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Matthew Brown

PGY-5/Child Track Class of 2020

Undergraduate: Colorado College

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Academic Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use in Adolescents and young adults, emerging adulthood population, solution focused therapy, mindfulness, the therapeutic effects of time in nature, and the impact of social connection on mental health.

Hobbies: Spending time in nature at any mountains, forest, desert, lake, or beach/ocean. Multi-day and single day backpacking/hiking trips, tennis, soccer/futbol, skiing, snowboarding, surfing, body-surfing, traveling, learning about the flora/fauna and animals in foreign lands, concerts, spending time with my wife, our cavapoo Loki, friends, and family. I also love a delicious meal at our favorite (or new) restaurant(s) and an expertly brewed beer at any of the countless incredible breweries in the northeast.

Why UMass: Ever since rotating here as 4th year student, when my interest in child psychiatry developed, I knew UMass would be an ideal fit for my interests. The combination of incredible faculty with the opportunities to work in a variety of different settings with a diverse population from varied cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds also made UMass a perfect fit.

Why Worcester: My wife and I moved to Worcester from southern Maine. We have been pleasantly surprised by the burgeoning food, art, and social scene. We also have enjoyed the variety of state and local parks and hiking that are easily accessible throughout the area and within a 10-20 minute drive.

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Ed Bender

PGY-5/Child Track Class of 2020

Undergraduate: University of Rochester and LeMoyne College

Medical School: UNECOM

Academic Interests: Child Psychiatry, Advocacy and Policy

Hobbies: Running, travel, politics, growing vegetables, and playing with my boys. My wife and I moved to the Worcester area from Western New York via Maine and love being equidistant in time between her family in England and mine in New York, and friends to the north and south of us. We love our town, and the spaces there are to explore, and we hope we'll be here for a good while longer. 

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Jingjing Cui

PGY-4/Child Track Class of 2021

Undergraduate: University of Virginia

Medical School: University of Virginia Medical School

Academic Interests: Child Psychiatry, China Mental Health, Early Psychosis, Therapy

Hobbies: Snuggling with cats, board games, weekend trips, Chinese period dramas, sitting by the fire

Why UMass/Worcester: UMass offered unique PGY1 pediatric medicine rotations including Child Protective Services, Adolescent Medicine, Genetics, Pediatric Neurology, and Developmental Pediatrics.  I was also attracted by the opportunity to train at one of the two inpatient adolescent units at the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital, a psychiatric state hospital where average length of stay is around 6 months.  I wanted the chance to learn more about solution-focused brief therapy from Dr. Anne Lutz, systems of care from Dr. Peter Metz, and whatever I can from all the available faculty.  I've unexpectedly discovered a love for therapy during my training here. 

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Rachel D'Angelo

PGY-5/Child Track Class of 2020

Undergraduate: Assumption College

Medical School: NYITCOM 

Academic Interests: Child Psychiatry, Forensics, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Hobbies: Traveling, spending time with family and friends,  fall and winter activities/festivities , finding fun and new places to eat, dog parks/walks (collie mix and mini dachshund), singing with a band and karaoke! Husband and I got married in March 2019 and are excited to start a family together. 

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Alair Newman

PGY-2/Child Track Class of 2023

Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University

Medical School: Kansas City University

Academic Interests: Child psychiatry, early onset psychosis, anxiety disorders

Hobbies: â€‹Cooking, swimming, skiing, walks in the city (especially in the Fall) and finding new areas to be by the water! I have had the pleasure of easily becoming a Boston Celtics fan while maintaining my love for all things Cleveland sports related.

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Sarah Palmer

PGY-2/Child Track Class of 2023

Undergraduate: Cornell University

Medical School: UMASS Medical School

Academic Interests: Child Psychiatry, Genetics, Care of Children in Foster Care

Hobbies: Hiking local trails, gardening at my home in Shrewsbury, playing frisbee with my beloved dog, a shepherd mix named Lobo, crafting, and binge-watching dramas on Netflix or Hulu. My husband and I moved to Worcester from Boston and quickly got used to having tons of space and plenty of nature around us. We love the community here and never looked back!

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Kate Stanton

PGY-3/Child Track Class of 2022

Undergraduate: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Medical School: UMass Medical School

Academic Interests: Wraparound, working with those who have experienced childhood trauma, working with adolescents, integrated care, community psychiatry

Hobbies: going to favorite local Worcester restaurants, weekend New England trips, local walks/casual hikes, spending time with my family and friends

Why UMass: Since I was a medical student, I knew how fortunate I was to be a part of the amazing UMass community and never wanted to leave. I also felt that we have such a unique and comprehensive child/adolescent training experience that includes exposure to integral parts of community psychiatry (such as Wraparound) that is otherwise very hard to find. 

Why Worcester: After spending over a decade in Worcester, I have fallen in love with this city and feel that it is one of the most underrated cities in New England. I am grateful for our wonderful and ever-evolving restaurant scene, beautiful parks, and friendly, diverse and down-to-earth members of the community. Being the second largest city in Massachusetts, Worcester still has so much to offer while also having some quieter/residential neighborhoods that feel more like a town. We are also in the center of the state, which means it is easy to get pretty much anywhere in New England for a fun weekend trip. Truly, I don't see myself ever getting bored of Worcester.

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Colin Whitworth

PGY-4/Child Track Class of 2021

Undergraduate: Saint Anselm College – Psychology 2006, University of New Hampshire – zoology 2011

Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Academic Interests: Behavioral therapies, child psychiatry, emergency mental health

Hobbies: Photography, particularly wildlife and astrophotography.  I enjoy spending time in nature where ever and whenever possible.  I enjoy gardening and cooking as well.  I love going out to eat with friends. 

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Caitlin Wilds

PGY-4/Child Track Class of 2021

Undergrad: University of Texas at Austin

Medical School: Texas A&M University College of Medicine

Academic Interests: Treating transitional age youth, the neurobiological effects of childhood trauma, consultation psychiatry, teaching.

Hobbies: Renovating my 100-year-old house, photography, being a dog mom to two amazing pups, exploring breweries, traveling and creating travel guides that border on OCPD, collecting art, binging any version of the Bachelor and Marie Kondo.