Meet Our Staff

Our Unique Team Approach

Dr. Hallowell believes that the human connections we make in life are what leave us feeling satisfied and secure, more than anything else. It’s all about connecting with people. People know instinctively what “connectness” is. That feeling of connectedness leads to health and achievement.

Our practitioners at the Hallowell Center all reflect Dr. Hallowell’s strength-based and “connectedness” philosophy. They work together in close connection with their patients, and one another, to achieve the best results possible. As you will discover when you meet them, whether in person or here online, they are a group of highly-trained, caring professionals who you can connect with to help resolve the challenges you are facing.

Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell

Psychiatrist

EDUCATION/TRAINING
Dr. Hallowell is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School. He completed his residency in adult and child psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where he also served as an instructor for twenty years. In 1996, he opened up The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Dr. Hallowell is considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on ADHD. He is the author of 20 books including the groundbreaking Driven to Distraction, which has sold over two million copies and radically changed the perception of ADHD from a disabling condition that prevents people from achieving their goals to one that can be managed, even embraced for the unique gifts that accompany it. Learn more about Dr. Hallowell.

HIS SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
With his unique, strength-based approach to treating ADHD, Dr. Hallowell has essentially redefined the condition, and its prognosis, for millions of children, teens and adults –along with the parents, teachers, spouses and colleagues who interact with them on a daily basis. Dr. Hallowell, who was himself diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 31, believes the condition is often misunderstood and, consequently, mismanaged. His mission, and the mission of all the Hallowell Centers, is to educate patients, along with the general public, about how the ADHD brain works. It’s not that the ADHD brain doesn’t process information; it simply processes the information differently. Understanding the “how and the why” paves the way for self-empowerment and the achievement of one’s goals.

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Ned Bliss, L.I.C.S.W.

Ned Bliss is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and has been an adolescent and adult therapist at the Hallowell Center since 2012. He started his professional career in special education, working primarily with intellectually curious students who benefited from a holistic and varied approach in the classroom to meet their exceptional potential; while doing this work, he quickly developed a passion for supporting people with various learning differences. Later, utilizing an experiential education model, he guided many young students in developing their social, emotional, academic praxis that has proven successful in varying contexts. As one with ADHD himself, Ned has an intuitive understanding of the challenges people with ADHD face in both the academic and professional realm. Ned is a graduate of Tulane University, and he received his Masters in Clinical Social Work at Simmons College in Boston in 2009.

HIS SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
He excels at connecting with his patients on a personal level and helping them to face their challenges with confidence and determination. He utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy and has been a useful ally to those he treats. He is often the first point of contact for prospective patients in his role as the intake coordinator.

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Susan Brefach, Ed.D.

Clinical Neuropsychologist

EDUCATION / TRAINING
Dr. Brefach received her doctorate from Boston University and did post-doctoral training at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton, working with their inpatient evaluation team and providing therapy to children and families. She is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She has worked in area hospitals including Franciscan Children’s and North Shore Medical Center, in private clinics, and has maintained a private practice for 25 years.
Her book, No Parent Left Behind: Navigating the Special Education Universe was written to help patents understand their children’s needs, and provide a “roadmap” to help them get the necessary services to “make school work” for their children from first worries to success in life.

HER SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
Dr. Brefach provides neuropsychological, educational, and projective (emotional) evaluations. Her specialties include comprehensive evaluations and advocacy for children and adolescents (ages 5 through post-college) with neurodevelopmental disorders including Learning Challenges, dyslexia, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disorders, emotional difficulties including anxiety and depression, Intellectual Disabilities, and behavior problems including school refusal. She has conducted hundreds of program observations, attended thousands of school meetings, and testified at special education hearings, all with the goal of helping children find success in school and beyond.

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Linda Forsythe, M.D.

EDUCATION/TRAINING
Linda Forsythe is a graduate of Oberlin College, Columbia University School of General Studies, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is board certified in Adult and Child Psychiatry. Dr. Forsythe is an instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, a member of the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Forsythe is very active in the adoption field. She is co-founder of Archway, an organization of professionals who investigate and collaborate on issues of adoption and related studies. Besides her affiliation with the Hallowell Center, Dr. Forsythe is on staff at Massachusetts General Hospital and has a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Teresa Kohlenberg, M.D.

EDUCATION/TRAINING
Dr. Kohlenberg is a board certified pediatrician with dual fellowship training in Developmental/ Behavioral Pediatrics and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is Co-President of the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents. Since 1995 Dr. Kohlenberg has worked in a variety of child psychiatry settings including Children’s Hospital, private practice, school consultation, and currently at the University of Massachusetts, where she teaches residents in the Child Behavior Clinic. She has particular interests in the challenges facing adoptive families, and in parent-child interaction. Dr. Kohlenberg graduated Cum Laude from Columbia University, and received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, and a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Amy Lister, M.D.

EDUCATION/TRAINING
Amy Lister, M.D. is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed a combined residency in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Prior to joining the Hallowell Center, Dr. Lister practiced in New York and Vermont. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Diabetes Association. She enjoys working with children and adults of all ages. Her particular areas of interest include ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and chronic medical illness.
Shelley MacLeod, L.I.C.S.W.

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Marie Marguilies-Ellias, L.I.C.S.W.

