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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...
Dr. Daniel Cheron
Vice President of Programs, Implementation, and Training
Dr. Dan Cheron is the Vice President of Programs, Implementation, and Training  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...
Vice President of Innovation and External Affairs; Senior Diversity Officer
Dr. Gary R. Lyon is the Vice President of Innovation and External Affairs/Senior Diversity Officer of Judge Baker Children’s Center (JBCC). His role at JBCC is to collaborate with the CEO, VP of Programs, and senior management team to drive innovation in children's behavioral health and special education. Dr. Lyon also acts as an external liaison representing JBCC in local, regional, and national venues. Also, as a Senior Diversity Officer (SDO), he is responsible for developing organization- Full Bio...
Vice President of Finance
Rich Voccio joined Judge Baker Children’s Center in July 2021 as Vice President of Finance. Rich is responsible for directing the fiscal functions of the organization and supports the President and CEO, senior leadership, and the Board of Trustees to develop and implement financial management and oversight strategies across the organization. His areas of responsibilities include accounting, budgeting, business planning, grants and contracts management, program support, and strategic development Full Bio...
Clinical Director of the Baker Center for Children and Families at Waltham
Dr. Fabienne Bain is a psychologist and the Interim Clinical Director of The Baker Center for Children and Families at Waltham. She specializes in providing evidence-based treatments to children, teens and families with anxiety, depression, trauma and disruptive behaviors, and other mental health concerns. In particular, she has in-depth training and experience in assessing and treating children and adolescents affected by high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. She uses cognitive behavior 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...
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.

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