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Dr Fan Xiaoduo Fan, MD, MPH, MS (Director) 
Phone: 508-856-3881
Email: xiaoduo.fan@umassmed.edu

Dr. Xiaoduo Fan is a Board-certified psychiatrist, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is Director of the Psychotic Disorders Clinical and Research Program at UMass. Prior to joining UMass, Dr. Fan was a staff psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School for seven years.

Dr. Fan's research focuses on developing innovative pharmacological and psychosocial interventions for refractory symptoms of schizophrenia, medical co-morbidity, co-occurring substance use disorders, and real life functioning in patients with schizophrenia.

Dr. Fan has received research funding from government agencies, private foundations and industry. He serves as a reviewer for various SAMHSA grant programs; in addition, he serves on the PCORI Advisory Panel on Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research. Dr. Fan received his medical degree from Peking University in Beijing, China. He completed Psychiatry residency training at the State University of New York. Dr. Fan earned a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Chicago Medical School in Chicago. In addition, Dr. Fan obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.


Amy Harrington Amy Harrington, MD
Phone: 774-312-2739
Email: amy.harrington@umassmemorial.org

Dr. Amy Harrington is a clinician and a researcher specializing in the treatment of patients who have both schizophrenia and co-occurring addictive disorders. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Harrington’s research interests are in both the pharmacologic treatment as well as systems-based treatment for patients with co-occurring disorders. Some of her current projects include clinical trials investigating pharmacologic interventions for alcohol use and cannabis use in patients with schizophrenia.

Dr. Harrington completed her undergraduate training at Swarthmore College and her medical training at Drexel University College of Medicine. She completed her psychiatry residency training at Georgetown University, where she served as Chief Resident in Psychiatry for the DC Veterans Affairs Hospital. She completed her Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at Boston University before joining the faculty at UMass in 2010.


Abita Raj, MD 
Email:Abita.Raj@umassmemorial.org 

Dr. Abita Raj is a dual Board-certified psychiatrist (Adult and Child and Adolescent), and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the UMass Medical School. She is the Medical Director for the Child Division at Community Health Link. She is also the Medical Director of the BRIDGE Counseling Center at Open Sky.

Dr. Raj's research focuses on developing innovative system-based interventions to support real life functioning for individuals with schizophrenia, trauma, and co-occurring substance use disorders.

Dr. Raj received her medical degree from ROSS University School of Medicine, NJ. She completed Psychiatry residency training and her Child and Adolescent fellowship training at UMass.


Nawras Shukair, MD 
Email: Nawras.Shukair@umassmemorial.org 

Dr. Shukair received his MD from Damascus University, Syria in 1999 and completed a Diagnostic Radiology Residency training in Damascus University in 2003. Dr. Shukair completed General Psychiatry Training Program (research Track) in University of Texas Southwestern in 2007, with psychoanalytic training in the Dallas Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Shukair completed a Child and Adolescents Psychiatry training in Children’s Hospital of Boston, Harvard Medical School in 2009. Dr. Shukair is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry And Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester. Dr. Shukair‘s current research interests focus on the interaction between executive function deficits and psychopathology, with special interest in the role of trauma.


Anthony Giuliano, PhD 
Email: anthony.j.giuliano@state.ma.us

Dr. Anthony Giuliano is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the neuropsychology of psychotic and related disorders and evidence-based treatments for adolescents and adults with psychosis and their families. He has worked as a clinical psychologist at the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH) since April 2013. 

Dr. Giuliano's primary clinical research interests are in the neuropsychology of serious mental illness, and in the enhancement of cognition through psychosocial treatments to improve the social and role functioning of people with psychosis.

Dr. Giuliano completed his BA in psychology and philosophy at Boston College, his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Rhode Island, and postdoctoral fellowships in adult and child/adolescent neuropsychology at the University of Virginia and Harvard Medical Schools.


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Ursula Makrum, PMH CNS – BC
Email: umakrum@communityhealthlink.org



Ursula Makrum, PMH CNS – BC is Board Certified in Advanced Practice with focus on Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She completed a Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Fitchburg State College and a Masters in Nursing at Northeastern University. She is currently employed at Community Health Link in the Outpatient Department.

Ursula Makrum has recently joined the Psychotic Disorders Research Program as Co-Investigator at UMASS Medical School. Her research interests include alleviating distressing symptoms of psychosis with pharmacological and psychosocial interventions.


William Bernard Reid-Varley, MD, MPH 
Email: WilliamBernard.Reid-Varley@umassmemorial.org

Dr. William-Bernard Reid-Varley is a fourth-year resident in general adult psychiatry at UMass Medical School.  He is currently serving as psychiatry program chief resident. He is very interested in social and humanities-based interventions, and, in this context, serves as the resident leader for the Arts and Music Module of the UMass MIND Community Intervention Program. In addition to his pursuit of medical training, he also engages in creative writing including poetry, short stories, plays, and screenplays, some of which deal with psychiatry-related topics and have been published or performed at various venues. 

