November 27, 2014 - Thursday
63 Fountain Street,
Suite 402
Framingham, MA 01702
Tel. (508) 872-4813
Fax. (508) 626-0454







Clinical Staff


Brian J. Mazmanian, M.D. - Director

Robert Barnes, Ph.D.
Nancy Cable, LICSW
Deborah Cantor, Ph.D, LICSW
Peter Erines, Ph.D.
Frances Friedlander, LICSW
Laura Goldfarb, LICSW
Joseph LoCastro, Ph.D.
Susan LoCastro, LICSW
Judith Maruca, APRN, BC
Virginia Merritt, M.D.
Carol A. Mitchell, L.I.C.S.W.
E. David Mobley, LICSW
Jennifer Paradysz, LICSW
Susan Pell, R.N., M.S., C.S.
Pamela Plucinski, MS, APRN, BC
Adele Sobel, LICSW
Meenakshi Vemuri, M.D.
Linda Weisberg. LICSW


Brian J. Mazmanian, M.D.
Brian J. Mazmanian M.D., is a child and adult psychiatrist and Director of Framingham Psychiatric Counseling Associates. He has been providing psychotherapy to both adults and children since 1978. His special treatment interests are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety disorders, chronic medical disorders and depression and mood disorders. Dr. Mazmanian also provides psychopharmacology consultations and diagnostic evaluations to adults and children for a variety of psychiatric conditions.

Dr. Mazmanian has consulted to local public and private schools, provided commentary and opinion to local newspapers and has given lectures on psychiatric topics in several public forums. He graduated from St. Louis University of Medicine in 1974, and completed his residency and fellowship at Boston University Medical Center and Tufts New England Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Mazmanian is an active member of the Academy Of Adolescent And Child Psychiatry.

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Robert Barnes, Ph.D.
Robert Barnes Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has been with Framingham Psychiatric Counseling since its inception in 1977. Dr. Barnes worked for nearly twenty years at the Framingham Youth Guidance Center, providing individual therapy to children, adolescents, parents and adults, as well as doing couples therapy and family therapy. Dr. Barnes has also provided consultation to a number of public and private schools in the Metro west area.
Since 1991 Bob has worked at an adult inpatient long term care hospital and at a local high school consulting to a special education program that facilitates inclusion. Dr. Barnes offers an active problem-solving approach to illness, utilizing a number of different therapy orientations, including cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation training-stress management, anger management and assertiveness training.

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Nancy Cable, LICSW
Nancy Cable, LICSW, brings many years of experience to her work as a therapist. After receiving a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University, she completed post- graduate training at the Family Institute of Cambridge in their Family Therapy Program. Her career spans work with children, adolescents, couples, families and groups in a wide variety of settings. Nancy treats a broad spectrum of issues including problems with mood and behavior as well as difficulties that can occur in couple and family relationships. In addition, she has worked with individuals experiencing medical illness, loss and grief.

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Deborah Cantor, Ph.D., LICSW
Deborah Cantor, Ph.D., LICSW, is a clinical social worker who has worked with adolescents, adults and couples since receiving her Masters of Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work in 1972. She earned her doctorate at Simmons College School for Social Work in 2001. Dr. Cantor taught clinical social work practice at both Simmons College and Boston University Schools of Social Work and supervised MSW students. She now teaches post-Masters degree social workers to prepare for the social work license exam.
Deborah sees adults of all ages in individual psychotherapy and couples therapy and has a special interest in the treatment of women's issues, coping with serious illness and the psychological issues surrounding grief and loss.

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Peter J. Erines, Ph.D
Peter J. Erines, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has been on the staff of Framingham Psychiatric Counseling since 1985. Dr. Erines received his doctoral training at DePaul University in the field of child psychology and did a doctoral internship at South Shore Mental Health. Currently Peter is a supervising psychologist at South Shore Mental Health, as well as a practicing clinician at F.P.C.A.
Peter has expertise with children of all ages, with illnesses ranging from anxiety and depression to learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder. Peter also sees adults of all ages in individual psychotherapy, as well as practicing family therapy.

