Doctoral Fellows

Danielle Boisvert, M.A., LMFT, is currently a full-time Advanced Doctoral Fellow in Families, Illness, and Collaborative Health, as well as a full-time 3rd year doctoral student in the Medical Family Therapy Ph.D. program at Saint Louis University, with a particular interest in issues that impact women’s health. She completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fairfield University. She is a member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Danielle works from a family systems perspective with a particular focus on Solution-Focused Therapy, which emphasizes client’s and family’s strengths as well as what has worked well in the past. Her experiences with illness in her family of origin led her down the path of Medical Family Therapy and sparked her interest in helping families cope with complex and chronic health conditions. Her clinical interests include women’s health, diabetes management, and neurological disorders, specifically with couples and families who are having a difficult time coping with these health concerns. Additional interests include integrated care and inpatient medicine in the context of a family medicine residency.

Currently, Danielle has a general practice with a specialization in illness. She accepts BCBS PPO health insurance for services.

Manasi Shankar, NCC, a Doctoral Fellow at Chicago Center for Family Health, holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Syracuse university. She is completing her PhD at Virginia Tech University in the Marriage and Family Therapy track and is conducting research on the experience of growing up with a parent with disability. Manasi enjoys participatory action research, and is currently working on a project to support older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. She specializes in working with individuals and families living with disability, utilizing the Social Model of disability that strives towards empowerment and emancipation while operating from a social justice perspective and Person-Centered approach. She focuses on strength and resilience in her clients and believes in the power of the therapeutic alliance and the meaningful change it can bring. 

Manasi is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and is trained in EMDR and POTT (Person of the Therapist) model of supervision. She is a member of AAMFT, ACA, NBCC and EMDRIA. Her interest in EMDR was sparked by her trauma-informed lens in working with clients. Manasi has experience and enjoys working with LGBTQ + people, racial and ethnic minorities, low-income individuals and individuals and families with disability. What she loves the most about her work is the genuineness and authenticity of the profession and being a small part of the lives of many resilient and strong clients and witnessing their process as they create meaningful change.   

Caitlin Swallow, M.A., ALMFT, is a CCFH Doctoral Fellow and is completing her PhD in the Couple Family Therapy program at Adler University.  She provides counseling/therapy with a range of couple and family concerns.  She specializes in medical family therapy, with experience in couple’s therapy, behavioral health consultation and collaboration, and working with families with complex medical conditions. Her research focuses on families with children and adolescents with complex medical conditions, such as cancer, and the implications for siblings and their relationships. She holds degrees from the University of Connecticut (BA in Human Development and Family Studies) and Southern Connecticut State University (Masters in Family Therapy) and is a Certified Gestalt Therapist. She is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology. 

Caitlin’s approach to therapy is direct, compassionate, and collaborative. As a therapist she utilizes a family systems perspective and focuses on helping her clients know themselves better and help their families gain healthier ways to manage their lives and relationships.