Dr. Reid-Varley received his BS with Honors in Biology and Anthropology (linguistic anthropology track) from Brandeis University and MD from The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Prior to starting residency, he also completed his MPH at The Dartmouth Institute.


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Amy Cheung, MD/PhD Candidate, Co-Leader Community Intervention Program 
Email: Amy.Cheung@umassmed.edu

Amy is a fifth year MD/PhD student at UMass. She graduated from Stony Brook University in 2014 and received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (Neuroscience specialization). She is interested in community outreach efforts to embrace a more holistic approach to patient care and reduce mental health stigma. Amy is currently serving as one of the program leaders for the UMass MIND Community Intervention Program, and a co-leader for the Healthy Living Module.


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Mathew Chiang, BA, Clinical Research Assistant 
Phone: 508-856-8323 
Email: mathew.chiang@umassmed.edu

Mathew Chiang is a Clinical Research Assistant for the Psychotic Disorders Program at UMass. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Rochester in 2018, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience. He first started as an intern with the Psychotic Disorders Program in 2013 and has since published five research articles with Dr. Fan. In the future, Mathew hopes to pursue a graduate degree focused on mental health research or medical school.


Danielle LaPenta, BS, Clinical Research Assistant
Phone: 508-856-2505
Email: Danielle.LaPenta@umassmed.edu

Danielle LaPenta is a Clinical Research Assistant for the Psychotic Disorders Program at UMass. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Forensic Psychology from the University of New Haven. While at the University of New Haven, she designed a research study to examine the relationship between exposure and stigma of mental illness. She plans to obtain a PhD in Clinical Forensic Psychology. Her interests include the prevalence of co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system, along with research aimed at reducing the stigma of mental illness.


erin-beckham-headshot-1.jpg Erin Beckham, BA, Clinical Research Assistant
Phone: 508-856-2494
Email: Erin.Beckham@umassmed.edu

Erin Beckham attended the University of Connecticut, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her time at UConn, she was involved in research that investigated the impact of an individual’s trauma history on their experience and presentation of generalized anxiety symptoms. She is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology and hopes to study trauma within populations suffering from severe mental illness.


rotated.jpg Kareem Hamada, Chief Clinical Research Intern
Email: Kareem.Hamada@umassmed.edu

Kareem F. Hamada is a Clinical Research Intern for the Psychotic Disorders Program at UMass, and one of the program leaders for the UMass MIND Community Intervention Program. He is currently a member and student advisor of the College Honors Program at the College of the Holy Cross pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology on the Pre-Med track. In addition to his work at UMass, he works with the Counseling Center at Holy Cross as a Counseling Peer Educator. Kareem is currently studying the efficacy of dramatherapy for patients with a dual diagnosis of severe mental illness and substance use disorder as well as underlying biological mechanisms of mindfulness-based therapies. After graduating from college, he hopes to pursue an MD specializing in Psychiatry/Behavioral Medicine. 


headshot.png  Samantha McCann, Clinical Research Intern
Email: Samantha.McCann@umassmed.edu

Samantha McCann is a Clinical Research Intern for the Psychotic Disorders Program at UMass. She is currently a senior English and Psychology double major at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. There, she is a member of the College Honors Program, as well as the National English Honors Society (Sigma Tau Delta) and the National Psychology Honors Society (Psi Chi). In addition to her work at UMass, she is also currently pursuing an independent honors thesis on cultural aspect of mental illness. After graduation, Samantha hopes to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology.


professional picture (1).jpg Christopher Epting, Clinical Research Intern
Email: Christopher.Epting@umassmed.edu

Christopher Epting is a Clinical research Intern for the Psychotic Disorders Program at UMass. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the College of the Holy Cross. At Holy Cross, Chris serves as a Co-chair of COPE (Counseling Outreach Peer Educators), works in the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, and volunteers as a member of SPUD (Student Programs for Urban Development); in addition, Chris is in the National Psi Chi Honors program. After graduating from college, he hopes to pursue a career in health psychology.


imageckpmk.png Grace Anzilotti, Clinical Research Intern
Email: Grace.Anzilotti@umassmed.edu

Grace Anzilotti is a Clinical Research Intern for the Psychotic Disorders Program at UMass. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology on the Pre-Med track.  In addition to her work at UMass, she has worked as a research assistant in the Holy Cross Office of Research and Assessment where she focused on data analytics for organizational psychology data collected from the Holy Cross campus population.  Additionally, she has been involved in two educational psychology focused research projects. After graduating from college, she hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology.