About Our Clinicians
Our clinicians have training in psychology, social work, and mental health counseling.
Here are the staff biographies:
Amy Allgair, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist who received her doctorate in clinical psychology (neuropsychology specialization) from Suffolk University before completing an APA-accredited internship at Brown Medical School. Dr. Allgair then completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship in adult and pediatric neuropsychology at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. Dr. Allgair specializes in both neuropsychological and psychological assessment. She is especially interested in how emotional factors impact cognition and learning. Much of her training has focused on evaluating children, teenagers, and young adults for attentional and learning disorders (such as ADHD and dyslexia), and anxiety and depression. (RI License #PS01185).
Michael Brodeur, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist. Dr. Brodeur received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England. He completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of New Hampshire Counseling center. Dr. Brodeur has trained at several collegiate counseling settings (UMass Lowell, UNH Counseling Center, and Washington State University Counseling & Testing Services). Dr. Brodeur specializes in psychological and educational assessment for ADHD and specific learning disorders, individual psychotherapy (Cognitive-Behavioral, Positive Psychology, Person-Centered Therapy), as well as group psychotherapy. Dr. Brodeur has clinical interests in working with clients with anxiety and depression, issues related to gender and GLBTQ identities, Men's issues, Military Veterans, and social skills development. Dr. Brodeur values the integration of client strengths, humor, resilience, mindfulness, creative arts (writing, drawing, music) and relaxation practices into treatment. (RI License #PS01185).
David D. Cotter, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University. Dr. Cotter comes to Gershon Psychological Associates, LLC with a background in community mental health, psychological assessment, and residential care. He conducted comprehensive diagnostic assessments at the Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics program at MSU/KCMS and his pre-doctoral internship training through the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology at Boys Town, NE. His interests include individual therapy, family therapy, parent-training, and psychological assessments. He has a strong interest in working with children and adolescents struggling with anger/aggression and developing effective behavioral plans to learn to cope with these issues. (RI License # PST 1393)
Ellen Curran, Psy.D. obtained her master's and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford. She completed her internship at Worcester Youth Guidance Center/ UMASS Memorial Community Healthlink and received post-doctoral training at Child & Family Services delivering mental health treatment to children and adolescents in state custody. Dr. Curran has led and co-led multiple therapeutic groups serving caregivers of those diagnosed with ADHD, male juvenile sex offenders and parents in conflict with their adolescents. Dr. Curran has also served as a behavioral consultant to pre-schools and adolescent shelters in the New England area. Specialties include behavioral management techniques, trauma issues, anxiety and anger management. (RI License #1007)
Nancy Embleton, LICSW received her Master’s in Social Work from Salem State University and has been practicing as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in RI since 2003. She has specialized training working with older adults, and extensive experience working in the community mental health setting as an Outpatient Therapist and an Emergency Services Clinician. Nancy’s interests include individual and family work regarding issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and life adjustments/transitions.
(RI License # ISW01553)
Jef Faulkner, LICSW is a graduate of Villanova University and Smith College's School for Social Work. He has practiced as a clinical social worker for 15 years, with a concentration in child and family therapy. His specialty areas are in treating youth with Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED) and in conducting cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with children suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Jef has performed mental health assessments on children in special education classrooms, in juvenile and probate court, and in state-funded residential placements. (RI License # ISW458)
Sarah Felver, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow who received her doctorate in school psychology and master’s degree in special education from the University of Oregon. Dr. Felver completed her pre-doctoral internship at Wediko Children’s Services in Boston, Massachusetts, where she specialized in providing clinical services to children and families affected by trauma. Dr. Felver has had experience conducting psychological assessments and providing treatment in a range of settings including, therapeutic day schools, pediatric hospitals, mental health clinics, residential treatment settings, and public schools. Dr. Felver enjoys working with youth of all ages from toddlers to young adults. She is especially interested in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression, early childhood behavior problems, behavioral management of ADHD, parent training, and psychological assessment.
Jessica Fortunato, Psy.D completed her graduate work at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, and received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Harvard University. The majority of her training and experience has been with youth and families coping with a wide range of presenting concerns. Dr. Fortunato has had experience working in pediatric hospitals, therapeutic schools, community mental health centers and private practice. She completed her Internship at UCSF Medical School in the Child and Adolescent Program and completed her post-doctoral work at Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland. Since returning to Rhode Island, Dr. Fortunato has been Clinical Director of a therapeutic school for children ages 3-21 and a Program Coordinator at a local Community Mental Health Center. Dr. Fortunato has a strong interest in adolescent development and mental health, positive psychology and strength based interventions, multi-cultural psychology and the impact of mental health issues on the family system. She has extensive experience in treating trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD, behavioral issues, substance abuse, personality disorders and severe and persistent mental illness. (RI License #PS00986).
