Alison Schonwald, M.D., is a national leader in the field of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Schonwald led the preeminent fellowship training program for several years during her 20+ years at Boston Children's Hospital, while teaching medical students, residents, general pediatricians, and her specialist colleagues.
She is a popular speaker at local and national conferences, focusing on autism, ADHD, psychopharmacology, and early diagnosis of developmental disorders. Her research on developmental screening and contributions to state-wide screening is recognized as instrumental in practice improvement.
Dr. Schonwald has held many leadership positions. An Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, she currently works with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Board of Pediatrics, and the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.
Alexandra Fortuna Loos, M.Ed., A/AOGPE, is Touchstone’s Director of Education Services. She earned her Master’s of Education in Language and Literacy at Harvard Graduate School of Education after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Child Development at Vanderbilt University.
Passionate about supporting the needs of all learners, Alex brings an extensive background in evaluating, teaching, and advocating for students across a variety of settings. As a member of the Orton Gillingham Academy, Alex provides guidance and direct instruction to individuals with dyslexia and other learning differences.
Carrie Mauras, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with expertise in developmental disorders of childhood. After attending Georgetown University for college and earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Clark University, Dr. Mauras trained at several Harvard-affiliated hospitals. Dr. Mauras was on the faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital for 10 years, serving as the training director of the psychology postdoctoral fellowship program. She also supervised and taught numerous fellows, residents, and medical students.
Dr. Mauras continues to teach physicians locally and nationally about best practices in caring for families affected by developmental differences. As a co-founder of Touchstone, Dr. Mauras provides expert diagnostic evaluation and treatment — always in partnership with parents and caregivers. Committed to family-centered care, Dr. Mauras enjoys working closely with parents to optimize children’s outcomes.
Lauren Cook, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist licensed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Dr. Cook received her doctorate from Stony Brook University and trained at nationally recognized programs at the University of California – San Diego and Boston Children’s Hospital. Subsequently, Dr. Cook worked at a private neuropsychology practice and taught special education courses in the areas of autism, positive behavior supports, and social skills development at the University of New Hampshire.
At Touchstone, Dr. Cook provides assessment, therapy, and consultation services. She integrates knowledge of best practices from the fields of child development, neuropsychology, and education in her work. Valuing collaboration with families, Dr. Cook carefully listens to parent concerns, tailors assessment or treatment approaches to the child’s individual needs, and clearly communicates strategies to promote success and well-being.
Jodi Santosuosso, NP-C, APRN is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner who earned her Master of Science in nursing from University of Massachusetts in Boston. She has been in the nursing field for 26 years. She was the first Advanced Practice Clinician to complete her specialized (mini) fellowship in her first year at Boston Medical Center in Developmental Pediatrics, rising to the level of Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine during her 15 year tenure. She conducted comprehensive assessments and provided care for children with a variety of communication disorders, autism, developmental delay, and social/emotional disorders, always working closely with their families.
Jodi brings to Touchstone her experience teaching executive functioning skills, and incorporating mindfulness and stress management into her practice with her families. Approaching every child holistically, she shares expertise from the Brain Health for ADHD program that she developed for students with executive functioning challenges, including during remote learning. Her goal is to provide families with useful and effective tools for their children to be successful and happy at home and school.
Jackie Keith is Touchstone's Office Manager. With a background in behavioral health, Jackie directs and coordinates evaluation and treatment services for our patients. Jackie has a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Merrimack College. Her clear and warm introduction to Touchstone will be your first welcome to our center, as she works closely with our clinicians in supporting your child and family.