Frank C. Sacco, Ph.D.
Since 1984, Dr. Sacco has pioneered the use of home-based mental health services to multi-problem families often referred by the Massachusetts Departments of Children and Families and Youth Services, courts and schools. He is an international speaker on school violence and victimization who has appeared on CNN News and featured on CNN Opinion commenting on school shootings and bullying, as well as addressed audiences in Jamaica, Paraguay, Australia, and New Zealand on the topics of violence. Dr. Sacco is a former adjunct Professor at Western New England College in Springfield, MA.
He has been qualified as an expert in Child and Family Mental Health over 100 times in juvenile and federal courts in Massachusetts. He has been a consultant to the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit on topics including US School Shooters, Threat Assessment, Domestic Violence, and Internet Sexual Exploitation of Children.
Dr. Sacco was previously licensed as a psychologist in California, before moving to Massachusetts (now lapsed). He completed training at the Menninger Clinic under Dr. Karl Menninger and studied for two and a half years with Harriet B. O’Shea, Ph.D., an elder Anna Freudian, and Professor Emeritus from Purdue University.
Dr. Sacco is also a 25 year martial artist with a Black Belt in Han-Pul Karate. He has co-authored 35 papers and book chapters on school violence prevention, threat assessment, as well as several educational videos. He recently published a book titled “Why School Anti-Bullying Programs Don’t Work”.
Dr. Sacco co-wrote a featured article for CNN Opinion titled “Clues your child is bullied, and what to do” as part of CNN’s complete coverage on Stop Bullying, Speak Up week.
James S. Sacco, Ed.D.
Clinic Administrator, Psychologist
As the Clinic Administrator at CSI, Dr. James Sacco oversees all aspects of care at the clinic. Dr. Sacco has two decades of experience evaluating and consulting on very difficult cases referred by Department of Children and Families, courts and schools. He has testified as an expert in psychology many times in the past ten years. He is a specialist in learning disabilities and the assessment of risk and trauma. Dr. Sacco began his career as a classroom teacher and advanced into the role of School Administrator. He is a distinguished clinician with 20 years clinical experience, and a member of the American Psychological Association.
Susan Rogers, Psy.D, LMHC
Director of Clinical Services (Springfield Office)
Mary Ledoux, Psy.D, LMHC
Director of Clinical Services (Boston Office)
Mark Gapen, Ph.D.
Director of Doctoral Intern Program, Psychologist
Ph.D. from Emory University, 2009; Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center at JRI, 2010.
Dr. Gapen began his career working on an NIMH-funded study of risks and resilience factors for PTSD in a large urban hospital in Atlanta, GA. Additionally, Dr. Gapen worked in the Atlanta VA, and community and academic health settings before beginning a two-year postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk at the Trauma Center in Boston, MA. During his fellowship, Dr. Gapen earned a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies, worked with chronically traumatized individuals of all ages, and was the research coordinator for a study investigating the effectiveness of neurofeedback in ameliorating the physiological symptoms associated with PTSD. Most recently, Dr. Gapen was the Clinical Research Psychologist for the Uniformed Services Program at the Brattleboro Retreat. In this role, Dr. Gapen provided direct service to police, firefighters, active and retired military, corrections officers, and other uniformed service professionals. Dr. Gapen has extensive experience working in multi-disciplinary settings and incorporates multiple contextual factors into his conceptualization of psychopathology.
Constance Johnson van Wright, MSW, LICSW
Director of Social Work Intern Program, Clinical Supervisor
Constance graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work at Baltimore City in 1983, and has practiced social work in various settings at micro, mezzo and macro levels.
She was recognized by Springfield College School of Social Work as 2011-2012 Field Supervisor of the Year. Prior to CSI, she was Director of Co-Occurring Disorders and Internship Programs at Valley Psychiatric Service, over 13 years. She was involved in developing the agency’s first Multi-Cultural Study Group. She collaboratively developed and oversaw their vibrant Internship Program and Clinical Team for trauma and addictions. She believes that interns enrich the agency environment by supporting its culture of learning. Constance appreciates the grace and privilege of being part of an intern’s professional emergence.
She completed a fellowship at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, exploring Black Female to Male (FTM) Transgender identity. Her topics of interest include the intersection of trauma and addiction, forensic social work and intergenerational impacts of slavery. She maintains a curiosity for the applications of classroom learning in field practice. More recently she is intrigued with the potential impact of technology on the therapeutic alliance.
