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Judge Baker Welcomes Dr. Rhea Chase as Director of Early Childhood Programs

Dr. Rhea Chase

BOSTON, MA (November 3, 2016) – Judge Baker Children’s Center. a national leader in children’s mental health, today announced that Dr. Rhea Chase has joined the senior leadership team as director of early childhood programs.

Dr. Chase specializes in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and effective prevention and treatment programs for families with young children with behavioral health concerns, including both internalizing and externalizing disorders. Specifically, her work focuses on the dissemination of evidence-based treatments to traditionally underserved populations and the translation and sustainability of evidence-based treatments in community settings.

Dr. Chase served as a lead member of the clinical faculty for PCIT of the Carolinas, a training program focused on the spread of PCIT to community agencies throughout North and South Carolina. She is a Master Trainer endorsed by PCIT International and is highly active in the PCIT community, acting as Secretary on the PCIT Board of Directors and as a member of the PCIT International training task force.

“I am delighted to welcome Rhea to the senior leadership team at Judge Baker,” said Robert P. Franks, Ph.D., President and CEO, Judge Baker. “Her expertise will further establish Judge Baker as a leader in early childhood mental health and her expertise as a PCIT master trainer will be a tremendous resource for the greater New England area.”

Dr. Chase is also interested in the dissemination and adaptation of evidence-based treatments to low-income countries, and is currently working on a parenting intervention program in Liberia. A major goal of her work is to identify factors that lead to the improved quality of behavioral health care for young children and their families and the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, particularly in community settings that work with traditionally underserved populations. She is actively involved in intervention research, training of clinicians in evidence-based parenting programs, and direct clinical service.

“I am thrilled to be joining the team at Judge Baker Children’s Center. Judge Baker has a strong reputation for promoting positive child development, improving mental health care for children, and increasing quality of life for children and families. These goals align with my own work, and I am excited to expand Judge Baker’s early childhood programs. This age range is a particular area of expertise for me, and I’m especially passionate about services and supports for young children and their families since we know early childhood is a critical period for development and growth,” said Dr. Chase.

Dr. Chase most recently served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. 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.

An affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Judge Baker Children’s Center is a nationally recognized children’s mental health organization dedicated to improving the quality of mental health care for children and families. Named in honor of Harvey Humphrey Baker, the first judge appointed to the Boston Juvenile Court, Judge Baker opened its doors in 1917 and has been serving the children and families of greater Boston for almost 100 years. The multi-faceted organization provides the very best in evidence-based practices for children and families struggling with a range of behavioral, emotional, educational, and mental health issues. Judge Baker is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families by bridging the gap between science and practice to improve access to the highest quality care in community-based settings.