Our Team

Psychiatrists and Psychologists


 Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD

Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD - Director

Andrew Nierenberg, MD, graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY. After completing his residency in psychiatry at New York University/Bellevue Hospital, he studied clinical epidemiology at Yale University as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.  |  read more...

Louisa Sylvia, PhD

Louisa Sylvia, PhD – Associate Director

Louisa Sylvia, PhD, is the Associate Director at the Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation. She is also the Director of Health and Wellness for the Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program which aims to heal the invisible wounds of wars for veterans and their families. Dr. Sylvia is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.  |  read more...

 Michael Henry, MD

Michael Henry, MD – Medical Director

Michael Henry, MD, is the Medical Director of the Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation. Prior to joining the DFC, he was the vice-president for mental health at Steward Health Chair and the Chairman of Psychiatry at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, as well as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical School. Dr. Henry’s research interests have been focused on the use of brain imaging techniques to study mood disorders and facilitate drug discovery.  |  read more...

 Douglas Katz, PhD

Douglas Katz, PhD - Director of Psychology

Douglas Katz, PhD, is a staff psychologist at the Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Innovation and the Primary Care Psychiatry practice at Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Katz’s main clinical interests are the use of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.  |  read more...

 Astrid Desrosiers, MD, MPH

Astrid Desrosiers, MD, MPH

Astrid Desrosiers, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Cape Coast Health and Medical Sciences, Cape Coast, Ghana, Africa. She is a staff psychiatrist in the Dauten Family Center and is involved in clinical research and treatment of patients. She obtained her medical degree from the State University of Haiti. She completed her training in Psychiatry at the Cambridge Hospital Adult Psychiatry Training Program.  |  read more...

 Kristen K.  Ellard, PhD

Kristen K. Ellard, PhD

Kristen K. Ellard, Ph.D. is an Instructor in Psychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School’s Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation and the Division of Neurotherapeutics. She was co-developer and co-author of the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (Barlow, Ellard et al., Oxford University Press 2011), a cognitive behavioral treatment designed to target emotion dysregulation, which has now been translated into several languages.  |  read more...

 Sharmin Ghaznavi, MD, PhD

Sharmin Ghaznavi, MD, PhD

Sharmin Ghaznavi, MD, is a staff psychiatrist for the Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation. Dr, Ghaznavi completed her MD, PhD at the Yale University School of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program. She holds a PhD in Neuroscience and a MA in Philosophy. Dr. Ghaznavi completed her adult psychiatry residency training at the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, where she was a resident in the Research Concentration Program.  |  read more...

 Masoud Kamali, MD

Masoud Kamali, MD

Masoud Kamali, MD, is a staff psychiatrist for the Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation. Dr. Kamali is a graduate of Tehran University of Medical Sciences and completed his residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt hospital in NYC. He joined MGH in 2015 from the University of Michigan, where he completed a research fellowship and was on the faculty, doing research on bipolar disorder, impulsivity, and suicidal behavior.  |  read more...

 Gustavo Kinrys, MD

Gustavo Kinrys, MD

Gustavo Kinrys, MD, is a staff psychiatrist, the Associate Medical Director for the Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation as well as for MGH Clinical Trials Network and Institute. Dr. Kinrys is a graduate from the Mayo Clinic Graduate School . Prior to coming to MGH, Dr. Kinrys served as the Director of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Research Program and the Psychopharmacology Research Program, and the Medical Director of the Portuguese Mental Health Clinic at the Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School .  |  read more...

 Noreen Reilly-Harrington, PhD

Noreen Reilly-Harrington, PhD

Noreen Reilly-Harrington, PhD, is staff psychologist for the Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Reilly-Harrington is an internationally recognized expert in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, with a particular expertise in treating bipolar disorder. She has co-authored several books on bipolar disorder, including "Bipolar Disorder: A Cognitive Therapy Approach," "Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Individuals and Families," and "The Bipolar II Disorder Workbook: Managing Recurring Depression, Hypomania, and Anxiety."  |  read more...

