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Clinician Profiles

Our Clinicians are the heart and soul of the Hallowell Center. They are dedicated to helping people lead happier, more productive lives. Our Clinicians embody the philosophy upon which the Hallowell Center is founded. They bring intelligence, dedication and compassion to their work.

We believe it is important for you to know the educational/professional backgrounds of the people who treat you. Enclosed are descriptions of their education, professional experience and clinical expertise.  Please feel free to call us to ask questions about our Clinicians and to determine who might best be suited to address your individual needs.

With all best wishes,
The Staff of the Hallowell Center, Sudbury

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

Laurie Cestnick

Linda M. Forsythe, M.D.

David James Keevil, Psy.D.

Teresa M. Kohlenberg, M.D.

Amy Lister, M.D.

Shelley MacLeod, L.I.C.S.W

Kimberly Rawlins, M.D.

Rebecca Shafir, M.A., C.C.C.

Saumya G. Sharma, Ph.D.


Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
Edward M. Hallowell, M.D. Ned Hallowell is a graduate of Harvard College, Tulane Medical School, and a Harvard Residency Program in Adult and Child Psychiatry. He is the author of the national best sellers, Driven to Distraction, Worry, and Connect in addition to many other publications. Dr. Hallowell has been featured on national televisions’ 20/20, Dateline, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Oprah. He lectures around the country while maintaining a private practice at the Hallowell Center. Dr. Hallowell has just released his latest book, The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness. It focuses on how to prepare children for a more productive, happy life.

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Laurie Cestnick, Ph. D.

Dr. Laurie Cestnick has been conducting neuropsychological, educational, and psychological/projective evaluations for fifteen years. Her work expands clinical, research and teaching arenas, where she tests persons for developmental and/or acquired concerns, examines clinical phenomenon through fMRI and MEG neuroimaging research, and teaches at local universities (Harvard Medical School and M.I.T.). Dr. Cestnick’s contributions to the fields of reading and dyslexia in particular are recognized internationally and she has received numerous awards for this work. In addition to testing many of our clients for attention, learning, and/or psychological concerns, she counsels children, adolescents, and adults and runs social skills groups for children. Scientific publications and sample reports from clinical evaluations can be viewed at www.lauriecestnick.com. Clients can also refer to this website to download developmental history questionnaires and complete them prior to meeting with Dr. Cestnick to assist with reviewing your case.

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Linda M. Forsythe, M.D.
Linda Forsythe is a graduate of Oberlin College, Columbia University School of General Studies, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is board certified in Adult and Child Psychiatry. Dr. Forsythe is an instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, a member of the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Forsythe is very active in the adoption field. She is co-founder of Archway, an organization of professionals who investigate and collaborate on issues of adoption and related studies. Besides her affiliation with the Hallowell Center, Dr. Forsythe is on staff at Massachusetts General Hospital and has a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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David James Keevil, Psy.D.
David James Keevil, Psy.D. David Keevil received his doctorate in psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Before coming to the Hallowell Center, Dr. Keevil worked with children, adolescents, and adults at a group practice in Brockton. He has also worked at the Brookline Community Mental Health Center, at the Federal E.A.P. in Boston, and with a market research consulting group. Dr. Keevil enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults, as well as with couples and families. He was trained at the Cambridge Hospital and at the Brookline Center, where he was a member of the “family team.” Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Keevil worked as a teacher and administrator in a university writing program and as a professional artist.

Listen to Dr. Keevil on ADHD, his career and the Hallowell Center

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Teresa M. Kohlenberg, M.D.

Dr. Kohlenberg is a board certified pediatrician with dual fellowship training in Developmental/ Behavioral Pediatrics and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is Co-President of the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents. Since 1995 Dr. Kohlenberg has worked in a variety of child psychiatry settings including Children’s Hospital, private practice, school consultation, and currently at the University of Massachusetts, where she teaches residents in the Child Behavior Clinic.  She has particular interests in the challenges facing adoptive families, and in parent-child interaction. Dr. Kohlenberg graduated Cum Laude from Columbia University, and received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, and a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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Amy Lister, M.D.
Amy Lister, M.D. is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed a combined residency in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Prior to joining the Hallowell Center, Dr. Lister practiced in New York and Vermont. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the American Diabetes Association. She enjoys working with children and adults of all ages. Her particular areas of interest include ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and chronic medical illness.

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Shelley MacLeod, L.I.C.S.W

Shelley MacLeod is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.  She graduated cum laude from Simmons College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology.  She also received a Master in Social Work from Simmons College.  Ms. MacLeod is also a clinician at Riverside Outpatient Center in Norwood, MA, which is a community mental health center.  Her work over the years has focused on providing individual and family therapy for children, adolescents and adults. She is skilled in creating strength based treatment plans in collaboration with clients.  She provides a warm, safe environment for clients to work towards their goals.   Using cognitive-behavioral approaches, in combination with play therapy and art, Ms. MacLeod helps clients with ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders.   She has enjoyed conducting social skills groups for children and coaching parents on raising children with ADHD and other challenges.   

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Kimberly Rawlins, M.D.
Kimberly Rawlins is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a Harvard Residency Program in Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is board certified in Psychiatry and enjoys working with adults and adolescents who experience A.D.H.D., anxiety disorders, affective disorders as well as chronic medical illnesses. Besides her practice at the Hallowell Center, Dr. Rawlins also has a private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts.

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Rebecca Shafir, M.A., C.C.C.

Rebecca ShafirRebecca Shafir . is a speech/language pathologist, neurotherapist and author of the award-winning book The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction (Quest Books 2000). Formerly, the Chief of Speech/Language Pathology at the Lahey Clinic, Ms. Shafir has over twenty five years of clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adults with speech, language, and voice disorders. Her advice has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Washington Post and other major national publications. Her specialties include LENS neurofeedback for children and adults, biofeedback for stress management, HEG hemoencephalography and executive function training.

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Saumya G. Sharma, Ph.D.
Saumya G. Sharma, Ph.D. Saumya Sharma is a clinical neuropsychologist and conducts cognitive and academic assessments. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. Her internship training was completed at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Post-doctoral training in neuropsychology was completed in the psychiatry department and the behavioral neurology unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sharma enjoys working with children and adults of all ages and performs a wide range of evaluations assessing ADHD, learning disabilities, concussion/traumatic brain injury, neurological/medical illness (dementia, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy), and mood disorders.

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