Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Meet the Courtelis Center Team

M. Beatriz Currier, M.D.
Dr. Currier is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Courtelis Center and Sylvester Cancer Support Services. She completed her fellowship training in Psychosomatic Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Her areas of clinical expertise include psychiatric oncology, depression/anxiety in medically ill patients, psychopharmacology and women’s mental health across the reproductive life cycle.

Maria Rueda-Lara, M.D.
Dr. Rueda-Lara is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. She completed her fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison/ Psychosomatic Medicine/Psycho-Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY. Her areas of clinical expertise include Psycho-Oncology, depression, anxiety and psychopharmacology. Dr. Ruedia-Lara is available for consultations in Miami and at our satellite facilities in Deerfield Beach and Plantation.

Nicole Mavrides, M.D.
Dr. Nicole Mavrides is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry with board certification in both Pediatrics and Adult Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine. She completed her training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. She serves as the Director of the JMH Child Psychiatry Consultation Service. She hopes to establish a thriving pediatric psycho-oncology clinic at Sylvester with the move of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology to the hospital in the next month.

Clinical Psychologists

Ingrid Barrera, PsyD
Dr. Barrera is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and served as the Chief Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern at Jackson Memorial Hospital prior to joining the Department of Psychiatry. She practices as a Clinical Psychologist within the Courtelis Center and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Barrera’s specialties include: adjustment to medical illness including cancer, solid organ transplant and HIV; behavior management and stress responses in cancer patients; pre-solid organ transplant evaluations; eating disorders and cognitive behavioral therapy for mood disorders.

Shirley Gazabon, PhD
Dr. Shirley A. Gazabon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Gazabon earned her Ph.D. at the University of Rhode Island and as part of her doctorate actively participated in research at the Cancer Prevention Research Center. She completed an APA accredited internship in behavioral medicine at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She completed a two-year research fellowship at the Behavioral Medicine Research Center for the University of Miami, Department of Psychology. Her clinical specialties include psychological treatment of adults with anxiety and mood disorders, adjustment to medical illness (e.g. Cancer, HIV, Cancer, Spinal Cord Injury), medication management, pain management, and coping with grief/bereavement.

Maria Lopez-Patton, PhD
Dr. Maria Lopez-Patton earned her Ph.D. at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She completed both her internship and fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center prior to joining the Department of Psychiatry and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Lopez practices as a Clinical Psychologist within the Courtelis Center and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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