CHILD AND ADOLESCENT CLINICAL CONSULTATION SERVICES
Bi-County Collaborative currently has one Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist and two Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychiatrists who consult to the Collaborative.
Barry A. Plummer, PhD
Barry Plummer holds a PhD in psychology from University of Rhode Island and completed a fellowship in clinical psychology at the Devereux Foundation. He is licensed as a clinical psychologist in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Dr. Plummer has extensive experience in consulting to school systems, special-education collaboratives, residential treatment facilities, day programs, and has had an outpatient psychology practice. Additionally, he was on staff at McLean Hospital at Harvard University and administrated an inpatient adolescent unit at Bradley Hospital. For the past 30 years Dr. Plummer has been a faculty member at Albert Medical School of Brown University in the Department of Child Psychiatry, teaching and supervising Clinical Psychology Fellows and Child Psychiatry and Triple Board Fellows.
Steve Bonauto, M.D.
Dr. Steve Bonauto is Board Certified in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry. He completed his Child and Adolescent Fellowship at Brown University Hospitals in 1994. He maintains an office-based private practice and has long-term consulting relationships with the Bi-County Collaborative and North Attleboro School Department. He is also the attending psychiatrist at St. Mary's Home for Children in North Providence, RI where he provides direct care to children in both acute and long-term residential treatment.
Pamela Shuman, M.D.
Dr. Shuman has provided psychiatric consultation to the Bi-County Collaborative since 2004. She graduated from Brown University School of Medicine and completed her Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry training at Brown, including Bradley Hospital and Butler Hospital. Dr. Shuman is Board Certified in Child & Adolescent Psychology and Psychiatry. At Gateway Healthcare in Rhode Island she helped to develop the first specialized team to provide in-home intensive therapy for children on the autism spectrum and the first adaptation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for latency age children in residential treatment. She taught on the faculty at Brown until moving her practice to Connecticut in 2009.
Currently, when she is not at Finberg School, she can be found consulting to school districts in Eastern Connecticut. Dr. Shuman is Associate Medical Director for Ambulatory Services at Natchaug Hospital in Connecticut. She cares for adolescent girls on parole at Journey House, a secure residential program in Connecticut, and for children and adolescents at Joshua Center Northeast partial hospital/ intensive outpatient program in Danielson, Connecticut.
At the Finberg Public Day school Bi-County Collaborative offers a licensed Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist onsite weekly to interview students, review records, consult with teachers and consult and meet with outside providers and parents. Consultation with treating psychiatrists/physicians is provided; however, direct medication management is not offered.
A licensed Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist is onsite weekly as a member of a multidisciplinary team on Friday mornings. Student cases are presented at these clinical meetings. Medication is reviewed and consultation is provided to outside treating providers. Direct medication management is not offered.
A licensed Child and Adolescent Psychologist is onsite throughout the week at multiple Bi-County Collaborative educational programs to interview and observe students, review records, consult with staff and consult and meet with parents and outside providers. Psycho-educational training is also provided to staff during scheduled consultation times.