Mission Statement

JBRF supports children and families suffering from bipolar disorder and Fear of Harm through research, education, and outreach.

Staff

Administrative Director

Ms. Allen has spent her career dedicated to supporting individuals and families suffering with a variety of diagnoses including mental illness. Prior to joining JBRF she worked with the National Alliance on Mental Illness as office administrator of their Westchester office. Ms. Allen has an extensive background in the non-profit world as a volunteer helping to build communities, to provide access to services, and to advocate for children and families. 

Ms. Allen is a founding member of Trailguides, founded to combat the isolation families experience when they face special needs challenges. It provides a network to share academic, medical, and social resources, while also providing a venue in which people can share their experiences and develop a sense of community.  

Ms. Allen sits on the board of the non-profit SPRING Community Partners, and serves as that organization’s treasurer. SPRING Community Partners was formed in 2007 by parents, teachers, and community members committed to working to ensure that all children in Dobbs Ferry, NY have the resources they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Ms. Allen is a trained facilitator for the Youth Mental Health Project’s ‘Parent’s Support Network’, which provides education and support for families and adolescents with mental health issues. She is also a trained facilitator for NAMI’s ‘Family to Family’ and ‘NAMI Basics’ courses that provide education, advocacy, and support to families living with mental illness.

Executive Director

Ms. Errico has worked for nearly 20 years in the fields of psychological counseling, psychotherapy, and education. Ms. Errico has practiced as a psychotherapist in private settings, as part of hospital systems, as well as at non-profit organizations, she taught undergraduate psychology at Kean University for nearly a decade, and conducted consulting work to non-profit organizations regarding team building and internal communications. 

Ms. Errico brings this wealth of professional experience and skills to the role of executive director at JBRF. Additionally, Ms. Errico is the parent of a child with Thermoregulatory Fear of Harm Mood Disorder, giving her special insight into the struggles facing the patients and families JBRF seeks to serve.

Ms. Errico earned a BA in psychology from Georgetown University along with an MA in psychological counseling and an Ed.M. in counseling and education from Columbia University, Teachers College. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Teen Skills Group Facilitator

Ms. Glaser trained at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado earning a masters in counseling with a concentration in art therapy. She’s been a licensed professional counselor for many years practicing in multiple treatment settings. She has spent years serving in community mental health facilities, helping those with severe and persistent mental illness. 

Ms. Glaser is a seasoned clinician, able to address many types of needs for all kind of people, with differing stories, needs, and backgrounds. She spent 2 years in the U.S. Peace Corps, volunteering in Guatemala, Central America, where she developed a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity, offset by human commonality. She is also an accomplished artist, a health enthusiast, and parent who believes in the inherent worth and dignity of all persons, no exceptions. 

Research Director

Demitri Papolos, M.D. is Co-director of the Program in Behavioral Genetics and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He has been a recipient of an NIMH Physician/ Scientist Award as well as a NARSAD Independent Investigator Award, and his research findings have been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the American Journal of Human Genetics, Molecular Psychiatry, and the Journal of Affective Disorders, among others.

In 2001, Dr. Papolos became the director of research of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation (JBRF) where he established a consortium of clinical and basic researchers from medical centers across the country in order to focus on the root causes of childhood-onset bipolar disorder. These investigators have conducted studies in the fields of phenomenology, neuroimaging, chronobiology, neuropsychological testing, and molecular genetics. Recent work published by Dr. Papolos, and his colleagues may be viewed here.

Because thousands of families have completed the online screening instruments developed by Dr. Papolos, JBRF has been able to assemble the largest clinical database in the world of children with, or at risk for, bipolar disorder. Moreover, these diagnostic instruments are available in multiple languages and are being used by clinics in this country and abroad.

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Board of Directors

Sarah Bowman

Sarah Bowman is Vice President of Investor Relations (IR) at Deutsche Post DHL, a German-listed, Eurostoxx 50 company and global leader in the logistics industry. Sarah is responsible for US investor relations and is a senior member of the award winning DP DHL IR team. In 2015 she was ranked Best IR for a European Company in the US market by IR Magazine.

