Professional Staff

Professional Staff

IAS only employs clinical staff with doctorates in clinical psychology, and we do not use ‘technicians’ to complete the tests at a lower cost. In addition, all staff have psychotherapy experience and expertise, allowing them to see psychiatric disorders from multiple perspectives.

Our highly experienced and intuitive testers provide the most comprehensive and accessible evaluations available.

Melinda Kulish, Ph.D., Owner/President
Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Neuropsychologist

IAS-Melinda-KulishDr. Kulish first became interested in psychological testing as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, where she did research on The Early Memory Questionnaire with her first mentor, Dr. Martin Mayman.  She went on to complete her doctorate in clinical psychology at Northwestern University (division of psychology, department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences).  She completed her APA accredited internship at The Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  She went on to complete 2 years of post-doctoral training in adult neuropsychology through The Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

She completed an additional 3rd and 4th year of post-doctoral training in adolescent neuropsychology through Tufts Medical School/The New England Medical Center in partnership with The Massachusetts Department of Youth Services.  She has received advanced training in collaborative and therapeutic assessment through The Center for therapeutic assessment in Austin, Texas. She is also a psychoanalyst, having graduated from the  Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (BPSI) in 2016.

Dr. Kulish is an instructor at The Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, where she has taught and supervised students in psychological and neuropsychological assessment for many years.  She has also supervised psychology interns in their psychotherapy training. Dr. Kulish has taught doctoral level classes at Boston College and UMass Boston, and taught a course entitled “Trauma, Affect and the Brain” and the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. She was the director of the psychological and neuropsychological testing service at The Two Brattle Center from 2003-2008.

Dr. Kulish has been a practicing psychologist in the Cambridge area for 16 years. Her private practice, located at 1679 Massachusetts Avenue, focuses on adult and adolescent psychotherapy. Recognizing the need for completely integrated neuropsychological and psychological testing, Dr. Kulish and her husband, Robert Sodergren, M.B.A., founded IAS in the fall of 2012. Dr Melinda Eileen Kulish

Testers

 

Robin Li, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Robin LiRobin Li received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, California. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and two years of postdoctoral training focused on psychological assessment in both outpatient and school-based settings. Dr. Li has experience conducting personality and neuropsychological assessments with multilingual individuals from diverse backgrounds and is a bilingual speaker of Mandarin Chinese. She also has experience working with gifted children and their families. Prior to her training in clinical psychology, Robin earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of California, San Diego, and worked in that field for seven years.

Amy Todey
Bio coming soon

Emily Wilner, PsyD

Emily WilnerEmily Wilner, PsyD is a bilingual (Spanish) neuropsychologist who provides neuropsychological evaluations to college students, adults, and elders with a variety of medical, psychiatric, and developmental disorders. Dr. Wilner specializes in the assessment of ADHD, dementia, and cognitive difficulties associated with psychosis and has a particular interest in multicultural neuropsychology.

In addition to her clinical work at IAS, Dr. Wilner is a staff neuropsychologist at Cambridge Health Alliance where she also provides clinical supervision to students through her appointment as Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She also has a psychotherapy practice in Boston, MA.

Dr. Wilner received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She completed internship training at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston University School of Medicine and a two-year neuropsychology fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School.

Akhila Sravish
Bio coming soon

Jonathan Carroll, Psy.D.

Jonathan CarrollJonathan Carroll, PsyD, completed his bachelor’s degree at Cornell University where he studied psychology and political philosophy before attending the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey for his doctoral degree in 2015. At Rutgers he studied psychosis, personality organization, and psychodynamic therapy but focused primarily on existential phenomenology, writing his doctoral dissertation on the theoretical experience of death anxiety in individuals with schizophrenia. He completed his APA accredited internship at the Stony Brook University counseling center in New York, providing short term individual and group psychotherapy. He then completed his postdoctoral fellowship at nearby Cambridge Health Alliance, conducting personality and diagnostic assessments as well as coordinating research on psychodynamic therapy, and providing individual psychotherapy.

Sarah Ward, Ph.D

Sarah Ward received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brown University inn Providence, RI. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Minneapolis, where she focused on neuropsychological assessment and research in behavioral genetics. During graduate school, she trained in neuropsychological and psychological assessment at the University of Minnesota Medical School, the Minneapolis VAMC, and in private practice. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/ Harvard Medical School, in the neuropsychology track, and with an additional focus on outpatient therapy to individuals with serious mental illness. She completed a two-year clinical neuropsychology post-doctoral fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/ Harvard Medical School, with rotations in outpatient psychiatry, outpatient neurology, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, and Boston HealthCare for the Homeless. She works as an assessment psychologist at the Worcester Veteran Affairs (VA) outpatient clinic (part of the VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System). She provides clinical neuropsychological and psychological evaluations for Veterans as part of the Worcester Mental Health Clinic and the Polytrauma team. In 2017, Dr. Ward co-wrote the grant application for the newly created postdoctoral program in clinical neuropsychology (based at the Worcester VA). She provides clinical supervision in neuropsychological and psychological assessment to several post-doctoral and pre-doctoral trainees at the Worcester VA. She is board certified in clinical neuropsychology (through the American Board of Professional Psychology-ABPP).

