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Meet Our Team

Our BACPAC team members come from varied training backgrounds. They includie physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, pediatric resource specialists and education specialists. We are also an associate of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at Bridgewater State College, a nationally recognized authority on bullying and cyberbullying.


Read more about Peter Raffalli, MD

Assistant, Department of Neurology; Director, BACPAC

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Michael Rich, MD, MPH

Director, Digital Wellness Lab; Director, Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA); Co-Director, Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID)

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Part-Time), Harvard Medical School

Read more about Claire McCarthy, MD

Pediatrician, Children's Hospital Primary Care Center (CHPCC); Director, Pediatric Diagnostic Program

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Nicole Baumer, MD, MEd

Director, Down Syndrome Program; Assistant, Department of Neurology and Developmental Medicine Center

Instructor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Psychiatrists and Psychologists

Read more about Soundhari Balaguru, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Boston Children's Hospital Neighbor Partnerships

Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Jason Fogler, PhD

Attending Psychologist, Division of Developmental Medicine

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Stuart Goldman, MD

Senior Attending Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry


Read more about Judith A. Vessey, PhD, MBA, RN, DPNP, FAAN

Nurse Scientist, Medicine Patient Services

Social Workers

Read more about Shuei Kozu, MSW, LICSW, MHA, PhD

Clinical Social Worker, Department of Neurology

Read more about Francie Mandel, MSW, LICSW

Senior Clinical Social Worker, Division of Endocrinology

Read more about Elizabeth Wharff, PhD, MSW, LICSW

Psychiatry Social Work Supervisor; Director, Social Work Training Program; Clinical Research Scientist

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Read more about Matthew Snell, MSW, LICSW, LABA

Clinical Social Worker, Autism Spectrum Center


Read more about Kristelle Lavalle, MA

Interactive Media Specialist, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine

Read more about Catherine Petty, MA, MEd, LMHC

Special Education Consultant, Department of Neurology

Read more about Amy Dougrey, MEd

Patient & Family Educator, Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention and Advocacy Collaborative (BACPAC)