Our Board

Rahil D. Briggs, Psy.D

Rahil Briggs, Psy.D. is National Director of HealthySteps. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of the program’s operations, financial sustainability, evaluation and research, policy, model enhancements, and professional development and training. She also serves as the national spokesperson for HealthySteps. She comes to this role after a successful career at Montefiore Health System in New York, where she grew the HealthySteps footprint from one to 21 practices, serving over 30,000 children annually. The Montefiore HealthySteps model informed the roll out of HealthySteps throughout New York State. Additionally, Dr. Briggs is the founder and director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services at Montefiore Medical Group, one of the nation’s largest integrated pediatric behavioral health services in the nation. Dr. Briggs is the editor of Integrated Early Childhood Behavioral Health in Primary Care: A Guide to Implementation and Evaluation, published by Springer (2016). She is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Briggs completed her undergraduate work at Duke University (magna cum laude) and her doctoral work in Child Psychology at New York University.

Elizabeth A. Isakson, MD, FAAP

Dr. Liz Isakson is a pediatrician and public health researcher who has 15 years of experience with Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, the National Center for Children in Poverty and the New York Zero-to-Three Network. Her passion and support for early childhood systems integration stems from her exposure the short- and long-term human outcomes of an under-funded and misaligned system for families with young children. She received her MD from University of Connecticut Medical School and is completing her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Lisa Langhart, MBA

Ms. Lisa Langhart is a senior corporate finance professional with a decade of experience advising Fortune 500 branded consumer products companies and boards of directors. Ms. Langhart lends the Docs for Tots Board of Directors experience in strategic planning, development and negotiations. Her interest in Docs for Tots mission stems from a lifelong belief in the importance of education and health in mitigating inequities in our country. Ms. Langhart received her Bachelor from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and her Masters of Business Administration from Harvard.

Bridget Walsh, MPH

Ms. Bridget Walsh is a Senior Policy Analyst for Health and Public Health. She conducts policy analysis and advocacy for Schuyler Center in areas of maternal and child health, oral health, early childhood health, nutrition, and health care access. She represents the Schuyler Center on numerous boards both in and out of government that advance health policy and improve access to health services. Prior to joining Schuyler, Ms. Walsh served as staff on health policy issues in the New York State Assembly, the Office of Governor Mario Cuomo, and for several non-profit organizations. Bridget earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University at Albany and a Bachelor of Arts from Ithaca College where she majored in politics.

Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD, FAAP

Dr. Noble is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. As a neuroscientist and board-certified pediatrician, she studies how inequality relates to in children’s cognitive and brain development. Her work linking family income to brain structure across childhood and adolescence has received worldwide attention in the popular press. With funding from NIH and a consortium of foundations, Dr. Noble is currently leading the first clinical trial of poverty reduction and brain development in young children. She received her undergraduate, graduate and medical degrees at the University of Pennsylvania, and was awarded the 2017 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions by the Association for Psychological Science.

Kalyani Thampi, MPA

Kalyani is currently a Research Manager at Weill Cornell Medicine overseeing the NYC Clinical Data Research Network (NYC-CDRN), a new initiative that offers users a large volume of high-quality clinical and claims data along with support services to advance patient-centered research and healthcare delivery. Prior to joining WCM, Kalyani was a senior consultant for state and local governments specializing in policy implementation and strategic planning for large-scale IT modernization initiatives in health and human services. Kalyani has additional public sector experience in program development and evaluation; coalition-building and advocacy; and policy research on social and economic security policies in the U.S.

Lauren Smith Brody

Lauren is the founder of The Fifth Trimester movement and the author of The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom’s Guide to Style, Sanity, and Big Success After Baby (Doubleday), a simultaneous #1 best-seller in the Amazon categories of Motherhood, Women & Business, and Cultural Anthropology. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN.com, Forbes, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Glamour, Refinery29, and dozens more outlets for business leaders and mothers. Prior to launching T5T, Lauren had a 16-year career in magazine publishing, most recently as the longtime executive editor of Glamour magazine at Condé Nast, where she produced the Women of the Year awards, honoring luminaries like Dr. Maya Angelou and Hillary Clinton. As both an executive-level manager and a content expert, she led colleagues and 12 million monthly readers through career and life transitions with empathy and vital information. Raised in Ohio, Texas, and Georgia, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two young sons.

Caroline Friedman Levy, MSc, Ph.D

Caroline is a clinical psychologist and child welfare policy specialist who worked with vulnerable children and families at community mental health centers, schools and hospitals in New York, New Hampshire and Vermont, and administered a program helping pediatric professionals address infant and toddler risk factors for developmental disabilities and social-emotional disorders. After completing an MSc in Health, Community and Development at the London School of Economics, she served as a policy fellow in Children’s Services at the Department for Education in the UK, coordinating efforts to raise the baseline standard of care in preventing child abuse, neglect and exploitation. Since returning to New York City, she has been a research affiliate in the Institute for Human Development and Social Change at NYU. Dr. Levy completed her undergraduate work at Cornell University and doctoral work in clinical psychology at the University of Vermont.

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Investing in quality early learning programs is the most efficient way to affect school and life success and to reduce social expenditures later.

James Heckman, economist, Nobel laureate