After nearly 20 years of international, institutional equity sales in positions as Head of Sales, research sales and corporate access management, Sarah transitioned to IR in 2010. With her profound understanding of investor needs, investor relations best practice and cross-cultural communications, she brings a unique perspective to the joint “internal and external” communication role that is IR. She served and continues to serve on the Annual Conference Planning Committee for the National Investor Relations Institute, and is a frequent conference speaker at national and global IR events. Her healthcare related interests include supporting the American Heart Association and American Liver Association for which she fundraises and participates in awareness-related speaking events.

Sarah holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics from Columbia University and is quadralingual.

James Bragg

James Bragg is an independent consultant offering consultancy services to corporate investor relations and institutional investment fund managers, having had extensive careers in both financial services and corporate securities law and regulation.

During his career in financial services, James worked as an institutional equity sales professional for several US and international investment banks and devoted a great deal of his time to advising fund management clients on the merits of investments in pharmaceutical, biotech and healthcare services companies. This role required an ongoing relationship with healthcare companies as well as a deep understanding and close following of the drug development and approval process in both the US and Europe. James has maintained a relationship with many of these companies since leaving the financial services industry.

Prior to his equity sales career, James worked as an in-house, corporate securities and compliance lawyer for both Morgan Stanley and PaineWebber, after having worked as an attorney for the US Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC, and as an Assistant District Attorney in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

James holds an AB degree in Government from Franklin & Marshall College and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from New York Law School.

James is actively involved in a number of non-profit organizations including the National Exchange Club and as a member of the Vestry of Saint Luke’s Church in Darien. Connecticut.

John Cosentino

Treasurer

John is a founding partner of the Ironwood Manufacturing Fund, a private equity firm specializing in control investments in manufacturing, distribution and service companies. He has been an individual investor leading several investments in privately held companies and is an experienced executive who has held senior management positions with Danaher Corporation, Rau Fastener, Stanley, Black & Decker and several divisions of United Technologies. John presently leads or serves on the boards of Sturm, Ruger & Co., Simonds International Inc., Whitcraft LLC, Habco Industries LLC, and Addaero LLC. He holds an A.B. cum laude in economics from Harvard and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Herbert M. Lachman

Dr. Lachman is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also holds joint appointments in the departments of Medicine, Genetics and Neuroscience. Dr. Lachman became of a member of the JBRF Board of Directors in 2011. He is a co-author of 90 scientific papers, book chapters and reviews. He has also written a book for laymen exploring the role of Darwinian selection in human disease called, “Battle of the Genomes: The Struggle For Survival in a Microbial World.” Dr. Lachman’s primary research interests are the molecular and genetic basis of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and the development of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology to model neuropsychiatric disorders in the laboratory. iPSCs are derived from skin cells and can be turned into human neurons, which can then be studied in animal-free systems. iPSC technology is a very promising tool for developing new drugs for neuropsychiatric disorders. In addition to research, Dr. Lachman sees patients in the Division of Substance Abuse and is very involved in student education at Einstein where he teaches human genetics to first year medical students, and graduate students in the Sue Golding Graduate Division and Clinical Research Training Program. He has received two teaching awards at Einstein. He is also a grand rounds speaker and gives a lecture on the role of genes in criminal behavior at Fordham Law School.

Dr. Lachman is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics. He is an editor for the Open Psychiatry Journal and the Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience and has reviewed papers for some of the top psychiatry and neuroscience journals, including Molecular Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, American Journal of Medical Genetics, Human Molecular Genetics and the Archives of General Psychiatry. He has also reviewed grants for 20 NIH study sections. Dr. Lachman lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Steven Mattis

Chairman

Steven Mattis, Ph.D., is President of the Juvenile Bipolar Research foundation. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Mattis is an internationally known neuropsychologist and recognized as a leading figure in the development of the field of clinical neuropsychology in the United States. He has been on the Board and President of the International Neuropsychological Society; on the Board and President of the Clinical Neuropsychology Division of the American Psychological Association; A Fellow of the American Psychological Association; Founding member of the Board and President of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, the Specialty credentialing agent of the American Board of Professional Psychology; and on the Board and President of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is currently Clinical Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and in private practice at Mattis & Luck Center for Neuropsychological Services. Dr. Mattis had been Chief of Neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Chief of Neuropsychology, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Chief Psychologist at Hillside Hospital-Northshore Medical System. He has over 70 articles in peer reviewed journals, multiple chapters in edited books, and is the author of the Dementia Rating Scale. Dr. Mattis has been a co-editor and reviewer for multiple professional journals and served on the Research Review Board for the Human Development and Aging section of the National Institutes of Health.

