Residency Administrative Team

  Felicia A. Smith, M.D., is the Director of the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. Dr. Smith is a graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed her residency at MGH/McLean followed by the MGH Psychosomatic Fellowship. Dr. Smith served as attending on the MGH Consultation-Liaison Service and as Director of the Acute Psychiatry Service prior to becoming Program Director in 2012. Dr. Smith’s major clinical interests include the study and care of psychiatric comorbidities in the medically ill as well as improving psychiatric emergency care of the mentally ill. She is additionally interested in the role of Mind Body Medicine and nutrition on both patient and resident wellness.
  Scott R. Beach, M.D., is the Associate Program Director for the residency at the MGH site. Dr. Beach is an attending psychiatrist on the Consultation-Liaison and Acute Psychiatric Services at MGH and an Instructor in Psychiatry at HMS. Dr. Beach received a medical degree from and completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. After completing a Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship at MGH, he was awarded Dupont-Warren and Livingston Research Fellowships from HMS for a project examining autonomic dysfunction in patients with heart failure and depression as part of the Cardiac Psychiatry Research Group at MGH. He has received HMS Academy Excellence in Teaching Certificates, the Jonathan F. Borus Outstanding Early Career Educator Award for medical student teaching, and the Edward Messner Resident Teaching Award.
  Heather S. Vestal, M.D., M.H.S., is the Associate Program Director for the residency at the McLean site. She also serves as an attending psychiatrist in the Clinical Evaluation Center and on the Bipolar and Psychotic Disorders Inpatient Unit. Dr. Vestal received her Medical Degree from Yale School of Medicine, where she also obtained a Masters in Health Science after spending a year conducting research on well-being in medical interns. She completed her residency training at MGH/McLean, where she served as both the McLean Administrative Chief Resident and the Blake 11 Inpatient Chief Resident. She is an AAP Fellow (Association for Academic Psychiatry), a GAP Fellow (Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry), and a recipient of the Edward Messner Resident Teaching Award. She has a long-standing interest in medical education, and is currently leading a research study to assess the effectiveness of simulation-based learning to teach psychiatry interns about the management of agitated patients.
  Joseph B. Stoklosa, M.D., is the Assistant Program Director for the residency at the McLean site. Dr. Stoklosa is the medical director and an attending psychiatrist on the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders Unit at McLean and an Instructor in Psychiatry at HMS. He received a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh SOM and completed his psychiatry residency training here at MGH/McLean. Dr. Stoklosa has earned several teaching awards from the medical students at HMS, as well as from the residents in the MGH/McLean training program. He is actively involved in educational research and is participating in a Master Educator Training program. He also has developed the clinical care on the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders Unit to help improve the group program and improve the use of evidence-based treatment.
  John B. Taylor, M.D., M.B.A., is the Assistant Program Director for the residency at the MGH site. Dr. Taylor is an attending psychiatrist for the Acute Psychiatry Service, the inpatient consultation service, and for outpatient transplant psychiatry, as well as Instructor in Psychiatry at HMS. In addition, Dr. Taylor is project manager for the Executive Committee for Behavioral Health Integration. Dr. Taylor received his M.D. and M.B.A. from the University at Buffalo. He completed his adult psychiatry residency at MGH/McLean, where he served as MGH administrative chief resident and was recognized as a Distinguished Laughlin Fellow. He then completed the MGH psychosomatic medicine fellowship. His interests include health care administration and behavioral health and primary care integration.
  Joy Littlefield, M.B.A., serves as the Program Manager for the MGH/McLean Residency Program and the Research Concentration Program.  Joy received a B.A. in Psychology from Keene State College, then attended Suffolk University where she obtained her MBA in Health Care Administration. Joy brings the clinical skills she obtained from working as a mental health counselor and seamlessly integrates that knowledge into managing this very busy 64 resident residency training program.