 Ms. D’Eletto was named Women & Infants’ Employee of the Month. Her clinical interests include mother-infant attachment, infant massage, and the impact of maternal depression on infant and child development.

Erin Hunt, LICSW

Erin Hunt, LICSW, is a clinical social worker at the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health. She is a member of the psychiatric consult liaison team and also provides psychiatric evaluations and outpatient therapy. She provides support to attending and resident physicians on the consult liaison service by fielding and following psychiatric consults. She also plays a role on the outpatient team in the evaluation of patients and coordination of appropriate care.

Ms. Hunt earned a master’s degree in clinical social work from Rhode Island College. She has a certificate in dialectical behavior therapy and trauma-focused yoga and is also a trained Vinyasa and Bikram yoga teacher. She has taught yoga therapeutically in various settings and currently teaches a weekly class at a local studio. Her clinical and academic interests include perinatal mental health, mindfulness and other mind/body therapies and inpatient consultation liaison.

Jane Hesser, LICSW

Jane Hesser, LICSW, is a clinical social worker at the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health, where she provides psychiatric evaluations and outpatient therapy. She assesses acutely distressed patients in person and conducts telephone triage on referrals to direct behavioral health patients to appropriate care in as short a time as possible. Ms. Hesser earned her master's degree in clinical social work at Simmons College in Boston, a master’s degree in fine arts in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a collegiate teaching certificate from Brown University’s Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. Her clinical and academic interests include women’s mental health, assessment and treatment of perinatal mood disorders, attachment, and the role of empathy in healing.

A visual artist and musician, Ms. Hesser balances her clinical time with her creative interests. Her artwork has been featured in many solo and group shows and she shares her knowledge by teaching. She is on the board of directors of Girls Rock! Rhode Island, a local non-profit devoted to fostering the development of healthy identities in girls and women.