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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) and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School.  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, Full Bio...
Christina O'Keefe
Vice President of Administration & Operations
Christina Minassian joined Judge Baker Children’s Center in 2011, and as of July 2018, was named the Vice President of Administration. In September 2019, Christina assumed additional operational responsibilities and was named Vice President of Administration & Operations. Christina is responsible for executive, administrative, and communications management and support, and directs the administrative functions of Judge Baker. Her responsibilities include overseeing human resources, 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...
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...
Director of Early Childhood Programs
Dr. Rhea Chase is the Director of Early Childhood Programs at Judge Baker Children’s Center and a staff clinician at the Center for Effective Child Therapy. 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 Full Bio...
Dr. Daniel Cheron
Director of Training and Implementation; Chief Psychologist
Dr. Dan Cheron is the Director of Training and Implementation and Chief Psychologist at Judge Baker Children’s Center. 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 Related Disorders (CARD). He 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.
Director of Information Technology
Philip Myers joined Judge Baker Children’s Center in 2012, and in 2019 was named Director of Information Technology. Philip supports all aspects of IT operations for Judge Baker Children’s Center, including the Manville School, the Child at Risk Hotline, and all other programs. Previously the Manager of IT for Judge Baker Children’s Center, Philip’s role was expanded when he became a member of the Operations Team. With a long history of progressive IT functions for over 20 years, he brings a Full Bio...
Jim Prince
Director of The Manville School
James Prince began his position as the Director of the Baker’s Manville School in September 2000. A great contributor to the “culture of community” at Manville, Mr. Prince grew up in Boston and has served area families and children for over 20 years. Before joining the staff at the Baker, Mr. Prince served as Clinical Director for the Italian Home for Children, a residential and day school program for young people struggling with learning disabilities and emotional disturbances, from 1994 to Full Bio...