The Team

Boy’s Adolescent Extended Care Team

Dr. Hassan Minhas, MD

Medical Director

Hassan M. Minhas MD is a board-certified psychiatrist with training in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry.

In addition to serving as the Medical Director of Turnbridge, Dr. Minhas is also the Chief of Autism Services at the Hospital for Special Care, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Law and Psychiatry.

He graduated medical school from Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan, then completed his internship, residency, and pediatric psychiatry fellowship at Brown University. Following his clinical training, he completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at Yale University.

Dr. Minhas has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships. Some of these include the APA Leadership Fellowship, the Brain Conference Travel Award, the Martin B. Keller Award, and the Haffenreffer Family Resident Award. Most recently, he was recognized by the Hartford Business Journal as one of their 40 under Forty honorees.

Achievements

Education and Training

  • M.B.,B.S., Rawalpindi Medical College, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
  • The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Harvard-Macy Program for Post-Graduate Trainees

Honors and Recognition

  • 2011 – 2013 Brown Psychiatry Residency Research Track Awardee
  • 2011 Second Prize Psychiatry Residency Research Poster, Fourteenth Annual Research Symposium on Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • 2011 Runner-up to the Weinshilboum Prize (invited to attend the 10th Annual Psychiatric Genomics Course), Department of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • 2012 Second Prize Psychiatry Residency Research Poster, Fifteenth Annual Research Symposium on Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • 2012 Travel Fellowship awardee, 17th Annual Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2012 – 2014 American Psychiatric Leadership Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2013 Brain Conference Scholar Travel Award, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training
  • 2013 International Medical Graduate Fellow, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training
  • 2013 Society of Biological Psychiatry, 68th Annual Convention, Mentor-Mentee Program Participant
  • 2013 Martin B. Keller Award for the Outstanding Resident in the General Psychiatry Residency Graduating Class, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • 2015 Haffenrefer Family House Staff Excellence Award; awarded to 5 graduating house staff across specialties for demonstrating excellence in clinical service, professionalism, leadership and scholarly activities, Rhode Island Hospital

State and National Organization Committees

  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Rhode Island Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Hospital and Training Program Committees

  • Brown University
  • Bradley Hospital
  • Butler Hospital

Publications

  1. Minhas HM, Pescosolido MF, Schwede M, Piasecka J, Gaitanis J, Tantravahi U, Morrow EM. An unbalanced translocation involving loss of 10q26.2 and gain of 11q25 in a pedigree with autism spectrum disorder and cerebellar juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A. April 2013;161(4):787–791
  2. Minhas HM, Vahabzadeh A. Autism Spectrum Disorder in DSM-5. The Residents’ Journal, American Journal of Psychiatry, May 2013;8(5):4-6
  3. Banerjee R, Liu JJ, Minhas HM. Lyme Neuroborreliosis Presenting with Alexithymia and Suicide Attempts. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. October 2013;74(10):981
  4. Minhas HM, Lowenhaupt EA. Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 2015 edition.
  5. Minhas HM, Philip N. Antipsychotics. The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology, First Edition, 2015.
  6. Minhas HM, Lowenhaupt EA, Xavier, SL. Conduct Disorder. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor, 2016 edition.
  7. Minhas HM, Elliot MB, Price LH. Altered mental status due to hand sanitizer ingestion. British Journal of Psychiatry, December 5 2011. bjp.rcpsych.org/letters/
  8. Aoun EG, Minhas HM, Hunt JI. Synthetic Marijuana: a serious emerging substance use problem in adolescents. The Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter (CABL). January 2014; 30(1)

Christopher Cutter, PhD

Chief of Adolescent Psychology

Assistant Professor, Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Cutter is one of the world’s foremost behavioral healthcare researchers and clinicians in the fields of psychotherapy development, behavioral medicine, and addiction medicine in urban and rural environments. He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University, his Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from University of Southern California, and his BA in Psychology from California State University. He has held teaching and/or research positions at Yale University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and University of Hartford.  Dr. Cutter is currently a tenure-tracked faculty member at Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center.

Previously, Dr. Cutter was a clinical program developer within some of Harvard’s teaching hospitals, and directed the Pain Treatment Services Units for Yale’s Department of Psychiatry and Silver Hill Hospital. A former assistant dean of Yale College and a Beck Institute Scholar, Dr. Cutter has received numerous professional honors over the course of his career and his work has been widely cited in peer-reviewed manuscripts and continues to direct a highly active and prolific behavioral science clinical research laboratory out of Yale’s Child Study Center.