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Frances Friedlander, LICSW
Frances Friedlander, LICSW is a clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Since receiving her Masters of Social Work at University of California at Berkeley, Fran has worked in a variety of settings with individuals, families and couples. Her approach is collaborative, supportive, and goal oriented. Her clinical interests include anxiety and mood disorders, couples and family relationships, stress management, workplace issues, parent guidance, and women's issues.

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Laura Goldfarb, LICSW
Laura Goldfarb, LICSW, is a clinical social worker who treats both children and adults of all ages. She is experienced in individual therapy, family therapy, and parent guidance. Laura has special interests in eating disorders and children who face academic challenges and other Chapter 766 related issues.

Laura graduated from Smith College for Social Work and completed a post-graduate fellowship at the Children's Hospital in Boston in the Department of Psychiatry. Most recently Laura worked in a therapeutic high school and provided treatment to adolescents with mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, learning issues, and Asperger's Syndrome. Laura also has over eight years of experience treating patients in an outpatient setting using psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and educational approaches in her treatment.

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Joseph LoCastro, Ph.D
Joseph LoCastro, Ph.D. Is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing in the Framingham area for over 20 years. His primary specialty areas are marital and couples therapy, alcohol and drug treatment, and manager advisor. He is active professionally in the areas of clinical practice, training, teaching, research, and management.
In addition to his practice in Framingham, his positions include: Acting Chief, Psychology Service, V.A. Boston Healthcare System; Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; and Associate Professor in Psychology, Boston University Graduate School. Dr. LoCastro received his doctoral degree from the University of Maryland. He is licensed in Massachusetts as a psychologist provider and is on the National Registry of Healthcare Providers in Psychology. He holds the Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Abuse Disorders from the American Psychological Association.

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Susan LoCastro, L.I.C.S.W.
Susan LoCastro, L.I.C.S.W, has been a member of Framingham Psychiatric Counseling Associates for over 7 years, and a social worker since 1985. A graduate of Simmons College of Social Work, Susan also is a social worker in cardiology at the Boston V.A. Healthcare West Roxbury Hospital. Prior to this position, Susan worked with the geriatric population in nursing home-related patient care.
Susan sees adolescents and adults in individual psychotherapy and also does couples therapy. She has a special interest in anxiety disorders and geriatric care as well, and has Saturday appointments available.

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Judith M. Maruca, APRN,BC
Judith M. Maruca, APRN,BC, is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist in adult mental health. She received her MS in Psychiatric Nursing from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1993. Judy was a founding member of Hampton Counseling Affiliates in Auburn and practiced there for many years. She has also worked as a full-time faculty member in the Nursing Department at Worcester State College and in the community as a hospice nurse and psychiatric clinician.
Ms. Maruca treats older adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety, ADHD, alcoholism, grief and loss, and trauma. She is certified in EMDR levels 1 and 2. Ms. Maruca provides psychotherapy using a combination of psychodynamic and cognitive behavior approaches. She also provides psychopharmacology consultation and medication management.

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Virginia Merritt, MD
Virginia Merritt, MD, has been practicing at Framingham Psychiatric Counseling since 1994. Dr. Merritt is board certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Merritt has a practice that includes children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Her clinical expertise includes depression, anxiety disorders, the autism spectrum, Bipolar Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Dr. Merritt practices both individual psychotherapy and psychopharmacology consultation as well as medication management. Dr. Merritt has a non-traditional approach to psychiatric treatment and is often described as being casual and "down to earth".

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Carol A. Mitchell, L.I.C.S.W.
Carol A. Mitchell, L.I.C.S.W. is a clinical social worker who provides individual and family therapy for adults, adolescents and children as young as five years old.
Carol received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Wheaton College (Illinois), and her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Smith College School for Social Work. Carol has experience in mental health, adoption, foster care, residential treatment, and infertility counseling settings.
She currently is the School Adjustment Counselor at the West Elementary School in Andover, MA. Carol has particular expertise in issues of adoption, infertility, residential treatment and sexual abuse. Carol is an evangelical Christian with an understanding of spiritual issues for those who would incorporate that dimension in their mental health treatment.
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E. David Mobley, MSW
David Mobley, MSW, is a graduate of the Harvard Diviinity School and Smith College School for Social Work, and has over twenty years of experience treating children and adults. David has consulted to schools, hospitals, residential and day treatment programs in his work in the Metrowest area.
His experience as a guidance counselor in the Natick Public Schools, has given him additional expertise in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the psychological implication for children with learning disabilities and social or developmental delays. In addition, David has a special interest in chronic illness and the unique issues surrounding adoption.

