SARA LELAND PETERS STALMAN MD
(previously: Sara Leland Peters, Sara Leland Kennedy MD)
1966 – 1970 College Student, (BA in Biology, Pre-med) Carleton College, Northfield MN
1972 – 1975 Biology Teacher, Berkshire School, Sheffield MA
1975 – 1976 Grant Reviewer, Division of Biological Sciences. University of Chicago,
1976 – 1977 Administrator, Department of Immunology, University of Chicago
1977 – 1981 Medical Student, Rush University College of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Clinical Clerkship Honors: Medicine, Psychiatry, Cardiology, Nephrology, Obstetrics/Gynecology
Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (1979)
Henry M. Lyman Prize for Outstanding Junior Medical Student (1980)
Nathan Freer Award for Outstanding Senior Medical Student (1981)
Research Assistant, Department of Psychiatry (1978-81)
Publication: Cavanaugh SVA and Kennedy SL: “A successful psychiatric training program
for medical residents” Gen Hosp Psychiatry 8:73-79 (1986)
1981 – 1982 Medical Intern, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL
1982 – 1985 Psychiatric Resident, Payne Whitney Clinic, Cornell University, New York, NY
Lebensohn Award for the Best Paper written by a Psychiatric Resident: “Whatever Happened to
Alternative Treatment: The Experts Speak,” presented to the annual meeting of the American
Association of General Hospital Psychiatrists (1987)
1985 - 1987 Research Fellow, Cornell University, “Emotions: the psychological and physiological correlates of human
1986 Board-Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology
1987 – 1988 Attending, Acute Care Psychiatric Unit, Payne Whitney Clinic/New York Hospital
Publication: Kennedy SL and Shear MK: Prevalence of panic attacks in a non-clinical
sample, Am J of Psychiatry 145:384-5 (1988)
1988 – 1990 Attending, Acute Care Psychiatric Unit. Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield MA
Clinical Training in Systemic Psychiatry/Family Therapy with C Sluzki MD
Publication: Kennedy SL, Minifie N, et al: Family secrets and personal differentiation, Bulletin Berkshire
Med Cntr 3: 11-13 (1990)
1990 – 2000 Private Practice, (Psychopharmacology; Family Therapy), Williamstown MA
1990 – 2000 Clinical Observation: Neurobiological relationship between adult psychiatric symptoms and damaging
childhood experiences (commonly referred to as "Adverse Childhood Experiences" or "ACEs")
1990 - 1995 Staff Psychiatrist, Northern Berkshire Mental Health, North Adams MA
Psychiatric Consultant, Thomas W. McGee Unit for Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Pittsfield, MA Presentations:
"Benzodiazepines: Appropriate Clinical Uses and Treatment Caveats". Medical Grand Rounds, North
Adams Regional Hospital (1992)
"Adult Psychiatric Consequences of Experiencing Childhood Abuse." Weekly programs with viewer
participation. N Berkshire Public Access TV (1994)
"Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders in the Elderly." Western Mass Organization of Occupational
"Childhood Trauma and Its Relation to the Development of Dysthymia and Panic Disorder.
Rounds: N Adams Regional Hospital (1994)
"Childhood Trauma and Its Relation to the Development of Dysthymia and Panic Disorder."
