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Joan Wheelis, M.D.


Dr. Wheelis received her M.D. from Boston University and completed her psychiatric residency at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA in 1989. She founded Two Brattle Center in 1996 and has been its Director since that time. In addition to her work at Two Brattle Center, Dr. Wheelis is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School and teaches at the joint Massachusetts General Hospital / McLean Hospital Psychiatric Residency Program. Additionally, Dr. Wheelis is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. In 1997, Dr. Wheelis began training with Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and has been a DBT Trainer with Btech since 2002. Currently Dr. Wheelis is the DBT consultant for the Gunderson Residence at McLean Hospital. Dr. Wheelis's interests include the treatment of borderline personality disorder and suicidal behavior.

Matthew Jerram, Ph.D.

Affiliate Psychologist

Matthew Jerram received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University in 2002 after completing his internship at the Brockton/West Roxbury VAMC. He completed his postdoctoral training at Two Brattle Center. He earned his B.A. in psychology and M.L.A. in the History of Ideas at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Jerram is intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and is a member of the Two Brattle Center DBT Consultation Team. Additionally he has extensive clinical experience in cognitive-behavioral therapy, and neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Jerram is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Suffolk University in Boston, MA.

Ricardo Benitez, B.S.

Information Technology Director

Ricardo Benitez received a B.S. in Business Administration from Boston University. As part of the TBC team, he serves as the Information Technology Director.

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Office Manager

Raquel Dillem Pa graduated from Liceu Muniz Freire in Cachoeiro De Itapemirim - ES, Brazil. She worked as an elementary school teacher. Her managerial experience includes office management in both Brazil and in the United States. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Karen L. Jacob, Ph.D.

Affiliate Psychologist

Karen Jacob received her Ph.D. from Clark University. She worked at the Bedford VA as a predoctoral fellow and did her postdoctoral training at Cambridge City Hospital. She has extensive clinical experience in cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavior therapy, and biofeedback. Dr. Jacob is the Director of Clinical Services at the Gunderson Residence, a residential treatment program for women with borderline personality disorder.


Mariola Magovcevic, Ph.D.

Affiliate Psychologist

Mariola Magovcevic earned her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Clark University. Dr. Magovcevic completed both her pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training at McLean Hospital. In addition to treating Borderline Personality Disorder, Dr. Magovcevic has experience working with a variety of different diagnostic issues including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. Dr. Magovcevic’s primary orientation to treatment is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and she has been trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Magovcevic has a joint faculty appointment as Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School and staff psychologist providing individual, family and group therapy.


Valerie I. Photos, Ph.D.

Affiliate Psychologist

Dr. Photos received her bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and her master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Harvard University. She completed a post-doctoral Fellowship in Personality Disorders at the Gunderson Residence of McLean Hospital and has completed a foundational DBT training through Behavioral Tech. Additionally Dr. Photos has been trained in Mentalization Based Treatment by Drs. Fonagy and Bateman. She currently works as a therapist at 3East at McLean Hospital,

highly-specialized treatment program for adolescents who are exhibiting self-endangering behaviors and emerging borderline personality traits.


Shauna L. Dowden, Ph.D.

Affiliate Psychologist

Shauna Dowden received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2001 from The University of Connecticut and completed her pre & post-doctoral training at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She was intensively trained in DBT with Marsha Linehan in 2002. Currently, Dr. Dowden is an Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a consultant at the Gunderson Residence, a residential treatment program for woman with BPD, as well as maintains a full-time private practice specializing in BPD, chronic depression, bipolar illness, and PTSD. Dr. Dowden has extensive clinical experience in DBT, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mentalization based treatment. She has been practicing mindfulness for over two decades and integrates this practice into all aspects of her work, with a particular interest in willingness for change, interpersonal awareness and contentment.

Brandon Unruh, M.D.

Affiliate Psychiatrist

Dr. Unruh completed residency training in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital. Clinical interests include psychotherapy,

personality disorders, post-traumatic and dissociative disorders, and suicide. He has obtained specialized training in psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral

treatments of borderline personality disorder through the Borderline Center at McLean Hospital. He continues to train in and practice psychoanalytic

psychotherapy as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT). Academic interests include philosophical

issues in psychiatry. He has published in the areas of medical ethics, general hospital psychiatry, and literature and medicine. He is currently a fellow at

the Gunderson Residence and a staff psychiatrist in the Personality Disorders

Clinic and Women's Treatment Program at McLean Hospital. He is an Instructor in

Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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Karen A. Adler, M.D.

Affiliate Psychiatrist

Dr. Adler received her Masters in Clinical Psychology in 2002 from San Diego State University and her M.D. from Cornell University. She is currently a PGY4 Resident in Psychiatry at the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. She is interested in the psychotherapy of borderline personality disorder.