Dr. Cutter hopes to one day leverage the exceptional outcomes produced at Turnbridge to lobby congress to support legislation that will increase access to long-term dual diagnosis treatment for all populations.

Turnbridge is a leader in adolescent care where young people become better and caregivers become their best. Compassion for each young person and family we are privileged to help is at the center of everything we do.

Achievements

Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University School of Medicine (School of Arts and Sciences), 2009
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School, 2007
  • Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, Northeastern University, 2007
  • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Southern California, 2002
  • B.A. Psychology, California State University, Long Beach, 1998

Honors and Recognition

  • 2017 Eastern Pain Association, Outstanding poster presentation
  • 2013 Beck Institute Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • 2011 National Institute on Drug Abuse Travel Award co-sponsored with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and American Psychological Association Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Drug Abuse) and 50 (Addictions)
  • 2010 National Institute on Drug Abuse Psychotherapy Development Center Pilot Project Grant
  • 2010  National Institute on Drug Abuse Junior Investigator Travel Award
  • 2010 Psi Chi National Psychology Honors Society Summer Internship Teaching Grant
  • 2009-14 National Institute of Health Clinical Loan Repayment Program by National Institute on Drug Abuse

Awards and Grants

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
    • 1 R01 DA019511-03: “Counseling for primary care office-based buprenorphine”
    • 1 RO1 DA020576-01A1: “Buprenorphine maintenance vs. detoxification in prescription opioid dependence”
    • 1 R01 DA019511-03: “Pain and Opioid Dependence”
    • 2 P50DA009241: “Psychotherapy Development Center Pilot Program”
    • 5 R01 AA01892303: “Reducing Heavy Drinking to Optimize HIV/AIDS Treatment and Prevention”
    • 1 R01 DA034678: “Automated Recovery Line for Medication Assisted Treatment”

Select Publications

  1. Moore, B.A., Barry, D.T., Cutter, C.J., Sullivan, L.E., O’Connor, P.G., Schottenfeld, R.S., & Fiellin, D.A.  (2012).  Counseling and directly observed medication for primary care buprenorphine/naloxone maintenance: A pilot study.  Journal of Addiction Medicine. 6(3):205-211.
  2. Beitel, M., Savant, J. D., Cutter, C. J., Peters, S., Belisle, N., & Barry, D.T. (2012). Psychopathology and pain correlates of dispositional optimism in methadone-maintained patients. The American Journal on Addictions, 21, S56-62.
  3. Moore, B.A., Fazzino, T., Garnet, B., Cutter, C.J., Barry, D.T. (2011).  Computer-based treatments for drug abuse and dependence: A Systematic Review.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 40: 215-223
  4. Garnet, B., Beitel, M., Cutter, C.J., Savant, J.D., Peters, S., Schottenfeld, R.S., Barry, D.T.  (2011)  Pain catastrophizing and pain coping among methadone maintained patients. Pain Medicine; 12: 79-86.
  5. Barry, D.T., Beitel, M., Cutter, C.J., Garnet, B., Joshi, D., Rosenblum, A., Schottenfeld, R.S. (2011). Exploring relations among traumatic, posttraumatic, and physical pain experiences in methadone-maintained patients. Journal of Pain,12: 22-28.
  6. Barry, D.T., Beitel, M., Breuer, T., Cutter, C.J., Savant, J.D., Peters, S., Schottenfeld, R.S., Rounsaville, B.J.  (2011). Group-Based Strategies for Stress Reduction in Methadone Maintenance Treatment: What Do Patients Want? Journal of Addiction Medicine, 5: 181-187.
  7. Barry, D.T., Beitel, M., Breuer, T., Cutter, C.J., Savant, J.D., Schottenfeld, R.S., Rounsaville, B.J. (2011). Conventional and unconventional treatments for stress among methadone-maintained patients:  Treatment willingness and perceived efficacy.  American Journal of Addiction, 20: 137-142.
  8. Barry, D.T., Beitel, M., Cutter, C.J., Joshi, D., Falcioni, J., Schottenfeld, R.S. (2010).  Conventional and non-conventional pain treatment utilization among opioid dependent individuals with pain seeking methadone maintenance treatment: A needs assessment study. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 4: 81-87.
  9. Barry, D.T., Beitel, M., Cutter, C.J., Garnet, B., Joshi, D., Schottenfeld, R.S., Rounsaville, B.J. (2009).  Allopathic, complementary, and alternative medical treatment utilization for pain among methadone-maintained patients: An exploratory study.  The American Journal on Addictions, 18: 379-385.
  10. Weinberg, I., Gunderson, J.G., Hennen, J., Cutter, C.J. (2006). Manual-Assisted Cognitive Treatment for the Deliberate Self-Harm for Borderline Personality Disorder Patients.  Journal of Personality Disorders, 20: 482-492.

