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Virtual Behavioral Health Conference 2017: Presenters


Michael Hoge, Ph.D.

Michael Hoge, Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of Clinical Training in Psychology within the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University leSchool of Medicine. He also serves as the Director of Yalegona Behavioral Health, which delivers a broad array of mental health and addiction services to adolescents and adults.

As a founding member of The Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce he was instrumental in launching this national, inter-professional effort to improve the recruitment, retention, and training of individuals whos provide prevention, treatment, and recovery services for persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Michael serves as the Senior Science and Policy Advisor for the Coalition and was the senior editor of the national Action Plan on Behavioral Health Workforce Development commissioned by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

He is also the senior editor of the Alaskan Core Competencies for Direct Care Workers in Health and Human Services, which details essential cross-sector skills for frontline staff, and the senior author of the federally funded Core Competencies for Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care. Michael has consulted on behavioral health workforce issues to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and to numerous states and organizations.

He is the past Chair of the Behavioral Health Professional and Technical Advisory Committee of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and member of the IOM Committee on the Mental Health Workforce for Geriatric Populations


Breakout Session 1a:  Advanced Training in Integrated Pediatric Behavioral

Track 1:  Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care: Training Models to Reach Rural and Medically Underserved Populations

Abstract: Preparing Psychology Interns for Integrated Pediatric Primary Care Urban Practice

Paul M. Robins, PhD

Paul M. Robins is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director of Pediatric Psychology, and the Director of the Psychology Internship Program, The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania.

Robins is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and recently served on the Executive Board, Society of Pediatric Psychology. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology as Associate Editor.

Paul was awarded the Distinguished Contributions for the Education and Training of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Psychologists Award, Board of Educational Affairs, American Psychological Association in 2006, the APPIC Award for Excellence in Training in 2009, a 2014 Diane Willis Award for most impactful publication in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, and the 2015 Cynthia D. Belar Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award.

He has served as Project Director for HRSA training grants designed to provide training in community-based and pediatric integrated primary care since 2002.

Jennifer Mautone, PhD, NCSP, ABPP

Jennifer Mautone, PhD, NCSP, ABPP, is Assistant Professor of School Psychology in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a clinical leader for the Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids integrated behavioral health in primary care program, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

She has been involved in research, teaching, and clinical practice at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia since 2007. Dr. Mautone’s research focuses on increasing access to high quality, culturally competent behavioral health care for underserved children and families. She has particular expertise in family-school-health system collaboration, classroom consultation, and integrated behavioral health in primary care settings.

Her research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including School Psychology Review, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, School Mental Health, Pediatrics, and Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.


Billie Schwartz, PhD

Dr. Billie Schwartz is a pediatric psychologist at The Children’s Hosptial of Philadelphia.  Her research and clinical practice focuses on community-based partnership approaches to prevention and intervention work in non-traditional settings. 

She is dedicated to improving access to high quality, patient-centerd, evidence-based care for community settings, including pediatric primary care and school mental health.  These endeavors aim to bridge gaps in access to behavioral health care services to medically underserved youth and their families in urban settings. 

Currently, Dr. Schwartz serves as an attending psychologist within the Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids Program (HMHK), which integrates behavioral health services into urban pediatric primary care centers in Philadelphia.  Her role as an HMHK provider consists implementing short-term evidence-based treatment, consultation, assessment, program development, research, and training both psychology predoctoral interns and medical residents. 

Thomas Power, PhD

Thomas Power, PhD is a Professor of School Psychology in Pediatrics and Psychiatry. Much of his research has been conducted in primary care practices and schools.

A central theme of his work is the development and evaluation of measurement strategies and intervention programs in partnership with stakeholder partners. For example, his team has engaged in partnership-based research with parents and clinicians to develop and validate an instrument to assess parent preferences and goals in treating ADHD (Fiks et al., 2013).

In addition, his team engaged pediatric primary care providers in a study to understand their roles and the challenges they experience in delivering care for children with ADHD (Power et al., 2008).

His research has had a particular emphasis on implementation in urban settings with children and families of low-income background from diverse racial and ethnic groups. As an example, with funding from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (R40), his team developed and evaluated a multi-component intervention for children with ADHD, known as Partnering to Achieve School Success (PASS), based in urban primary care practices.

The intervention adapted evidence-based intervention strategies for treating ADHD for implementation in urban primary care practices in response to feedback from providers and families (Power et al., 2014). Through this research, his team studied the challenge of family involvement in intervention and identified factors associated with engagement in ADHD interventions based in primary care practices (Walton et al., 2014).

