Welcome to the Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. We provide addiction treatment, emergency psychiatric services, child and adolescent services, adult services, integrated behavioral health services and global and local research programs. Our faculty, clinicians and staff are deeply committed to providing excellent care to the diverse populations served by Boston Medical Center, the Boston Veterans Administration Health System, and our community health center partners.

Our programs focus on mitigating the social determinants of health and providing culturally sensitive care, training, and research. Explore our department, its outstanding clinical services, and world-class research and training opportunities below.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health-related crisis call our toll-free 24hr hotline: 1-800-981-HELP (4357). Telehealth is also available!

Contact Us

850 Harrison Ave (follow signs for Dowling) Boston, MA 02118
9th Floor
Dowling Building
617.414.4238
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m; Tuesday, Thursday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Specialty Clinics

Boston Medical Center Emergency Services Program (BMC ESP)

We have three emergency service programs that provide comprehensive evaluation, intervention, and treatment for people in psychiatric crisis in the community. BEST provides these services to the community in the City of Boston, while other three programs provide emergency services in Cambridge, Somerville, and Fall River.

Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights

The Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR) is a key program of the BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center (IRHC), a cross-departmental Center at BMC that provides one central place through which BMC's immigrant and refugee patients can get connected with the physical, mental and social services they need to heal and thrive.

Our Team

Psychiatrists & Psychologists

David C Henderson, MD

Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Global mental health capacity building 

Joanna Piechniczek-Buczek, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

General adult psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, addiction psychiatry

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Michael A Dawes, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Training the next generation of Addiction Psychiatry fellows and Addiction Medicine Fellows, Innovative interactive training modalities for residents and fellows

Medical Directors

Natalija Bogdanovic, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Evidence-based psychopharmacology, Expert second opinion

Alison M Duncan, MD

Associate Medical Director, Psychiatry Emergency Services

Special Interests

Child and adolescent psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, depression in children and adolescents, parent-child communication 

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Kevin M Donnelly-Boylen, MD

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, LGBTQ+ Mental Health

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Andrew B Clark, MD

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Forensic psychiatry

Adult Psychiatrists

Andrew B Clark, MD

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Forensic psychiatry

Michael A Dawes, MD

Clinical Associate Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Training the next generation of Addiction Psychiatry fellows and Addiction Medicine Fellows, Innovative interactive training modalities for residents and fellows

Tae Woo Park, MD

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Addiction Psychiatry

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Wendy Qiu, MD, PhD

Instructor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Geriatric Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry

Esteban P Toledo Carrion, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Cross cultural psychiatry, medical education

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Eugene O Uzogara, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Psychiatry

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Dara L Wilensky, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Consultation Liaison Psychiatry; Emergency Psychiatry; Psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy

Nurse Practitioners

Adult Psychologists

Leslie A Fishman, PhD

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Clinical and Behavioral Psychology

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Sarah E Valentine, PhD

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Trauma and Stressor-related disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Behavioral Medicine, Sexual Risk Behaviors, Special issues related to LGBT health

Santia Berberena, PsyD

Attending Psychologist-Center for Digestive Disorders

Special Interests

adult mental health, bariatric medicine, health psychology and stress management techniques, interventions in clinical hypnosis, trauma informed interventions and care, Latino and Afro-Caribbean mental health, immigrant mental health, Native American mental health

Adult Therapists and Clinical Social Workers

Victoria Chenevert, LCSW

Special Interests

Trauma, Gender, Sexuality, LGBTQ, Shame, Race-based trauma and stress, social justice and equity 

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Kendra Harris, LCSW

Special Interests

Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD and Substance Use Disorders 

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Victoria Kachinski, LICSW

Special Interests

Women's Health, Pregnancy, Couples Counseling, LGBTQ+ Health, Immigrant Rights, Chronic Illness, Life Transitions, Grief & Loss

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Helena A Rocha, LICSW

Special Interests

Play therapy with children, Psychotherapy with adolescents, psycho-education for behavioral, developmental issues