Mark Beitel, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Associate Research Scientist, Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Mark Beitel is a practicing clinical psychologist, researcher, and professor. Dr. Beitel holds degrees in psychology from the University of Michigan, Fordham University, and the New School for Social Research. Beitel completed post-doctoral work at the Yale University School of Medicine. 

Beitel serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, trains students and conducts clinical research. Beitel is a prolific author who has contributed more than 40 research papers and peer-reviewed articles on psychotherapy, substance use, chronic pain, and connections between culture and psychology. 

Dr. Beitel brings a passion for helping people understand and manage their mental health conditions and in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of effective, evidence-based therapy to Turnbridge clients and families. 

Achievements

Education and Training

  • Ph.D. Fordham University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2003
  • MA New School for Social Research, The Graduate Faculty, 1996
  • BA University of Michigan, Psychology Honors Program, 1994

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychoanalytic Association, Research Associate (2004-08)
  • American Psychological Association, Member (2003-08)
  • Connecticut Psychological Association, Member (2004-present)
  • Mind, Brain, Consciousness & Culture Faculty Group, Yale University, Member (2003-07)
  • Society for Psychotherapy Research, Member (2003-present)
  • The Diversity Initiative, Fordham University, Founding Member (2000-03)
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association (2004-present)
  • Yale Group for the Study of Native American (2013-present)

Select Publications

  1. Oberleitner, D.E., Marcus, R., Beitel. M., Muthulingam, D., Oberleitner, L., Madden, L. M., Eller, A., Barry, D. T. (in press). “Day-to-day, it’s a roller coaster. It’s frustrating. It’s rewarding. It’s maddening and it’s enjoyable:” A qualitative investigation of the lived experiences of addiction counselors. Psychological Services.
  2. Mun, C. J., Beitel, M., Oberleitner, L., Oberleitner, D.E., Madden, L. M., Bollampally, P., & Barry, D. T. (2019). Pain catastrophizing and pain acceptance predict pain severity and interference among methadone-maintained patients. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75, 2233-2247.
  3. Barry, D. T., Beitel, M., Cutter, C. J., Fiellin, D. A., Kerns, R. D., Moore, B. A., Oberleitner, L., Madden, L. M., Liong, C., Ginn, J., & Schottenfeld, R. S. (2019). An evaluation of the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy for opioid use disorder and chronic pain. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 194, 460-467.
  4. Beitel, M., Wald, L., Hutz, A., Green, D., Cecero, J.J., Kishon, R., & Barry, D. T. (2015). Humanistic experience and psychodynamic understanding: Empirical associations among facets of self-actualization and psychological mindedness. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 14, 137-148.
  5. Beitel, M., Bogus, S., Hutz, A., Green, D., Cecero, J.J., & Barry, D. T. (2014). Stillness and motion: An empirical investigation of mindfulness and self-actualization. Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, 13, 187-202.
  6. Barry, D. T., Savant, J. D., Beitel, M., Cutter, C. J., Moore, B. A., Schottenfeld, R. S., & Fiellin, D. A. (2013). Pain and associated substance use among opioid dependent individuals seeking office-based treatment with buprenorphine-naloxone: A needs assessment study. American Journal on Addictions, 22, 212-217.
  7. Beitel, M., Hutz, A. E., Hopper, K. M., Gunn, C., Cecero, J. J., & Barry, D. T. (2009). Do psychologically-minded clients expect more from counseling? Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice, 82, 369-383.
  8. Barry, D. T., Bernard, M. J., Beitel, M. (2009). East Asian child rearing attitudes: An exploration of cultural, demographic, and self-disclosure factors among U.S. immigrants. International Journal of Psychology, 44, 342-350.
  9. Cecero, J. J., Beitel, M., & Prout, T. (2008). Examining the relationships among early maladaptive schemas, psychological mindedness, and adjustment to college. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice, 81, 105-118.
  10. Hutz, A. E., Martin, W., & Beitel, M. (2007). Ethnocultural person-environment fit and college adjustment in light of relevant demographics: Some implications for college counselors. Journal of College Counseling, 10, 130-141.
  11. Beitel, M. (1997). Nuances before dinner: Exploring the relationship between peer counselors and delinquent adolescents. Adolescence, 32, 579-591.

