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Center for Children with Special Needs

Doctors + Care Team

Monica H. Ultmann, MD

Monica H. Ultmann, MD

Title(s): Director, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics; Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5621

Developmental disabilities, autism, literacy

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Bernadette M. Bentley, MPA

Bernadette M. Bentley, MPA

Title(s): Autism Resource Specialist
Department(s): Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5261

Autism spectrum disorder, writing, editing, project management

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Karen C. Bresnahan, MD

Karen C. Bresnahan, MD

Title(s): Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5621

Developmental and behavioral pediatrics, psychiatric disorders in children, learning disabilities, attention disorers, autism, ADHD

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Adam J. Geyer, MEd, MSW, LICSW

Adam J. Geyer, MEd, MSW, LICSW

Title(s): Senior Clinical Social Worker; Director of Social Work Training; Clinical Instructor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5261

Children’s mental health, cognitive-behavioral therapy, ADHD and ASD, fostering resiliency in families

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Sheryl Levy, MD

Sheryl Levy, MD

Title(s): Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5621

Evaluation and ongoing care for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavior management, executive function

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Cathy Mason, MEd

Cathy Mason, MEd

Title(s): Educational Specialist
Department(s): Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
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Formal evaluation of children and adolescents with learning, neurological, developmental and behavioral disorders and consultation to parents, schools and interns

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Karen J. Miller, MD

Karen J. Miller, MD

Title(s): Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician; Director of Training; Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5621

Developmental-behavioral pediatrics, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities

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Christina M. Mulé, PhD

Christina M. Mulé, PhD

Title(s): Pediatric Psychologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7242
Fax #: 617-636-5621

Assessment and intervention services to children with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders, behavior and family therapy with families of children with autism spectrum disorders and elimination disorders

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Ellen C. Perrin, MD

Ellen C. Perrin, MD

Title(s): Director of Research, Center for Children with Special Needs; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5621

Developmental-behavioral pediatrics, family functioning, chronic health problems, children in non-traditional families

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Kathleen Reilly, CCC-SLP

Kathleen Reilly, CCC-SLP

Title(s): Speech-Language Pathologist; Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5261

Disorders of communication, speech and language learning

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Wanda L. Rieman, PhD

Wanda L. Rieman, PhD

Title(s): Clinical Neuropsychologist
Department(s): Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7242
Fax #: 617-636-5621

Lifespan neuropsychology, psychotherapy using DBT, CBT, and narrative approaches

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Christine M. Sadowski, PhD

Christine M. Sadowski, PhD

Title(s): Child/Adolescent Psychologist
Department(s): Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7242
Fax #: 617-636-4852

ADHD, adolescent mental health, anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, learning disorders

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Christina Sakai, MD

Christina Sakai, MD

Title(s): Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician; Pediatric Hospitalist
Department(s): Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Pediatric Inpatient Specialists
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Developmental behavioral pediatrics, pediatric hospital medicine, pediatric inpatient care

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Erik von Hahn, MD

Erik von Hahn, MD

Title(s): Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-8100
Fax #: 617-636-5621

Working collaboratively with schools, the interface between the health care system and the educational system

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Jenifer Walkowiak, PhD

Jenifer Walkowiak, PhD

Title(s): Neuropsychologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7242
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Neuropsychological evaluations with children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders, social competence difficulties, executive function disorders, concussion management in children

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3rd Year Fellow

Bibiana Restrepo, MD

2nd Year Fellow

Amel Alawami is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in downtown Boston, MA. Amel Alawami, MD
Amel Alawami, MD is a Saudi pediatrician who joined the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program in July 2015, expected to graduate June 2018. Dr. Alawami founded "Ousraty" Arab family support group for Arab families with children with special needs. She is working on finishing a paper exploring the feasibility and effectiveness of M-CHAT as a screener for Autism in toddlers in the Saudi population. Dr. Alawami is also researching the cultural barriers that Arab family faces while accessing care for their children with autism. During the year 2016-2017, she joined the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellowship and Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. Her main interest is early identification and intervention, and parental education. Dr. Alawami is going back to Saudi after she completes her training to establish a developmental unit at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Center, start a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship and continue on community outreach services.

Kathleen Pitterle is a developmental-behavioral pediatrics fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in downtown Boston, MA. Kathleen Pitterle, DO
Kathleen Pitterle, DO currently provides care to medically complex and fragile children and young adults at New England Pediatric Care. Dr. Pitterle has previous publications on multimodal interventions for childhood apraxia of speech and social pragmatic interventions for ASD and social communication disorders. Her research interests include my fellowship research project on an investigation of factors affecting resiliency and thriving in children with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.

1st Year Fellow

Modar Sukkariah is a developmental-behavioral pediatrics fellow at Floating Hospital for Children in downtown Boston, MA. Modar Sukkariah, MD
Modar Sukkariah, MD is very interested in the development of healthy attachment between newborns and their caretakers, and how that affects the newborn's development as well as the caretakers' experience. There is a growing body of research showing the positive effects a good attachment has on newborns (e.g. decreased stress response, improved resilience) and on the primary care taker (e.g. decreased risk of postpartum depression, increased confidence in the transition to parenthood). Dr. Sukkariah currently demonstrates how to foster and promote this bond by teaching parents to read the subtle ways in which their newborn tries to communicate with them to pediatric interns. He is also evaluating how this education affects the residents' confidence in counseling parents on the care and well-being of newborns.

Before coming to Floating Hospital, Dr. Sukkariah worked with under-served populations in east Los Angeles and then in Northern California. In both locations, he was very moved by the prevalence of drug abuse in mothers, and how early intervention can have a positive butterfly effect on the future of every member in the family.