In addition, Thomas served as a mentor for five early career scholars on their NIH-funded K-23 awards.

Abstract: Integration of Behavioral Health to Enhance Quality of Primary Care for an Underserved Pediatric Population: Lessons Learned

Sara Sherer, PhD

Sara Sherer, PhD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the USC Keck School of Medicine. 

She is a licensed clinical psychologist with the Division of Adolescent Medicine, and the Division of General Pediatrics / University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). 

Dr. Sherer is the Director of Behavioral Services for the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, and the Psychology Training Director at the UCEDD, overseeing a 10 interns’ APA accredited Psychology Doctoral Internship, as well as a 21 fellows’ APA accredited Clinical Child Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. 

Dr. Sherer also serves as the Program Area Lead for adolescents and transitional age youth services through a contract with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.  Dr. Sherer first joined the Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHLA in 1989 and quickly became involved with training and teaching responsibilities.

Taking on the responsibilities of the postdoctoral fellowship Training Director, she led the program in achieving initial APPIC membership (2004) and APA accreditation for the fellowship in 2006. Since then, Dr. Sherer has led efforts resulting in four HRSA-supported Graduate Psychology Education grants supporting diverse aspects of training for psychology interns, fellows, faculty, and interdisciplinary staff and trainees serving underserved children and adolescents. 

Dr. Sherer is also involved in national efforts to improve psychology training experiences and serves as the Chair of the APPIC Doctoral Internship Membership Committee. 

Her areas of interest include training and supervision, adolescent depression and suicidal behaviors, adolescent development, adolescent risk taking behaviors, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, and youth with ASD.

Melissa Carson, PsyD

Melissa Carson, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist and the program area lead for the Pediatric Psychology program at CHLA. She is also assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

She completed her Predoctoral psychology internship in Child Clinical and Pediatric Psychology at Kosair Children’s Hospital and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville, School of Medicine followed by a two-year Pediatric Psychology postdoctoral fellowship at CHLA working with children and families impacted by chronic illness. 

She has 16 years of experience at CHLA providing behavioral health services in both inpatient and outpatient medical clinics, in addition to consulting with medical teams and providing care as part of interprofessional teams.

Dr. Carson has also served as a psychology supervisor in the APA-accredited internship and APA-accredited fellowship programs at CHLA.

Her expertise is in pediatric psychology, the integrated field of science and practice in which psychological principles are applied in the context of a pediatric health care setting. As a pediatric psychologist, her goal is to promote child health and development utilizing evidence-based methods for intervention and assessment.

Since 2000, her primary clinical roles have been in pediatric specialty care clinics in academic medical centers. These clinical experiences, as well as managerial and administrative experience in program development as Pediatric Psychology Program Area Lead, provide Dr. Carson with the skills necessary to partner with interprofessional health care providers to support the implementation of integrated primary care services.

She has participated in four GPE grants, so she is familiar with the steps necessary to implement an interprofessional training curriculum for psychology trainees and other disciplines.

Emily Haranin, PhD

Dr. Emily Haranin is a licensed psychologist at the CHLA University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities where she specializes in the assessment and treatment of school age children.

In addition to her work with families, Dr. Haranin coordinates the School Age Behavior Clinic, which conducts inter-professional medication evaluations and follow up care for children with a variety of presenting concerns.

Dr. Haranin supervises and precepts postdoctoral psychology fellows providing integrated primary care in federally qualified health centers.




Bradley Ogden Hudson, PsyD, ABPP        

Bradley Ogden Hudson, PsyD, ABPP is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychologist, Clinical Director of the UCEDD Mental Health Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics of the Keck USC School of Medicine.

Dr. Hudson is responsible for the clinical services delivered by an interprofessional group of 120 faculty, staff and accredited interns, residents and fellows. His responsibilities include clinical services contract development and administration, as well as collaboration with faculty on federal training and foundation grants.

Dr. Hudson first joined CHLA in the late 1990s, and was the program’s Psychology Training Director leading efforts to achieve initial accreditation of the psychology internship by the American Psychology Association in 1999.

Dr. Hudson remains very active in training activities, and has collaborated with the UCEDD’s Psychology Training Director, Dr. Sara Sherer, and Program Area Leaders on efforts to obtain six different HRSA-supported Graduate Psychology Education grants beginning in 2003.

Dr. Hudson has also collaborated with Mental Health Program Area Leaders to implement seven different Evidence-Based Practices in Psychology.

