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Senior Leadership

Robert P. Franks, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Robert P. Franks is president and chief executive officer of the Judge Baker Children's Center (JBCC). Dr. Franks, a leader in the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based practices in children’s mental health, holds a master’s degree from George Washington University and a Ph.D. from Boston College. He completed his clinical training and doctoral fellowship in child psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Franks was formerly the Full Bio...
Christopher Bellonci
Vice President of Policy and Practice, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Christopher Bellonci joined Judge Baker Children's Center in September 2017 as Vice President of Policy and Practice, Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Bellonci is a Board-Certified Child/Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, and a member of THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY'S (AACAP) Workgroup on Quality Issues which is responsible for writing the practice parameters that define the standards of care for the field of child psychiatry. He is the Medical Director of the TA Full Bio...
Sarah Duggan
Vice President of Advancement
Sarah Duggan joined Judge Baker Children's Center in February 2016 as Vice President of Advancement.   Prior to coming to Judge Baker, Sarah was the Director of the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a non-profit organization committed to raising funds for cancer research, patient support programs and community education initiatives. Sarah started her career as a clinical social worker in the Trauma/Burn ICU and HIV Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Shifting from clinical work, she Full Bio...
Alan Kaye
Vice President of Finance and Operations
Alan Kaye is currently Vice President of Finance and Operations at Judge Baker Children’s Center. Alan’s areas of responsibility include directing Finance and oversight for Facilities, Information Technology and Research Administration. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and his Masters in Business Administration in Finance from Northeastern University. Alan is a Certified Public Accountant with over twenty years experience in financial and administrative management roles in the Full Bio...
William Beardslee
Senior Research Advisor; Principal Investigator, TEAMS; Director, Preventive Intervention Project
Dr. William Beardslee directs the Preventive Intervention Project at Judge Baker Children's Center and also the Prevention of Depression Study.  He has served as the Academic Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital Boston and is the Gardner-Monks Professor of Child Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. In 1998, Dr. Beardslee was appointed to the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Career OverviewDr. Beardslee's long-standing research interest has Full Bio...
Dr. Rhea Chase
Director of Early Childhood Programs
Dr. Rhea Chase is the Director of Early Childhood Programs at Judge Baker Children’s Center. She joined the team in 2016 after serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences at Duke University Medical Center from 2009 - 2016. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Florida and completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center in 2008. Dr. Chase specializes in Parent Child Interaction Full Bio...
Dr. Daniel Cheron
Director of Training; Assistant Director of the Center for Effective Child Therapy
Dr. Dan Cheron is the Director of Training at Judge Baker Children’s Center and the Assistant Director at The Center for Effective Child Therapy. He is a licensed psychologist and is Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Psychology. Dr. Cheron received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University, where he worked extensively researching and treating anxious children and adolescents at the Center for Anxiety and Full Bio...
Judith Crowell
Principal Investigator
Dr. Crowell is a child psychiatrist and researcher with expertise in attachment, stress and adversity, and mental health. She has been involved with the  project since 1992 when the original participants were in their mid-20's.   Dr. Crowell is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stony Brook University, but travels to Boston monthly and is in touch with the rest of the staff on a daily basis.
Liz Fitzsimons
Director of Development
Liz Fitzsimons became Director of Development for Judge Baker Children’s Center in September, 2005. Liz brought with her 15 years of experience in the non-profit field, specifically in fundraising and special events. She has a stellar record of successful fundraising events and has reshaped the development efforts of Judge Baker in terms of donor outreach and support. Prior to joining Judge Baker, Liz was the Director of Development at a private all-girls high school located south of Boston. Full Bio...
Dr. Mason Haber
Director of Evaluation
Mason G. Haber, Ph.D. is the Director of Evaluation at Judge Baker Children’s Center. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he formerly served as faculty with the Transitions Research and Training Center and Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center. He previously held a position as Assistant Professor for Ph.D. programs in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Full Bio...