Assistant Vice President, Clinical Operations, Connecticut Region
Rebekah Bardwell Doweyko is the Assistant Vice President of Clinical Operations for Walden Behavioral Care’s Connecticut region. In this role, she is responsible for program development and clinical, administrative, and fiscal oversight of ambulatory clinics in Amherst, MA, South Windsor, CT and Guilford, CT. While at Walden, Rebekah has developed and implemented various specialized treatment tracks to further aid individuals on their journey to recovery. This includes a survivor track for those who experienced trauma, a substance abuse track, and most recently a bariatric track designed for patients who are pre-or post-bariatric surgery. Prior to joining Walden, she was an Intensive Care Manager at the Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership (Value Options, Inc.) in Rocky Hill, Conn., where she conducted clinical trainings and managed CT Medicaid cases with complex eating disorder issues. Rebekah also founded and directed the Intuitive Eating Program (IOP) at Hollywood Pavilion Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., and held various clinical positions at The Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, Fla, where she developed the “Real-Life Excursion” program allowing patients to begin their transition from Residential treatment. She composed the foreword to the highly acclaimed “Maintaining Recovery from Eating Disorders” self-help book by Naomi Feigenbaum and was featured in the Emmy Nominated HBO Documentary “THIN.” Rebekah earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Connecticut and is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist.
Robert J. Keane, Ph.D., LICSW
Assistant Vice President, Clinical Services & Training
Robert J. Keane is assistant vice president of clinical services and training at Walden Behavioral Care. He is responsible for the daily operations of clinical inpatient services, program coordination, utilization review and clinical training. Dr. Keane is a senior behavioral health administrator with more than 30 years of experience treating diverse patient populations within the mental health field. He is a former deputy commissioner at the state Department of Mental Health and was co-principal investigator of a four- year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which significantly reduced the use of seclusion and restraint in Massachusetts. He also collaborated with a team to design the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services strategic plan for the Department of Public Health. Before his work with DMH, Dr. Keane was regional director for Boston at the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, the managed-care carve-out company responsible for managing mental health and substance abuse benefits for Medicaid. While there, he was involved in the design and procurement of a service system that was responsive to the needs of consumers and their families. Dr. Keane earned his master’s degree and doctorate from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, where he is currently a faculty member.
Emily Slager, LMHC
Assistant Vice President, Clinical Operations – Massachusetts Region
In Emily’s 12+ years as a member of Team Walden, she has become a valued and trusted constant both as a clinical leader and an administrative powerhouse. If you are in need of clinically-sound advice for a particularly challenging case, ask Emily. Looking for an obscure document from 8 years ago? Emily will know exactly where it is. Need support? Coverage? A specialty referral? Pen? Emily’s your person. Each day, she balances 18 plates on her finger with ease. She is our resident superhero.
Beginning her career as a clinician at our inpatient eating disorder unit, Emily quickly progressed to managerial roles including Program Director of Residential and then Program Director of our Waltham clinic. Emily has been instrumental in the development and maintenance of the GOALS program and continues to be innovative and flexible in creating programs that meet the needs of our ever-evolving patient population. She is always willing to volunteer her ‘extra’ time to be on committees that need her expertise like the training committee and the LGBTQ+ task force. In her current role, Emily is responsible for overseeing and managing all administrative and clinical activities for programs and locations in Peabody, Waltham, Hyannis, and Braintree, MA.
As if she wasn’t busy enough at work, Emily is also a mom to twin toddler girls with lots of personality! When she’s not having tea parties or chasing them around, Emily enjoys running, reading, and watching college football.
Elizabeth Woodhouse, MS
Assistant Vice President, Human Resources and Talent
Elizabeth Woodhouse is assistant vice president of human resources and talent at Walden Behavioral Care. In this role she is responsible for the overall strategy and function of human resources and talent / acquisition / management. This includes overseeing all aspects of the employee lifecycle such as recruiting, rewards and recognition, career development / advancement and benefits. Ms. Woodhouse has more than 20 years in human resources and talent. Before joining Walden, she was the senior vice president of talent at Boston-based, Mercury Media. There, she worked with the executive team to drive growth through programs tied to business objectives, created learning and development frameworks that ensured appropriate employee advancement and initiated the overhaul of employee policies. Prior to that, Ms. Woodhouse served as the vice president of human resources at MSLGROUP – a public relations and communications agency. Ms. Woodhouse received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Oneonta and earned her master’s in science degree in Human Resources Management from Emmanuel College. Most recently, she earned a certificate in Human Resources Management from Bentley College.
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