Dr. Hudson’s scholarly interests currently focus upon implementation of evidence-based practices, and he is currently mentoring an early career psychologist and post-doctoral fellows in implementation of a novel social skills intervention targeting youth with ASD.

Sharon Hudson, PhD

Dr. Sharon Hudson is a behavioral scientist whose fields of expertise include qualitative and mixed methods research, intervention research, and community-based participatory research.

Dr. Hudson is fully bilingual and bicultural, having lived and worked in the United States and Latin America.

Her current areas of research include toxic stress among foster care youth and other children, and pediatric asthma.






Kristy Macias, BA

Ms. Kristy Macias has nine years of experience in research for children with special health care needs, including those with neurodevelopmental disabilities at CHLA. She serves as the project coordinator on the HRSA GPE grant, Integration of Behavioral Health to Enhance Quality of Primary Care within an Undeserved Pediatric Population.

She has been part of the AUCD funded, NIH funded multi-site research grants on Spina Bifida, and SBA funded Pilot Spina Bifida Electronic Medical Record Beta Test. As well as the CDC National Spina Bifida Patient Registry and other studies at the UCEDD and the CHLA Spina Bifida Program. Also the NIH funded project on Disparities in Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism in Latino and Non-Latino White Families to compare barriers to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis and current ASD-related service use among non-Latino white  families and Latino families with English proficiency or limited English proficiency. 

Ms. Macias has experience in data collection, data analysis, and data interpretation and she critically revises and reviews the various manuscripts published from the research. As a bilingual, bicultural individual who has worked closely with CHLA’s neurodevelopmental disabilities population, she brings her experience to this project.

Abstract: Reaching our underserved neighbors: Adventures in introduction of integrated behavioral health to rural primary care practices

Joseph Evans, PhD

Dr. Joe Evans is currently a Professor at the Monroe– Meyer Institute and in Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Evans is also the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN).  

He received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Kansas and was the Director of the Department of Psychology at MMI for 30 years. 

For the past 20 years, Dr. Evans has been involved in the integration of behavioral health into primary care practices in Nebraska.  Starting with a single “experimental pilot program” in a pediatric practice in Columbus, Nebraska, in 1997, the MMI Integrated Primary Care program has placed and sustained behavioral health providers in 25 rural and 14 urban practices across the state and is being replicated in several additional states. This year his program trains 14 interns and 5 post-doctoral fellows in integrated behavioral health care. 

Dr. Evans has been the recipient of the American Psychological Foundation’s Cummings Psyche award and the American Psychological Association’s Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award.

Holly J. Roberts, PhD

Holly J. Roberts, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Nebraska and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

She received her Ph.D. in school psychology from Illinois State University. Dr. Roberts completed her internship and postdoctoral training at the Munroe-Meyer Institute.

Dr. Roberts conducts clinics at the Munroe Meyer Institute and in a pediatric practice in the Omaha area. Dr. Roberts’ research focuses on the developmental, educational, and behavioral outcomes of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) graduates as well as outcomes of children with congenital heart disease.

In addition, Dr. Roberts also has a general research interest in pediatric primary care with a specific focus on the prescription practices of pediatricians. Dr. Roberts takes an active role in the development of new behavioral health clinics within pediatric practices in the Omaha area. She supervises Post-Doctoral Fellows, APA Interns, Ph.D. students, and Masters level students in both clinical and research settings.

Breakout Session 1b: Cultural Competence in Treating Trauma and Substance Use

Track 2: Evidence-Based/Culturally Informed Practices to Reach Children, Adolescent and Transitional-Age Youth; Rural and Other Underserved Populations

Abstract: Youth-Oriented Substance Abuse and Trauma Counseling (YOSAT) Training Program: An Innovative Model for MSW Student Education

Laura Otto-Salaj, PhD

Dr. Otto-Salaj has been involved in research on HIV risk, substance misuse and trauma, evaluation, and teaching for the past 23 years. She is an Associate Professor in Social Work in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).

For the past three years, she has served as PI and Evaluator on the Youth-Oriented Substance Abuse and Trauma (YOSAT) Counseling Program at UWM, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (BHWET funding).

Dr. Otto-Salaj’s YOSAT Counseling Program roles have included administering the program, convening the YOSAT Council of Directors, submitting progress reports and overseeing evaluation efforts, and serving as a member of the YOSAT Council of Directors.  



