UMass Team

Xiaoduo Fan, MD, MPH, MS (Director)

Fan Dr. Xiaoduo Fan is a board-certified psychiatrist, and an associate professor of psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, UMass Memorial Health Care. He is Director of the Psychotic Disorders Clinical and Research Program at UMass, and Director of the UMass China Mental Health Program. Dr. Fan's clinical expertise and research interests include intervention strategies for first episode psychosis, refractory symptoms of schizophrenia, medical co-morbidity and real life functioning recovery. In addition, Dr. Fan is interested in the cultural aspect of mental disorders and global mental health.


 Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH 

Ziedonis China Dr. Douglas M. Ziedonis, MD, MPH, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care. Dr. Ziedonis' program of research focuses on better understanding and treating co-occurring addiction and mental illness. His research group has found that mental illness and addiction commonly co-occur and the combination results in worse prognosis, treatment compliance, and outcomes compared to either disorder alone. A major area of his own research expertise has been schizophrenia and tobacco addiction, where he has been a national leader on the topic.


 Jean A. Frazier, MD

JFrazier Dr. Jean A. Frazier is the Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Chair in Autism and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. As Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Initiative (CANDI), Dr. Frazier directs a broad research program that addresses a variety of scientific problems relevant to advancing the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders such as early onset bipolar disorder (BPD), schizophrenia and autism. The CANDI team looks forward to ongoing collaborations with colleagues in China to advance our scientific knowledge of neurodevelopmental disorders.


 Jean King, PhD

King Dr. King is Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Provost for Biomedical Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has distinguished herself as a research scientist and scholar, as well as administrator and community activist. She has made seminal contributions to the body of scientific knowledge, including the discovery that early stress can have profound consequences in adulthood and that non-invasively imaging can help us potentially identify biomarkers of certain disorders and consequently proper treatment strategies. Dr King is also interested in epigenetic and genetic influences on imparting risk and resilience to specific disorders.


 David Kennedy, PhD

David Kennedy PhD  Dr. Kennedy is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is Director of the Division of Neuroinformatics at the Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Initiative (CANDI). He has extensive expertise in the development of image analysis techniques and was a co-founder of the Center for Morphometric Analysis (CMA) at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His career has seen participation in the advent of such technologies as MRI-based morphometric analysis (1989), functional MRI (1991) and diffusion tensor pathway analysis (1998). He has long standing experience with development of neuroinformatics resources. Dr. Kennedy is a founding editor of the journal Neuroinformatics that debuted in 2003.


Amy B. Wachholtz, PhD, MDiv
 

Wachholtz Dr. Amy Wachholtz is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Director of Health Psychology at UMass Memorial Medical Center. She is also a clinical supervisor in the UMass Medical School/Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital Psychology Internship program. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in North Carolina and Massachusetts. Dr. Wachholtz is a nationally recognized expert in the area of pain and spirituality. Her clinical and research interests focus on the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of chronic pain disorders, treating co-morbid pain and opioid addiction. She has developed a number of international collaborations including China.


Kathy Niu, MD
 

Dr. Kathy Niu is a combined neurology/psychiatry resident at UMass Memorial Medical Center, and she completed medical school at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Niu leads the Global Mental Health Case Conference Series between UMass and Shanghai Mental Health Center (SMHC). In addition, she is the resident adviser for the medical student Psychiatry Interest Group. Dr. Niu's clinical and research interests focus on a variety of topics within neuropsychiatry and Chinese culture.


Jingjing Cui, MD 

Dr. Jingjing Cui is an integrated adult/child and adolescent psychiatry resident at UMass Memorial Medical Center.  She double-majored in Biology and Economics and completed medical school at the University of Virginia.  Following in the footsteps of Dr. Kathy Niu, Dr. Cui leads the Global Mental Health Case Conference Series between UMass and major mental health institutions in China.  Dr. Cui is interested in learning more about the current status of mental health services in China and how patient care can be improved through the exchange of ideas and information across borders. 


Kenny Leng, MA
 

Kenny Leng received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2014. At John Jay College, Kenny studied psychology focusing on law and justice, neuropsychology, psychopathology, and psychological assessment. Kenny is interested in psychosocial interventions for mental disorders; he is also interested in raising awareness of mental illness in Asian/Chinese populations. Kenny is fully bilingual (English and Mandarin). He currently serves as the coordinator for the UMass China Mental Health Program.