Framingham - MA
63 Fountain Street,
Suite 402
Framingham, MA 01702
Tel. (508) 872-4813
Fax. (508) 626-0454







Clinical Staff


Brian J. Mazmanian, M.D. - Director

Robert Barnes, Ph.D.
Nancy Cable, LICSW
Peter Erines, Ph.D.
Laura Goldfarb, LICSW
Lisa Liss, BC-CPNP, PMHS, MSN
Joseph LoCastro, Ph.D.
Susan LoCastro, LICSW
Judith Maruca, APRN, BC
Virginia Merritt, M.D.
Carol A. Mitchell, L.I.C.S.W.
E. David Mobley, LICSW
Jennifer Paradysz, LICSW
Susan Pell, R.N., M.S., C.S.


Brian J. Mazmanian, M.D.
Brian J. Mazmanian M.D., is a child and adult psychiatrist and Director of Framingham Psychiatric Counseling Associates. He has been providing psychotherapy to both adults and children since 1978. His special treatment interests are Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety disorders, chronic medical disorders and depression and mood disorders. Dr. Mazmanian also provides psychopharmacology consultations and diagnostic evaluations to adults and children for a variety of psychiatric conditions.

Dr. Mazmanian has consulted to local public and private schools, provided commentary and opinion to local newspapers and has given lectures on psychiatric topics in several public forums. He graduated from St. Louis University of Medicine in 1974, and completed his residency and fellowship at Boston University Medical Center and Tufts New England Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Mazmanian is an active member of the Academy Of Adolescent And Child Psychiatry.

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Robert Barnes, Ph.D.
Robert Barnes Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has been with Framingham Psychiatric Counseling since its inception in 1977. Dr. Barnes worked for nearly twenty years at the Framingham Youth Guidance Center, providing individual therapy to children, adolescents, parents and adults, as well as doing couples therapy and family therapy. Dr. Barnes has also provided consultation to a number of public and private schools in the Metro west area.
Since 1991 Bob has worked at an adult inpatient long term care hospital and at a local high school consulting to a special education program that facilitates inclusion. Dr. Barnes offers an active problem-solving approach to illness, utilizing a number of different therapy orientations, including cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation training-stress management, anger management and assertiveness training.

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Nancy Cable, LICSW
Nancy Cable, LICSW, brings many years of experience to her work as a therapist. After receiving a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University, she completed post- graduate training at the Family Institute of Cambridge in their Family Therapy Program. Her career spans work with children, adolescents, couples, families and groups in a wide variety of settings. Nancy treats a broad spectrum of issues including problems with mood and behavior as well as difficulties that can occur in couple and family relationships. In addition, she has worked with individuals experiencing medical illness, loss and grief.

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Peter J. Erines, Ph.D
Peter J. Erines, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has been on the staff of Framingham Psychiatric Counseling since 1985. Dr. Erines received his doctoral training at DePaul University in the field of child psychology and did a doctoral internship at South Shore Mental Health. Currently Peter is a supervising psychologist at South Shore Mental Health, as well as a practicing clinician at F.P.C.A.
Peter has expertise with children of all ages, with illnesses ranging from anxiety and depression to learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder. Peter also sees adults of all ages in individual psychotherapy, as well as practicing family therapy.

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Laura Goldfarb, LICSW
Laura Goldfarb, LICSW, is a clinical social worker who treats both children and adults of all ages. She is experienced in individual therapy, family therapy, and parent guidance. Laura has special interests in eating disorders and children who face academic challenges and other Chapter 766 related issues.

Laura graduated from Smith College for Social Work and completed a post-graduate fellowship at the Children's Hospital in Boston in the Department of Psychiatry. Most recently Laura worked in a therapeutic high school and provided treatment to adolescents with mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, learning issues, and Asperger's Syndrome. Laura also has over eight years of experience treating patients in an outpatient setting using psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and educational approaches in her treatment.

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Lisa Liss, BC-CPNP, PMHS, MSN
Lisa Liss , is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner BC-CPNP and a Board Certified Pediatric Mental Health Specialist PMHS. She received her M.Ed from Cambridge College in 1987 and MSN from the MGH Institute in 2009. Lisa works in both a primary care and a mental behavioral health setting. She has advanced training and certfied in CBT and MBSR from the MGH Academy. She believes in integrating the whole person in behavioral and mental health including diet, exercise, stress reduction, and CBT. She is experienced and provides psychopharmacology for ADHD, anxiety and/or depression, substance abuse, and mood disorders including ASD.