James Dimitri Topitzes, PhD

James Dimitri Topitzes is an associate professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and a co-founder and the clinical director of the Institute for Child and Family Well-Being, a partnership between the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at UWM and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

His research interests include the etiology, effects, treatment and prevention of early childhood trauma. Dr. Topitzes devotes much of his time to applied research projects that adapt, implement, test, and disseminate evidence-informed practices within public service sectors.

With the help of academic and community partners along with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, he developed and tested the trauma screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment protocol, a module designed to augment brief services for alcohol misuse.

Recently, Dr. Topitzes launched the Certificate in Trauma-Informed Care at UWM, an interdisciplinary graduate training program, and he currently serves as a co-investigator for UWM’s Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Grant Project: the Youth-Oriented Substance Abuse and Trauma Counseling Program.

Dr. Topitzes holds a license in clinical social work in the state of Wisconsin and applies clinical insights to his research, training and teaching activities.

Lisa Berger, PhD

Dr. Berger has been involved in substance misuse research, evaluation, and teaching for the past 20 years. She is an Associate Professor in Social Work in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).

For the past three years, she has served as a Co-Investigator on the Youth-Oriented Substance Abuse and Trauma (YOSAT) Counseling Program at UWM, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (BHWET funding).

Dr. Berger’s YOSAT Counseling Program roles have included advising students, overseeing and teaching substance use-related content, delivering the substance use treatment portion of professional development workshops, suppling advising data for the purposes of evaluation, and serving as a member of the YOSAT Council of Directors.



Daria Mueller, PhD

Daria Mueller is a PhD student at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and a Research Assistant with the Youth Oriented Substance Abuse and Trauma (YOSAT) Counseling program (2014 BHWET grant).

Her research examines sex worker populations having higher incidences of substance use and trauma history. Her work with the YOSAT program involves assistance in the administration of this training grant, which includes data collection and evaluation, grant reporting, preparation of materials, and student advising.  She has also coordinated three out of four YOSAT training conferences.





Jeanne Wagner, MSW, LCSW ACSW

Jeanne Wagner, MSW, LCSW ACSW joined the staff at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare in May 2005 as the Director of Social Work Field Education Programs.

She received her MSW from Jane Addams College of Social Work, Chicago, IL and her BSW from Morehead State University, Morehead, KY. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive clinical, management and administrative experience. 

She has worked in a variety of social service settings prior to her appointment with UWM, which include child welfare, adoption, mental health, cognitive disabilities, geriatrics, substance abuse, and private practice. She currently teaches courses in social work, develops, and presents continuing education programs covering social work ethics and boundaries, leadership and supervision, case management, documentation, confidentiality, and safety in the field. 

She has served in the role of Ombuds for UWM since 2007 and has 10 years of experience in Quality Assurance.  She has involved with the Youth-Oriented Substance Abuse and Trauma.     

Abstract: Conceptual Framework and Culturally Competent, Evidence-Based Skills for MSW Students        

Diane Mirabito, DSW, LCSW

Mirabito, DSW, LCSW, is Clinical Associate Professor, New York University Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Mirabito is Co-Director of a HRSA Youth Behavioral Health Program and Director of a Post-Master’s Program, Clinical Practice with Adolescents. 

Her areas of expertise in teaching, research, publication and practice include Integrated Behavioral Health for youth, social work services in school-based settings, adolescent health and mental health, and field instruction/advisement. 

She currently teaches advanced practice, social work with adolescents in schools, and child and adolescent trauma to MSW students as well as field instruction to new field instructors. 

Dr. Mirabito received a BSW from Syracuse University, an AM, Master’s in Social Work, from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, and a Doctorate in Social Welfare from the City University of New York, Hunter College School of Social Work.

Aminda Heckman Chomanczuk, PhD, LCSW

Aminda Heckman Chomanczuk, PhD, LCSW, joined the Silver School of Social Work as a Faculty Fellow and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy & Research in January, 2015.

Prior to that, Dr. Heckman Chomanczuk was the Associate Dean of the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences at Mercy College and an assistant professor in the Social Work Program.

She earned her PhD at Fordham University in February 2015. The title of her dissertation was, “Bilingual Social Workers in New York City: A Comparative Study Exploring the Benefits Accrued from Bilingualism and the Challenges Encountered in Their Work.”

Her research and practice interests include linguistically and culturally competent social work practice and education, mental health services in urban communities, and integrated behavioral health. Her clinical experience includes inpatient pediatric psychiatry, outpatient adult mental health, and kidney transplant social work.