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Jennifer Paradysz, LICSW
Jennifer Paradysz, LICSW is a clinical social worker who treats children ages 3 and up, adolescents, adults and families. A graduate of the University of New England, her clinical focus is in the areas of child therapy, complex trauma, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jennifer has worked in private practice and has also consulted with school systems as well. She provides an integrated treatment approach that supports restoration of a sense of safety and trust in daily experiences and within relationships. Her individualized and strength based approach incorporates a variety of therapeutic interventions; including affect regulation techniques, mind- body work, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, play therapy, sand tray work and integration of therapeutic art techniques.
Jennifer has day & evening hours available.

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Susan l. Pell, R.N., M.S., C.S.
Susan l. Pell, R.N., M.S., C.S., is a psychiatric nurse clinical specialist in adult mental health. Susan received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her M.S. in Psychiatric Nursing from Boston University. Susan worked at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston as a staff nurse and then as the Head Nurse of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. She also worked as a psychiatric nurse clinical specialist at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital before

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Pamela Plucinski, MS, APRN, BC
Pamela Plucinski APRN, BC, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist, board certified by the ANCC in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She received her BS in Nursing from Rhode Island College and her MS in Psychiatric Nursing from Boston College. Pamela began her psychiatric nursing career at Bradley Hospital in Providence, RI in 1994, where she held many different management and clinical positions over 18yrs. Pamela had joined Framingham Psychiatric Counseling in October 2006 where she also remains today. In 2011 she joined the dynamic psychiatric team at Boston Children's Hospital where she functioned as an attending on the Psychiatric Consultation Service before joining Women and Infants at the Brown Center for Children and Families in summer 2014.
Pamela treats children and adolescents experiencing a variety of symptoms, including mood instability, depression, anxiety and ADHD. With 20yrs experience, Pamela also provides psychopharmacology consultations and medication management for children and adolescents with Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

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Adele Cossin Sobel
Adele Cossin Sobel is a licensed independent clinical social worker, and a graduate of Radcliffe College and Simmons School of Social Work. She has served for a number of years as a Field Work Supervisor for Simmons College, Boston College, Boston University and Smith School of Social Work.
Adele has been a community mental health consultant to schools and agencies and has supervised the staff at the Framingham Youth Guidance Center. She has participated in research at The Harvard School of Public Health and has been on the staff of the Psychiatry Clinic at The Childrens Hospital Medical Center. Ms. Sobel has been treating adults in individual psychotherapy for over thirty years and has a particular interest in couples therapy.

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Meenakshi Vemuri, M.D.
Meenakshi Vemuri, M.D., is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and provides psychopharmacology consultations and diagnostic evaluations to children, adolescents and adults. Her training in adult psychiatry is from Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, formerly affiliated with Allegheny University Hospitals. Her child and adolescent psychiatric training is from Weill-Cornell Medical Center in Westchester, NY. Meenakshi's psychopharmacology fellowship training was at UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA.
Meenakshi is a member of the teaching faculty at UMass Medical Center and is involved in research as well. Her expertise in Depression and Mood Disorders allows patients to explore all the treatment options currently available. In addition, Dr. Vemuri is interested in Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorders and Eating Disorders.

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Linda Weisberg
Linda Weisberg, LICSW, is a clinical social worker with expertise in mood and anxiety disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, parent guidence, couples therapy, adolescent and adult development and aging.

A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Ms. Weisberg has over 25 years of experience working with adolescents and adults of all ages in both agency and private practice settings. She completed post-graduate studies in aging at Boston University and provides clinical consultation to agencies that serve developmentally disabled children and adults.



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