Meet our Presenters

Jesse M. Crosby, Ph.D  is an Assistant Psychologist at McLean Hospital, and an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He was the founding director of the Office of Clinical Assessment and Research at the OCD Institute. He currently provides supervision for psychology interns and teaches a seminar on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He also works in private practice in clinical and consulting psychology in Lexington, MA. He has specialized clinical and research experience with perfectionism, OCD and related disorders, anxiety, and behavioral addictions.

Carmine DiChiara, Psy.D completed his undergraduate training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in software engineering, and his graduate training at William James College in clinical psychology. He is a Massachusetts-licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Needham and Newton, where he works individually with teenagers and adults. He has a special interest in technology overuse, and the experiences that that overuse helps us avoid like anxiety, self-criticism, perfectionism, and aloneness. Carmine is also the vice president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science’s New England Chapter, and is currently applying to become a Peer-Reviewed Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Trainer. He provides ongoing training to mental health professionals in ACT and Clinical Relational Frame Theory (RFT), a clinical application of a theory of language.

Michelle Friedman-Yakoobian PhD  is a MA-licensed psychologist and the Clinical Director of the Center for Early Detection, Assessment, and Response to Risk (CEDAR) Clinic, a program aimed at early recognition and treatment of youth showing signs of clinical high risk for psychosis.  She is a research psychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  Her work has focused on clinical innovation aimed at the development and implementation of innovative psychosocial interventions for individuals experiencing psychosis (or signs of risk) and their families. Her work has led to publications and many invited local, regional, national and international presentations.  Dr. Friedman-Yakoobian has been supervising and training psychology graduate students, psychiatry residents and undergraduates within the CEDAR clinic and other programs within BIDMC for more than 15 years.  She recently launched the BIDMC Institute for Training in Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment in order to begin disseminating clinical best practices to professionals and students more widely.

Brandon Gaudiano, Ph.D is a clinical psychologist and researcher at Butler Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. He holds appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown School of Public Health. He has conducted grant-funded treatment research for individuals with various forms of severe mental illness, including schizophrenia, severe mood disorders, suicidal behaviors, and comorbid substance use. As a Senior Investigator in the Mindfulness Center at Brown University, Dr. Gaudiano studies novel acceptance/mindfulness-based interventions, including applications for individuals with psychosis. In 2015, he published a book titled Incorporating Acceptance and Mindfulness into the Treatment of Psychosis by Oxford University Press.

Matcheri S Keshavan, MD, is Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Academic Head of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Senior Psychiatric Advisor for Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston, MA. He received his medical training from Mysore Medical College in India and his psychiatric training from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India. Dr Keshavan is closely involved in research in neurobiology of psychosis, especially as it pertains to first episode psychotic disorders. His research has resulted in over 450 publications, including over 350 peer-reviewed papers, 4 books, and 100 reviews/book chapters. He has received several awards including the Gaskell Gold Medal of the Royal College of Psychiatrists; Nancy Roschke Certificate for Teaching Excellence of the American Psychiatric Association; teaching awards at the Departments of Psychiatry at Wayne State University and Harvard; the Research Scientist Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health; the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Pennsylvania Psychiatrist of the Year Award; and the Gerard Hogarty Award for Research from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Canada; and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK. Dr Keshavan is Editor-in-Chief of the Schizophrenia Research.

Ryan J. Madigan, Psy.D founded the Boston Child Study Center (BCSC) in 2013 with the mission to improve the lives of youth and families through expanding access to evidence-based treatment, community education and training, and research. He also expanded BCSC’s services to Natick, MA and Los Angeles California. In addition to his work at BCSC, he is an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a consulting psychologist at Mclean Hospital where he co-founded the DBT Trauma and Exposure program for youth struggling with co-occurring PTSD and suicidal and self-harm behaviors. He founded the Emotion Regulation Institute (ERI) in 2018, an education and training institute devoted to developing and disseminating an emotion regulation curriculum for school and online learning platforms for youth and families. Dr. Madigan earned his master’s degree and doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University, completed his pre-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital and his post-doctoral fellowhsip at Boston University, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD).

Néstor Noyola, MA is a 4th-year clinical psychology Ph.D. student in the Mental Health, Culture, and Community research lab at Clark University. Nestor has trained in delivering acceptance-based behavioral therapies to college students and couples, as well as psychiatric inpatients and primary care patients. Overall, Néstor’s research interests include understanding the mental well-being of sexual, gender and racial minorities from an intersectional perspective, with a particular interest in risk for suicide and non-suicidal self-injury.

Latoya S. Thomas, MS, LMHC is a licensed mental health counselor with a masters degree in counseling psychology from Northeastern University. Latoya currently works as a private practice therapist with Insight in the Boston area. She has worked in the Boston area for the last 10 years and enjoys working with young adults, adolescents and families. Latoya has experience in a variety of clinical settings, including hospitals, research programs and outpatient agencies. Latoya typically works with people experiencing transitional issues, cultural identity issues, mood and anxiety difficulties using cultural responsive practices and ACT.

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