For the last 10 years, Dr. Mattis has focused his research and clinical interests on the neuropsychology of psychiatric mood disorders. In collaboration with Drs. Papolos and others, he has published several articles delineating a phenotype of juvenile bipolar disorder which has been termed Fear of Harm syndrome.

Demitri Papolos

Demitri Papolos, M.D. is Co-director of the Program in Behavioral Genetics and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He has been a recipient of an NIMH Physician/ Scientist Award as well as a NARSAD Independent Investigator Award, and his research findings have been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the American Journal of Human Genetics, Molecular Psychiatry, and the Journal of Affective Disorders, among others.

In 2001, Dr. Papolos became the director of research of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation (JBRF) where he established a consortium of clinical and basic researchers from medical centers across the country in order to focus on the root causes of childhood-onset bipolar disorder. These investigators have conducted studies in the fields of phenomenology, neuroimaging, chronobiology, neuropsychological testing, and molecular genetics. Recent work published by Dr. Papolos, and his colleagues may be viewed here.

Because thousands of families have completed the online screening instruments developed by Dr. Papolos, JBRF has been able to assemble the largest clinical database in the world of children with, or at risk for, bipolar disorder. Moreover, these diagnostic instruments are available in multiple languages and are being used by clinics in this country and abroad.

Scientific Advisory Council

Ross J. Baldessarini M.D., D.Sc. (hon.), LFAPA, FACP, FACNP, FCINP

Ross J. Baldessarini, M.D. is an internationally known neuroscientist and research psychopharmacologist who has made many contributions related to the basic scientific understanding of central monoaminergic systems, their involvement in the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders, and the interactions of antipsychotic and mood-altering agents with them.

His recent interests have been directed particularly toward central dopaminergic systems of the brain and their relevance to the actions, side effects, development, and clinical application of antipsychotic and antimanic agents.

Dr. Baldessarini has been a Career Investigator of the NIMH since 1970, and the author of over 1,350 publications, including the chapters on psychopharmacology in Goodman & Gilman’s standardAmerican Textbook of Pharmacology, as well as his own classic text, Chemotherapy in Psychiatry: Principles and Practice (Harvard University Press), and serves on editorial boards of several leading neuroscience and psychiatric journals. Among his many recognitions was election to the Scholars of Johns Hopkins University.

In 1988, Professor Baldessarini was named permanent Director of the Laboratories for Psychiatric Research as well as Director of the new Bipolar & Psychotic Disorders Program which he founded and, in 1989, also became Co-Director of Psychopharmacology and Psychopharmacology Training at the McLean Psychiatric Division of MGH. He has directed that Program since 1996.

Dr. Baldessarini is a tenured Professor of Psychiatry and in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and Senior Consulting Psychiatrist at MGH. He founded the International Consortium for Bipolar Disorder Research in 1995 with colleagues from the US, Canada and Europe, and serves as a consultant to numerous scientific, industrial, and clinical organizations. Ross J. Baldessarini has been very active the education of a generation of medical trainees and psychiatrists in psychopharmacology and other biological aspects of psychiatry, as well as training over 130 basic and clinical researchers. He is widely regarded as having an unusually broad and critical perspective on the integration of basic research in neuroscience and pharmacology with problems in clinical research and contemporary psychiatric practice.

Frederick K. Goodwin, M.D.

Frederick K. Goodwin, M.D., is Research Professor of Psychiatry at The George Washington University and Director of the University’s Psychopharmacology Research Center where he conducts research on manic-depressive illness. He also directs the Center on Neuroscience, Medical Progress, and Society at the George Washington University Medical Center. At the Center, Dr. Goodwin’s policy studies focus on the impact of changing patterns of health care on quality and innovation in medicine.

Dr. Goodwin is the former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the largest research and research training institution in the world dedicated to the application of biological, behavioral, and social science to the treatment and prevention of mental illness and refinement of mental health services. Prior to that, he held a Presidential appointment as head of the Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration.