Christina Fucci, Psy.D. received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Her pre-doctoral training was primarily completed at Bradley Hospital in the Childrenâ€™s Inpatient Program, the Adolescent Inpatient Program, and the Childrenâ€™s Residential and Family Treatment (CRAFT) Program. Her current interests include psychological assessment, as well as individual, group, and family therapy utilizing cognitive behavioral techniques. (RI License # 1147)
Jonathan Gershon, Ph.D. obtained his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He completed his internship at the Boston Consortium in child psychology and behavioral medicine. His postdoctoral training was at the Brown University Training Consortium and Bradley Hospital. He has been a staff psychologist at Bradley Hospital. His undergraduate degree in psychology was obtained at Northwestern University in Chicago. Currently, Dr. Gershon is a clinical assistant professor in department of psychiatry at Brown Alpert Medical School. Dr. Gershon has published research articles on virtual reality treatment, gender differences in ADHD, and has presented at national conferences. His current interests include cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders, child and family therapy, marriage counseling, and ADHD. (RI License: #833 & MA License: #8249)
Michael Gershon, Ph.D. has been a clinical psychologist for over 30 years. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Rhode Island. He attended the internship program at the Fort Logan Mental Health Center in Denver, Colorado. Mike has worked with many children and their families over the years for both therapy and assessments. He has also worked with many parents and has taught behavior modification strategies for parents. His specialty areas include ADHD, disruptive behaviors disorders, mood disorders, parenting, assessment, marriage and couples counseling, and school consultations. (RI License # 171)
Caroline Gojcz, LICSW received her Bachelor's Degree from Boston College and her Master's Degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. She has experience working with adolescents in state custody as well as adolescents and adults with brain injuries. She works full time as a Clinical Social Worker at the Sargent Rehabilitation Center. Caroline's interests include individual and family work regarding issues of depression, anxiety, disabilities, self-esteem, and adjustment issues. (RI License # ISW01879)
Andrea Johnstone, Psy.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow who obtained her doctorate in School-Clinical Child Psychology from Pace University and her Master’s degree in Psychology from New York University. Dr. Johnstone comes to Gershon Psychological Associates, LLC with a background in community mental health, school based assessment and intervention, and early intervention. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut, where she specialized in early childhood assessment and intervention, and served as a consultant for local Head Start classrooms. Her interests include psychological assessment, cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and trauma, early childhood behavior problems, and child and family therapy. (RI License # PST168)
Sasha Lambert, Psy.D. received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, with a specialization in Latino Mental Health. She received her master’s degree in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania. Her training experiences have included school-based therapy and assessment, college counseling, community mental health, behavioral medicine, and psychological testing. Her primary interests include the following: behavioral medicine issues, such as weight management and smoking cessation, cognitive-behavioral approaches for anxiety (including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic, and phobias) and depression, interpersonal/supportive therapy for adjustment difficulties, cross-cultural work, and hypnosis. Dr. Lambert also helps couples to work through difficult times, and to collaboratively decide what is best for their relationship. In addition, she conducts psychological evaluations with adolescents and adults; these assessments allow clients to gain diagnostic clarification and a better understanding of their mental status and functioning. Each comprehensive report also includes useful recommendations for follow-up treatment. (RI License # PS 01315)
Lisa Mansfield, LICSW has a master's in social work from Rhode Island College and is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Rhode Island. Mrs. Mansfield works full time as a social worker in the Woonsocket School Department Woonsocket. She specializes in working with adolescents with behavioral issues. (RI License # ISW993)
Lise O'Brien, LICSW received her Master's of Social Work from Boston University. For 30 years she has treated adults and adolescents. She has experience in community mental health centers, public schools, and in private practice. Presently, Lise treats primarily an adult population with an emphasis on women's issues and other issues of adult life, often focused around times of transition.
(RI License # ISW 248)
Lora Scagliola, Ph.D., is a psychologist who received her doctorate in school psychology from the University of Rhode Island and Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the SUNY: College at Brockport. She completed an APA-accredited internship at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, and completed additional pre-doctoral training at the Bradley School and at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island. Dr. Scagliola specializes in child and family therapy as well as psychological assessment. She is especially interested in cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and depression, early childhood behavior problems, behavioral management of ADHD, and pediatric illness with co-morbid psychological concerns. (RI License # 1389)
Jason M. Shestok, Psy.D. received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. He also obtained his Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Kutztown University. Dr. Shestok comes to Gershon Psychological Associates, LLC with a background in community mental health, school-based therapy and psychological assessment, and adolescent inpatient and residential care. He completed his pre-doctoral internship training at Lexington High School in Lexington, MA and the Easter Seals Adolescent Inpatient Treatment Facility in Manchester, NH. His interests include individual therapy, family therapy, and psychological assessments. (RI License # PS1337)
Wendy Taillon, LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor who has over twenty years of experience counseling adolescents, and has worked as a therapist in community mental health, school, residential, and outpatient settings. She provides individual, family and couples counseling, and her interests include adolescent development, anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment, and relational issues. (RI License # MHC 107)