Pastoral Response Assistance Team, Inc.
9 Kinsman Place
Natick, Massachusetts  01760-2732
(508) 650-1811
Fax (508) 650-3621

                                           Who We Are



Thomas F. Carr, M.A., LMFT  is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Licensed Certified Social Worker, who has worked for more than twenty years in the field of child abuse and neglect.  He has made presentations in dozens of national and international conferences in the United States, Belgium ,Canada, France, Norway, Germany and Ireland.  He provides consultations to attorneys and expert testimony in child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, and the provision of services to children and their families.  He is also known for his cross-cultural work , and in May of 2001 was presented with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by a consortium of 350 ethnic groups throughout the United States, for his work with PRAT and Child Welfare.

       Telephone:     (508) 650-1811
       Fax:                 (508) 650-3621


Melvin F. Albert Esq.
is an attorney in private practice with extensive experience in child abuse, delinquency, educational law, status offenses and mental health cases (civil commitment and involuntary medication).  In addition to representing parties before the Courts, he also serves as a Guardian ad Litem, for children and adults.  He has extensive experience providing professional training, including “training the trainers” for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, presentations at national and international conferences including National Association of Counsel for Children, and that National Institute of Trial Attorneys, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect; Organization pour la Sauvegarde des Droits des Enfants; National Association of Forensic Social Work, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, and others.

Katherine M. Donnelly, M.F.I.C., M.Ed.
is a  Missionary Franciscan Sister of the Immaculate Conception.  A former teacher, principal, guidance counselor and Pastoral Minister, Sister Katherine was also a Probation Officer in the Care and Protection Department of the Boston Juvenile Court for more than ten years, responsible for the case management of Child Abuse and Neglect cases.  She has also instructed teachers and administrators throughout Massachusetts on child sexual assault prevention, as part of the Child Safety Initiative.

Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., J.D. is a forensic psychologist and attorney who currently serves as the statewide Director of Juvenile Court Clinic Services for the Massachusetts Trial Court.  Dr. Kinscherff holds faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School, Boston University School of Law, and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. He is  past Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association and current member of its’ Committee on Legal Issues.  His professional research interests include, child post-traumatic stress disorder, family violence, juvenile and adult sexual offenses, and assessment and management of violence risk.

Paula A. Mignone, S.C., M.Ed., M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. is a Sister of Charity of Halifax.  She was formerly an elementary school teacher including eight years of special education and two years as a play therapist at a residential facility for abused and neglected children.  Sr. Paula presently maintains a private psychotherapy practice as in Wellesley and is a senior clinician at a local methadone clinic.  Sr. Paula has provided extensive trainings in the area of child abuse, addictions, trauma, and the male sexual abuse survivors.  She has been a volunteer supervisor, consultant and presenter for the Greater Lowell Rape Crisis Center for over ten years.  For more than twelve years she has presented trainings at Boston University to the student-teachers to prepare them for their roles as “mandated reporters”.  She has been a clinical field supervisor for social work students from Boston University, Simmons and Boston College.

Elsie E. Peck, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who is now retired from the Massachusetts Department of Social Services where she served for more than twenty years as a protective service social worker, supervisor and emergency response worker.  Along with her expertise in child abuse and neglect, which is now sought after in her new career in private practice, Mrs. Peck also is an expert on visitation issues.  She continues her work in Child Abuse and Neglect as a Guardian ad Litem and Court Investigator, and presents at national and international conferences.