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Center for Children and Families

Child and Family Development

As a parent, you want the best for your child. Whether it’s an infant having difficulty sleeping, a school-age child with autism, or a former “preemie” experiencing some developmental delays, you want to see them be happy and healthy and developing as best as they can. At Women & Infants, we offer a variety of inpatient and outpatient services to help you and your family.

The Brown Center For The Study Of Children At Risk

The Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk was established at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital in 2005. The mission of the Center is to stimulate outstanding interdisciplinary research, education, and clinical services on the biological and social factors that determine the developmental outcome of at-risk children.

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Contact Information:

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

Hours
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday - Friday

No Show Policy
We have a policy for missed appointments at all Women & Infants' physician practices. If you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment, please give us at least 24 hours notice.

Please be advised that this location is a provider-based clinic and both a physician and facility fee will be assessed, which may result in a higher out-of-pocket expense.

Our Pediatrics Services

NICU Family Support

We work with families who are experiencing difficulties related to adjustment problems, anxiety, and depression connected with the birth of their preterm infant or chronic psychiatric conditions that affect the relationship with their infant.

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Center for Children and Families Clinical Services

Feel like your infant is having more than normal difficulties with crying, sleeping and feeding? Women & Infants hosts the one-of-a-kind Infant Behavior, Cry and Sleep Clinic.

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Neonatal Follow-up Program

The Center offers individual adult services to support women during the perinatal and postpartum periods through outpatient behavioral health services, as well as services during infancy around sleep and regulatory difficulties.

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Meet the Child and Family Development Team

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

Casey A. Cragin, Psy.D.

Casey Cragin, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist. She provides early childhood mental health services, including diagnostic evaluations and child and family therapy services, at the Center for Children and Families.

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. 

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.

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.