Outpatient Mental Health
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Franciscan’s team of psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians, psychologists, neuropsychologists, and social workers specialize in the evaluation and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, seizure disorders, traumatic brain injuries, psychiatric disorders (such as mood disorders, anxiety, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), learning difficulties, and behavioral challenges.
We work together to provide comprehensive outpatient mental health services to the community and local schools, and we strive to integrate our services into a meaningful therapeutic environment for each child and family. We also have a close liaison with local pediatricians and pediatric neurologists, along with laboratory accessibility, for all medical involvement.
Through the quality of care we provide, we aim to respond to all the needs of our patients in a respectful and dignified atmosphere.
About Our Program
- Developmental Pediatrics
- Psychological Evaluations
- Medication Evaluations
- School Based Programs
- Neuropsychological Evaluations
The Multidisciplinary Evaluation Program is a comprehensive outpatient evaluation service intended to assist children who are experiencing developmental, learning, behavioral, and emotional problems at home, in the classroom, or in the community. Based upon input from parents, physicians, teachers, or other caretakers, a series of assessments are completed by a team of pediatric specialists. Evaluations are available in a multitude of disciplines.
In the Behavioral Health Service at FHC, we offer neuropsychological and psychological evaluations as part of the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Program. A neuropsychological evaluation, specifically, involves the assessment of how behavior and skills are related to brain structures and systems. During the course of a neuropsychological evaluation, areas such as cognition, language, visual spatial/perceptual motor, memory, executive function, and neurobehavioral status are tested objectively. In contrast, a psychological evaluation is intended to assess a child’s cognitive abilities, along with mood and social/emotional functioning.
As part of either evaluation, a careful history of the child’s developmental, medical, psychological, educational, and social history is obtained from the parent(s) or caregiver(s). The clinician will then meet with the child to conduct the evaluation over the course of one or two days, depending on the needs of the child. Following the evaluation, the clinician will use all of the information he or she has collected to identify the child’s areas of strength and weakness, and present a comprehensive summary of the child’s overall functioning in the specified areas. Classroom and treatment recommendations are provided to help parents, schools, and physicians gain a better understanding of the child’s needs.
APA – Accredited Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology
The mission of the FHC Psychology Internship Program is to prepare predoctoral students for competent practice of the profession of psychology in a variety of health care, behavioral health, and educational settings. Training focuses on service delivery, ethics, and sensitivity to individual and cultural differences. Current research findings and health care delivery trends are also included in the program.
Mary Ann Mullin, Ph.D. –is the Director of Behavioral Health and the Director of Training for the Internship Program. Dr. Mullin is a licensed psychologist who provides therapy services to children, adolescents, adults, and families, along with supervision to the staff and interns.
Elizabeth Baker, Ph.D. –is a licensed neuropsychologist who supervises the interns and runs the weekly neuropsychological assessment seminar. She has experience working with brain injured and medically impaired children, as well as children with learning and memory disabilities.
Fatima Watt, Psy.D. –is a licensed pediatric psychologist on our Medical Units and Behavioral Health Services. On the Medical Units, she provides a range of therapeutic services to children and families, consultation with other disciplines, and individual supervision to the medical intern. She also conducts individual, family, and group therapy in the outpatient department, as well as psychological and neuropsychological assessments.
Kristine Hodshon, Psy.D. –is a licensed psychologist on our Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT) unit and in Behavioral Health Services. Her primary experience has been working with children and families who have experienced trauma and child maltreatment. On CBAT, she coordinates the group therapy program and provides group therapy and psychological assessment as needed. She also provides group supervision to the CBAT externs and individual supervision to the CBAT intern. In the outpatient department, she provides individual and family treatment to children and adolescents, as well as psychological and neuropsychological assessments.
Suzanne Heon, Psy.D. –is a licensed psychologist in our Children’s Wellness Initiative (CWI) Program and in Behavioral Health Services. In the Edison K-8 School, she provides individual and family therapy in conjunction with frequent consultation with school providers. She also provides individual supervision for the CWI intern. In the outpatient department, she provides individual and family therapy, as well as psychological assessments.
Emily Pluhar, Ph.D. -is a licensed pediatric psychologist on our Medical Units and Behavioral Health Services who has a specialty in pediatric psychology, trauma, and crisis intervention. On the Medical Units, she provides a range of therapeutic services to children and families, consultation with other disciplines, and individual supervision to the medical intern.
2015 – 2016 Psychology Internship Program Outline
Most private insurances accepted. Medicaid and Massachusetts Health accepted. Interpreter Services Available.
Additional Contact Information
Mary Ann Mullin, Ph.D.,
Director, Behavioral Health Services
(617) 254-3800, ext. 3030