Dr. Goodwin is a recipient of the major research awards in his field including the Hofheimer Prize from the American Psychiatric Association, the International Anna-Monika Prize for Research in Depression, the Edward A. Strecker Award, the Lieber Prize from NARSAD, the McAlpin Award, the Distinguished Service Award from NAMI, and the Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He was the first recipient of the Psychiatrist of the Year from Psychiatric Times, and the Fawcett Humanitarian Award of the NDMDA. In 1998, he was elected President of the Psychiatric Research Society.

The author of 420 publications, Dr. Goodwin (with Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.) wrote Manic-Depressive Illness, the first psychiatric text to win the “Best Medical Book” award from the Association of American Publishers. He is a Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the ACNP. He serves on the editorial boards of key scientific journals, including the Archives of General Psychiatry, the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology and is a founder of Psychiatry Research. He is one of five psychiatrists on the Current Contents list of the most frequently cited scientists in the world and one of twelve psychiatrists listed in The Best Doctors in the U.S.

In addition to his work at The George Washington University Medical Center and his private practice, Dr. Goodwin is the host of the award winning The Infinite Mind radio show. This one hour national weekly public radio program is dedicated to issues relating to the mind, the brain, and mental illness. The program is now carried in more than 150 markets. Its estimated 500,000 + listeners make it the most popular health show in public radio.

Dr. Husseini K. Manji

Dr. Husseini K. Manji is Chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Pathophysiology at the National Institute of Mental Health. He is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, and Pharmacology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. At Wayne State, he was the founding director of the Neuropsychiatric Research Unit, and the Founding Director of both the Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders Clinical Research Division at the Laboratory of Molecular Pathophysiology.

Dr. Manji was the 1992 winner of the prestigious A.E. Bennett Award for Psychiatric Research, and went on to win many other important awards, including the Ziskind-Somerfeld Research Award for Neuropsychiatric Research, the NARSAD Prize for Affective Disorders Research (Nola Maddox Falcone Prize) as well as the 2001 and 2002 NIH Special Act Awards.

Husseini Manji has published over 130 professional articles and has done elegant work elucidating the neuroprotective properties of mood stabilizers such as lithium and divalproex sodium. He is the Editor of Neuroscience Perspectives, Biological Psychiatry, and Translational Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology Bulletin. He is an Associate Editor of Bipolar Disorders: An International Journal of Psychiatry and Neurosciences.

Dr. Manji is currently a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the NIMH Bipolar Initiative and a Member of the NIMH Bipolar Disorder Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program Oversight Committee .

Husseini Manji’s current work on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of action of mood stabilizing agents is supported by major grants from both the NIMH and the Stanley Foundation.

Robert M. Post, M.D.

Robert M. Post, M.D. is one of the most widely-recognized names in the field of psychiatry. After graduating from Yale and completing a psychiatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, he finished a clinical fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where he soon was promoted to Unit and Section Chief and then Chief of the Biological Psychiatry Branch.

Throughout his distinguished career, he and his research group have focused on better understanding and developing new treatments for patients with refractory unipolar and bipolar illness. Two main areas of interest are anticonvulsant therapy and, most recently, repeated transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS).

Dr. Post was one of the first researchers to call for early treatment of a mood disorder and advanced the term “kindling”: the observation that if periods of cycling continue to occur unchecked, they will occur with greater and greater frequency.

Dr. Post and his group have won major research awards from the Society of Biological Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American College of Neuropsychopharmacolgy (ACNP), The Anna Monika Foundation, and The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), among others. He serves on the editorial boards of more than ten prestigious journals and has published more than 900 scientific manuscripts.

Robert M. Post, M.D organized the Stanley Foundation Bipolar Network (1995-2002) which continues as the Bipolar Collaborative Network, focusing on developing effective long-term treatment approaches to this life-threatening recurrent affective disorder.

Dr. Robert Shprintzen

Dr. Robert Shprintzen is Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, where he is the Director of of the Center for Diagnosis, Treatment and Study of Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome and the Center for Genetic Communication Disorders. He is recognized throughout the medical world for delineating four genetic diseases, several of which bear his name– most notably Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome (VCFS), commonly known as Shprintzen’s Syndrome.

