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.
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.
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 a bachelor’s degree in human services. Ms. D’Eletto has more than 17 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..
Zobeida Diaz, MD, MS
Zobeida Diaz, MD, MS, is an attending psychiatrist in the Day Hospital within the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health at Women & Infants Hospital. Dr. Diaz received her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health and completed her adult psychiatry residency training at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she served as chief resident.
Dr. Diaz is board certified in adult psychiatry. Prior to joining the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health, she held a position as staff psychiatrist in the Eating Disorders Program at Aurora Behavioral Health in Milwaukee, WI. Her primary clinical and academic interests include women’s mental health, eating disorders, adolescent/college mental health, and medical education.
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.
Anupriya Gogne, MD
Anupriya Gogne, MD is an adult psychiatrist with training in addiction psychiatry and women’s mental health. Dr. Gogne has a special interest in working with women presenting with both addiction and psychiatric issues, and also has experience with treatment of trauma and dialectical behavior therapy.
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.
Wilthonie Johnson-Goncalves, LCSW
Wilthonie Johnson-Goncalves, LCSW, is a clinical social worker with experience working with at-risk children and families as well as psychiatric patients in an inpatient setting. She received her undergraduate degree in human development and family studies from the University of Rhode Island and a graduate degree in social work from Rhode Island College. Ms. Johnson-Goncalves is a clinical coordinator in the Day Hospital and strives to provide a clinically safe environment where patients can address their psychiatric symptoms and learn valuable coping mechanisms to help manage symptoms.
Alpha Lefrancois has been at Women & Infants since 1993. She began as a case manager at Project Link and transitioned in 2015 to her current role as case manager at the Center for Women’s Behavioral Health. As case manager, she performs many functions including coordination of patient care, Day Hospital new patient orientation, referrals to housing, clothing, transportation, food, and employment assistance. She also coordinates referrals to other community and home visiting programs, and assists with temporary disability applications. Alpha is fluent in Spanish and provides interpretation services as needed. She holds an associate’s degree in human services and is a licensed chemical dependency professional through the Rhode Island Department of Health.
Laura Mayer, MD
Laura Mayer, MD, is a fellow at the Brown University/Women & Infants Hospital Women’s Mental Health Fellowship. She received her medical degree from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she was part of the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME). She completed a residency in general adult psychiatry at Boston University Medical Center, where she served as chief resident in her last year. Dr. Mayer’s primary interests include perinatal mental health, infertility, trauma, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and medical education.
Rosemary McNicholas Ryan, LCSW
Rosemary McNicholas Ryan, LCSW, is a clinical coordinator for Women’s Behavioral Health. A graduate of Yale University and the Columbia University School of Journalism, Ms. Ryan received her master’s degree in clinical social work, with a concentration in mental health, from Boston College.
She completed her internship at the Women & Infants Hospital Day Hospital, and provided in-home services for new mothers through the Jewish Family and Children Service’s Center for Early Relationship Support/Vulnerable Families team. Her primary clinical and academic interests include depression and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and postpartum, trauma, and resilience.
Dana Smigielski is a nursery attendant for the Day Hospital program. She began working in the nursery in 2015. Ms. Smigielski’s education and experience is in early childhood education, and she is infant, toddler, preschool, and director certified in Massachusetts. She has been working with children and families for more than 20 years. Her clinical interests include mother-infant attachment, infant/child growth and development, and art-focused therapy.
Kristin Wedel, LCSW
Kristin Wedel, LCSW, is a clinical care coordinator in the Day Hospital. A graduate of Bethel College in North Newton, KS, Ms. Wedel earned her masters in social work from Boston University. After working for years with homeless youth with HIV/AIDS, Ms. Wedel trained and worked at Butler Hospital, providing services to patients in the CBT/DBT partial hospital programs, with a particular focus on women’s mental health.