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CMTP Faculty & Staff

Program Director, Shamaila Khan, Ph.D.

Dr. Khan is a Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School Of Medicine. She is additionally the Training Director of the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, and the Director for the Center for Multicultural Mental Health at BU. She has a Psychodynamic background and an interest in Postcolonial theory. Her specialty training is in Trauma: Individual trauma, group/community based trauma, disaster related trauma, immigration and postcolonial trauma. As such, Dr. Khan was recently the Director of Behavioral Health and Resiliency Services at the Massachusetts Resiliency Center, serving the survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombings. Her additional interests are in multicultural clinical practice and multivariate aspects of identity development and she has presented on these topics at varying national and international conferences. She is an active member of several committees within the APA Division of Psychoanalysis (39). She additionally serves on the Disaster Behavioral Health Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts DMH. She is a recipient of several awards, most recently including the “Humanitarian Service Award” for her work with the Rohingyan Refugees in Bangladesh; the “Service Appreciation Award” for her work following the Boston Marathon Tragedy; “Woman of the Year Appreciation Award” by Pakistani Association of NY; and an “Outstanding service award” by the U. S. Attorney’s Office for services provided during the Tsarnaev trail. She is of Pakistani American descent and as a Muslim raised on three different continents, she is conversant in seven languages.

Primary Supervisor / Core Faculty, Cara Fuchs, Ph.D.

Cara is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in primary care behavioral health integration. She received her MPH in Epidemiology from Boston University in 2005, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from University of Massachusetts, Boston, in 2011. She currently serves as Director of Behavioral Health Integration in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at BU School of Medicine. Her interests include improving access to behavioral health services, increasing cultural sensitivity in integrated primary care, and involving patients in the development of integrated care models. She has experience working in various primary care settings including the VA and university hospital-based family and internal medicine practices. In these settings, she has served as a behavioral health consultant, directed quality improvement projects, created group medical visits, and provided teaching and training to medicine residents, embedded behavioral health providers, and paraprofessionals. She is an active member of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, currently serving as Co-Chair of the Behavioral Medicine/Integrated Primary Care Special Interest Group. She is of Cape Verdean and Russian descent and was raised Jewish.

Core Faculty, Ferdinand Jones, Ph.D.

Ferdinand received his doctorate degree in Psychology from the University of Vienna. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Brown University in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences. He has been visiting scholar at several colleges and universities both in the United States and abroad. He is co-editor, with his brother Arthur C. Jones, of a volume of essays entitled, The Triumph of the Soul: Cultural and Psychological Aspects of African-American Music. He is a past president of the American Orthopsychiatric Association. Dr. Jones has a distinguished career in academic and clinical Psychology. In addition to his academic role Dr. Jones served as Director of the Psychological Services at Brown University, he has served on many boards and committees. In addition to his recent book, he has numerous articles published in noted journals. Dr. Jones is of African-American descent.

Primary Supervisor / Core Faculty, Sandra Mattar, Psy.D.

Dr. Mattar is currently an Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist at the Boston University School of Medicine (Psychiatry)/ Boston Medical Center, as well as Faculty/Supervisor at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (Boston Medical Center). She is a licensed psychologist with more than 20 years of clinical and teaching experience combined. She has done field research around war trauma in Lebanon. Dr. Mattar was Associate Dean of the Kalmanovitz School of Education and Associate Professor in the Graduate Counseling Program at Saint Mary’s College of California. She was also a professor in the PsyD program at JFK University (California). Dr. Mattar is a founding member of the Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA), and is a Past Chair of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs of APA. She is currently a member of the APA Race and Ethnicity Guidelines Task Force. Dr. Mattar’s research interests are on the intersection of psychological trauma and culture; immigrants and refugee mental health; mental health disparities; multicultural and international psychology; cultural considerations in disaster mental health; culturally-sensitive education and training, and mindfulness and spirituality. She is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Psychological Trauma. Dr. Mattar is bilingual in English and Spanish and speaks conversational Arabic and French. She holds a Yoga Teacher certification (YTT500 hours).

Primary Supervisor / Core Faculty, Olivia Moorehead-Slaughter, Ph.D.

Dr. Moorehead-Slaughter is a child clinical trained licensed Psychologist with over 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents, families and adults across a range of settings including outpatient mental health clinics, schools, child care centers, juvenile and probate courts, community health centers, and social service agencies. She received her doctorate from the University of Denver. Dr. Moorehead-Slaughter is the former Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Licensure for Psychologists and the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethics Committee. She is Past President of APA’s Division 35 (The Society for the Psychology of Women) and in 2014, received the Div. 35 Bonnie A. Strickland and Jessica Henderson Daniel Distinguished Mentoring Award. Dr. Moorehead-Slaughter is the former Chair of the APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI) and a former member of the APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA). She has a private consulting practice which includes working with faculty and administrators in independent schools throughout the country on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; clinical consultation, presentations, and workshops. Dr. Moorehead-Slaughter is the Psychologist at The Park School (a pre-kindergarten through grade eight independent school) in Brookline, Massachusetts. She identifies as a cisgendered, African-American female.

Primary Supervisor / Core Faculty, Martha Vibbert, Ph.D.

Martha is a licensed Psychologist with specialization in Child Psychology. She received a master’s in Counseling Psychology from Harvard University and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from NYU. Dr. Vibbert is Director of the SPARK Center, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at BU School of Medicine and Affiliated Faculty at BU’s Center for Global Health and Development. She is Co-Chair of the World Forum’s Working Group on Early Child Development and HIV/AIDS, and founding Director of Universal Baby, a global, video and mobile technology intervention to support parenting for early brain development within diverse communities and cultures. Her interests include the impact of HIV and other chronic diseases on early neurodevelopment and childhood resilience; developmentally-informed disclosure of diagnoses and proactive health literacy interventions; and community-based integration of healthcare and education for young children living in high adversity settings. Dr. Vibbert is engaged in projects in Zambia, Uganda, and Peru. She is of mixed European descent.

