Community Counseling Services (CCS)
RIAC community counseling services is community based mental health and social support agency created to serve the unique needs of refugees and immigrants. Our multi-cultural and multi-lingual clinical staffs have expertise in refugee and immigrant mental health issues as well as deep understanding of the cultural needs of the populations we serve.
Cyril Ubiem PhD Counseling psychologist
Cyril Ubiem, PhD is one of the psychologists in our clinic. He is also currently the Project Director of African Initiative for Men’s Health (AIMH), a Massachusetts Department of Public Health funded Project.
Saida Abdi, LCSW, MSW., MA., is a clinical social worker and expert in refugee trauma and resilience. She holds a masters degree in Social Work from Boston University and another masters degree in Communications from Carleton University. She is a native of Somali and a former refugee herself.
Fadumo Maow, MMHC, is a Mental Health Counselor(Internship).
Dr. Lisa Fortuna
Dr. Lisa Fortuna, MD, MPH, is board certified in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Child nd Adolescent Multicultural Health Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her research interests include Latino and immigrant mental health services and research, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), adolescent substance abuse and co-occurring disorders in adolescence.
Dr. Fortuna completed a K23 Patient Oriented Career Development Award from the National Institute of Drug Abuse and developed a therapy for adolescents with co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders. She is also involved in translational research, adapting evidence based interventions for community and school based prevention and mental health.
Dr. Fortuna is bilingual in English and Spanish and has over 10 years experience in providing clinical services for Hispanic/Latino, and other immigrant communities as well as youth.
Dr. Fortuna received her bachelors in psychology from Yale University, her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ and her Masters of Public health, with a focus in urban public health and community education, from Hunter College, City University of New York. She completed her clinical training at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in New York, and her research fellowship in Pediatric Health Services Research at Harvard Medical School/Mass General Hospital
Dr. Jean Wilkinson
Dr. Wilkinson is our Clinic Administrator. He is responsible for the clinical operations and management of our outpatient counseling services. Prior to taking on this position, Dr. Wilkinson was the Director of Human Services at Children’s Hospital Boston, Martha Eliot Health Center. There he is responsible for the health center’s mental health, substance abuse, school services, domestic violence and community trauma response services. Prior to joining Martha Eliot he served as the Statewide Administrator, Continuous Quality Improvement for The State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families where he led an initiative to improve practice in child welfare services. Dr. Wilkinson headed large interdisciplinary treatment centers in Massachusetts and New Jersey including the Doctor Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center in the South End. Earlier in his , he served in various Clinical Director capacities at Dorchester Counseling Services and at Devereaux Foundation.
Dr. Wilkinson has presented widely on many topics relative to children and mental health. His work has been recognized by the Massachusetts State Senate and the Department of Mental Health.
A graduate of Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Dr. Wilkinson was awarded a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University. His postdoctoral fellowship was completed through the Harvard University Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA.