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Maine Behavioral Healthcare Welcomes Dr. Cathleen Small as Key Leader in Autism and Developmental Disorders Service

March 01, 2019

WESTBROOK, MAINE – Spring Harbor Hospital, a division of Maine Behavioral Healthcare has hired Dr. Cathleen Small, PhD, BCBA-D as the Director of Behavioral Services and Spring Harbor Academy.

Dr. Small is a child psychologist and behavior analyst who was on the faculty at the Kennedy Krieger Institute of Johns Hopkins University for six years, serving as a Supervising Psychologist and Director of Clinical Operations for the Pediatric Developmental Disabilities Clinic. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College, earned a special education teaching degree from Northeastern University and trained in behavior analysis and psychology at the University of Kansas.

Prior to joining Spring Harbor Hospital, Dr. Small provided care through the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics office of Maine Medical Partners.

“We were all struck by Dr. Small’s combination of clinical rigor, thoughtful management approach and clear communication style,” said Dr. Matthew Siegel, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Autism and Development Disorders at Maine Behavioral Healthcare. “We are pleased to welcome her to the Spring Harbor Autism and Development Disorders service and look forward to further growing our capabilities in behavior analysis, special education and staff training under her guidance.”

Dr. Small will provide the leadership for Spring Harbor Academy, a special purpose private school that provides educational services for youth hospitalized in the Developmental Disorders Unit of Spring Harbor Hospital. She will also lead the behavior analysis team for the hospital unit, providing the highest level of care in Northern New England for youth with autism and other developmental disorders who are experiencing psychiatric and behavioral challenges.

“I am very happy to be working with the talented team at Spring Harbor Academy and throughout the Autism and Developmental Disorders program,” said Dr. Small. “The services we offer are critical to meet the needs of this underserved population. I am honored to have this opportunity and I look forward to working with the team to make a difference in our community.”

About Maine Behavioral Healthcare
Maine Behavioral Healthcare is committed to creating a seamless system of behavioral healthcare across Maine, coordinating hospital psychiatric care with community-based treatment services, and better access to medical care through integration with primary care services. Effectively coordinating client and patient care across multiple locations and treatment settings will not only provide optimal health outcomes, but serve as a national model for treating people with serious mental health issues. We are a proud to be part of MaineHealth, Maine's largest health system, working together to make our communities the healthiest in America.

Care for Children & Adolescents
The Developmental Disorders program is composed of inpatient services at Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, Maine and outpatient services at the Center for Autism & Developmental Disorders (CADD) in nearby South Portland. Children at the hospital receive education from Spring Harbor Academy, a private, special-purpose school located on site.

Care for Adults
A wide range of support is offered to MaineCare eligible adults with intellectual disabilities at the Lancaster Street office in Portland. The program is licensed through the Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS).

About Spring Harbor Hospital
A division of Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Spring Harbor Hospital is southern Maine's only private psychiatric treatment and recovery center. Its inpatient programs for youth and adults provide hope for those who suffer from a variety of mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders (mental illness and substance use). We are fortunate to have a unique collaboration with Maine Medical Center, which allows us to offer the most complete array of psychiatric treatment, physician-training, and medical-research programs north of Boston.
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