EDUCATION / TRAINING
Marie Margulies-Ellias is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the Smith College School for Social Work. She worked for the past 26 years at the Framingham State University Counseling Center, where she was the Director for 12 years. She has been a Faculty Advisor to graduate students at the Boston College School of Social Work for 10 years. In the more distant past, Marie worked on both the in-patient and out-patient psychiatric services at MGH and McLean Hospitals.

HER SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
Marie’s clinical practice has focused primarily on individual, couples and family therapy with late adolescents and adults. She believes that personal change and growth begin with self-knowledge and acceptance. She finds it especially rewarding to help clients who present with ADHD, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues develop the ability to access their strengths and flourish. Marie creates a warm, safe space for people to explore their concerns and develop new perspectives and skills. She combines cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic and mindfulness approaches in her strengths-based and collaborative work with clients.

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Kim Rawlins, M.D.

EDUCATION/TRAINING
Kimberly Rawlins is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a Harvard Residency Program in Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is board certified in Psychiatry and enjoys working with adults and adolescents who experience ADHD, anxiety disorders, affective disorders as well as chronic medical illnesses. Besides her practice at the Hallowell Center, Dr. Rawlins also has a private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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Shelley MacLeod, L.I.C.S.W

EDUCATION/TRAINING
Shelley MacLeod is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She graduated cum laude from Simmons College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology. She also received a Master in Social Work from Simmons College. Ms. MacLeod is also a clinician at Riverside Outpatient Center in Norwood, MA, which is a community mental health center. Her work over the years has focused on providing individual and family therapy for children, adolescents and adults. She is skilled in creating strength based treatment plans in collaboration with clients. She provides a warm, safe environment for clients to work towards their goals.

HER SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
Using cognitive-behavioral approaches, in combination with play therapy and art, Ms. MacLeod helps clients with ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders. She has enjoyed conducting social skills groups for children and coaching parents on raising children with ADHD and other challenges.

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Rebecca Shafir, M.A., C.C.C.

EDUCATION/TRAINING:
Speech/language pathologist, voice coach, executive functioning coach and author Rebecca Shafir has over 30 years experience training students and professional speakers to learn and communicate more effectively.

Rebecca has served as Chief of the Communications Disorders Department at Choate-Symmes Health Services, Chief of Speech/Language Pathology at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center, and as an executive function coach at the Hallowell Center MetroWest since 2003. She also has a private practice in West Newbury, Massachusetts and offers communication consultation and staff development to companies.

Her award-winning book The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction has been translated into several languages and is now available as an audio book sparked articles about her in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Readers Digest, Real Simple, Family Circle and many other popular publications. She has appeared on hundreds of radio/TV and podcast interviews. She has produced two instructional CDs: Speaking with Power and Persuasion and The Listener’s Edge. Rebecca also contributing author in Mindfulness and the Therapeutic Relationship (Hick & Bien 2008). She produced a video The COREageous Entrepreneur available on YouTube.

HER SPECIALTY/PRIMARY APPROACH
Rebecca’s interests is cognitive health, specifically executive functioning. Executive functions include the ability to self-regulate emotions, plan, prioritize, initiate tasks and sustain attention — skills needed for success in school and the workplace. The effectiveness of these functions, however, depend upon one’s ability to self regulate emotions and manage stress. She offers Emergency Academic Recovery System (EARS) for students grades 7-9 with ADHD/ADHD, anxiety and depression who may not benefit alone from medications.

CollegeCoreCoaching and Summer CollegeCoreCoaching is for college students and for those preparing for college in their junior and senior year of high school with academic and personal challenges. For entrepreneurs and working adults she offers CoreFourCoaching.

Contact Rebecca at RebeccaShafir@gmail.com or at the Hallowell Center MetroWest 978-255-1817 for more information.

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Saumya Sharma, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychologist

EDUCATION/TRAINING
Dr. Sharma is a clinical neuropsychologist who received her doctoral degree (Ph.D.)in clinical psychology at Boston University. She completed her clinical internship in adult/geriatric neuropsychology at the Boston V.A. Medical Center. Her post-doctoral fellowship was completed at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Mass Mental Health Center in Boston and involved assessing adolescents and adults for ADHD, learning disabilities, and cognitive changes associated with concussion/traumatic brain injury, neurological/medical illness (dementia, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, brain tumors), and mood disorders.

HER SPECIALITY / PRIMARY APPROACH
At the Hallowell Center, Dr. Sharma works with primarily adolescents and adults. Her neuropsychological evaluations are treatment-focused and designed to identify neurocognitive strengths and relative weaknesses, and to determine the most appropriate ways to proceed at school, work and/or in daily living. She is also well-versed in assessments for IEP/504 Plan determination and academic and standardized test accommodations (SSAT/ISEE, ACT/SAT, GRE/MCAT/LSAT/GMAT, etc).

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Robin Roman Wright, M.A.

Career and ADHD Coach

EDUCATION/TRAINING
Robin Roman Wright is a Board Certified Career and Executive Coach, and has particular expertise as a professional ADHD & Career Coach. University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, M.A., Member ADHD Coaches Organization, CHADHD and the International Coach Federation. Author, Transform Interests Into Jobs: A Career Practitioner’s Guide.

HER SPECIALITY / PRIMARY APPROACH
Ms. Robin Roman Wright works with young adults (16-29) who are seeking to determine what career might best fit their strengths, with mid-career job seekers looking for meaningful work, and with clients at pre-retirement age interested in finding a way to contribute while in retirement

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