Meet Our Clinical Team

Dr. Tom NowakThomas Nowak, PhD
Executive Director
Individual Advisor | Process Group Therapy

Dr. Thomas Nowak is a licensed clinical psychologist who received a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Masters Degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas. He has spent his 30 year career working with adolescents and their families in a variety of settings. His clinical specialties include ADHD, anxiety disorders, depression, and parenting styles.

Prior to being named Executive Director of Valley View School in 2017, Dr Nowak’s professional life had three main components. He had a private practice in Worcester, MA, where he treated adolescents and adults. A portion of his practice involved providing psycho-diagnostic assessments and consultation for an inpatient psychiatric unit at UMASS Memorial Hospital. The second part of Dr Nowak’s career consisted of evaluating and treating patients within a large primary care clinic affiliated with the UMASS Medical Center system. His position was embedded within the medical treatment system, which afforded him a great opportunity to collaborate with physicians in the provision of psychological and integrative care for a host of medical and psychiatric disorders. The third segment of his career had been providing psychotherapeutic and consultation services at Valley View School. Dr Nowak is honored to have been named Executive Director of Valley View School.

Jared Tonks, Ed.D., MCoun, NCC
Clinical Director 
Individual Advisor | Process Group Therapy | Specialty Group Therapy

Dr. Jared Tonks earned his Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Idaho State University, where he previously earned his Master of Counseling degree.  Jared received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University. Dr. Tonks brings a concentration on adolescent development, understanding and managing at-risk behavior, family therapy, and family unification. With a career spanning over 15 years in therapeutic schools, wilderness programs, and consultation practices.

Kristen Birch, MA, LMHC
Clinician
Individual Advisor | Process Group Therapy | Expressive Group Therapy

Kristen is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over a decade of experience in working with adolescents in outpatient and community-based settings. Working with adolescents and their families is her passion. She attended William James College, formally known as the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, where she earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Community Mental Health. Areas of formal training have included trauma-informed treatment and adolescent substance abuse/ cyber addictions, utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, and motivational interviewing as specific evidence-based practices.

At VVS, she engages students in experiential and expressive arts therapy. Expressive arts and experiential therapies support productive processing and maintaining baseline stability. These interventions are offered in a non-threatening and flexible manner, so that we are reaching individualized needs while providing experiences to the entire student body. These areas of therapy allow for physiological, emotional, and cognitive stability, which in turns supports progress to generalized and individualized goals.

Holly Weston,
School Nurse | Psychaitrist Advisor  

Holly Weston earned her AD for nursing at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts and has been a practising registered nurse for 30 years. She had worked at a residential therapeutic school for sixteen years before coming to Valley View School in December of 2013. Holly looks after the health and medication management for our students. She works closely with our psychiatrist, Valley View team and families, communicating observations and concerns from all team members to help ensure the best effect of any medications needed and to limit any possible side effects.

Dr. CiottoneRobert Ciottone, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist- Individual & Family Therapist

Dr. Ciottone has provided private therapeutic services to Valley View students for twenty-three years.  He earned a bachelor's degree with honors from Seton Hall University followed by a master's degree in Psychology and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of America. Dr. Ciottone also completed a two-year fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, which involved participation in the psychiatric residency program.  For many years, he taught in the Doctoral Psychology Program of Clark University and has held appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.  Dr. Ciottone has served as the Director of Training at the Worcester Youth Guidance Center, as Executive Director of The Rhode Island Youth Guidance Center and as Chief Psychologist at a Harvard University psychiatric clinic during which he maintained a private practice in clinical psychology providing diagnostic psycho-therapeutic services for children, adolescents and families as well as consultation for school systems and businesses.  Dr. Ciottone is a fellow of The Massachusetts Psychological Association and a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in clinical psychology and has more than thirty publications and research presentations.

Fulvia Quilici-Matucci, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist- Individual & Family Therapist

Dr. Quilici Matteucci has worked with Valley View students for more than fifteen years. She earned her master's degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rome in Italy in 1989.  She then was invited to Clark University as a research assistant and a year later was accepted in the Clinical Ph.D. program.  Dr. Quilici finished her Ph.D. while working at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and completed her post-doctorate degree specializing in Children Clinical Psychology at MGH. She has been the Clinical Director of the Children and Family Services Program at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, an outpatient clinic at the Brigham & Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School.  She has also supervised pre-doctorate Psychology students specializing in children.  Presently, in addition to her collaboration with Valley View School, Dr. Quilici has held a private psychotherapy practice in Boston since 2000.  She bases her work with children on the involvement of the "social system" to which they belong (e.g. school, family, friends).  She aims to promote developmental change encouraging to change the child as main actor, but also all the parts of the social environment in which the child can thrive.

Ann Maloney, Ph.D.
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Ann Maloney is a board certified child psychiatrist who attends to our students’ psychopharmacological needs. Dr. Maloney is on staff at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and enjoys working within the context of residential programs, such as Valley View School. We are fortunate indeed to have a clinician of the caliber of Dr. Maloney. Not only does she provide expert medication management, but she also takes a holistic approach to treatment and provides consultation on psychosocial interventions. Dr. Maloney coordinates with our nurse and sees students on campus on Monday mornings and is available throughout the week for urgent needs.

Valley View is situated on 215
acres of forests and rolling hills in
the heart of New England just 75
miles outside of Boston.
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