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Meet Our Clinical Team

Home Base clinicians are based at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and are affiliated with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. They are dedicated to improving the health of service members, veterans and families who are affected by combat and deployment–related stress or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Our clinicians are experienced in a wide range of therapies that are proven to work with individuals and groups. The Home Base Family Team clinicians work with families using the Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Model, which identifies each family's particular strengths in problem-solving and builds new skills and confidence to help families thrive during deployment and reintegration.

Our Home Base clinical team includes highly skilled and compassionate doctors, psychologists, nurses, clinical social workers and other health care professionals who:

  • Specialize in mental health, physical medicine, rehabilitation, and building resiliency 
  • Provide evidence-based treatment for both veterans and their family members, and offer individual counseling for adult family members and children 
  • Offer complimentary approaches, like relaxation therapy and breathing techniques, that can help many veterans manage combat stress symptoms.
  • Individualize treatment based upon your age, overall health, military and medical history, family and personal relationships, preferences and expectations.
  • Lead free support groups fro parents of returned veterans
  • Provide couples therapy for post traumatic stress (PTSD)
  • Connect veterans to clinical trials and research studies which offer promising new treatments for Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.
  • Consult and refer to community resources and services

Naomi Simon, MD, MSc, Chief Medical Officer

Naomi Simon, MD, MSc, Chief Medical OfficerDr. Naomi Simon was appointed Chief Medical Officer of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program in 2011. She also serves as Director of the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders and Complicated Grief Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School, with a Masters in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, she completed psychiatric residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital/ New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Her major clinical and research interests include improving our understanding of the phenomenology and advancing initial and next step treatments for anxiety and traumatic stress related disorders, complicated grief, anxiety co-morbid with mood disorders, and the biological impact of chronic stress due to these disorders.

Dr. Simon is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Ross Zafonte, DO, Clinical and Research Leader,TBI

Ross Zafonte, DO, Clinical and Research Leader for TBIDr. Ross Zafonte is the Clinical and Research Leader for Traumatic Brain Injury at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. He is the Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, vice president of Medical Affairs at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at MGH.

He has published extensively on traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders, as well as presented on these topics at conferences nationally and internationally. Dr. Zafonte’s textbook is considered one of the standards in the field of brain injury care.

Dr. Zafonte is currently the national lead investigator on an eight-center National Institutes of Health multisite clinical trial for the treatment of traumatic brain injury – the largest clinical treatment trial in the history of North America. He is also a principal investigator on a Department of Defense clinical trials center evaluating novel treatments for TBI and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Paula K. Rauch, MD, Program Director, Family Team

Paula RauchDr. Paula K. Rauch is the Family Team Program Director for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. She serves as director of the Marjorie E. Korff PACT (Parenting At a Challenging Time) Program, and is well known for her outreach to families, hospitals, schools, communities, and her work with the media to support the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents. Dr. Rauch has been a child psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital for more than 25 years, is an associate professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and is board-certified in both adult and child psychiatry.

Dr. Rauch has been awarded the 2011 Simon Wile Leadership in Consultation Award. The award acknowledges outstanding leadership and continuous contributions in the field of liaison child and adolescent psychiatry. She is an author of many publications including the book Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick. Dr. Rauch is a magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College and a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Dr. Rauch is a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Military Child Education Coalition, and helps to advise MCEC and its Living in the New Normal committee on the full spectrum of effects - including resilience, growth, and achievement, multiple deployments, trauma, and loss - living a military lifestyle has upon military children.

Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, MD, JD, Clinical Director, Veterans

Rebecca Brendel, MD, JD, Veterans Program Clinical DirectorDr. Rebecca Weintraub Brendel is Clinical Director of the Veterans Program at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. She  has served as a psychiatrist at the Law & Psychiatry Service and the Consultation Psychiatry Service and as faculty of the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior at MGH. She previously served as Associate Director of the Harvard Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Weintraub Brendel is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Weintraub Brendel graduated from both University of Chicago Law School and Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency at MGH and McLean Hospital and a forensic psychiatry fellowship at MGH. From 2006 – 2007, Dr. Weintraub Brendel was the Edmond J. Safra Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University. A Massachusetts attorney, she is also a Fellow and Councilor of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. She serves on the Ethics Committees of the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and chairs the Standards and Ethics Subcommittee of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Weintraub Brendel’s educational efforts and research interests are informed by her broad clinical practice and focus on issues at the interface of psychiatry, medicine, law, ethics, and human rights. For these efforts, she was awarded the 2008 Stoudemire Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the 2009 Isaac Ray Award from the Massachusetts Guardianship Association. She regularly teaches in both medical and legal continuing education programs.

Jason Boyle, LICSW, Therapist and Parent Support Coach

Jason Boyle, LICSW, is an individual therapist and parent support coach at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. He is trained in both Prolonged Exposure therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Couples Therapy. In addition to his work at Home Base, Boyle also works for the ARMS program and West End Clinic at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Boyle worked for a Carnegie Research Grant for several years researching best practices in education and psychology with inner-city at-risk adolescents. In addition to his work with inner-city youth, Boyle has also worked at an adult residential program in Boston, Massachusetts serving severely mentally ill adults.

