Leadership Team

Jean A. Frazier
, MD
Executive Director, UMass Medical School Shriver Center
Jean A. Frazier, M.D.

In addition to her role as Executive Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, Dr. Jean Frazier is the Robert M. and Shirley S. Siff Chair in Autism, and Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is Vice Chair and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and holds a faculty appointment in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. As Co-Director of the Child and Adolescent Neurodevelopment Initiative (CANDI), Dr. Frazier directs a broad research program that addresses a variety of scientific problems relevant to advancing the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders such as early onset bipolar disorder (BPD), schizophrenia and autism.

Dr. Frazier graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and is board certified in Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her clinical interests include Autism spectrum disorders, early onset schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, neuroimaging and psychopharmacology.

With expertise in Child Psychopharmacology, Autism, Early Onset Bipolar Disorder, and Early Onset Schizophrenia, Dr. Frazier has published 116 peer-reviewed journal articles and 19 book chapters. In addition, she has received numerous honors and awards, including:

  • Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2015)
  • Top Doctors, U. S. News & World Report (2012-2014)
  • Best Doctors in America (2010-2014)
  • Step up for Kids, Inc. Leadership Award (2007)
  • New England Educational Institute's Outstanding Educator Award for Mental Health Education (2006)
  • Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (2006)
  • Massachusetts Psychiatric Society-Outstanding Psychiatrist Award for Research (2003)
  • National Alliance For The Mentally Ill- Annual Exemplary Psychiatrist Award (2002)
Carol Curtin
, Ph.D
Associate Director, UMass Medical School Shriver Center, Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Director, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND)
Carol Curtin, PhD

Carol Curtin serves as the Associate Director of the UMMS Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center in addition to her roles as Director of the Shriver Center’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) programs. She is also Co-Director of the MCHB-funded Healthy Weight Research Network. She maintains faculty appointments in the UMMS Department of Family Medicine & Community Health at the Medical School, the Department of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, and the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University.

Dr. Curtin has over 25 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral health /psychiatric disorders and their families in a variety of settings and using a variety of clinical modalities. She has extensive management and leadership experience, having directed programs in clinical, academic, and research settings. Her research is focused on health promotion with an emphasis on identifying unique modifiable risk factors for obesity in populations of children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities and devising targeted and tailored interventions to meet their needs. She has served as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several private and federally-funded projects that have included epidemiological studies on the prevalence of obesity in special populations, weight loss and physical activity interventions for adolescents with ID and autism, and observational studies on physical activity, dietary patterns, and/or obesity in children with varied developmental disabilities.

Current Projects

Charles D. Hamad
, Ph.D
Co-Director, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
Charles D. Hamad

A licensed child and developmental psychologist by training, Dr. Hamad has extensive experience working with children and their families. His research encompasses a broad range of issues affecting people with developmental disabilities. He is particularly noted for his work with applied behavior analysis and with technological approaches to helping children with autism. For his work in autism early intervention training, Dr. Hamad, along with his UMass Medical School colleague Richard Fleming, won the 2008 Sloan C award for the 'Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program' in the nation. This program was developed by the Shriver Center in collaboration with UMass Lowell and UMassOnline.

He has been the Principal Investigator on a number of National Institute of Health grants (see links below) developing online training courses for students and professionals who work with individuals with developmental disabilities. The courses include a series of Early Intervention trainings directed at providers who support children with developmental disabilities, a practitioner skills training program for autism behavioral early intervention providers, and trainings in emergency preparedness focused on the needs of people with disabilities for first responders and emergency managers.

Ongoing and Recent Projects

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