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CANDO Clinical Services

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Intellectual Disability (ID), and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Psychopharmacologic Evaluations and Short-Term Treatment (age 4 years -adult)
David Cochran, MD; Mary Jeffers-Terry, RNPC; Isha Jalnapurkar, MD; Rangsun Sitthichai, MD; Neuropsychiatry Fellow; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows

Interdisciplinary Team Evaluation and Short-term Treatment for Youth with ASD and Complex Profiles  (3-30 years)
David Cochran, MD, Psychiatrist; Mary Beth Kadlec, ScD, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist; Susan Swanson, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist; Sandra Osborne, MA, Autism/Family Resource Specialist  

  • Persons with ASD or other neurodevelopmental profile requiring diagnostic clarification and evaluation to inform treatment plans, and provision of individualized community resources

Mood and Psychotic Disorders Clinic, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic (6-22 years)
Yael Dvir, MD, Psychiatrist

  • Psychiatric evaluation and short-term psychopharmacologic treatment for patients currently in treatment but requesting a second opinion

Fragile X Behavioral Health Clinic (all ages)
Jean Frazier, MD, David Cochran, MD, and other team members as needed, including Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Family Resource Specialist

  • Persons with a diagnosis of Fragile X Syndrome and behavioral challenges
  • Provide diagnostic and psychopharmacologic consultations
  • Provide ongoing psychopharmacologic treatment as indicated

Child Behavior Clinic (birth – 5 years)
Peter Metz, MD, Psychiatrist & Wynne Morgan, MD, Psychiatrist

  • Diagnostic assessment and consultation

Occupational Therapy (infants – adults)
Mary Beth Kadlec, ScD, OTR/L

  • Occupational Therapy evaluation and/or short-term treatment

Speech and Language Therapy (infants –adults)
Susan Swanson, MA, CCC-SLP

  • Speech and language evaluation

Clinical Resource Specialist (infants - adults)
Sandra Osborne, MA

  • Consultation to CANDO families and providers regarding community resources

Please Note: If there is a question of whether a child has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) but has not been diagnosed, please make referral to Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in Benedict, University Hospital. Telephone: 774-442-3028.

Note:  All clinics partner with the youth’s Primary Care Provider to facilitate ongoing medication monitoring.

Self-Pay Services Are Now Available and Include:

•   Comprehensive Evaluation for Neurodevelopmental and Complex 
       -  Second opinion/consultation for diagnostic clarification and treatment 
       -  Diagnoses, including autism and Fragile X, and complex psychiatric
          disorders, such as mood and psychotic disorders

•   Occupational Therapy and Speech-language Therapy
     Personalized therapy services include:
       -  Review of Individual Education Plan (IEP) and records
       -  Attend school/program meetings
       -  School and home observations
       -  Family and/or provider training

Contact Information
Fax: 774-442-2270

Mailing Address:
UMass Memorial Medical Center/UMass Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North, S7-714
Worcester, MA 01655  

CANDO Request for Services Form 

For your convenience, the link to the CANDO Request for Services form is provided below. The primary care physician or the referring provider must complete and Fax or Email the Request for Services form to CANDO.   UMMH primary care physicians or referring provider should submit an ambulatory order to CANDO via EPIC.

Referring Provider: Please complete the Request for Services form and fax it to the CANDO office. 

Parents: Once your primary care physician or referring provider has sent the Request for Services form, the request will be evaluated by our clinical staff and, if appropriate, we will contact you to schedule an appointment. If not, we will follow-up with your primary care physician or referring provider with recommendations for a service that may better meet your needs. 

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