Boyle graduated from Clark University with dual B.A. degrees in Psychology and Communication. He graduated from Simmons College's School of Social Work in 2007, where his internships included year long tenures at an adolescent residential treatment program in Lexington, MA and at Somerville Mental Health Center's Mystic Counseling Center.

Meredith Charney, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

Charney_150x200Dr. Meredith Charney is a clinical psychologist at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. She is an Assistant in Psychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Charney’s clinical interests include the use of empirically supported treatments for various anxiety disorders including PTSD. She has extensive experience providing cognitive-behavioral therapy including Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy to patients with PTSD. Her research has focused on the impact of traumatic exposure on psychological and psychosocial functioning in various patient populations including refugees and veterans.

Dr. Charney is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and of the American Psychological Association. She received her PhD from Boston University and completed her doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Louis Chow, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

Louis Chow PhD is a staff psychologist at Home Base, focused on working with veterans experiencing PTSD. Dr. Chow was educated at Georgia State University where he obtained both his Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Chow is also a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Louisiana State University.

Dr. Chow garnered Research Assistant experience at the office of Clinical Research and Consultation in Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center. Most recently, Dr. Chow has worked as Post-Doctoral Fellow at the VA of Boston where he also focused on the care of PTSD patients. Dr. Chow completed his Psychology Internship at the Boston Consortium.

Dr. Chow also has experience in providing comprehensive multidimensional psychological evaluations through clinical interviews and psychological tests. He is skilled in the provision of Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

Shiri Cohen, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

shiriShiri Cohen PhD is a staff psychologist at Home Base, focusing on working with couples and families. Dr. Cohen is also an instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cohen completed her undergraduate work with honors in Biobehavioral Health at the Pennsylvania State University Scholars Program. She received her Masters Degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Cohen participated in the Clinical Research Training Program Fellowship at the Judge Baker Children's Center and Harvard Medical School. Additionally, Dr. Cohen was a Clinical Fellow in the Couples & Family Training Program at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Cohen's research has focused on relationship processes, the intersection of couple's and individual health, and couple-based treatment of individual illness such as depression, and her treatment work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. She has experience treating couples and families with evidence-based approaches such as cognitive-behavioral and emotion-focused therapies.

Dr. Cohen has extensive experience as a therapist and as clinical supervisor. Most recently she has worked as a Clinical Instructor & Supervisor within the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry and as a member of Couples & Family Consultation Team also at Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry.

Stephen Durant, EdD, Psychologist

Stephen Durant, EdD, PsychologistDr. Stephen Durant is a Staff Psychologist with the Marjorie E. Korff, PACT (Parenting At a Challenging Time) Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of the Family Team at Home Base. He is a nationally known performance psychologist affiliated with the MGH medical teams that work with the Boston Bruins (NHL), the Boston Red Sox (MLB), and the New England Revolution (MLS).

Dr. Durant holds degrees from both the College of Holy Cross and Harvard University. He is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Psychology Program, a former member of the Board of Directors for the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester, MA, and has acted as a Psychological Consultant for both the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and the Massachusetts Alliance for Promoting Sportsmanship.

Dr. Durant is the father of four competitive athletes and co-authored the book, Whose Game is it Anyway? A Guide to Helping Your Child Get the Most from Sports.

Elizabeth Goetter, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Elizabeth Goetter is a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders. Dr. Goetter received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Drexel University and completed her doctoral internship at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego VA Healthcare System.

Dr. Goetter has been trained in a variety of evidence-based assessment methods and cognitive behavioral therapies for PTSD, including Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. She also has extensive experience in the treatment of other anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Dr. Goetter’s research interests include the efficacy and dissemination of empirically supported treatments, including the use of telehealth applications (e.g., videoconference, mobile applications), as a means of increasing individuals’ access to mental health care. Dr. Goetter is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).

Margaret Harvey, PsyD, Associate Clinical Director

peg harveyDr. Margaret Harvey is an Instructor in Psychology within the psychiatry department of Harvard Medical School. She received her doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, and completed a post doctoral fellowship with the Boston VA Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine. 

While at the Boston VA, Dr. Harvey assisted in securing funding for and in the creation of their mental health clinic for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, and has been providing care to that population since 2005. 

Dr. Harvey specializes in the treatment of PTSD and addictions, and is an original member of the Home Base Program clinical team. Her current research interests within the Home Base Program include developing and evaluating treatments for co-occurring addiction and PTSD.

Tia Horner, MD

tia hornerDr. Tia Horner is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist who has more than 15 years experience working with children and families in a variety of clinical settings. She has worked with under-served populations providing free care to HIV positive adolescents in Harlem, in Australia, providing care, education and consultation to remote clinics in the Western Sydney Area Health Service, and at the Germaine Lawrence Residential Treatment Facility for girls.

She is currently a Senior Staff member of the Newton Wellesley Hospital Child Psychiatry Service, and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where she serves as a supervisor and mentor for trainees, with an interest in Work-Life balance. She was the recipient of an MGH PACT Fellowship and brings her experience in working with the PACT program—providing parent guidance to families facing the challenges that arise when a parent has cancer—to the MGH Home Base Program.

