REACH Staff & Trainers


Lisa Hunter Romanelli, Ph.D.


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Lisa Khan, Ed.M.

Director, Patient-Centered Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care (PPP) Program

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Alex Coclanis

Director of Outreach and Growth

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Ishmeen Badesha

Chief of Staff

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Kaylyn Springer

Communications Manager

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Aidan Zola

Program Manager

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Ingrid Swanson

Program Manager

Juo-Hsi (Sylvia) Peng

Program Manager

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Makynna Meegan

Program Assistant

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Molly Macleod Prior

Program Assistant

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“I came into the course as a general pediatrician with no training or experience in pediatric mental health management Following the course, I now feel empowered, equipped and most importantly, supported to go back home and implement meaningful change in my practice.”

Casey Hester, MD
Oklahoma City, OK

PPP Trainers

Allan Stanford, M.D.

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Alyx Holden, M.D.

Amy Cheung, M.D., Advisory Board Member

Amy Dryer, M.D.

Private Practice, VA

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Amy Kryder, M.D.

Amy C. Kryder, MD, FAAP is the REACH Education Lead for Virginia Mental Health Access Program (VMAP), Virginia Chapter, AAP, which has been a REACH licensee since September 2021.

Amy is also an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and a Pediatrician at Carilion Pediatric Medicine with more than 20 years of primary care experience. She graduated from University of Maryland School of Medicine and did her residency at University of Maryland Medical System.

Bela Sood, M.D.

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Beren Hollins, M.D.

Cathryn A. Galanter, M.D.

SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital Center

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Cathryn A. Galanter, MD is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and the Training Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program.

She completed her undergraduate degree in Art History and graduated with distinction in her major from the University of Pennsylvania. She obtained her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and did her general and child psychiatric residencies and research fellowship at Columbia.

She completed an NIMH career development award, Improving Child Psychiatrists’ Clinical Decision Making, where she applied methods of studying clinical problem solving to understanding how child and adolescent psychiatrists diagnoses and differentiate pediatric bipolar disorder and ADHD. After completing her K-Award, she remained at Columbia as the Director of the Pediatric Bipolar Service at Children’s Hospital of New York and the Clarice Kestenbaum Fellow for Training and Education.

She came to SUNY Downstate and Kings County Hospital Center in 2011 as Training Director for the Child Psychiatry Fellowship. Her clinical and research interests include: 1) improving education in children’s mental health using theory based interventions for trainees, psychiatrists, and primary care practitioners, 2) understanding clinician decision making, 3) evidence based assessment and treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder and 4) the overlap between ADHD and bipolar disorder.

Dr. Galanter has been the recipient of grants and awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, Columbia University and the National Institute of Mental Health. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and co-edited The DSM-IV-TR Casebook and Treatment Guide for Child Mental Health. She is active in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatry Association. She has a private practice in Brooklyn treating children, adolescents and adults.

Cori Green, M.D.

Weill Cornell Medicine

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Dr Cori Green is a nationally recognized leader in behavioral & mental health education. She is the Director of Behavioral Health Ed & Integration in Pediatrics & Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, Project TEACH faculty member, consultant for the American Board of Pediatrics, member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Mental Health Leadership Workgroup and helped created the policy statement on mental health competencies for Peds. Fun Fact: Cori has run 2 marathons and 2 half Iron Man’s!

Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, Advisory Board Member

Elena Man, M.D.

MindBody7, Brooklyn, NY

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Elena Man, MD has been with Carlisle Pediatric Associates for 20 years. She joined The REACH Institute in 2015, currently sits on the PPP Steering committee and is a PPP course master. Besides mental health, her pediatric interests include teaching kids self-hypnosis, encouraging the use of technology & sign language for those w/hearing loss and promoting better understanding of gender identity. Interesting Fact: Elena has mild face blindness (prosopagnosia: she struggles to recognize familiar faces). This has gotten her into some embarrassing & funny situations.

Elizabeth Wallis, M.D.

Medical University of South Carolina

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Liz took her first REACH PPP course in 2013 and was so inspired, she became faculty! Since 2016, Liz has taught 9 PPP courses, is a certified REACH course leader & serves on the PPP National Steering Committee. Thanks for being an advocate for ALL children, Liz!

Eugene Hershorin, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Florida School of Medicine, Jacksonville

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Gene Hershorin, M.D. is a REACH faculty member & Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician. He holds several key roles, including Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, UF Neurodevelopmental Center at the University of Florida School of Medicine, Jacksonville. His research interests: ADHD, Fragile X Syndrome & Internalizing disorders. Gene also serves on an American Academy of Pediatrics payor advocacy committee and is actively involved with the Florida Chapter of AAP. Fun Fact: “Gene Therapy” is the name of his band where he plays the rhythm guitar!

