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Center for Children and Families
50 Holden Street
Providence, RI 02908
P: (401) 274-1122, ext. 48935

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Cynthia Miller Loncar, PhD
Cynthia Miller Loncar, PhD

Cynthia Miller Loncar, PhD, is the director of clinical services at the Center for Children and Families and an assistant professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She works both as a clinician and a researcher with expertise in parenting, child development and developmental disabilities. Dr. Loncar’s clinical service is focused on the early diagnosis of behavioral disorders, developmental disabilities and autism, as well as behavioral therapy for families and their children.

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Todd Levine, MD
Todd Levine, MD

Todd Levine, MD, provides clinical services at the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Clinic at the Center for Children and Families at Women & Infants Hospital, where he treats children and adults with ASDs and behavior difficulties. Treatment includes medication management, family therapy, individual therapy and school consultation.

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Pamela C. High, MD
Pamela C. High, MD

Pamela C. High, MD directs the Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) at Rhode Island Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and serves as program director for fellowship and residency training in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. In addition, she serves as the medical director of the Brown Center’s Infant Cry, Behavior and Sleep Program at Women & Infants Hospital.

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Amy L. Salisbury, PhD
Amy L. Salisbury, PhD

Amy L. Salisbury, PhD, is an associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is board-certified as a clinical nurse specialist in child and family psychiatry. Dr. Salisbury’s current research and clinical interests include neurobehavioral development, fetal and infant development, sleep development and disorders, perinatal and infant mental health, prenatal exposures, autism, and child psychopathology. Her clinical service focuses on treatment and medication management of children with autism, sleep disorders, and neurobehavioral development in preterm infants.

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Stephen J. Sheinkopf, PhD
Stephen J. Sheinkopf, PhD

Stephen J. Sheinkopf, PhD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Sheinkopf works as both a clinician and a researcher with expertise is the area of autism and developmental disabilities. Dr. Sheinkopf’s clinical service is focused on the early diagnosis and clinical management of autism. Dr. Sheinkopf is co-director of the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment.

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Kristen C. Stone, PhD
Kristen C. Stone, PhD

Kristen C. Stone, PhD, is an assistant professor of Psychiatry at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She received her PhD. in clinical psychology with subspecialties in behavioral medicine and public health from the University of Memphis. She completed her clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University.

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Jean Twomey, MSW, PhD
Jean Twomey, MSW, PhD

Jean Twomey, MSW, PhD, has extensive clinical experience in early childhood. She provides therapy to children and their families through the Behavior and Development, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Infant Behavior, Cry and Sleep clinics at Women & Infants Center for Children and Families. She has worked with families affected by perinatal substance use through research, program development and treatment.

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Katheleen Hawes, PCNS
Katheleen Hawes, PCNS

Katheleen Hawes, RN, CNS, PhD, provides clinical services in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and at the Perinatal and Postpartum Clinic at the Center for Children and Families at Women & Infants Hospital, where she treats women and their partners experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety issues. Treatment includes individual and family psychotherapy. She is an assistant professor (adjunct) in the Department of Pediatrics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She trained in adult psychiatry and mental health at the University of Rhode Island and is board certified in adult psychiatric-mental health advanced practice nursing.

Her research, clinical work, and lectures focus on stress and trauma related to the premature birth experience. In addition she studies the relationship between nursing practice and parent and infant outcomes; nurse-patient interaction; the health care work environment and provider and patient outcomes; and system and culture change in health care.

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Pamela J. Plucinski, CNS
Pamela J. Plucinski, CNS

Pamela Plucinski, MS, PMHCNS, BC, is a clinical nurse specialist, board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Rhode Island College and her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from Boston College. Pamela treats children and adolescents experiencing a variety of symptoms, including mood instability, depression, anxiety and ADHD. With 20 years of experience, Pamela also provides psychopharmacology consultations and medication management for children and adolescents with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Rosemarie Bigsby, ScD
Rosemarie Bigsby, ScD

Rosemary Bigsby, ScD, is coordinator of NICU services in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU and Newborn Nurseries, as well as outpatient therapy services at the Center for Children and Families at Women & Infants Hospital.

Her career as a pediatric occupational therapist for more than four decades has included direct service, supervision, clinical education and research. She has had a career-long interest in infant development and is co-author of “Developmental and Therapeutic Interventions in the NICU,” a textbook for NICU professionals, and “The Posture and Fine Motor Assessment of Infants,” an assessment tool for infants. 

She has participated in a number of developmental studies, most recently “Effects of open-bay vs. single-room NICU on infant outcomes at discharge,” and is an invited member of the interdisciplinary Gravens Consensus Panel on Developmental Care, which is developing standards for family-centered, developmentally supportive care of infants in the NICU. Her current focus is on improving outcomes for infants in the NICU through developmental assessment and interventions, and on developing an interdisciplinary approach to initiating and progressing breast and bottle feeding. Dr. Bigsby was awarded the Inaugural Pioneer in Neonatal Therapy Award, 2015, National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) for “outstanding and enduring efforts as a forerunner in education, mentoring and innovation in the specialized field of neonatal therapy.”

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Denise Mitchell, LICSW