Psychologist Consultants

Dr. Jeffrey Aaron, Psychologist Training Consultant
Dr. Jeff Q. Bostic, Psychologist Training Consultant
Dr. Jeffrey Burnett, Psychologist Training Consultant
Dr. Dana Cunningham, Psychologist Training Consultant
Dr. Brittany Parham, Psychologist Training Consultant
Dr. Linda Watt, Psychologist Training Consultant


Dr. Jeffrey Aaron
Psychologist Training Consultant

Jeffrey Aaron is Facility Director at the Commonwealth Center for Children & Adolescents, of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services. He is a clinical and forensic psychologist. Dr. Aaron is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia Medical School, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, and associate faculty at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry & Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

At CCCA, Dr. Aaron worked as a psychologist at CCCA for 14 years and was the Clinical Director of an adolescent unit, the Forensic Coordinator, and the Chair of the Ethics Committee. Dr. Aaron has a private practice in which he conducts forensic psychological evaluations of adolescents and adults, and has served as an expert witness in Juvenile and Circuit courts across Virginia, and a consultant to the US Department of Justice. Areas of forensic specialization include adolescent decision-making, mitigation, juvenile transfer, evaluating confession evidence, trial competency, posttraumatic stress, and juvenile justice.

He has published in the areas of coping with stress, trauma, and forensic psychological evaluation, provided invited testimony before the Virginia House and Senate, and has presented across the Commonwealth on topics including forensic mental health evaluation, adolescent development and legal decision-making, coping with traumatic loss, and clinical assessment of children and adolescents. Dr. Aaron was a member of the Mental Health Workgroup of the Governor’s Task Force on School and Campus Safety, and currently serves on the Charlottesville Albemarle gang intervention project known as Gang Reduction through Active Community Engagement.


Dr. Jeff Q. Bostic
Psychologist Training Consultant

Jeff Q. BosticDr. Jeff Q. Bostic holds a medical degree from Texas University School of Medicine, and performed his residency at the Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital. Jeff is the Director of the School Psychiatry Program for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He also served as Medical Director of the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project, in which psychiatrists were on call to assist pediatricians at the MGH site.

Jeff’s www.schoolpsychiatry.org website aims to advance service collaboration among clinicians, educators, and families for recognizing and working with children with behavioral and mental health issues in schools. To date, he has served as a consulting psychiatrist to the Andover, Boston City-on-the-Hill Charter School, Lexington, Lowell, Silver Lake, Wellesley, Westwood, and Winchester school districts.

Jeff has been a member of the Child Psychiatry Residency Training Committee for MGH and McLean Hospital since 1997. He served as the training psychiatrist for the police training initiatives of Strategies for Youth with the MBTA Transit Police in Boston, the Cambridge Police Department, and the Everett Police Department.


Dr. Jeffrey Burnett
Psychologist Training Consultant

Dr. Burnett has over twenty years of experience treating the full range of psychiatric diagnoses in children, adolescents and adults across outpatient, inpatient, residential, and medical settings. He consults with local juvenile detention centers, correctional facilities and police departments, and has worked with Strategies for Youth presenting the Policing the Teen Brain training since 2015. Dr. Burnett currently specializes in clinical and forensic evaluation of children and adults for the courts, child protective services, juvenile justice center and local schools. Dr. Burnett received his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Missouri.


Dr. Dana Cunningham
Psychologist Training Consultant

Dana Cunningham, Ph.D. obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Following the completion of her internship at the University of Maryland Medical System/ Maryland Veterans Administration Consortium, she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for School Mental Health, which is located in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Cunningham has provided mental health services to youth and families in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, inpatient hospitals, juvenile detention centers, and schools. Dr. Cunningham has provided school mental health services to adolescents in Baltimore City Public Schools and Prince George’s County Public Schools for over 10 years. She has facilitated numerous trainings for teachers, families and school staff on various aspects of mental health including trauma, adolescent development, staff wellness and behavior management. Dr. Cunningham has also served as a Resource Specialist and provided technical assistance and support to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Safe Schools Healthy Students grantee, which is focused on mental health promotion, and youth violence and substance abuse prevention. Dr. Cunningham is currently a Faculty Consultant at the Center for School Mental Health, and since 2006 she has been the Director of the Prince George’s School Mental Health Initiative (PGSMHI). Dr. Cunningham also serves as a Co-Facilitator for a National Practice Group focused on Cultural Responsiveness and Equity through the National Community of Practice on Collaborative School Behavioral Health. Dr. Cunningham has contributed to several articles and research presentations on topics related to school mental health practice and policy. She is also the author of a children’s book, A Day I’ll Never Forget, which was developed to support children impacted by parental incarceration.


Dr. Brittany Parham
Psychologist Training Consultant

Dr. Parham is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and is a faculty member with the national Center for School Mental Health at UMSOM.

She received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Buffalo, State University of New York in 2015 and completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for School Mental Health at UMSOM.

Dr. Parham’s current clinical and research interests involve effective implementation of evidence based mental health programs in underserved schools and their surrounding communities.
In her current role as a clinical faculty member with experience in school-based services at the Center for School Mental Health, Dr. Parham serves as a primary point person for developing and delivering training and technical assistance both within the school mental health clinical programs as well as to school stakeholders (including experience developing and delivering in-service curricula for teachers, school resource officers, parents, and school staff).

She currently coordinates a grant funded youth gambling prevention research project and provides direct school-based clinical care to a Title I Baltimore City School. She also supervises doctoral and masters level trainees providing mental health care in a school-based outpatient clinic.
Dr. Parham is very committed to community engagement and supports as it relates to safe and supportive learning environments for students, their families, schools and communities.

Since the civil unrest that ensued in Baltimore City in the spring of 2015, she has been actively involved in local efforts to strengthen relationships among the community and Baltimore City Police through facilitation of in-service trainings with police officers and collaborative work with school-based law enforcement personnel.

 


Dr. Linda Watt
Psychologist Training Consultant

Linda Watt PhD is a licensed psychologist specializing in treatment of adolescents. She received both her Bachelor of Arts degree and Masters in Psychology from Boston College. After working briefly for the social service agency in Massachusetts, she became the clinical director of a Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) girl’s detention facility in Boston for five years. During that time she returned to school for her PhD in psychology from Northeastern University.

Dr. Watt has conducted court evaluations for DYS, served as the regional clinical director of three secure facilities for boys, and as the regional clinical coordinator overseeing the clinical services for the southeast region of Massachusetts until 2012. Linda is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University in their graduate psychology program and consults at a community college in the area of threat assessment. Linda‘s areas of expertise include adolescents with behavioral issues, sexual offending, gangs and fire play.

Linda works within school systems, and currently is the School Psychologist for a public school in Taunton, Massachusetts. She also has a private practice with a focus on individual and family therapy and risk assessments for youth charged with sex offenses and fire-setting.

Linda has more than a decade of training experience within DYS on the topics of mental health, suicidality, gang issues, and behavior management; Linda has also trained at the Massachusetts Department of Corrections in the area of mental health and gender.

Linda has trained police officers for Strategies for Youth since 2012 in California, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Virginia, and Wisconsin.