Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute


Meet the people behind the Hassenfeld Institute for Child Health.

Executive Committee

  • Michael Silverstein

    Michael Silverstein, M.D.

    Director of the Hassenfeld Institute, George Hazard Crocker University Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice at Brown University School Of Public Health

    Dr. Silverstein is the director of the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute and a George Hazard Crocker University Professor of Health Services, Policy, and Practice at Brown University. Prior to joining Brown University in the Fall of 2021, Dr. Silverstein was associate professor of pediatrics, director of the Division of General Academic Pediatrics, and vice chair of research for the Department of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. He also worked as a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, New England’s largest safety net hospital. Since 2016, he has served as a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Silverstein’s research focuses on mental health services for children and families. His primary interest is the prevention of depression in at-risk mothers and mothers of vulnerable children.

  • Phyllis Dennery, M.D.

    Phyllis Dennery M.D.

    Chair of Pediatrics, Warren Alpert Medical School, Pediatrician-In-Chief, Medical Director, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Professor of Pediatrics, Warren Alpert Medical School, Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Brown University

    In April 2015, Dr. Phyllis Dennery, Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Professor of Pediatrics, took the lead for pediatric care, teaching, and research at the Lifespan health system and Alpert Medical School. She serves as pediatrician-in‑chief and medical director at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, as well as chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Brown. Dr. Dennery’s research, consistently funded by the National Institutes of Health for 24 years, addresses lung problems and other medical conditions among newborns. She has served on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM) and advocated for a Center for Health Disparities while serving at the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Methodius Tuuli M.D., MPH, MBA

    Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Womens & Infants Hospital, Chace-Joukowsky Professor and chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Warren Alpert Medical School, Executive Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Care New England Health System

    Dr. Tuuli is the Chace-Joukowsky Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital. A board certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician, his research is focused on the prediction and prevention of adverse obstetric outcomes. He employs large cohort studies, randomized clinical trials and meta-analysis to generate evidence for managing obstetric problems including preventing of surgical site infection after cesarean delivery, management of labor, and optimizing management of medical complications in pregnancy. He currently leads two NIH funded multicenter trials on intravenous versus oral iron for treatment of anemia in pregnancy in the U.S. and use of a novel intrauterine negative pressure device for the management of postpartum hemorrhage in Ghana. His has 215 publications in high impact journals including the NEJM, JAMA and JAMA Pediatrics. Dr. Tuuli earned his Medical Degree from the University of Ghana Medical School in 2001. He attended the University of California at Berkeley, earning a Master of Public Health degree in 2003 with concentration in maternal and child health. He completed residency training in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Emory University in 2008, and fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Washington University in 2011. Dr. Tuuli completed the Business of Medicine Physician MBA program at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in 2020.

  • Stephanie Parade

    Stephanie Parade

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Dr. Parade is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and Director of Early Childhood Research at E. P. Bradley Hospital. Dr. Parade conducts research focused on the biological and behavioral mechanisms through which childhood stress and trauma impact mental and physical health outcomes across the lifespan. Her research also focuses on the implementation and evaluation of community based interventions to prevent child maltreatment and violence exposure. The majority of this work is focused on infants and young children, as well as families in the prenatal and postpartum periods.  

    Dr. Parade received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2010, and completed a NIMH T32 postdoctoral fellowship in child mental health at Brown before joining the faculty in 2012. 

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