 Gary Sachs, MD

Gary Sachs, MD

Gary Sachs, MD, is Associate Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a Clinical Vice President at Bracket. Dr. Sachs was the Founding Director of the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and founder of the Collaborative Care Initiative. As Principal Investigator of the National Institute of Mental Health Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder , Dr Sachs led the largest treatment study ever conducted for bipolar disorder.  |  read more...

 Brian Schulman, MD

Brian Schulman, MD

Brian Schulman, MD, is a staff psychiatrist for the Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation. Dr. Schulman trained at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and completed his adult psychiatry residency at the Harvard-affiliated joint MGH/McLean program. Dr. Schulman is interested in combining psychopharmacological treatment of bipolar disorder with psychotherapeutic approaches. He is actively involved in medical student and residency level education. He is also pursuing advanced training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

Clinical and Research Fellow

Amy Peters, PhD

Amy Peters, PhD

Dr. Amy T. Peters, Ph.D. is a clinical and research fellow at the Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation. She received her undergraduate degree at Boston College and completed her doctoral training and Clinical Internship in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  |  read more...

Software and Programming

Nicha Puvanich, MS

Nicha Puvanich, MS

Nicha Puvanich, M.S., is a senior software engineer in the Massachusetts General Hospital Bipolar Clinic and Research Program for MoodNetwork. She is interested in developing technological advancements to improve an individual’s experience with using internet-based tools. Nicha believes that building a web service platform is essential for both doctors and patients to communicate and improve the lives of the patients with mood disorders.

Clinical Research Coordinators

 Nevita George

Nevita George, BS

Nevita George, B.S., is a clinical research coordinator at the Massachusetts General Hospital Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation. Nevita graduated from Texas A&M University in 2019 and hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Nevita is especially interested in the accessibility and feasibility of treatments and interventions for mood disorders and hopes to further the initiative for diversity in clinical research.

 Evan Albury, BS

Evan Albury, BS

Evan Albury, B.S., graduated from Florida State University in 2020 and is a clinical research coordinator at the Massachusetts General Hospital Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation. Her research interests include refining and enhancing risk assessment approaches in order to enhance quality of care for individuals with serious mental illness and those at an elevated suicide risk. Upon completing her time at Massachusetts General Hospital, Evan hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

 Audrey Stromberg, BA

Audrey Stromberg, BA

Audrey Stromberg, B.A., is a clinical research coordinator at the Massachusetts General Hospital Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation. Audrey graduated from Amherst College in 2020 and plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology following her time at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is interested in the interplay between neurological and environmental factors in psychiatric disorders, and how a better understanding of these relationships may inform the development and implementation of more personalized treatment programs.

 Noah French, BA

Noah French, BA

Noah French, B.A., is a clinical research coordinator at the Massachusetts General Hospital Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2020 and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Noah is particularly interested in the cognitive biases that maintain mood and anxiety disorders and leveraging his background in computer programming to develop technology-based interventions for these disorders.

Alec Shannon, BS

Alec Shannon, BS

Alec Shannon, BS, was a clinical research coordinator who will be transitioning into the role of Resource Specialist in 2020 at the Massachusetts General Hospital Dauten Family Center for Bipolar Treatment Innovation. He graduated from Emory University in May 2018 and plans to attend medical school following his time at Massachusetts General Hospital. Alec’s research interests include the neuropathology of mood and anxiety disorders, particularly the interaction of genetic and environmental factors in the development of these disorders. He is additionally passionate about the role of social determinants in mental health outcomes and improving access to mental health treatment in underserved communities.


Previous Clinical Research Coordinators

Sophie Greenebaum, BA

Selen Amado, BA

Marina Rakhilin, BS


Current Undergraduate Clinical Research Interns

Ellexa Menezes

Meghan Conlin

Sarah Salem

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