Dr. Horner is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, and completed her Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at MGH.

Grant Iverson, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Associate Director, TBI 

Iverson 150x200Dr. Grant Iverson is the Associate Director of Traumatic Brain Injury at Home Base. Dr. Iverson worked previously at The University of British Columbia from 1995-2012, where he served as a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. He joined the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School in 2013.

Dr. Iverson is a clinician scientist in the area of outcome from mild traumatic brain injury in athletes, civilians, service members, and veterans. He served on the consensus panels for the 3rd and 4th International Conferences on Concussion in Sport in Zurich, Switzerland in 2008 and 2012. He was a founding member of the Traumatic Brain Injury Subcommittee of the Defense Health Board, a civilian advisory board to the United States Secretary of Defense. He served as an Advisor to the Neurocognitive Disorders Workgroup (Traumatic Brain Injury) for the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-V). He is a leading proponent of a broad-based biopsychosocial conceptualization of good and poor outcome following mild traumatic brain injury.

Dr. Iverson is an active clinical researcher in the areas of traumatic brain injury, depression, and the clinical and psychometric aspects of neuropsychological assessment. He is engaged in a multi-year research program designed to develop and evaluate evidence-based psychometric guidelines for identifying mild cognitive impairment in psychiatry and neurology. Over the course of his career, he has published more than 260 empirical articles, reviews, and book chapters.

Heather Kapson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

Kapson 150x200Dr. Heather Kapson is a clinical psychologist at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. She is an Assistant in Psychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Kapson received specialized training assessing and treating individuals with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) using evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure. Her clinical and research interests include the interplay of trauma and substance use, treatment outcome evaluation, and the use of acceptance and values-based behavioral interventions to treat trauma-related, substance use, and other psychological disorders in a military population.

She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and went on to receive her doctorate in clinical psychology at American University. She completed her psychology internship at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System and postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Returning Veterans and substance use programs at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Kapson is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

Cally Lilley, APRN-BC, Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

Cally LilleyCally Lilley is a psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. She has been working at MGH in the Department of Psychiatry since graduating from The MGH Institute of Professions in 2008.

Lilley began working at MGH Monument Street Counseling Center (a community-based mental heath center), and helped in its initial years and development. She joined the West End Clinic, Outpatient Addiction Services in 2008 and has worked with the Intensive Outpatient Program, Psychopharmacology, group therapy and the Office-Based Opioid Substitution Program.

Lilley completed her Master’s of Science degree at MGH Institute of Professions. She has presented nationally for the Contemporary Forums Conferences and has co-authored 3 articles. Her areas of interest are dually diagnosed patients, opioid substitution therapies, and Veterans with PTSD. She is board certified in both adult psychiatry, and is eligible for Primary Care board certification as well.Division 56 (Trauma Psychology).

Bonnie Y. Ohye, PhD, Clinical Director, Family Team

Bonnie OhyeDr. Bonnie Ohye has been a practicing child psychologist, clinical teacher and mentor for 30 years. She received her clinical training at the Neuropsychiatric Institute of the UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles and at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Boston. As a member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association Board of Directors, she established the national model of mentoring early career psychologists. Her clinical practice has been devoted to the care of children and adolescents with a broad spectrum of anxiety disorders and the parent and family stresses associated with them. The author of an early parenthood resource, Mothering from the Heart: Lessons on Listening to Our Children and Ourselves (Penguin), she is also Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School with particular interest in parenting and cultural factors in family life.

Dr. Ohye is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. 

Susan Ponsetto, RN

Susan Ponsetto is a registered nurse at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. She has been a nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital for 25 years.

Ponsetto began her career as an inpatient bedside nurse for the MGH Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery where she worked for 18 years. From 2003-2005, while transitioning from inpatient to outpatient nursing care at MGH, Ponsetto spent two years working in research for the Environmental Health Division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In 2005, Ponsetto returned to the MGH and was an Urgent Access & Triage Nurse in Neurology until March of 2012 when she joined the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program as the Nurse Case Manager for the Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Ponsetto has a B.A. from University of Michigan and an RN from North Shore Community College.

Ann Stewart, MSW, LICSW, Clinical Social Worker

Ann StewartAnn Stewart is a clinical social worker at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.

Stewart became interested in helping service members, veterans and families following a medical social work internship at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, MA, where she helped patients and family members cope with TBI and trauma on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Stewart also worked with patients at Lahey North breast cancer center. In addition, she has worked with adolescents who have depression, anxiety and autism.

Stewart is a graduate of Wake Forest University and of Simmons School of Social Work.

Kalo Tanev, MD, PTSD and TBI Research

Kalo Tanev, MD, PTSD and TBI ResearchDr. Kalo Tanev is a psychiatrist who is involved in the research of Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.

In his position as attending physician on the in-patient medical psychiatry unit at Mass General Hospital, Dr. Tanev supervises psychiatry residents and medical students. He specializes in neuropsychiatry, and the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).