Abstract: Chippewa Cree Tribe Stone Child College Rural Public Health Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Certificate Program

Elinor Nault-Wright, M. Ed

Elinor is an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe from the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in Box Elder, Montana and serves as Stone Child College HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training  Project Director for the Biskanewin Ishkode (Chippewa) IS-KO-TEW KAH- MAH-CH O-PI-KI-K (Cree) “Fire beginning to Stand” Project.

Elinor received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Service from the University of Great Falls and Master’s degree in Education Learning Development from Montana State University.

Elinor began her work for the Chippewa Cree Tribe in 1981 and has worked 18+ years as an administrator within various organizations providing trauma informed care  training, grant management, grant writing, evaluation, judicial services, crime prevention, and substance abuse prevention and intervention.

Her areas of specialization include grant management and administration for state and federal grants and programs.

In addition to grant management, she has instructed on the topics of Historical Trauma, personnel management, financial management, team building, facilitating the gathering of Native Americans and success stories for drugs, alcohol and tobacco awareness, education, and prevention programs.

Elinor also serves on various boards and committees including Chippewa Cree Tribe Wellness Coalition and Diversity Native American Sub-committee as chairperson. 

Breakout Session 1c: Innovative Academic and County Level Partnerships and Impact in Behavioral Health Practice

Track 3: High Performing Academic/Community Collaborations and Partnerships in Behavioral Health

Abstract: A Dose of Reality: Partnering with an Addictions Recovery Community to Add Authenticity to SBIRT Training for Nurse Practitioner and Social Work Students

Kathleen Schachman, PhD, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FAANP

Dr. Kathleen Schachman is the Wickes Endowed Chair of Nursing at Saginaw Valley State University.

A native of Marquette, Michigan, Dr. Schachman graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan. Following several years of experience in maternal-child nursing, she completed her Master of Science in Nursing from Albany State University as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (Maternal-Child) and a post-Masters certificate as both a Family and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. In 2001, she earned a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Missouri. Teaching, research, and practice remain the cornerstones of Dr. Schachman’s nursing career.

With nearly 20 years of teaching experience spanning from associate to doctoral nursing programs, her particular passion is online delivery and the use of virtual environments to enhance nursing education. Recognized for teaching excellence, she has made innovative changes to nurse practitioner education to improve diagnostic reasoning through digital standardized patients.

Dr. Schachman has worked as a nurse practitioner in a variety of primary care and urgent care clinics in the U.S. and overseas. Her recent practice has focused on interprofessional primary care and behavioral health integration. Since 2001, she has secured nearly $5 million dollars in state and federal grants to support nurse practitioner education and practice.

Sherry Kaufman DNP, FNP-BC

Sherry Kaufman is the Project Manager for a HRSA-funded behavioral health/primary care integration project at Saginaw Valley State University.

In this role, she provides leadership to an interdisciplinary team of health care providers one day a week at the University Clinic, providing primary care to vulnerable patients across the lifespan.

In addition to precepting nurse practitioner students to this innovative model of health care delivery, she is involved in classroom and clinical teaching. She has developed and delivered innovative methods of educating students, most recently working with community members to provide integration of “real life” scenarios to improve competence and confidence of nurse practitioner students in identifying and managing substance use disorders.

Dr. Kaufman comes from a strong background in non-profit leadership in a community-based home health care, in-patient rehabilitation, and development of acute care programs to promote earlier independence in joint replacement patients.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Kaufman has been involved in public relations, health promotion and community education in various healthcare settings.

Dr. Kaufman holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Saginaw Valley State College in Saginaw, a Master of Science in Nursing, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Saginaw Valley State University.  She is a member of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.

Trisha Charbonneau-Ivey, BA, MSHL

Trisha Charbonneau-Ivey is a health and human services leader with over 14 years of experience in the field. 

Trisha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, and a Master of Health Administration and Leadership from Saginaw Valley State University. 

She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association and Michigan Lean Consortium. She has recently been named the Associate Director at Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc. 

With previous roles in non-profit leadership, strategic community relations, community education and outreach she is versed on topics of mental health promotion, integrated health care, and substance use disorder prevention. She has experience working in, facilitating and supervising health and human service programs, including their development and implementation. She has a background in successful grant writing, fund development, systems development, and facilitative leadership.

Trisha has a passionate commitment to community organizing, health promotion, delivery of high quality integrated health care, eliminating health disparities, suicide prevention, substance use disorder prevention and mental health and wellness promotion.