Dr. Sprintzen was the first to see that the children with VCFS had a multitude of psychiatric symptoms, including psychosis and paranoia. This observation led to a collaboration with Dr. Demitri Papolos which resulted in the first systematic psychiatric diagnostic study of children with VCFS. The findings from this study, reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry, showed that over 70% of the VCFS children had bipolar spectrum disorders with multiple co-morbidities. Because VCFS arises from a specific genetic abnormality (a microdeletion on the short arm of chromosome 22) Dr. Sprintzen’s work has moved the field of behavioral genetics to actively investigate this region for candidate genes for a number of psychiatric and medical disorders, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, as well as certain behavioral traits such as poor modulation of aggression.

Robert Sprintzen is the author of five books, including four texts on genetic disorders associated with communication impairment and feeding disorders. He has been invited to lecture throughout the Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. He was the keynote speaker at the Mexican National Congress of Human Genetics in 1999, as well as the keynote speaker at a meeting sponsored by the World Health Organization in Zurich, Switzerland in 2000.

Prior to Dr. Sprintzen’s appointment at Upstate, he served as the Director of the Center for Craniofacial Disorders at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, where he was Professor of Plastic Surgery and Professor of Otolaryngology. In 1995, he helped found the Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome Educational Foundation, Inc. and has served as its Executive Director since its inception.

Martin H. Teicher, M.D., Ph.D.

Martin H. Teicher, M.D., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the internationally-recognized Clinical Chronobiology Laboratory at McLean Hospital. His research studies range from inquiries into the molecular mechanisms of brain development, through cellular neuroanatomy, to regional neuropharmacology, up through studies of human behavior and brain imaging. A researcher and clinician with an unusual background in mathematics and technology, Dr. Teicher has succeeded in taking problems from the bedside to the laboratory bench and has then translated his findings back through clinical research trials to the bedside and to the marketplace. His capacity to attack problems from multiple levels in multiple domains has enabled him to pioneer new areas, to provide theoretical models and to develop new tools for clinicians.

He has been at the forefront of studies of actigraphy and motion analysis as tools for research in psychiatry and developed a new approach and software for non-linear multioscillator cosinor modeling. Using these tools, Dr. Teicher delineated and defined the different forms of rest-activity disturbance observed in many of the major psychiatric disorders including depression in children, adults and geriatric patients, ADHD, Post-traumatic stress disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease. He has written software for use in children or adults that can automatically generate a comprehensive clinical report on the subject’s level of activity, possible sleep continuity, and circadian patterns that will also indicate with a high level of confidence whether these patterns are most consistent with major unipolar depression, seasonal affective disorder, bipolar depression, mania, ADHD, schizophrenia, or the co-morbid presentation of these disorders.

Dr. Teicher has also collaborated with Perry Renshaw, MD, Ph.D. in the Brain Imaging Center at McLean Hospital to markedly advance the assessment of functional brain activity in psychiatric patients, particularly children. Dr. Teicher and Dr. Renshaw’s research teams devised and validated a new method for functional MRI imaging (T2-relaxometry) that provides indirect information about basal blood volume that is not only safer for developing brains, but also has higher resolution. Using this technique, this collaborative research team provided the first evidence that there is an abnormality in the paramagnetic properties of the striatum (specifically the putamen) in children with ADHD and are most likely the result of alterations in brain activity and cerebral blood volume. Furthermore, these changes correlate strongly with the child’s basal level of activity and inattention using infrared motion analysis. T2-relation time in the putamen changes significantly with drug treatment. The results of these studies were published in Nature Medicine, and serve as the basis for a pending patent.

In addition, Dr. Teicher has done seminal work on dopamine-receptor pruning, a developmental phenomenon that occurs between adolescence and adulthood. He is currently investigating the molecular mechanisms that regulate the overproduction and pruning of these dopamine receptors, along with the effects of exposure to early stress.

Dr. Martin Teicher has served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology since its inception, as has been a Committee Member of the Neurochemistry and Neuropharmocology Study Section of the National Institute of Mental Health. He is the author of over 100 articles in the scientific literature.