MAX GREGER-MOSER, MSN PMHNP

Associate Medical Director

Max Greger-Moser is a board-certified lifespan psychiatric nurse practitioner who received his Master’s degree from Yale School of Nursing.

Max’s first experience providing psychiatric care was with the in-home family counseling intervention service, IICAPS an evidence-based family model developed at the Yale Child Study Center. Since IICAPs, Max has worked as a psychiatric provider throughout the Yale New Haven health delivery network in the emergency department and inpatient psychiatric units. Max also has experience caring for individuals in community clinics managing psychiatric medications and therapeutic interventions.

In addition to his clinical work, Max is a lecturer at the Yale School of Nursing where he educates the future generation of nurse practitioners. He also serves as a preceptor for psychiatric nurse practitioner candidates from Yale and Johns Hopkins in their 2nd year clinical rotations, preparing them to practice as licensed practitioners after graduation.

Using the biopsychosocial approach to healthcare, Max strives to integrate a holistic approach to the medical management of mental illnesses. Viewing medications as a tool to work towards wellness, Max works collaboratively with a patient so he or she can reach their fullest potential.

Jessica Filipkowski, RD, CDN

Registered Dieition

Jessica is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist, and is specialized and credentialed as a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD). Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from Michigan State University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of New Haven. She additionally completed a clinically focused dietetic internship at Yale New Haven Hospital. In this program, she provided medical nutrition therapy to patients with a range of diseases and diagnoses. Jessica has extensive experience working in supporting individuals with eating disorders or disordered eating patterns in a variety of levels of care from residential to outpatient treatment settings. Jessica is passionate about helping others develop a healthy relationship with both food and their body, utilizing a non-diet approach including All Foods Fit, Intuitive Eating, and Health at Every Size philosophies.

Brittany Silveira, RN

Nurse

Brittany graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing in 2011 and completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Ohio University in 2014. Brittany is currently a candidate for PhD in Nursing at the University of Missouri where she is studying the effects of Human Animal Interaction on child development following trauma, with a special interest in utilizing trained service dogs during forensic interviews and during the court process for children who have survived abuse. She also obtained certification as a Youth Development Specialist while working on her doctoral degree. Brittany worked as a nurse in acute psychiatric units for both the pediatric and adolescent populations before joining the team at Turnbridge, bringing her knowledge and passion for promoting both physical and mental wellness and development in youth.

Education and Training

  • University of Missouri, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing; Youth Development Specialist certificate, anticipated graduation May 2024
  • Ohio University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2012-2014
  • Owens Community College, Associate Degree in Nursing, 2007-2011
  • Registered Nurse, State of Ohio, 2012-2018
  • Registered Nurse, State of Connecticut, 2018-present
  • Infant, Child, and Adult CPR /AED certified, American Red Cross, 2010-present
  • DCF Certified Medication Administration Endorsed Instructor, 2023

 Awards/Recognitions

  • Daisy Award Recipient, 2016
  • Multiple recognitions by Life Connection of Ohio for assisting in organ and tissue donation
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society member, Alpha Iota Chapter, University of Missouri, April 2023
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member, Owens Community College, 2011

Professional Conferences

  • Midwestern Nursing Research Conference, March 27-30, 2019
  • Poster Presentation: Butkiewicz, M.L., Harvey, L.P., Silveira, B.A. (2019). Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A systematic review.Sigma Theta Tau 45th Biennial Convention, November 16-20, 2019
    • Poster Presentation: Butkiewicz, M.L., Harvey, L.P., Silveira, B.A. (2019). Theoretical Constructs in Animal-Assisted Intervention for People with PTSD

