Faculty Profile: Marina Tolou-Shams, Ph.D.

Marina Tolou-Shams
Marina Tolou-Shams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-444-8539

Biography

Dr. Tolou-Shams is an Assistant Professor (Research) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Staff Psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and the Director of the Rhode Island Family Court, Mental Health Clinic. Dr. Tolou-Shams received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her postdoctoral clinical and research training through the Brown University Psychology Training Consortium. She is trained as a pediatric psychologist and has many years of clinical experience with assessing and treating high-risk adolescents and their families. Dr. Tolou-SDr. Tolou-Shams is an Assistant Professor (Research) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Staff Psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital, the Director of the Rhode Island Family Court, Mental Health Clinic, the Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Service at the Rhode Island Training School and Assistant Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Evaluation Service of Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Tolou-Shams received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her postdoctoral clinical and research training through the Brown University Psychology Training Consortium. She is trained as a pediatric and forensic psychologist and has many years of clinical experience with assessing and treating high-risk adolescents and their families. Dr. Tolou-Shams is also an active clinical researcher who focuses on developing evidence-based mental health, substance abuse and HIV risk reduction interventions for court-involved, non-incarcerated (CINI) juvenile offenders. She has recently finished a NIDA-funded project to develop and test a family-based program for substance abusing juvenile offenders. She is also Principal Investigator of a large-scale NIDA (R01) project that will collect longitudinal (24 month) epidemiological data on 400 first-time CINI juvenile offenders' substance use, psychiatric symptoms, HIV/STI risk behaviors and recidivism.