Our goal with BACPAC is to establish a program where children faced with bullying and cyberbullying can come to be heard, learn their rights under federal and state laws and learn strategies that might help end the abuse.


Undergraduate Degree

  • Hofstra University , 1983 , Long Island , NY

Medical School

  • State University of NY at Stony Brook , 1987 , Stony Brook , New YorkNY


  • Schneider Children's Hospital , 1988 , New Hyde Park , NY


  • Schneider Children's Hospital , 1989 , New Hyde Park , NY


Pediatric Neurology
  • Schneider Children's Hospital , 1992 , New Hyde Park , NY

Philosophy of Care

In this general pediatric neurology practice, I evaluate and follow patients with a broad spectrum of neurological problems, ranging from mildest to very severe, including headache, epilepsy, school dysfunction, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as cerebral palsy and autism.

I have subspecialty interest in peer victimization (bullying) in the pediatric neurology population, and I am Founder and Director of the Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention and Advocacy Collaborative (BACPAC) at Boston Children’s Hospital. I am also the pediatric associate to the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) at Bridgewater State College, which conducts research in the area of peer victimization and provides information and training to schools on the topic of bullying/cyber bullying detection, prevention and intervention.


My Area of Excellence is Clinical Expertise and Innovation. I devote 80% of my time to clinical care, 5% to investigation, 10% to teaching and education, and 5% to significant supporting activities.

I am a full-time attending child neurologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, where I care for children at the Hospital’s main campus as well as its satellite clinics. Currently, my primary focus is on outpatient pediatric neurological clinical care. My clinical responsibilities include 5 days per week of direct patient care. I provide outpatient consultation and ongoing follow-up care for affected children during 4 full-day outpatient clinics per week and one session per week in the resident clinic.

I contribute my clinical knowledge and expertise in clinical investigations of autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders, such as 16p11.2 deletion syndrome, as well as the epilepsy and the connection between ADHD and bullying.  Since 2004, I have contributed to 9 publications, either as co-investigator and author or as a collaborator providing data from patients seen in my clinical practice.

My teaching activities include serving as faculty attending for a weekly general child neurology clinic at the main campus of Children’s, supervising and teaching the pediatric neurology residents, general pediatric residents, and medical students seeing patients.

In summary, my clinical experience informs my work in developing innovative programs to provide the best possible care for children. My short and long term goals are to continue building relationships with schools and parents through the BACPAC program to address the bullying issue by creating awareness, providing tools and resources, and promoting understanding of the role of behavioral disorders in bullying situations.


  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Neurology


Publications powered by Harvard Catalyst Profiles

  1. Bullying and ADHD: Which Came First and Does it Matter? J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2017 Feb/Mar; 38 Suppl 1:S6-S8. View abstract
  2. A clinic devoted to peer victimization in special needs children. Ann Neurol. 2016 Feb; 79(2):167-8. View abstract
  3. Copy number variation plays an important role in clinical epilepsy. Ann Neurol. 2014 Jun; 75(6):943-58. View abstract
  4. Bullying and ADHD: which came first and does it matter? J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2013 Oct; 34(8):623-5. View abstract
  5. SOX12 and NRSN2 are candidate genes for 20p13 subtelomeric deletions associated with developmental delay. . 2013 Dec; 162B(8):832-40. View abstract
  6. Clinical genetic testing for patients with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics. 2010 Apr; 125(4):e727-35. View abstract
  7. Microdeletion/duplication at 15q13.2q13.3 among individuals with features of autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders. J Med Genet. 2009 Apr; 46(4):242-8. View abstract
  8. Speech delay and autism spectrum behaviors are frequently associated with duplication of the 7q11.23 Williams-Beuren syndrome region. Genet Med. 2007 Jul; 9(7):427-41. View abstract