Sloane Maymon, LMSW

Primary Therapist

Sloane is a dedicated Licensed Master in Social Worker, proudly born and raised in Connecticut. Her journey in the field of social work has been marked by a commitment to empowering individuals and families to overcome challenges and thrive. Sloane earned her Master’s in Social Work from Indiana Wesleyan University’s Graduate School, building upon the strong foundation provided by an undergraduate degree from Iona University. Sloane began her career with a focus on adolescent foster children, where she served as a case manager, specializing in kinship care. This experience laid the groundwork for her transition into the role of a Family and Individual Therapist, where she continued to champion the well-being of adolescents and their families. Sloane also had the privilege of running support groups for kinship caregivers, fostering a sense of community and resilience among those caring for vulnerable youth. Additionally, her work as an Adolescent Outpatient Therapist has deepened her expertise in adolescent mental health and substance abuse recovery. Within Turnbridge, Sloane is an Adolescent Therapist in our Adolescent Extended Day Program. In this role, Sloane leads group therapy sessions, conducts individual therapy sessions, and facilitates family therapy to address the complex needs of adolescents and their families.

Outside of her professional life, Sloane loves to travel, is a creative crafter, and cherishes the moments spent with her family, which includes two growing teenagers. Sloane is deeply committed to the mission of mental health and substance abuse recovery. Sloane firmly believes that every individual possesses the resilience and strength to overcome adversity, and is dedicated to providing the guidance and support needed for individuals and families to embark on a journey of healing, growth, and transformation. Sloane’s work is driven by a passion for promoting mental wellness and substance abuse recovery as essential components of building healthier and happier lives.

Lisa Cormier, LMSW

Primary Therapist

Lisa Cormier is a Licensed Social Worker and a lifelong resident of Connecticut. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University with a focus on trauma informed care. She received a Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. During this time, she participated in research opportunities focused on adolescent behavior, substance use, and suicidality.

Lisa specializes in working with adolescents and young adults experiencing behavioral, mental health, and substance use challenges. As a social worker, she has served these populations in school-based settings, outpatient clinics and hospital settings. She also has experience working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and promotes inclusivity in mental health and substance use treatment.  

Using a strengths-based approach, Lisa provides individual, family, and group therapy. She takes pride in running inclusive group therapy that incorporates DBT, CBT, positive psychology, art therapy, and life skills. She has presented her experience and technique at national and international social work conferences.

For Lisa, dance, art, and music have always been a passion and means of self-care. She also enjoys baking and crafting. In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends. She is affiliated with several professional organizations such as the Phi Alpha Honor Society, Beta Pho Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, The Golden Key International Honour Society, and the National Society of leadership and success.

Jordan Weiss, LPCA

Primary Therapist

Jordan Weiss is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. Jordan obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Bridgeport as well as a bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology at Eastern Connecticut State University. She holds experience working with adolescents and young adults who are struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders.  Jordan deploys a wide variety of eclectic approaches but specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog and cat, candle making, and traveling.

Jack Britton, LPC

Vice President of Clinical Services

Jack grew up in Dallas, Texas, where he earned B.B.A. and master’s degrees in accounting from S.M.U. and started work with a Big Four firm, auditing hedge funds and energy companies. Getting sober in 2007 led Jack to consider other professions that he might enjoy more, and in 2010 he moved to rural Minnesota where he completed a master’s in counseling from Hazelden. Not a fan of blizzards, in 2011 Jack left for Lubbock, Texas, where he worked as a counselor at a residential treatment program for young adults and developed a passion for helping families. In 2015 he briefly lived in Austin to help a college friend open a counseling office. Over time, Jack saw first-hand how quality of life improves the most when a person engages in long-term treatment, a truth supported by decades of research, and so in 2016 he moved to Connecticut to work in Turnbridge’s young adult program.

Since then, Jack has held roles in all our service offerings. He started as a primary clinician and later a family therapist. In 2017 Jack helped open and was director of Turnbridge’s community outpatient services, which started in New Haven in the evenings and have since shifted to our Westport clinic. In 2020 Jack co-developed and -launched Turnbridge’s first adolescent residential treatment center in Woodbury, serving as clinical director. In 2021 he shifted to non-client care to work on a variety of projects ranging from program analysis and enhancement to hiring and training.

As Vice President of Clinical Services, Jack ensures the ethos of Turnbridge’s mission is carried to and thrives within all our programs. He also recruits and hires superb clinical talent from around the country. Additionally, Jack builds and develops relationships with Turnbridge partners through tours, conferences, and speaking engagements. Jack loves spending his time with his wife and their daughter, golf, and travel.

LAUREN SPRINGER, LMSW

Director of Family Relations

We know that mental health and substance use disorders are diseases which affects the entire family.  As the Family Liaison for Turnbridge families, Lauren offers support, caring guidance and education to parents and families as they negotiate the pathway to their own recovery.   She believes that parents having their own recovery program is not only essential to their own health and well-being, but in turn aids in their sons’ or daughters’ recovery.

