Betsy Bilodeau, LICSW, LCDP earned her bachelors degree at Providence College and a masters in social work from Rhode Island College. She began her clinical work at the East Bay Mental Health Center as a substance abuse clinician as well as a student assistance counselor in the East Providence school system. In addition to her clinical work at the Center, Betsy developed a drug prevention curriculum for all of the fi fth grade classrooms in East Providence.
Betsy is now employed as a clinical social worker at Project Link. Her clinical interests are treating pregnant and postpartum women with co-occurring disorders. Betsy has started a therapeutic writing group at Project Link and strongly believes the arts should be an integral part of intensive outpatient programs. In her spare time, Betsy enjoys photography and music.
Matthew Boucher, LICSW, LCDP has been working with pregnant/postpartum women in recovery for more than 10 years. He started at SStarbirth as a BSW intern at Rhode Island College and was hired after graduation. He received his license in chemical dependency and continued his education, earning a masters in social work in 2005 at Rhode Island College. Matthew was placed at Four Women in Attleboro for his masters degree internship and was hired to work there part time as well.
Matthew joined Women & Infants Hospital in 2007 and earned his LICSW in 2009. He recently started teaching a bachelor’s level social work class as an adjunct staff at Rhode Island College. He also maintains a part-time private practice. His areas of specialty include substance abuse, women’s treatment, couples work, trauma, anxiety, and LGBT issues.
Lynn Hess, PhD is clinical director of Project Link, an outpatient program for pregnant and postpartum women working to overcome substance abuse and mental health problems. A graduate of Brown University, Dr. Hess earned a doctor of philosophy in clinical psychology from Long Island University. She completed an internship in clinical psychology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York, where she also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Addiction Institute.
Dr. Hess is a clinical assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a member of the Suboxone Task Force at Women & Infants Hospital, as well as the Rhode Island Prematurity Task Force and the Rhode Island Women’s Health Council.
Neha S. Hudepohl, MD, is the 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 in both obstetric patients and the general population.
Joyce I. Lanni-Fishpaw, LCMHC, LCDSII is a licensed mental health clinician at Project Link who has worked for more than 30 years in the mental health and substance abuse field. She holds a masters degree and a certificate of advanced graduate studies degree in counseling, maintains a chemical dependency supervisor, level II license through the RI Department of Health, and is also a licensed mental health counselor.
Joyce has worked in various treatment settings including Adcare Hospital’s inpatient detoxifi cation unit and as the clinical supervisor for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Day Treatment Program. Her work experience includes the Utilization Review and Management Department, utilizing the partnership criteria to provide authorization for partial day treatment programs. Joyce spearheaded a program with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Obstetrics Department for early identifi cation and treatment of pregnant women with substance abuse and dependency. She has taught as a faculty member of the Psychology Department at the Community College of Rhode Island and has extensive experience providing therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups.
Alpha Roca, LCDP is a Spanish-speaking counselor at Project Link who has worked for more than 23 years in the substance abuse field. She holds a chemical dependency license through the RI Department of Health, and has worked in a domestic violence shelter facility, including work in the court system with restraining orders. Alpha was also a case manager for many years at Project Link.
She is currently working as a liaison between Project Link and Women & Infants Hospital, working closely with hospital social workers, nurses, case managers, and residents. Her work experience includes case management as well as providing group and individual therapy.