Speakers

Marilyn Augustyn, Renee Boynton-Jarrett, Laurie Douglass, Jack Maypole, Jack Maypole, Mediatrix Chimdi Mbamalu, Neena McConnico, Carmen Rosa Norona, Adiaha I. A. Spinks-Franklin, Ana Treadaway, Monica Ultmann, L. Erik von Hahn

Marilyn Augustyn, MD

Course Co-Director
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Division of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics
Co-Editor, “Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics: A Handbook for Primary Care”

Dr. Augustyn is a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. She is board certified in Developmental and Behavioral. 30+ years ago she began her career as a biomedical engineer in Chicago; she subsequently completed medical school at Loyola University in Chicago and residency in Pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles, followed by fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston City Hospital.

Dr. Augustyn has an active clinical practice evaluating and treating children with a broad range of developmental and behavioral disorders. Her research interests and grant activities have focused on the impact of in utero cocaine and opioid exposure, witnessing violence and the role of family navigation in supporting families following the diagnosis of a child with an autism spectrum disorder. She has served on numerous state and national committees, including the American Board of Pediatrics DBP Subboard. She is the DBP section co-editor for the online journal Up To Date and is co-editor of the Challenging Case Series for the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. A personal and professional goal has been to advance the partnership between DBP and general pediatrics to support the development of all children.

Dr. Augustyn and her husband are the proud parents of two young adults- 19 and 21 years of age. She enjoys running, reading, and gardening.

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Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Founding Director
Vital Village Network

Renée Boynton-Jarrett, a pediatrician and social epidemiologist, is an associate professor at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. She is the founding director of the Vital Village Network. Vital Village uses a trauma-informed lens to improve community capacity to promote child wellbeing in Boston and support coalitions nationally through the NOW Forum. Her scholarship has focused on early-life adversities as life course social determinants of health. She has a specific concentration on psychosocial stress and neuroendocrine and reproductive health outcomes, including obesity, puberty, and fertility. She is nationally recognized for work on the intersection of community violence, intimate partner violence, and child abuse and neglect and neighborhood characteristics that influence these patterns. Through dedicated community partnerships her current work is developing community-based strategies to promote child wellbeing and prevent childhood adversities. She has received numerous awards for teaching, clinical care, and public health including the Massachusetts Public Health Association Paul Revere Award for outstanding impact on public health and an honorary degree. She received her AB from Princeton University, her MD from Yale School of Medicine, and ScD in Social Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health, and completed residency in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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Laurie Douglass, MD

Chief, Division of Child Neurology
Co-Director, Pediatric Epilepsy
Director, Telehealth Epilepsy Care Collaborative
Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Neurology

Dr. Douglass is the Chief of Child Neurology and co-Director of Pediatric Epilepsy at Boston Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. Her clinical and research interests include improving neurological outcomes for children, epilepsy in the developing brain, and improving health care systems for children with epilepsy. She lead the investigation of seizures in the NIH funded ELGAN-2, the Extremely Low Gestational Age Newborn study and the current study, Environment, Epigenetics, Neurodevelopment & Health of Children Born Extremely Preterm. Her work with this cohort required the development of a novel parent seizure screening tool which has been validated in English and Spanish and has been translated into Brazilian Portuguese. The screening tool has been used for research in her work with the NIH and by the CDC for a study of Zika virus on the developing brain. The screening tool has also been implemented clinically in Massachusetts to assist primary care providers and developmental and behavioral pediatricians with identifying children and youth at high risk for seizures.

Dr. Douglass is the director and principal investigator for the Telehealth Epilepsy Care Collaborative (TECC) which has been funded since 2016 by the Maternal Child Health Bureau at the Health Resources and Services Administration. TECC aims to improve access to comprehensive quality health care for children and youth with epilepsy, especially those facing health disparities or geographic barriers, using novel telehealth strategies and mobile health applications.

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Jack Maypole, MD

Course Co-Director
Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics, BUSM/BMC
Vice Chair of Population Health and Practice Transformation
Director, Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) Medical Director, Special Kids Special Care Program Medical


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Jack Maypole, MD

Course Co-Director
Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics, BUSM/BMC
Vice Chair of Population Health and Practice Transformation
Director, Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) Medical Director, Special Kids Special Care Program Medical

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Mediatrix Chimdi Mbamalu, MD, MPH, MSPH, FAAP

Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics Fellow
Boston Medical Center

Dr. Mbamalu is a 3rd year Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellow at Boston Medical Center, Boston Massachusetts. She is board certified in Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Mbamalu received her medical degree from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, an MPH degree in Maternal and Child Health (Advanced Leadership Tract), and an MSPH in Clinic Research/Biostatistics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham Alabama. Dr. Mbamalu completed a residency in Pediatrics at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City Tennesse.