In addition to clinical supervision at CSI, Constance facilitates adult trauma psycho-education groups for women at Western Mass. Regional Women’s Correctional Center. The courage and resiliency of the women in her groups never ceases to inspire her. She is Adjunct Faculty at Springfield College School of Social Work since 2004 where she currently teaches Human Behavior in the Social Environment II and Social Work Practice 3. The classroom keeps her perspective fresh and attitude humble.
Robert Storey, Ed.D.
Dr. Storey has had 20 years experience as a psychological examiner. He has also been called on as an expert witness for Care and Protection cases, including criminal cases. He is a graduate of the American International College (AIC) doctoral program and interned at the Curtis Blake Center. Dr. Storey is also a Tai-Chi Master researching the application of Internal Arts in psychological therapy.
Patricia Webber, RCNS
Patricia Webber has been with CSI since 2000. She provides psychopharmacology services for children and adults. She is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing.
Ms. Webber completed her Master’s Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1996. Her graduate work focused on the “lived experience of mental illness” using art and literature to develop compassion. She is trained in individual, group, and family therapy, as well as biological sciences. She completed her post graduate education in Adult and Child Psychopharmacology through Harvard Medical School and Mass General Hospital Continuing Education Programs. Prior to coming to CSI, Ms. Webber worked in a range of settings including a 21 bed inpatient psychiatric unit, a partial hospital program, and outpatient clinics in Western MA. She is a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She is also a member of, and supports, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She maintains a private practice in Amherst, MA.
Cristen Sacco Dion MSW, LICSW
Assistant Director Social Work Intern Program, Clinician
Cristen Sacco Dion earned her bachelor’s degree in 2007 from the College of Our Lady of the Elms and completed her Master’s Degree in 2010 at Springfield College’s School of Social Work. After earning her Master’s degree, Cristen began working at Community Services Institute as a clinician in 2010. Her interests include administrative social work and working with children and families with a focus on preschool-aged children. Cristen also assists with CSI’s Social Work pre-master’s internship program alongside Constance Johnson van Wright, MSW, LICSW. For the past two years, Cristen has been the mental health representative for the Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin County Head Start sites. She currently chairs the Policy Council through the Head Start affiliation and sits on the board of directors for Head Start. Cristen also participated in Springfield’s Resiliency in Action initiative, which organized and prioritized issues that influence the experience of toxic stress and resiliency in young children (Birth – 5 years).
Charles Granoff, MSW, LICSW, LMFT
Clinical Supervisor, Outreach & Community Liaison
Mr. Granoff has been CSI’s senior supervising social worker for 22 years. He has supervised thousands of cases and conducted many hundreds of family assessments within multiple problem families. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, Inc. and has been an active researcher in child violence in Jamaica and the United States. Mr. Granoff has been in private practice in Newton for the past 10 years specializing in community stabilization of complex mental health cases.
Ronald Davidoff, M.D.
Dr. Ronald Davidoff is the Medical Director of the Springfield office of Community Services Institute. He brings over 30 years of experience in the practice of Psychiatry, and he is Board Certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry. His medical degree is from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He was chosen by the Massachusetts Alliance for the Mentally Ill to receive their first annual Award for Distinguished Service on Behalf of Those Suffering with Mental Illness, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill has honored him with their Exemplary Psychiatrist Award.
Sarah McAnulty, APRN
Sarah McAnulty, APRN joined the psychiatry department at CSI in June 2015. A community and perinatal nurse for 21 years working in Holyoke, Springfield and Franklin County with both Spanish and English speaking clients. Sarah made the shift to psychiatry after years of maternal-child home visits illuminated the essential importance of positive mental health on the entire family structure. She most recently worked for the Center for Human Development and received her MSN from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She believes in a holistic model of health that recognizes the basic needs for stable housing, a sense of purpose, and respectful treatment and care from the medical and behavioral health fields. She values the dignity of every person and the unique diversity of their life experiences.
Jennifer Bourque, MSW, LICSW
Program Director, Therapeutic Mentoring
A highly skilled and compassionate clinical social worker Jenn is dedicated to providing exceptional care to children, adolescents and adults. After receiving an MSW from the Springfield College School of Social Work Jenn came to CSI where she began to hone her skills as an outreach clinician. Her early work as a clinical social worker focused on educating families about trauma, child development, ADHD, Autism and mood disorders. As an independently licensed Clinical Social Worker Jenn was able to begin sharing her experience with Therapeutic Mentors as a Clinical Supervisor. In 2015 Jenn was appointed the Therapeutic Mentoring Program Director for Community Services Springfield Clinic where she has helped to build a strong program that has facilitated positive change in the lives of dozens of families in the greater Springfield area.
Nathaniel Pike, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Supervisor, Therapeutic Mentoring