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Daniel Mullin, PsyD, MPH is the Director for the Center for Integrated Primary Care, the Director of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Primary Care Psychology and Medical Education, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He also serves as a Senior Scientist with the American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network. Dr. Mullin is a clinician, educator, researcher, and consultant specializing in the integration of behavioral health and primary care services. 

In recent years his work has focused on expanding primary care access to treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. He completed his internship in Primary Care Psychology in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his fellowship in Primary Care Family Psychology in the Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Amber Cahill, PsyD is an Assistant Professor in the UMass Chan Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, as well as the Associate Director of the Center for Integrated Primary Care. She is currently a Bloomberg Fellow in the Addiction & Overdose track at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Cahill is passionate about primary care and its foundational role in caring for the health of communities; she’s provided clinical care in primary care settings since 2013. Dr. Cahill is the Director of Behavioral Science for the Fitchburg Family Medicine Residency, where she develops and implements a behavioral science curriculum that educates resident physicians in addressing mental health, substance use, and health behavior change in primary care. She has extensive experience co-leading Project ECHO hubs for primary care clinicians who are new to treating opioid use disorders and prescribing buprenorphine. Dr. Cahill has been a content advisor and creator on several grants and projects focused on medical education and substance use disorder (SUD) care. Her clinical and academic interests include integrated primary care, training primary care clinicians and teams in comprehensive mental health care, expanding treatment of SUD in primary care, enhancing SUD training in medical education, harm reduction-informed care, providing inclusive, comprehensive care for transgender and gender diverse patients in primary care, and the intersection of hormones and mental health including perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, PMDD, and perimenopause/menopause related mental health.  Dr. Cahill completed internship training at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center in the primary care/health psychology track and went on to complete a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the UMass Chan Medical School in primary care, health psychology, and medical education. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Adler University in 2014 with a concentration in primary care and behavioral medicine. 

Dr. Paula Gardiner, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is also the Associate Director of Research and the Director of the Group Visits Program in the Center for Integrated Primary Care. She completed a three-year Clinical Research Fellowship in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research and Faculty Development at Beth Israel in Boston MA. She received her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. Additionally, she was awarded an NIH K award grant focusing on Integrative Medicine, technology, and health disparities.

Her research concentration is patient-oriented research regarding chronic pain and evidenced-based integrative medicine access in low-income patients. Current research is focused on the adaptive role of an Integrative Medical Group Visit (IMGV) which combines the principles of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and a Medical Group Visit to support health behavior change and reducing pain and stress. 

With funding by the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute, she is the primary investigator on a randomized controlled trial of IMGV compared to a primary care visit in for participants with chronic pain and depression. She is leading the implementation of this medical group visit model nationally and provides training on medical group visits around the United States.

As former Wellness Committee Chair at Boston Medical Center she taught mindfulness and resiliency training to medical students, residents, and clinicians for over nine years. She is a certified instructor of the Mindfulness Practice curriculum developed by Krasner and Epstein and teaches mindfulness skills and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to patients with chronic conditions. 

Additionally, completed a 2-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification training and has completed training in Mindfulness-Based Self Compassion.Her research also focuses on innovative technologies such as Embodied Conversational Agents and Our Whole Lives; a holistic e-health toolkit, an online platform that teaches mind-body techniques. Dr. Gardiner lectures nationally and internationally. She has published over 90 reviewed papers on medical group visits, chronic pain, technology, dietary supplements, pregnancy, preconception care, stress, and integrative medicine in underserved patients.

Jordan Howard-Young, MD, MA was born in Southern California and grew up in Las Vegas, NV. Coming from a working-class family, he was unable to afford college directly after graduating high school and spent several years working in food service and graphic design before becoming a community organizer in 2007 for former-President Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. He then worked as a union organizer for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and as a policy analyst on the legislation that subsequently became the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2009-10.

He went on to attend the University of Denver for undergraduate studies, majoring in both international development and health and integrated biological sciences, with a minor in religious studies. He earned a master’s degree in international development with graduate certificates in global health affairs and humanitarian assistance from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, spending 6 months in the Middle East studying health access, agency, and political perspectives among Palestinian refugees, government officials, and international organizations in the kingdom of Jordan. He subsequently graduated with his doctorate of medicine from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, where he participated in the population health and urban underserved tracks, served as president of the Arnold P. Gold Humanism Honor Society, and worked as a patient advocate for people experiencing homelessness. He joined the FHCW and UMass families in 2018 as a resident in the Worcester Family Medicine Residency, serving as chief resident in his final year. While there, he also spent two years as co-chair of the Diversity in Recruitment Task Force, was a founding member of the Structural Oppression and Anti-Racism Committee, and completed longitudinal experiences in refugee health, gender affirmation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychopharmacology.

Amy Green, BS  is the manager of the Center for Integrated Primary Care at UMass Chan Medical School. Amy opens the lines of communication between customers, clients, and organizations to get projects completed. With over 14 years with the Center, Amy is a veteran of maintaining digital content in our online learning platform for the Center’s lengthy list of courses, point contact for expenses and income, maintaining the Center’s website, and all continuing education. Amy holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Outside of work, you’ll find her spending time with her family enjoying the fresh air, watching Boston sports, Event Chair for PTO, and vacationing. She’s her boy's #1 (loud) fan at their baseball, football, and basketball games! 

Jess Baer, MS is the instructional designer for the Center for Integrated Primary Care at UMass Chan Medical School. Ms. Baer works side by side with our faculty experts to develop not just the interactive online modules, but the overall structure and flow of our online courses. Prior to joining the CIPC team, she worked in a public school system and for a large technical university developing content, providing support for faculty and learners as well as providing support for a variety of learning management systems. Ms. Baer holds a Bachelors in Fine Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a Masters in Instructional Design from Quinnipiac University.

Leiana Edwards is a design and marketing professional, specializing in graphic design, social media marketing, and web development. Leiana studied health policy and management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now lives in New York City. Leiana's passion for healthcare and eye for good design allow her to help clients convey their message, problem-solve, and bring their ideas to life. Leiana works for the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association as the Lead for Logistics and Design and is excited to support the CIPC as well!