Seminar Leader/Core Faculty, Christina Borba, Ph.D., MPH

Christina P.C. Borba, PhD, MPH is the Director of Research in the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of the Global and Local Center for Mental Health Disparities at Boston Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. Until 2016, she was the Director of Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Global Psychiatry. As a behavioral scientist who specializes in mixed research methodologies focusing on global mental health, she has extensive research experience that is deeply rooted in contexts of diverse populations. Dr. Borba has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers spanning populations in over ten countries. She is currently the PI of a NIMH research training grant, which seeks to understand and respond to the existing 5:1 male-to-female prevalence ratio for schizophrenia in Butajira, Ethiopia. In addition, she has led research examining factors influencing health-seeking behaviors and disparities in mental health care for women with serious mental illness both domestically and abroad. Dr. Borba’s capacity building work has expanded to other post-conflict and low-resource settings, specifically in western and eastern Africa, where primary care has been identified as a potential point of entry into care for people needing mental health services. She regularly advises and teaches psychiatry residents, research fellows, and public health students about performing global mental health research in resource-limited countries using quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Seminar Leader / Core Faculty, John Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. John Brown is a licensed clinical psychologist and Massachusetts Designated Forensic Psychologist. He is the Program Director for the Tufts Medical Center Forensic Evaluation Team, which conducts evaluations for Massachusetts District and Superior Courts in inpatient and jail settings. He completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University, received his clinical psychology doctorate from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, and completed post-doctoral studies at MGH (clinical) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (forensic). Dr. Brown was previously the Director of Psychology at BMC-Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller MH Center, a Massachusaetts DMH Forensic Evaluation Unit. He has extensive experience in the practice of psychology in inpatient and forensic settings. His current clinical and research interests include applied and comparative ethics, including the ethics of practitioner deception.

Seminar Leader / Core Faculty, Andrew Clark, M.D.

Andrew Clark, M.D. is an adult and child psychiatrist with expertise in forensic psychiatry.  He is currently the Director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center, as well as the Chief of Outpatient Psychiatry there, and is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University. Dr. Clark has a special interest in child and family forensic psychiatry, as well as correctional psychiatry.  Dr. Clark co-leads the forensic seminar series in the CMTP program. He previously worked as the Medical Director of the Children and the Law Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as the Director of Psychiatric Services at the Suffolk County House of Correction. He is of Anglo/French heritage, and was raised as Protestant in the Midwest.

Seminar Leader / Core Faculty, Shani Dowd, LHD (hc)

Shani is a licensed Social Worker who is African American and lesbian. She is the Director of the Health Equity Roundtable, a program of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. She is a frequent presenter at teaching conferences nationally and regionally, with expertise in the provision of culturally informed health care systems, health disparities and the particular needs of communities of color and LGBTQ communities. Mx. Dowd is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine, and has been an instructor and supervisor with CMTP for more than thirty years. She currently teaches the seminar, “Design and Delivery of Culturally Appropriate Mental Health Services”. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of William James College, and a Trustee of the Fields, Hannagan and Walters Charitable Foundation. In addition to numerous awards, she is the 2017 recipient of the Massachusetts Public Health Association’s Lemuel Shattuck Award for contributions to the field of public health.

Seminar Leader / Core Faculty, David Trimble, Ph.D.

David is a licensed Psychologist and family therapist whose work focuses on the interplay of culture, social class, and gender in family life within a social justice framework. His interest in multiple system intervention includes the problems that develop between school, student, and family around learning disabilities. He is currently interested in publishing on the Intersections of Psychotherapy and Spirituality. He teaches the Multicultural Family Systems Seminar. Dr. Trimble received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University's Department of Psychology and Social Relations. He is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy. He has been affiliated with CMTP since its beginning in 1972. Dr. Trimble is of Scots/Irish-American and English-American descent and is Jewish.

Seminar Leader/Core Faculty, Andrea Weiss, Psy.D.

Andrea (Andi) is a licensed Psychologist with a specialization in child psychology. She received her doctorate in Clinical Child Psychological from Yeshiva University and completed her pre and post-doctoral training At McLean Hospital in Belmont. Andrea has worked in the public schools as a psychologist for the past 30 years and has a private practice specializing in neuropsychological evaluation and advocacy. In addition, she has worked at Boston Medical Center in the Psychiatric Emergency Department since 1994. Her primary interests include learning disabilities in school aged children and its impact on mental health. Andrea is of Eastern European decent( Polish, Austrian, Hungarian) and is Jewish.

Staff: Office Manager, Sarah McCoy, B.A.

Sarah started her career at Boston Medical Center 26 years ago. She managed the administrative office of the Chief of Surgical Critical Care, Department of Surgery. During this tenure, she also worked for Boston Medflight, Inc., the medical flight rescue program, under the CEO. For four years she managed all the administrative duties of the office of Surgical Oncology, Breast Surgery. Prior to coming to BMC, Ms. McCoy graduated from the University of Massachusetts/Boston with a Bachelor’s of Art degree in English. During her senior year at UMB, the Office of Grant and Contract Administration hired her full-time. She edited faculty grant proposals/contracts and was solely responsible for initiating and developing a computerized system for grant and contract preparation, eventually becoming the administrator for pre-award grant and contract functions. After three years in this position, she moved to the College of Nursing to assist the Project Director, of Boston University, on an NIH Training Grant for Critical Care Nursing. She is presently an Inspector for Boston City Hall’s Election Department.