Much of the insight Lauren brings to the position of Family Liaison is from her personal experience as the mother of a son who has the disease of addiction.  Lauren believes that much of her strength comes from involvement in recovery programs as well as in helping other parents build a program of recovery to find peace and serenity in their own lives.  Lauren is a Licensed Master of Social Work.  She earned her Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in adolescent health care.  She has worked with adolescents and their families throughout her career in hospital setting, child protection, judicial system, special education and social service development in NJ.  Lauren currently facilitates a Caron Foundation support group for parents of addicted children in Northern NJ.

Sam Cohen, CAC RCP

Director of Adolescent Extended Care

Sam Cohen has been with Turnbridge in various roles over the last 8 years. He has served our clientele and staff as a Case Manager, Admissions Coordinator, and most recently as head of our Professional Development department. He brings a passion and unique drive for serving others as a man with 12+ years of experience in the behavioral health field. Sam is DARC and CAC certified as well as an RCP facilitator for over 60 hours of class training. He is also a Mental Health First Aid instructor and has trained countless staff members in multiple competencies over the last 3 years.

There was a time in Sam’s life, due to his own mental health and SUD struggles, that he could not envision himself being a “happy” adult. As a married man with 3 sons, a loving family, and strong friendships, he has found that fulfillment. Sam is able to articulate that 15-year journey in a way that helps young people break down their own barriers. As Director of our Adolescent Extended Care Program, he has assembled a team equipped to give the gift of recovery to our clients and their families.

David Parisi

Case Manager

David Parisi is a certified Recovery Coach Professional, Recovery Support Specialist and a person in long term sobriety in his tenth year.  He was hired at Turnbridge in the Spring of 2020 and has served our clientele in a variety of different roles. David initially was hired as a Resident Liaison and was recently promoted to a Senior Case Manager due to his talent as well as devotion to his craft.  Prior to his arrival at Turnbridge, Dave assisted numerous residential treatment facilities, including being chairperson for a Client Advisory Board. The board’s mission was to ensure a more comprehensive client experience while engaged in mental health treatment. Dave also created an all-inclusive recovery meeting, which he held in multiple treatment facilities for over 5 years and has been operating independently, outside of treatment centers, since 2016.  Being both a parent and a person in recovery, Dave utilizes this unique perspective to help repair the severed lines of communication in order to bring families closer together and assist teens in realizing their true potential.  

During his free time, Dave can be found working out, spending time with his family and being a continued mentor for past clients.  It is Dave’s firm belief that consistent support, effective communication and having a positive role model are imperative to the healing process.

Noah Richmond

Case Manager

Noah is a case manager for the Adolescent Extended Care program at Turnbridge. He started working at Turnbridge in late 2020 as a Support Staff in the Young Adult program and worked his way up Resident Liaison, and then to case manager.

Noah graduated from Bard College with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in history. Noah is passionate about helping and mentoring individuals struggling with mental illness and substance abuse. Noah’s own journey in recovery fuels his drive to help young people build their lives and realize their potential. His interpersonal skills help Noah build strong relationships with each of his clients. He has experience outside of recovery mentoring and educating, spending time as a substitute teacher, and a varsity coach at a private school. Outside of work, Noah enjoys playing guitar, weightlifting, and spending time with his dog.

Abigail Horowitz, MSW

Senior Academic Advisor

Abigail Horowitz completed her Master in Social Work degree at Springfield College in 2022. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree(s) in Psychology, Spanish, and Youth Services from University of Saint Joseph. A certified school social worker in Connecticut, she has also participated in ADHD and academic coach training. 

Prior to Turnbridge, she was a Residential Supervisor at a sub-acute psychiatric facility for children ages 6 to 13 and a Supervisor at an Extended Day Treatment Program. She has spent time abroad, volunteering with the elderly and youth in Central and South America and a semester studying abroad in Ecuador. Additionally, she was paramount in facilitating youth programs at a local YMCA and a key player in coordinating the YMCA College Tour in the mid-west and south for students for a number of years. She is passionate about mental health and education, which led her to her current position as the Senior Academic Advisor here at Turnbridge. 