Laura Richardson
Bio coming soon

Mengchun Chiang, Ph.D.

Mengchun ChiangMengchun (Meng) Chiang is currently an Assistant Professor at William James College (Newton, MA) in the Clinical Psychology Department. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School (CHA/HMS) in Cambridge, MA with a focus on working with Asian population and individuals with trauma. She completed her post-doctoral training at CHA/HMS with a focus on psychological assessment and psychodynamic research. Dr. Chiang teaches Personality Assessment and Research Methods at William James College. Dr. Chiang has experience conducting personality and neuropsychological assessments with individuals from multicultural background. She offers bilingual services as she is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and can communicate in Taiwanese. She is passionate with working adolescents and adults from multicultural background.

Carrie Mauras
Bio coming soon

Michael Capawana, Ph.D.

Michael CapawanaMichael Capawana received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, having earned an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling there.  His graduate research focused on social-emotional/behavioral and academic correlates of low-income children with health issues.  Dr. Capawana completed a pre-doctoral internship at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School (APA-Accredited) in the child/adult outpatient departments, where he provided therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults.  He also engaged in psychological evaluations of children and adolescents across inpatient and outpatient settings.  Dr. Capawana is currently finishing a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychological assessment at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry’s Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP).  In addition to hospital-based work, he has enjoyed previously working in day treatment, community mental health, schools, and residential treatment.

James G. Barrett, Ph.D.

James G. BarrettDr. Barrett is the Director of School-Based Programs in the Division of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance and an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  He is the site director of the Safety Net psychology fellowship program and clinical coordinator of the Safety Net Collaborative in partnership with the Cambridge Police Department.  Dr. Barrett has presented at numerous national conferences on juvenile justice, gang violence, preventing retaliatory violence, juvenile risk assessment and police-mental health partnerships.  He has contributed to national meetings convened by SAMHSA, the MacArthur Foundation and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  He is a contributor to Psychological Services, Adolescent Psychiatry, The Community Psychologist, and The Handbook of Human Development for Health Professionals. 

CONSULTANTS

Anthony Bram, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist/Psychoanalyst

Anthony D. Bram, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Lexington, MA, where he conducts psychological testing, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy, and psychoanalysis with children and adults. Dr. Bram is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School and is on the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is a graduate of the Post-Doctoral training program at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, KS, and he completed adult psychoanalytic training at the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute. He is also an advanced candidate in child psychoanalysis in the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Bram has been a recipient of a Fellowship from the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Martin Mayman Award from the Society for Personality Assessment, Scientific Writing Award from the Menninger Clinic, and the Johanna Tabin Book Proposal Prize from Division 39 of the American Psychological Association.  His book, Testing that Matters: Creating a Roadmap for Psychotherapy, is forthcoming from APA Books.

John Minor, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Pediatric Neuropsychologist

John studied comparative and English literature at the Universities of Wisconsin and Toronto.  After teaching language and literature for three years, he returned to school to study guidance counseling and school psychology, after which he worked in the Newton, Andover, Needham, and currently Brookline public school systems.  His doctorate from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology was in geriatric mental health, and his post-doctoral work focused on both geriatrics and neuropsychology.  He currently supervises post-doctoral fellows in neuropsychology at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, as well as guidance and social work interns at the Heath School in Brookline.  He maintains a private assessment practice in Brighton.

Meghan B. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Research Psychologist at the Bedford VAMC
Research Fellow, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School

IAS-Meghan-MitchellMeghan Mitchell received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 2002 and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2009 at the University of Georgia under the direction of Dr. L. Stephen Miller. Her graduate work included research on the neuropsychology of normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease, and clinical training in neuropsychology, including training at the University of Georgia’s Regents Center for Learning Disorders, the Shepherd Center’s inpatient and outpatient neuropsychology service for patients recovering from traumatic brain injury, and the Emory University Department of Neurology’s Memory Assessment Clinic. She completed a 1-year predoctoral internship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK, where she completed rotations in pediatric and adult neuropsychology. She joined the research group in the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers (GRECC) service at the Bedford VA in Bedford, MA in 2009, where she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology and obtained her Massachusetts license in psychology in 2011. Since 2011, Dr. Mitchell has continued to work with the GRECC research group as an advanced fellow in geriatrics, where she continues her research on cognitive function in normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease, and sees veterans in the GRECC memory assessment clinic. She currently has 16 publications and plans to continue a career in clinical and academic neuropsychology.

EisnerAmper LLP
Management Consulting

Since 2014, EisnerAmper LLP (“EA”) has worked with IAS to help steer strategy and lead daily operations efforts. EA brings nearly 20 years of experience to the IAS team, specializing in management consulting services for Hospitals and Clinicians.