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.
Desiree Lincourt is Touchstone's Administrative Coordinator. She is currently enrolled in the Master's of Public Health program at University of New England after receiving her Bachelor of Public Health from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Desiree's goal is to add expertise in healthcare administration to our community. With a background in health care and applied behavior analysis, Desiree works to create a warm and welcoming environment to support the needs of all of our patients.
Christina Caiazzo, BCBA is Touchstone’s Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She earned her master’s degree in behavior analysis at Simmons University, after receiving her bachelor's degree in psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. Ms. Caiazzo continues to support children of all ages with a variety of disabilities, such as Autism and ADHD. Ms. Caiazzo is passionate about supporting parents, working together to decrease challenging behaviors and increasing positive behaviors. Utilizing the methodologies and strategies of applied behavior analysis, she collaborates with families to improve your a child's and family's functioning.
Adrienne MacMannis Simpson, MS.Ed. is an educational specialist at Touchstone. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Special Education from Simmons University.
Adrienne has worked at a variety of settings during her educational career. As a visiting lecturer at Bridgewater State University, she developed and taught courses in Reading and Literacy, as well as Conducting Academic Evaluations. In her work at Boston Children’s Hospital, she worked on a multi-disciplinary team, completed academic assessments, and attended IEP and school meetings throughout the metro-Boston area. She also presented locally and internationally on topics related to education and special education law. Her experiences in the classroom in the Westwood and Hopedale Public Schools also inform her consulting and advocacy work with a teacher’s perspective.
At Touchstone, Adrienne provides tutoring, evaluation and consultation services. Tutoring services include general tutoring K-6 and Wilson Reading Program Instruction.
Christina Cicatelli, M.S., CCC-SLP, Ed.S., is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Reading Educational Specialist at Touchstone. She earned her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College as well as an Education Specialist Degree in Reading from Gordon College. Christina is additionally certified in the Orton Gillingham reading approach. She currently works full time in an urban elementary school district.
Christina has experience working with children from preschool to middle school with a variety of learning disabilities and disorders including students with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, and language-based learning disabilities.
As a reading tutor, Christina emphasizes the importance of developing foundational early literacy skills and building confidence. She strives to make tutoring sessions both fun and functional to keep her students engaged and interested in learning. Christina values a team-based approach where parents are supported and involved to ensure each student is able to generalize learned skills beyond the tutoring sessions.