About Artemis Associates

Our Experience

Artemis Associates provides an array of services to help individuals, families, and organizations develop, grow, and flourish. We specialize in child and youth development, family homelessness, understanding traumatic stress, implementing trauma-informed care, building staff capacity, and leadership coaching and supervision. Our aim is to support providers in developing high-quality programs serving families and creating sustainable resiliency oriented, systems change. Dr. DeCandia is the primary trainer and consultant. Excellence, up to date research, and one to one support are the hallmarks of her consultation process. Associate partners deepen our offerings to include quantitative and qualitative research, program evaluation, collective impact evaluation, creating user-friendly data systems, using routine outcomes and data driven decision-making, and coalition building for diverse partners. You can learn more by following the links below.

Our compassion leads to engaged action.

Artemis Associates works with you as partners with one singular goal:

To improve the lives of children, families,
and the systems that serve them.

Carmela J. DeCandia, Psy.D. Founder & Owner

Carmela J. DeCandia

Carmela J. DeCandia, PsyD, is a licensed clinical child psychologist who has dedicated her career to advancing best practices and policies to support vulnerable children and families, and to improve the systems which serve them. In practice for nearly 30 years, her primary work focuses on building trauma-informed systems of care. Her specialties include: child and adolescent development, family homelessness, addressing the impact of traumatic stress, program development and systems change, neurodevelopmental testing and family assessment. A compassionate clinician and effective leader, she is nationally recognized as a writer, advocate, and public speaker. She has led direct service and national agencies including St. Mary’s Women and Children’s Center and The National Center on Family Homelessness.

Currently, Dr. DeCandia is the Owner and President of Artemis Associates, LLC where she provides training and consultation to organizations to enhance resilience for children, families, and their providers. In addition, she maintains a clinical practice in neurodevelopmental and psychological testing of children at Strong Roots Counseling center, and is the Principal Investigator on a NICHD funded project to develop the screening instrument – NEST Early Childhood (see research page for more information). Dr. DeCandia has published extensively in academic journals and educational reports, and lectures on lifespan development and psychological testing at Boston College Graduate school in Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology. For her work, she was named the recipient of the 2016 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Award by Antioch University.

Maureen Hayes, Ph.D., Associate and Evaluation Partner

Maureen Hayes

Dr. Maureen Hayes is a social science researcher and clinician who has worked with vulnerable populations for 20 years. Her areas of specialization include homelessness, housing, trauma, children and families, and mental health. She is the founder and owner of the Triskele Consulting Group, which provides research, program evaluation, and training services. As the Senior Researcher at the National Center on Family Homelessness, Dr. Hayes was the Project Director for the SHIFT Study (Shelter and Housing Interventions for Families in Transition), which examined long-term outcomes for homeless families.

As an evaluator, Dr. Hayes conducts mixed-methods program evaluations that focus on program effectiveness and efficiency, identifying areas for improved service delivery and staff development. Dr. Hayes received her Ph.D. in Social Work with a specialization in children and families from Fordham University, and her Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Bernadette Brewer, MA, Associate Partner

Bernadette Brewer

With over 25 years of experience, Bernadette has been the Executive Director of the Presentation School Foundation Community Center in Brighton, MA for the past five years. Bernadette has been a tireless advocate for equality and justice for those living in underserved communities. She has worked with policy makers and community leaders to bring about positive change in to individuals and groups in the most need.

Bernadette is highly regarded as a culturally responsive professional with expertise working within diverse, multi-ethnic populations. In 2013, Bernadette was supported as an emerging leader by the Social Innovation Forum for “Promoting Education, Economic Opportunity, and Self-Sufficiency” for women and girls. Her skills include: Youth Development, Addressing Inequity and Diversity, Coalition Building, and Building strong multiagency partnerships to leverage resources. Bernadette holds a dual Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Criminal Justice from Suffolk University, and a Graduate Certificate in Non Profit Leadership and Management from Tufts University.

Whether you are a parent seeking testing for your child,
a homeless shelter wanting to conduct better assessments and measure outcomes,
or a school or human service agency looking to become more trauma-informed,
Artemis Associates will go the distance to ensure your success.