Matt Krause

Academic Advisor

Matt Krause is an Academic Advisor and is a certified English teacher for grades 7-12. He has experience teaching in the Hamden, New Haven, and Bridgeport school systems, and is passionate about supporting students from all backgrounds, especially those who struggle with reading and writing.  He has a Bachelor’s in English from the University of South Florida and a Master’s in Secondary Education from Quinnipiac University. He has extensive experience creating and implementing curricula for ELA courses that align with the Common Core standards, including: English, Creative Writing, Poetry, Memoir Writing, and Screenwriting. He is proficient in reading intervention strategies and differentiation to accommodate all learning  styles. 

Matt believes it is crucial to lift every voice and create inclusive spaces. He has worked closely with LGBTQIA+ students, students of color, students struggling with their mental health/addiction, and special education students. He encourages all young people to be life-long learners and to step outside of their comfort zone.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys reading, seeing live music, hiking, and traveling.

Burgess Young

Burges Young completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish at Michigan State University. He is currently working on his Master of Business Administration. Before working at Turnbridge, he worked as a High School Spanish teacher in the local New Haven School District.

Burgess Young is a Turnbridge graduate himself. During his time here, he worked closely with the Academics team.  Being in Recovery, he is keen on acknowledging the hardship that comes with academic re-engagement and helping clients through those difficulties.  He has a passion for helping others achieve success, not only in academics but in all facets of life.

In addition to this, he dedicates a large portion of his free time to physical health.  He is an avid believer that both physical health and learning are fundamental parts of the Recovery process.

BILL SIMMONS, CAC

Vice President of Operations

Bill has over 15 years of professional experience in the field of mental healthcare, having made significant contributions as a direct-care clinician and administrator in multiple settings and levels of care. Bill is both nationally and internationally credentialed as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and is a certified BLS & CPR trainer through the American Heart Association. Additionally, Bill’s personal experience in long-term recovery adds to his ability to combine professional expertise with a unique passion and motivation. This has afforded Bill the opportunity to help others achieve their own sustained recovery with approaches that are evidence-based, while respecting the unique needs of the individual.

In Bill’s current role as Vice President of Operations, he provides visionary leadership ensuring that the logistical systems of staffing, safety, and administrative and procedural reporting are in place and functioning effectively. Bill’s creative leadership has contributed to the growth of the organization through increased operational efficiency. Bill has an energetic style that, combined with respectful and constructive communication, has allowed him to increase the retention, ability, and capacity of his staff, which has directly led to improved outcomes for clients.

GORDON DICKLER, CAC, ICADC

Vice President of Admissions

Gordon oversees the admissions department and helps families in crisis find help for their loved ones in need. As both a board certified counselor and a Turnbridge alumni, Gordon’s intimate understanding of Turnbridge’s powerful ability to help young people overcome behavioral health conditions is informed by both personal and professional experience. This perspective allows Gordon to relate deeply to these issues, and to explain at a foundational level the many aspects of Turnbridge’s Programs.

After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, Gordon realized a newfound desire to help others overcome mental health disorders. He subsequently completed a counseling certification program and in January of 2011 joined the team of professionals at Turnbridge, where he’s excelled in a variety of direct-care roles. In July of 2013, Turnbridge asked Gordon to apply his knowledge and insight to the work of Admissions, where he has the privilege of being among the first points of touch between families seeking help, and Turnbridge’s ability to give hope.  Today, Gordon leads a team of compassionate and knowledgeable admissions coordinators who on the front lines supporting families through the process of evaluating appropriate treatment solutions for their loved one.

In his free time, Gordon enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children and patronizing New Haven’s many exceptional restaurants.

BETH LEGACKI

Senior Director of Admissions

Beth is a certified interventionist with over 16 years of experience working in behavioral healthcare. She has dedicated her professional life to helping those who have been affected by mental health and substance use disorders. She is an energetic and passionate advocate for change who believes in the profound importance of early intervention.

As a person in long-term recovery, Beth relies heavily on her personal story to impart hope and inspire action in family members seeking support. Being on the front lines helping loved ones navigate the chaos of mental illness and addiction has been the most rewarding and challenging work of her life thus far. It has also cemented the gratitude she feels for the loved ones who fought for her many years ago when she was too sick to fight for herself.

Many moons ago, Beth attended Indiana University on a track and field/cross country running scholarship. She spent eight years working as a high-end real estate professional in New York City, where she collaborated with top marketing firms, architects and real-estate agencies.

Beth is an avid runner, a passionate dog-rescuer, and a loving wife and mother.