Center for Addiction Medicine

Current K12 Scholars

Name Department Institution Degree Research Focus Mentor

Sara Bates

1st Cohort

Pediatrics MGH for Children MD, MPH Potential value of early neuroimaging biomarkers for improving treatment and outcome in opioid-exposed neonates Jodi Gilman, PhD
Benjamin Bearnot

2nd Cohort

Division of General Internal Medicine MGH MD, MPH Feasibility of enrolling a population of individuals with OUD and SBI in a prospective cohort, obsevve clinical and SUD outcomes in the cohort, and explore the potential to use OUD to improve outcomes in this population

Nancy Rigotti, MD

Travis Baggett, MD, MPH

Sara Bates, MD

Founding director of the Infant Brain Center at the MGH for Children
Instructor in Pediatrics at HMS

Dr. Bates graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed her pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. After completing the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Program in 2012, she joined the MGH Division of Newborn Medicine and Neonatology.

Dr. Bates studies focus on neonatal environmental, genetic, and metabolic influences on normal and pathological brain development….more


Benjamin Bearnot, MD

Kraft Fellow in Community Health leadership and General Internal Medicine at MGH
Instructor in Medicine at HMS

Benjamin Bearnot, MD received medical degree from New York University, did residency training in internal medicine and primary care at MGH, and is currently completing a Masters in Public Health at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Bearnot’s early clinical research focused on the interrelated HIV and tuberculosis epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa and HIV at-risk populations… more




Previous K12 Scholars

Name Department Institution Degree Research Focus Mentor

Davida M. Schiff

1st Cohort

Pediatrics MGH for Children MD, MSc Improving pharmacotherapy engagement and retention among pregnant and parenting women with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

John Kelly, PhD (mentor)

Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH (co-mentor)

Timothy Wilens, MD (co-mentor)

Kathryn Bentley

1st Cohort

Psychiatry MGH PhD Pilot study of a transdiagnostic, emotion-focused group intervention for young adults with substance use disorders and emotional distress Eden Evins, MD, MPH

Davida Schiff, MD, MsC

Medical Director of the HOPE Clinic at MGH, Instructor in Pediatrics at HMS

Dr. Schiff completed her medical training at the Boston University School of Medicine, pediatrics residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital, general pediatrics research fellowship at Boston Medical Center, and master’s program in health services research from the Boston University School of Public Health.

Dr. Schiff is a general academic pediatrician and health services researcher focused on understanding how substance use… more


Kathryn Hagan Bentley, PhD

Clinical and Research Fellow in Psychology at MGH, Depression Clinical and Research Program

Dr. Kate Bentley received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2017 from Boston University and completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy track at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Her research is largely focused on identifying the proximal risk factors for and mechanisms… more