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Welcome Two New Directors to the New England Geriatrics Team

by Renee Marcus on 4/24/14, 9:29 PM


Sean Harris - Boston/South Shore Program Director

Sean-Program-DirectorSean Harris is a licensed psychotherapist born in Brockton, Massachusetts.  He specializes in chronic mental illness, geriatrics and substance abuse.  Sean has been working in the mental health field since 1988 when he started his career at the Department of Mental Health in Massachusetts.  Sean graduated Bridgewater State University with a B.S. in Clinical Psychology.  While working full time, Sean earned an MSW Degree from Boston University.  As an LICSW, Sean began working in the field of geriatrics, working within long-term care as a Director of Social Services, consultant, psychotherapist, behavior management specialist and staff trainer.

In 2002, Sean accepted a job as Regional Director of Social Services for Wingate Healthcare.  Sean was involved in facility oversight, mock survey inspections and training for their 18 nursing homes in Massachusetts and New York, where he was also licensed.  

Since 2005, Sean has been working for New England Geriatrics as a therapist specializing in addictions and chronic mental illness.  He has since in 2014 accepted the position of Program Director for Boston and the South Shore.

Sean has been, is and will be a strong advocate for mentally ill and geriatric individuals as these groups and other vulnerable populations fight for the ever dwindling financial resources in our society.

Sean lives on the South Shore with his wife and two teenage children.  He enjoys spending time with his family and most outdoor activities.

 

Leia Marcellino - North Shore Program Director

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Leia Marcellino, BA, LSW, is the North Shore Program Director for New England Geriatrics.

Her work within this role includes oversight and supervision of all clinical services for over 30 nursing homes within the northern region of Massachusetts.   She takes an active role in providing support, crisis management, and strategic behavioral work within the nursing facilities she serves. 

Leia has previous experience as a Protective Services Worker with Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. During this time, she developed her skills working with the at risk geriatric population,  as well as families and community groups in order to reduce risk, provide service planning, and assessment of mental health needs. Her advocacy work included being a liaison for developing and presenting mandated reporter trainings for professionals throughout the State of Massachusetts, as well as being an educational presenter at Merrimack College School of Social Work and Criminology.

Leia has worked with children and families prior to her work with the elder population.  She also served as a supervisor in a residential and educational setting for dually diagnosed adolescence at Easter Seals of New Hampshire.  For the past five years Leia has been an avid volunteer for the Girl Scouts of the Green and White mountains where she has provided guidance and leadership to young women. 

Leia received her BA in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Keene State College.  She holds a Certificate in Aging from Boston University’s Institute for Geriatric Social Work and is certified in working with people who have dementia by StilMee Alzheimer Coaching.  Leia lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two daughters.

 

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