The BAND Center is under the direction of Dr. Robert Davis, a licensed clinical psychologist with over twenty years of experience working with both adults and youth. Dr. Davis coordinates all neurotherapy services at the BAND Center. He received his doctorate from Rutgers University and completed postdoctoral fellowships in both Behavioral Medicine and Trauma at Harvard University Medical School. Dr. Davis has served on the faculties at Hampshire College and Antioch University New England. He previously worked for ten years as the clinical director of a large residential treatment facility serving severely emotionally and behaviorally disordered youth. Dr. Davis has served as a faculty trainer and consultant with the Trauma Research, Education, and Training Institute where he provided training to staff throughout the US and Canada who work with traumatized youth. He is a Diplomate of the Society for the Advancement of Brain Analysis, and is Board Certified in Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG-T).
Dr. Joyce Butler works as a coach with people of all ages, providing them with a variety of strategies for how to navigate the world. In addition to providing services at the B.A.N.D. Center, Dr. Butler works at Social Thinking Boston (STB), the only east coast franchise of the California-based MGW (Michelle Garcia Winner) Social Thinking organization. She completed her graduate training at Columbia University and at UMass-Amherst. She has worked in public schools for over 35 years, as a special education and general education teacher, Principal, and Special Education Director. Dr. Butler was an instructor at UMass-Amherst, teaching methods of effective instruction for students of all abilities and leading the practicum course for graduate students receiving their special education licensure. In addition, she continues to collaborate with UMass-Boston, supporting students on their attainment of their Transition Certification. Dr. Butler also has a wide array of skills related to transition services and is involved with the state-wide ICE (Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment) program.
Dr. Bruce Bynum is a licensed psychologist and holds the status of Diplomat in Clinical Psychology. He is the founder and former director of the Behavioral Medicine & Anxieties Disorders Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Health Services in Amherst. He is board certified in Biofeedback and is a senior fellow in the National Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. His areas of expertise include psychosomatic medicine, clinical hypnosis and individual psychotherapy. He is the author of five texts in psychology and three in poetry. His most recent books in psychology include The African Unconscious and DARK LIGHT CONSCIOUSNESS: Melanin, Serpent Power and the Luminous Matrix of Reality. His last volume of poetry, Chronicles of the Pig & Other Delusions, won the national 2010 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Dr. Bynum received the Abraham H. Maslow Award from the American Psychological Association for “an outstanding and lasting contribution to the exploration of the farther reaches of the human spirit”.
Dr. Ellie Davis is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in work with young children, adolescents and their parents. She received her doctorate at the University of Rhode Island and trained at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In addition to being licensed as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Davis also holds certification as a school psychologist. She has worked in numerous public and private school settings across the state providing an array of assessment, therapy, crisis counseling, behavioral consultation and program evaluation services. Dr. Davis has extensive experience working individuals to support their optimal functioning across home, school and community settings.
Danielle earned her Master’s Degree in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts and her BS in Exercise Science from Rhode Island University and is currently enrolled in a Functional Medicine Practitioner program.. Along with serving as an adjunct instructor of Nutrition at Holyoke Community College and Asnuntuck Community College, Danielle is active in our community giving educational presentations and teaching hands-on workshops. Her nutrition consulting and coaching practice focuses on educating and guiding individuals and families through the process of planning, shopping for, preparing and cooking healthy meals and snacks. She has a special interest and expertise in the intestinal flora microbiome and Gut-Brain Axis nutrition; using fresh and fermented foods as dietary therapy to boost intestinal health and support optimal brain function.
At the BAND Center Danielle works collaboratively with the practitioners to create practical, individualized and sustainable diet plans for patients with chronic mental health challenges. Her expert guidance assists patients in finding delicious nutritional strategies for maintaining optimal health and vitality.
Dr. Bruce Goderez is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in functional integrative psychiatry. As a psychiatrist for over 30 years, Dr. Goderez brings a unique integrative perspective to understanding the underlying factors that contribute to chronic medical conditions. Dr. Goderez believes that clear and straightforward discussion explaining the strengths and weaknesses of both mainstream and alternative medicines can help people make the best decisions in regard to their lifestyles and health care. Dr. Goderez completed his residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. He worked at the PTSD Unit at the VA Hospital in Northampton, MA and also founded a community clinic in Springfield where he served as Medical Director for 10 years. Dr. Goderez works at both the BAND Center and the Concussion Center of Massachusetts and provides medical screening for individuals interested in hyperbaric oxygen therapy via Pioneer Valley Hyperbaric (PVH).
As a licensed clinical social worker, Desiree is trained in multiple trauma treatment modalities. These include: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level I & II) for the treatment of trauma and developmental trauma in adults, Attachment Focused – EMDR (Levels I-III), and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP – Level I). With her extensive skills in evidence-based trauma treatments, Desiree works with many clients referred from the Concussion Center of MA whose acquired head injuries are complicated due to trauma symptomatology. Desiree also combines neurotherapy approaches with her trauma treatment skills resulting in a powerful therapeutic effect.
Ellen provides cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused and collaborative problem-solving therapy to both youth and adults at the BAND Center. She has over fifteen years of experience as an individual, family and group psychotherapist. Ellen’s prior work experience includes providing mental health services in a wide range of therapeutic settings, including homeless shelters, outpatient and residential programs. She also has extensive experience working in medically integrated teams, such as a hospital-based organ transplant service. Ellen received her undergraduate degree at Syracuse University in Family & Community Services and her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and has been a participating member of the Central Regional Council of Social Workers.
Tara Armstrong is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist providing speech and language, cognitive-linguistic, and social-communication services to children, adolescents, and adults with a diverse range of developmental and acquired challenges. She is pleased to offer executive function coaching and consulting to clients of all ages and ability levels, as well as social skills training for individuals and groups. She is skilled in incorporating complementary modalities including evidence-based mindfulness practice with more traditional therapy approaches. By designing and implementing individualized strategies that can be easily generalized at home, school, and work, each client’s therapy track is optimized to promote the most functional outcomes.
Tara holds an M.S. in speech-language pathology from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, where she concentrated in Adult Neurogenic Communication Disorders. She received her undergraduate degree from Hampshire College, where she earned the Five College Certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience.
Rebecca Knowles is an Occupational Therapist who has experience working with children and adults. She is a graduate of Springfield College, where she received her B.S in Art Therapy, as well as her M.S. in Occupational Therapy. Prior to joining the Concussion Center, Rebecca worked as a school-based Occupational Therapist for children with severe emotional and developmental delays. She also has experience working in multiple long term and short term care facilities throughout western MA and southern VT.
Jon has been providing psychotherapy in the Pioneer Valley for over a decade. He often uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which proposes that two of the best ways to change how you feel are to change what you think and what you do. Jon also incorporates Family Systems Therapy, which focuses on deepening your understanding of the family you grew up in (or are still growing up in) in order to help you make positive changes in your present life. Most importantly, Jon focuses on developing a warm, collaborative approach with each therapy client. Jon earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work at the Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston.