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Emily Hames, LICSW serves as Director of Behavioral Health and Social Services at South Boston Community Health Center, where she has worked since 2014. She has led Behavioral Health integration efforts in pediatrics, adult, and family medicine as well as supporting specialty clinics within the health center. She has worked in a variety of programs including residential, inpatient, school based, and traditional mental health outpatient clinics. She spent the first part of her career providing mostly one on one traditional individual psychotherapy with children, adolescents and families. Her professional and personal goals are aligned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. She aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those in the community.
Kevin Coughlin, MD, is a board certified adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist. He completed undergraduate studies and medical school at Brown University before pursuing general adult psychiatry training at Maine Medical Center followed by a child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance. His clinical interests include identification and early treatment for psychotic illnesses, care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental disorders across the lifespan, and using family systems theory to improve team work and deliver youth-guided and family-driven treatment in the primary care setting. He will be completing a two year post graduate certification in Infant Parent Mental Health at UMass Boston beginning in March 2020.
Sarah Alexander, LICSW is Senior Clinician for the Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration at Lowell Community Health Center. Currently she supervises several pediatric clinicians as well as is one of the Clinical Leads on the TEAM UP project in Lowell. She has worked with children and youth for 30 years, in school-based, home-based, and several community health centers in Boston and Lowell. She has a long-time interest in refugee youth, working with Vietnamese, Cambodian and African youth in multiple settings in the greater Boston area and in South Dakota after graduating from Boston College School of Social Work. She has advanced training in clinical work with youth and in family therapy, and she earned a Master’s in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota in 2012.
Cathleen Bonacci, MD, FAAP, is a general pediatrician at Lowell Community Health Center. Dr. Bonacci has served as a pediatrician at the Health Center since completing her residency training in 2002. She served as a member of the Perinatal Committee at Lowell General Hospital, and from 2005-2006 she served as the Health Center’s liaison for a Maternal Depression Project, sponsored by Boston University, aimed at improvements in the identification and treatment of maternal depression during pediatric primary care office visits. Dr. Bonacci also served as the primary care leadership for the creation and implementation of integrated behavioral health in the Pediatric department at Lowell Community Health Center.