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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. Our Home Base clinical team includes highly skilled and compassionate doctors, psychologists, nurses, clinical social workers and other health care professionals who:
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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).
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Margaret Harvey is the Associate Clinical Director of the Veterans Program at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. She is also the Associate Director of the West End Clinic, MGH’s outpatient addictions clinic, and an Instructor in Psychology within the psychiatry department of the 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.
Dr. Harvey specializes in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder and addictions, and is a psychologist at Home Base. Her current research interests within the Home Base Program include evaluating the cognitive affects of PTSD and mild traumatic brain injury and treatments for these co-occurring conditions.
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.
Dr. 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.
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.
Cally 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).
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 is a clinical social worker at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.
Ann 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.
Dr. Stefan Schmertz is a psychologist at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program. He has more than four years of experience in the treatment of veterans and completed his internship and post-doctoral training within the VA Boston Healthcare System.
Dr. Schmertz specializes in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and related mental health concerns. His research interests lie in the application of mindfulness practices for the enhancement of well-being.
He did his undergraduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles and received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Georgia State University.
Dr. 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).
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