Alison Schonwald, MD, 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.
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. Using her education, she strives to specialize in healthcare administration within 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 Analysis (BCBA). She earned her master’s degree in behavior analysis at Simmons University after receiving her bachelor 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.
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 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, 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 experience in the classroom in the Westwood and Hopedale Public Schools also provides a teacher’s prospective to her consulting and advocacy work.
At Touchstone, Adrienne provides tutoring, evaluation and consultation services. Tutoring services include general tutoring K-6 and Wilson Reading Program Instruction.