Jackie Cotton, M.D.

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James Wallace, M.D.

University of Rochester Medical Center

Jim Wallace has practiced Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for over thirty years and has been a utility infielder. Inpatient, partial or outpatient settings; individual group or family therapy; psychopharmacology or consultation to schools – he’s done it all and taught it all. 

Growing up, Jim was always the catcher on his baseball team – focusing nervous pitchers, positioning the defense and nothing got by! That’s kind of like he is fielding questions about children, teens and their families. 

Jasmine Reese, M.D.

Johns Hopkins University All Children's Hospital

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Dr. Jasmine Reese is an adolescent medicine specialist w/expertise in evaluation & management of a variety of acute/chronic medical illnesses including eating disorders, depression & anxiety. Dr. Reese is the Adolescent & Young Adult Specialty Clinic director at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, an assistant professor of pediatrics and the adolescent medicine rotation director for Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Reese joined REACH after participating in her first PPP course in 2016. Fun fact: Jasmine just celebrated her 10 yr anniversary as a certified Jazzercise Instructor.

Jennifer B. Seawell, M.D.

Private Practice, TN

Kari Overstreet, DNP, MSN, PNP, RN

Duke University Health System

Larry Greenhill, M.D.

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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Dr Larry Greenhill is a Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University in the City of New York and works part time as a #psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente. He has authored 120+ articles, edited 3 books, previously served as President of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & was principal investigator of 7 National Institute of Mental Health grants, including: the MTA & PATS Study on #ADHD. Fun Fact: Larry enjoys driving his 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 on closed course race tracks including Watkins Glen, Lime Rock, Thunderhill Park and more.

Laura Madoo, DO

Lawrence Amsel M.D., M.P.H.

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Role at Reach: Trainer, Advisory Board Member

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After completing his Psychiatry residency training, Dr. Amsel completed research fellowships at Columbia University in Mental Health Statistics and in Child Psychiatry Research.  He also joined the faculty of Columbia University in 1992 as a clinical and research psychiatrist, where he worked on suicide risk factors. After 9/11, Dr. Amsel joined the Trauma Studies and Services (TSS) Division at the New York Psychiatric Institute, as the Co-Director for Dissemination. Later he joined the Global Psychiatric Epidemiology Group (GPEG) at Columbia studying the effects of childhood stress, such as 9/11 exposure or exposure to the Criminal Justice System, on child and adolescent mental health. In that context he recently coedited a book entitled, An International Perspective on Disasters and Children’s Mental Health (Springer, 2019). Throughout his medical career Dr. Amsel has worked at interface of psychiatry and physical medicine. As a hospital and emergency room psychiatrist for over thirty years he was responsible for the total health of patients under his care. This experience led him to work with the REACH Institute where he helped develop a training program for Primary Care Physicians (PCP) on how to integrate mental health into primary care practice. Dr. Amsel has continued to be actively involved in this training for more than a decade.

M. Lynn Crismon, Pharm.D.

Professor at The University of Texas at Austin

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Mark Wolraich, M.D.

University of Oklahoma

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Dr. Mark L. Wolraich is the Shaun Walters Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics & Edith Kinney-Gaylord Presidential Professor at the University Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He developed the Vanderbilt ADHD Behavior Rating Scales that are now used widely both nationally and internationally! He was inducted into the CHADD – Children & Adults with ADHD Hall of Fame and received awards from both the American Academy of Pediatrics & American Psychological Association Society of Pediatric Psychology. He’s authored 115 journal articles & 50 chapters. Fun Fact: During retirement, Dr Wolraich is hoping to learn to do clock repair.

Natasha Sriraman, M.D.

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, VA

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Noor Jihan Abdul-Haqq, M.D.

Private Practice, Del City, OK

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Peter S. Jensen, M.D.

The REACH Institute

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Special shout-out to REACH founder & board chair, Peter S. Jensen, M.D., world-renowned child & adolescent psychiatrist & passionate advocate for children w/emotional & behavioral disorders! He’s authored more than 270 articles & chapters, written/co-edited 20 books on children’s mental health. Read more: Fun Fact: Peter has competed in 20 marathons!

Rachel A. Zuckerbrot, M.D.

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Rachel Petersen, M.D.

