DR. AMARILIS TALAVERA-BRIGGS was inspired to enter medicine while working as a social worker at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, then completed her residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center and fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, both in Houston. Board-certified in adult and child psychiatry, she is assistant chair for Lawrence & Memorial’s Department of Psychiatry and medical director for children and adolescent services. “It is so rewarding and challenging,” she says, “to work with children and teenagers and make a positive difference in their lives.” She works with a team of therapists to coordinate her patients’ care with pediatricians, school counselors and teachers. “The children bring the focus onto their families and we highlight changes needed for the family to heal as a whole,” she says. “Therapy is as important, if not more important, than medications.” She treats depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral problems, grief and autism spectrum disorders.
Practice: Associated Specialists of Southeastern Connecticut
The Counseling Center
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Hospital Affiliations: Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
Organizations: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (local chapter)