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Kathryn Snyder, LCSW, MPH

Special Interests

Trauma, Sexual/Domestic Violence, Body Image and Disordered Eating, LGBTQ+ Identity and Health 

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Child Psychiatrists

Natalija Bogdanovic, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Evidence-based psychopharmacology, Expert second opinion

Christine M Crawford, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Community Psychiatry, Psychotic Disorders, Mood Disorders, Psychopharmacology, Community Outreach and Engagement

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Alison M Duncan, MD

Associate Medical Director, Psychiatry Emergency Services

Special Interests

Child and adolescent psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, depression in children and adolescents, parent-child communication 

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Micaela B Owusu, MD

Assistant Professor, Program Director of Adult Psychiatry Residency

Special Interests

Children, Adolescents, Adults, LGBTQIA+, Amplifying voices of minoritized patient experiences, medical education, global medical education

Andrea E Spencer, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Children, ADHD, Mental health disparities

Dana S Rubin, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Massachusetts

Special Interests

Neurodevelopmental disorders; Psychopharmacology; Assessment and treatment of special populations (children and adolescents with physical illnesses and developmental delays); Mental health education and consultation to pediatric specialty care

Amy M Yule, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders, Young Adults with Substance Use Disorders, Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders and Psychiatric Disorders

Child Psychologists

Lisa F Bibuld, PsyD

Instructor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Anxiety and Depression, Child and Family Relationships, Trauma, ADHD and Impulsivity, School and Social Relationships

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Laura J Goldstein, PsyD

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Child Psychology, Medical Psychology
Pediatric chronic pain, concussion, coping with chronic illness, sleep, anxiety, and tics

Roxana Llerena-Quinn, PhD

Adjunct Instructor, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Health, Families in Transition Depression, Anxiety, Trauma-related Stress

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Lovern R Moseley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Trauma/stressor-related, depressive, and disruptive behavior disorders; Trauma-focused and cognitive-behavioral therapies; Parenting skills training; Assessment and treatment of special populations (children and adolescents in foster care, families of Caribbean descent); Mental health education and consultation to the child welfare system

Physician Associates

Research Overview

Through research, the Department of Psychiatry seeks to advance our understanding of the causes of and risk factors for psychiatric illnesses; to facilitate the development of more effective diagnostic, treatment, and prevention strategies for a wide array of psychiatric disorders; and to improve the quality and accessibility of our mental health services. We conduct a wide range of research that include:

  • basic science
  • clinical trials
  • implementation science
  • health services research
  • qualitative and mixed-methods research
  • epidemiologic research
  • epigenetic research
  • community-based participatory research
  • biobank initiatives

Our research initiatives encompass a wide variety of specialties, including maternal and child mental health, veterans’ health, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction psychiatry, Alzheimer’s disease, refugee health, global psychiatry, depression, and serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.

We apply a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the complex mental health needs of our patients, in both global and local contexts. We are engaged in research projects in more than 15 countries in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Middle East.  

Global & Local Center for Mental Health Disparities

The Global & Local Center for Mental Health Disparities aims to improve the mental health of global communities through clinical, research, and training initiatives. The Center works both locally in Boston and globally to build the capacity of our partners to provide mental health care, conduct research, and build the next generation of mental health professionals, all while ensuring our work is culturally informed.

Africa Global Mental Health Institute (AGMHI) 

The Africa Global Mental Health Institute works to equip mental health professionals in Africa with the tools they need to effectively care for those with mental illnesses, through training and education programs, research, and partnerships with key stakeholders.

    Residency and Fellowship Information

    The Department of Psychiatry is deeply committed to providing education for the next generation of psychiatric and clinical care providers. With our exceptionally diverse patient population and wide array of clinical services and research, we offer a unique place for providers to learn. We provide training opportunities for:

    Learn more about the educational programs by clicking on the links above and by visiting the Boston University School of Medicine website.  

    Affiliations

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    As the principal teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), Boston Medical Center is devoted to training future generations of healthcare professionals.  Learn more about Boston University School of Medicine.