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Joseph LoCastro, Ph.D
Joseph LoCastro, Ph.D. Is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing in the Framingham area for over 20 years. His primary specialty areas are marital and couples therapy, alcohol and drug treatment, and manager advisor. He is active professionally in the areas of clinical practice, training, teaching, research, and management.
In addition to his practice in Framingham, his positions include: Acting Chief, Psychology Service, V.A. Boston Healthcare System; Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; and Associate Professor in Psychology, Boston University Graduate School. Dr. LoCastro received his doctoral degree from the University of Maryland. He is licensed in Massachusetts as a psychologist provider and is on the National Registry of Healthcare Providers in Psychology. He holds the Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Abuse Disorders from the American Psychological Association.

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Susan LoCastro, L.I.C.S.W.
Susan LoCastro, L.I.C.S.W, has been a member of Framingham Psychiatric Counseling Associates for over 7 years, and a social worker since 1985. A graduate of Simmons College of Social Work, Susan also is a social worker in cardiology at the Boston V.A. Healthcare West Roxbury Hospital. Prior to this position, Susan worked with the geriatric population in nursing home-related patient care.
Susan sees adolescents and adults in individual psychotherapy and also does couples therapy. She has a special interest in anxiety disorders and geriatric care as well, and has Saturday appointments available.

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Judith M. Maruca, APRN,BC
Judith M. Maruca, APRN,BC, is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist in adult mental health. She received her MS in Psychiatric Nursing from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1993. Judy was a founding member of Hampton Counseling Affiliates in Auburn and practiced there for many years. She has also worked as a full-time faculty member in the Nursing Department at Worcester State College and in the community as a hospice nurse and psychiatric clinician.
Ms. Maruca treats older adolescents and adults with a variety of mental health diagnoses including depression, anxiety, ADHD, alcoholism, grief and loss, and trauma. She is certified in EMDR levels 1 and 2. Ms. Maruca provides psychotherapy using a combination of psychodynamic and cognitive behavior approaches. She also provides psychopharmacology consultation and medication management.

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Virginia Merritt, MD
Virginia Merritt, MD, has been practicing at Framingham Psychiatric Counseling since 1994. Dr. Merritt is board certified in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. Dr. Merritt has a practice that includes children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Her clinical expertise includes depression, anxiety disorders, the autism spectrum, Bipolar Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Dr. Merritt practices both individual psychotherapy and psychopharmacology consultation as well as medication management. Dr. Merritt has a non-traditional approach to psychiatric treatment and is often described as being casual and "down to earth".

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Carol A. Mitchell, L.I.C.S.W.
Carol A. Mitchell, L.I.C.S.W. is a clinical social worker who provides individual and family therapy for adults, adolescents and children as young as five years old.
Carol received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Wheaton College (Illinois), and her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Smith College School for Social Work. Carol has experience in mental health, adoption, foster care, residential treatment, and infertility counseling settings.
She currently is the School Adjustment Counselor at the West Elementary School in Andover, MA. Carol has particular expertise in issues of adoption, infertility, residential treatment and sexual abuse. Carol is an evangelical Christian with an understanding of spiritual issues for those who would incorporate that dimension in their mental health treatment.
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E. David Mobley, MSW
David Mobley, MSW, is a graduate of the Harvard Diviinity School and Smith College School for Social Work, and has over twenty years of experience treating children and adults. David has consulted to schools, hospitals, residential and day treatment programs in his work in the Metrowest area.
His experience as a guidance counselor in the Natick Public Schools, has given him additional expertise in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the psychological implication for children with learning disabilities and social or developmental delays. In addition, David has a special interest in chronic illness and the unique issues surrounding adoption.

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Jennifer Paradysz, LICSW
Jennifer Paradysz, LICSW is a clinical social worker who treats children ages 3 and up, adolescents, adults and families. A graduate of the University of New England, her clinical focus is in the areas of child therapy, complex trauma, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jennifer has worked in private practice and has also consulted with school systems as well. She provides an integrated treatment approach that supports restoration of a sense of safety and trust in daily experiences and within relationships. Her individualized and strength based approach incorporates a variety of therapeutic interventions; including affect regulation techniques, mind- body work, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, play therapy, sand tray work and integration of therapeutic art techniques.
Jennifer has day & evening hours available.

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Susan l. Pell, R.N., M.S., C.S.
Susan l. Pell, R.N., M.S., C.S., is a psychiatric nurse clinical specialist in adult mental health. Susan received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and her M.S. in Psychiatric Nursing from Boston University. Susan worked at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston as a staff nurse and then as the Head Nurse of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. She also worked as a psychiatric nurse clinical specialist at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital before

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