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Core Faculty and Staff

Daniel F. Connor, M.D. is Training Director and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center. He is Professor of Psychiatry and holds the Lockean Distinguished Chair in Mental Health Education, Research, and Clinical Improvement at the University of Connecticut Medical School. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. As a practicing pediatric psychopharmacologist, he has clinical research interests in the areas of pediatric psychopharmacology, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders, disruptive behavioral disorders, maladaptive aggression in referred youths, the clinical case formulation, and public sector child psychiatry. He is the author or co-author of two books and numerous scientific publications, abstracts, and book chapters. Dr. Connor is actively involved in clinical teaching of medical students, psychiatry residents, and child and adolescent psychiatry residents.

Geraldine S. Pearson, MSN, APRN, Ph.D. is Assistant Training Director in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Medical School. Dr. Pearson is director of the HomeCare Program, an innovative program jointly funded by the Connecticut Court Supported Services Division and the Department of Children & Families. The HomeCare Program provides mental evaluation and services to court-involved juveniles with a goal of recidivism prevention. The HomeCare Program is located in Federally Qualified Health Care Centers around Connecticut and is an active site for training within the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Pearson is actively involved in the teaching of advanced practice nursing students, medical students, psychiatry residents, and child and adolescent psychiatry residents.

Alok Banga, M.D., MPH is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School Of Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He did his medical schooling from the Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi, India. He did his Adult Psychiatry Residency training from the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine, where he was the overall chief resident in his fourth year. Dr Banga did his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship from the University Of Connecticut School Of Medicine as well. He received a Master’s in Public Health (MPH), majoring in Health Policy and Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Connecticut. Dr Banga’s clinical research interests are in aggression, mood disorders, developmental trauma, attachment psychopathology, co-morbid medical and psychiatric conditions such as obesity, integrating psychotherapy with psycho-pharmacology, and treating challenging treatment refractory psychiatric patients from across the life span. He is the Medical Director for the new UConn - CSSD (Court Support Services Division) Juvenile Justice youth initiative. He is actively engaged in resident supervision and teaching; he has received Best Teaching Awards in both Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Margaret J. Briggs-Gowan, Ph.D. is a research scientist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Medical School. She holds national recognition for her work in developmental psychopathology, child psychopathology, and the longitudinal assessment of at-risk children. She is federally funded through NIMH for her research, and has authored numerous scientific papers in her field. Dr. Briggs-Gowan is actively involved in the teaching of developmental psychopathology and child psychpathology to medical students, psychiatry residents, and child and adolescent psychiatry residents.

Julian D. Ford, Ph.D. is Co-Director of Research in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Ford is nationally recognized for his work in the area of traumatic developmental stress and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders. He has developed a cognitive therapy based intervention for victims of trauma entitled: Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET). He is the author of numerous scientific articles on adolescent and adult disorders of traumatic stress. Dr. Ford is actively involved in the teaching of graduate students, medical students, psychiatry residents, and child and adolescent psychiatry residents.

Damion Grasso, Ph.D. is a psychologist and trauma researcher who received his education at Skidmore College, Wesleyan University, and the University of Delaware. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Carolyn Greene, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and is the director of the UHP Trauma Clinic at 65 Kane Street, West Hartford, CT. She received her education at Stanford University and the University of Massachusetts. She is involved with a grant assessing accessibility of psychiatric services for primary care providers.

Steven Singer, M.D. completed his residency training in Adult Psychiatry at New York Medical College. He completed his fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is board-certified in both Adult Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Singer has extensive experience in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and in administrative psychiatry. He has a special interest in addictions and cross-cultural issues.

Karen Steinberg Gallucci, Ph.D. is an assistant professor and a psychologist who is a specialist in working with young children.  She is the director of the Nurturing Families Program and received her post-graduate training at the Institute of Living and University of Connecticut. 

Teaching Faculty and Staff in the University of Connecticut Health Center Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Sangeeta Peshori, M.D.
Board Certifications: Adult Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Albert J. Solnit Center
915 River Rd.
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: 860-704-4000
e-mail: sangeeta.peshori@ct.gov

Muhammad Waqar Azeem, M.D.
Board Certifications: Adult Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Albert J. Solnit Center
915 River Rd.
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: 860-704-4000
e-mail: muhammad.azeem@ct.gov

Sarah Becker, LCSW
Rotation Supervisor
Wheeler Clinic
91 Northwest Drive
Plainville CT 06062
e-mail: sbecker@wheelerclinic.org

Michel Mennesson, M.D.
Board Certifications: Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, added qualifications in Addictions Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Manson Youth Institute
Javis Street
Cheshire, CT 06410
e-mail: mmennesson@uchc.edu

Francis DiMario, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology
Board Certifications: Pediatrics, Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology
CCMC – Pedi Neurology
282 Washington Street
Hartford CT
Phone: 860-545-9000
e-mail: fdimari@ccmckids.org

Beth Muller, APRN
Rotation Supervisor
Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Pediatric Psychopharmacology
Phone: 860-679-3265
Fax: 860-679-4077
e-mail: bmuller@uchc.edu

Mark Greenstein, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
Board Certifications: Pediatrics, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
CCMC – Development
Phone: 860-545-9000
e-mail: MGreens@ccmckids.org

Anastasia Okoniewski, APRN
Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
Pediatric Psychopharmacology
Phone: 860-679-2084
Fax: 860-679-4077
e-mail: okoniewskia@uchc.edu

Josephine Hawke, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Phone: 860-679-1105
Fax: 860-679-6598
e-mail: hawke@uchc.edu

Laurie Scheiner, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Board Certification: Pediatrics
CCMC- Primary Care
282 Washington Street
Hartford CT
860-545-9000
e-mail: lschein@ccmckids.org

Brian Keyes, M.D.
Board Certifications: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry
CC Hamden
1400 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: 203-248-2116
e-mail: BKeyes@ChildrensCenterHamden.org

Susan Walkama, MSW
Director, Children's Outpatient Services
Wheeler Clinic, Inc.
91 Northwest Drive
Plainville, CT 06062
Phone: 860-793-3568
Fax: 860-793-4483
e-mail: swalkama@wheelerclinic.org