Dept. of Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota

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Dr. Rachel Petersen is an Instructor of Pediatrics at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and consultant at Mayo Clinic, Div. of Community Pediatric & Adolescent Med. In addition to her primary care practice, she’s an Integrated Community Specialist at the Mayo Clinic, caring for patients w/ADHD. Rachel has been on REACH’s PPP steering committee since 2014. Fun Fact: She loves to play piano, especially Sonata in F major, K. 332. Pictured: Rachel in Salzburg, the day she visited Mozart’s birthplace.

Roxanne Swiegers, M.D.

Connections Medical Clinic, Medicine Hat College, Alberta

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Dr. Roxanne Swiegers, a family physician for 20+ years, has practiced in Kipling, Saskatchewan & Medicine Hat, Alberta, where she presently works at Connections Medical Clinic at Medicine Hat College. Dr Swiegers has both a personal & professional interest in ADHD, as her 4 boys & husband have been diagnosed with it. This year, she received the Alberta College of Family Physicians Recognition of Excellence Award. Fun fact: Roxanne learned to read upside down as a child. In 1st grade, her teacher had to instruct her to turn the book around!

Ruth E. K. Stein, M.D.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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Ruth E.L. Stein, MD. FAAP is a REACH founding member, on the PPP steering committee & professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, where she was division director of general pediatrics for 20 yrs. Ruth received the C. Anderson Aldrich from the AAP for contributions to developmental & behavioral pediatrics. She’s published extensively, edited 4 books, served on numerous federal/professional advisory groups & is a past president of the APA. Fun Fact: Ruth loves to garden & swim. She especially loves visits w/her grandchildren – they go berry picking & make famous jams together!

Sam Chang, M.D.

University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine

Scott Styles, M.D.

Suzanne K. Reiss, M.D.

Geisinger Health Systems

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Meet REACH extraordinaire Suzanne Reiss! Dr Reiss is a child and adolescent #psychiatrist. She previously served as board chair and has been a PPP leader & star faculty member for years! #Funfact: Suzanne swam on the men’s swim team at Williams College. The team & fans weren’t so receptive until she started winning – a LOT! Thanks for all you do for children’s mental health!

Suzanne Squires, M.D.

CATIE Trainers

Carla Marin, Ph.D.

Yale School of Medicine

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Ceth Ashen, Ph.D.

C.Ashen Consulting

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I’m a licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY 16636) specializing in children and adolescents. Provide consultation to Non-Profit agencies whose target population includes children, adolescents and their families.

Specialties: I specialize in children and adolescents and implementation of evidenced based practices such as; Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Incredible Years (IY) Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in schools (CBITS)

Christopher Layne, Ph.D.


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Kevin Stark, Ph.D.

The University of Texas at Austin

Kevin Stark is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Educational Psychology. He is a Former Director of the Doctoral Program in School Psychology at the University of Texas. He co-founded and acted as the Director of Psychology Services at the Texas Child Study Center. He is also the Former Director of Psychological Services at Dell Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Stark is a world expert in the application of Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions to children’s emotional problems. His primary line of research surrounds assessment, treatment, and theoretical models of depression in children and adolescents.

Lisa Hunter Romanelli, Ph.D.

The REACH Institute

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Dr Lisa Hunter Romanelli just celebrated her 12 yr anniversary w/The REACH Institute! Lisa is a clinical child psychologist with expertise in CBT. Prior to REACH, she was an Asst Prof of Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of School-Based Mental Health Programs at the Center for the Advancement of Children’s Mental Health. Fun fact: Lisa & her husband have been hosting Thanksgiving for their large extended family since she was pregnant with her 1st child. Now she has 3 kids (and puppy, Gravy!)

Michael Sweeney, Ph.D.

Metropolitan Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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Dr. Michael Sweeney is a Director and Clinical Psychologist at the Metropolitan Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a private practice center specializing in the treatment of anxiety. 

Dr. Sweeney was an assistant professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, CBT supervisor at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and the external reviewer for the Masters CBT program at University College, Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Sweeney is currently an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Michael has lectured nationally and internationally on the use of CBT.

Wendy Silverman, Ph.D.

Yale School Of Medicine

  • Alfred A. Messer Professor of Child Psychiatry
  • Director of the Anxiety and Mood Disorder Program at the Yale Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine
  • Professor of Psychology
  • Dr. Silverman’s research focuses on the
  • Development/maintenance of anxiety and mood disorders and
  • Developing/testing treatments to alleviate them
  • Over 3 decades of experience working with children, families, and trainees.