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Christopher Bellonci, M.D.

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 Network in support of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's (SAMHSA) Systems of Care Initiative. Dr. Bellonci is a founding member of SAMHSA's Building Bridges Initiative and LGBTQI2-S National Workgroup. He was also a member of the Outcomes Roundtable for Children and Families. In 2008 he provided testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor regarding unlicensed and unregulated boot camps and wilderness programs as well as the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support regarding the increasing use of psychotropic medications for children in the Child Welfare System. Dr. Bellonci provides consultation, lectures and technical assistance nationally on the subjects of child psychiatric practice, foster care, special education, residential treatment, sexual minority youth and mental health best practices.

In his role as Vice President of Policy and Practice, Dr. Bellonci will assume overall strategic and operational responsibility for all clinical practice areas and policy activities. He will work closely with President & CEO, Dr. Bob Franks, to identify and develop new areas of work and external collaborations. His responsibilities will focus on: program leadership and management, financial strategy, growth, external relationships, and dissemination of knowledge. In addition, Dr. Bellonci will serve as the Chief Medical Officer for the Manville School and all direct service programs. He will also work closely with JBCC faculty to further strengthen and develop training programs.