Med Grand Rounds: Hillcrest Hospital, Pittsfield, MA (1994)
"Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression." Annual Meeting, New York State Coalition of Nurse
"A Bio-Psycho-Social Perspective on the Etiology of Dysthymia and Panic Disorder." Current
Developments in Psychiatry: The Bio-Psycho-Social Panorama. Paris, France (1996)
"Childhood Trauma and its Relationship to Adult Psychiatric and Disorders: Diagnostic and Treatment
Implications." Annual Conference of Citizens Against Child Abuse, Pittsfield MA (1996)
"Facilitating Time-Limited Therapy with Medication." Kurt Almer Research Symposium,
Albany NY (1996)
1996 Attending, Capital District Psychiatric Center, Albany NY
1997 – 1998 Resident, Primary Care Internal Medicine, University of Massachusetts at Berkshire Medical Center,
1999 Interim Staff Psychiatrist (Emergency Evaluations), Cape Cod and the Islands Community Mental Health
Center, Hyannis MA 1999
Staff Psychiatrist treating adults and children, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Children (MSPCC), Holyoke MA
1999 – 2000 Western Regional Medical Director MSPCC Holyoke, Springfield, Greenfield, Athol MA
Apr, 2000 Fired without cause from MSPCC
May- June ‘00 Interim Psychiatrist, KidsPeace New England, Ellsworth ME
2000 – 2003 Wrote a book based on actual clinical cases (patient anonymity fully protected) describing in layman’s
terms how damaging childhood experiences cause life-long suffering through their effect on
childhood neurodevelopment. (unpublished)
2000 Applied for a permanent license to practice Medicine in Maine.
Spoke with the Chairman of the State Medical Board, explained that my clinical approach to patient
care was supported by research, and asked for the opportunity to explain the science underlying
that approach. I was encouraged to apply, told that the application would be “provisionally denied,”
after which, on appeal, I would be given that opportunity. It seemed simple: since 1995, I had always
explained my diagnostic and treatment approach before accepting patient care responsibilities. No one
had ever doubted the science.
9/00 – 6/01 Substitute teacher, Hancock County, ME
7/01 - 3/02 Farm Apprentice, Horsepower Farm, Penobscot ME
2001– 2002 MSPCC filed a complaint against me with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine alleging
substandard patient care. There was no data supporting this Allegation: no patient was harmed under
my care. Eventually, all my patient records at MSPCC would be submitted to the Massachusetts Board
for review: all demonstrated that, while differing from “the standards of my peers” (i.e., those estab-
lished by the Pharmaceutical Industry and the American Psychiatric Association), my approach
substantially improved patient outcome both in terms of symptoms experienced and normal functioning.
During this 2-year process, I was repeatedly told that only by denying the value of my work, could
I protect my ability to practice medicine. Naturally, I could not agree to do this.
Nov, 2001 Denied license Maine License The Board would not listen to, read, or evaluate my unpublished clinical
data. They made other false accusations; without a lawyer present, however, I was not allowed to
refute them (Board Regulations). Neither could I appeal their decision (Board Regulations). As a
consequence of being denied a Maine license on appeal, I automatically lost my license to practice
medicine in New York (Board Regulations). There was no recourse open to me.
2002 Landscape gardener, Downeast Gardens, Penobscot ME
May, 2002 Publication: Stalman S, "Prevention of Relapse in Schizophrenia" (LTE), NEJM 346:1412 (2002)
2002 – 2009 Field Canvasser, Administrator, Health Care Organizer, Maine People’s Alliance, Bangor
Chair: Physicians Group for Single Payer Healthcare
2003 – 2012 Wrote, submitted and defended eight scientific papers written specifically for six journals. All
presented highly significant clinical relevant data demonstrating the neurobiological mechanisms by
which Adverse Childhood Experiences affect the developing child’s brain. Included was data
demonstrating safe, effective, side-effect free treatment for the 3 distinct neurobiological syndromes
resulting from that neurobiological damage.
On editorial review, the data was never challenged. Rather, the senior editor atNature wrote,
“We do not doubt the technical quality of your analyses;” and the senior editor at Science wrote,
“There were no concerns raised about the technical aspects of the study.”
No journal would publish the data.
Oct, 2004 Loss of license to practice medicine in Massachusetts.
Unable to further afford legal fees and expecting I would want to practice medicine after a
designated "5 years," I agreed to thirteen allegations of medical care "differing
from the standards of my peers."
2013 Published this website, bornforjoy.com.
Unable to publish my data within the scientific community, I wanted to be sure that it was available
to the lay and scientific public.