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Neena McConnico, PhD, LMHC

Director, Child Witness to Violence Project
Division of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics
Boston Medical Center

Neena McConnico, Ph.D., LMHC is the Program Director for the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center and adjunct lecturer at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She was a consultant on the Boston Defending Childhood Initiative focused on planning and implementing city-wide responses to violence. Dr. McConnico serves as core faculty for Futures Without Violence designing and disseminating national curricula and training initiatives. She is a Co-Leader of the Department of Pediatrics Council of Social Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Boston Medical Center. In addition, Dr. McConnico has provided numerous trainings to cross-disciplinary entities focused on the impacts of violence exposure, systemic trauma and promoting resilience. Dr. McConnico has expertise in working with early childhood serving systems to create and implement trauma-informed practices.

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Carmen Rosa Norona, LICSW, MSW, MS. Ed., IECMH-E®

Child Trauma and Clinical Services and Training Lead/Early Trauma Treatment Boston Site Associate Director
Child Witness to Violence

Carmen Rosa Noroña, LICSW, MSW, MS. Ed., IECMH-E® is the Child Trauma Clinical Services and Training Lead at Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center. She is a Child-Parent Psychotherapy National Trainer, an expert faculty of the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood Training (DC: 0-5) and one of the developers of the Harris Professional Development Network Diversity Informed Tenets for Work with Infants Children and Families Initiative (https://diversityinformedtenets.org) and of the Boston Medical Center Family Preparedness Plan for Immigrant Families. Her practice and research interests are on the impact of trauma on attachment; the intersection of culture, immigration and trauma; diversity-informed reflective supervision and consultation; and on the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practice in real world settings. She is a Co-Leader of the Department of Pediatrics Council of Social Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Boston Medical Center. In addition, she serves as core faculty of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) Being Anti-Racist is Central to Trauma-Informed Care Initiative and as a member of the NCTSN Steering Committee. Ms. Noroña has adapted and translated materials for Spanish-speaking families affected by trauma and has also contributed to the literature in infant and early childhood mental health, diversity and immigration.

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Adiaha I. A. Spinks-Franklin, MD, MPH, FAAP

Founder and Director of R.A.C.E. C.A.R.D. (Race and Children Education Collaborative of Anti-Racist Developmental Professionals)
Attending Physician, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Texas Children's Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine

Adiaha Spinks-Franklin, MD, MPH is a board certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician at Texas Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics for Baylor College of Medicine. As a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), she serves as the Education Committee Chair on the Executive Committee of the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. As a member of the Society of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, she served on the Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee. She is Founder of the pediatric anti-racism social justice organization Race and Children Educational Collaborative of Anti-Racist Developmental-Behavioral Professionals (RACE CARD).

Dr. Spinks-Franklin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994. She graduated with honors from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in Nashville, TN in 1999. She completed Pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan/Wayne State University in Detroit, MI in 2002. She completed the Dyson Advocacy Fellowship in 2003, and the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship in 2005 at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, Boston MA. She earned a Master’s in Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005. She participates in global pediatric healthcare projects in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America.

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Ana Treadaway, MD

Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics Fellow
Boston Medical Center

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Monica Ultmann, MD, FAAP

Director of the Center for Children with Special Needs, Tufts Children’s Hospital
Division Director of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston

Dr. Ultmann is a graduate of Oberlin College, the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, and completed her pediatric residency at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at New York Presbyterian, and a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Fellowship at Albert Einstein.

Dr. Ultmann has worked with toddlers and preschool children and their families for the majority of her clinical career, emphasizing early identification and treatment of children with ASD. Dr. Ultmann’s advocacy and research interest is in literacy emergence in children with developmental disabilities. Working collaboratively with the Reach Out and Read National Center here in Boston, she is the author of both the original (2010) and updated (2018) Developmental Disabilities Literacy Promotion Guide for Pediatric Healthcare Providers.


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L. Erik von Hahn, MD

Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Tufts Children's Hospital

Erik von Hahn is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician. He completed a two-year fellowship in Adolescent and Child Psychiatry, and maintains professional association memberships in both fields. Early in his career, Dr. von Hahn developed an interest in discovering what happens to his patients when they go to school. He maintains active consultative relationships with many Boston-area schools.

Dr. von Hahn recently published his first book: Essential Skills for Struggling Learners (Brookes, 2019). Written for the Student Support Team, this comprehensive manual can help many professionals identify those areas where students need the most support to learn successfully at school.

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