Kimberly Martini-Toth, LMSW, QIDP

Kimberly Martini-Toth is the Substance Use Disorder Prevention Project Coordinator for the Partnership for Success (PFS) 2015 Grant with Bay Arenac Behavioral Health. 

In this capacity, she provides coordination of prevention services to persons with substance use disorders in Bay County. She is responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of evidence based prevention services related to the PFS 2015 Grant to address underage drinking and prescription drug misuse/abuse.

Kimberly also facilitates collaboration with primary healthcare providers to screen and provide services to persons with substance use disorders. Kimberly has a Masters of Social Work degree from Wayne State University and Social Work licensure (LMSW) with the State of Michigan. Her past work experience includes Community Mental Health direct clinical care for persons with Developmental Disabilities as well as being a Prevention Coordinator for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders.  

Kimberly has a passionate commitment to mental health, suicide and substance use prevention, community organizing, and mental health and substance use disorder stigma reduction.

Abstract: Integrative Care for Older Adults and Victims of Trauma: Training the Future Workforce of Clinical Psychologists Through Academic/Community Collaborations

Leilani Feliciano, PhD

As a Clinical Geropsychologist and faculty member in the Department of Psychology at UCCS, Dr. Feliciano spent the past 10 years working in interdisciplinary academic-community environments in which she teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses, supervises students in research, supervises clinical practicum rotations in community care settings, and conducts research.

In addition, she has an extensive background in working within multidisciplinary settings including (but not limited to) an adult daycare and respite center for individuals with dementia and a primary care setting in which behavioral health is integrated.

Prior to her tenure at UCCS, she completed a two-year NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in creating community-academic research and training alliances. This T32 postdoc focused on assessment and research with underserved populations, building partnerships with community agencies, recruitment methodologies, measurement techniques and alternative research designs for conducting research in a community context.

As a female Latino scientist, she is dedicated to educating students in the importance of working with diverse populations (age, ethnicity, and medical and psychiatric comorbidities) and in creating more inclusive research environments.

She has served as an active committee member for graduate students’ thesis or dissertation projects in our program; training or contributing to the clinical and research training of over 50 graduate and 66 undergraduates.

Dr. Feliciano is the Director of the Clinical Geropsychology Ph.D. program and Project Director/PI for the HRSA GPE grant.

Laura Engleman, MA

As Program Director at the UCCS Aging Center, Laura Engleman utilizes a combined 40-year background in communications, marketing, development, project management, and graduate training in geropsychology.

She gained supervisory and project direction experience in both nonprofit and for-profit settings in the education and health care fields. Since joining the Aging Center in 2013, she has submitted successful proposals resulting in more than $1 million in grants for the Aging Center and has been responsible for project management, data collection, and reporting on integrated care projects.

From 2014-2016 she was the project manager for the Healthy Living Program, an integrated care project combining mental health services with physical activity and nutritional counseling. She coordinated biweekly team meetings, collected and analyzed data, and communicated with providers, students, and clients.

Ms. Engleman is Project Manager and Coordinator of Data Collection and Research for the GPE grant.



Abstract: Innovative University/County-Level Partnership Building to Deliver Quality Integrated Healthcare

Mary Ruffolo, PhD, LMSW

Mary Ruffolo, Ph.D. LMSW is the Associate Dean of Educational Programs and a Professor at the University Of Michigan School Of Social Work.

She is the P.I. on the HRSA Workforce development grant. Her research focuses on organizational factors that influence sustaining evidence based interventions/programs in community mental health settings, adapting efficacious interventions for children and youth experiencing serious mental health challenges, and addressing ways to disseminate interventions with at-risk populations. She is involved in evaluating initiatives focusing on integrating behavioral health and primary care.

She is committed to research that addresses the needs of vulnerable populations served by the health and behavioral health public systems. 




Daicia Price, LMSW

Daicia Price, LMSW is a current Field Educator and Lecturer at University of Michigan School of Social Work Office of Field Instruction (OFI). 

Prior to becoming a part of the OFI team, Daicia served as Clinical Practice Improvement Specialist in Wayne County with a focus on workforce development. During her time there, she was instrumental in creating a centralized student training program that included collaboration with University of Michigan Detroit Clinical Scholars program.

As the identified team member, Daicia Price assessed the training needs for new health professionals in a comprehensive behavioral health system that led to the coordination and facilitation of inter professional training by utilizing the assets of the system with seasoned professionals. Student learners were trained and supervised to work in health professional shortage areas. She earned her MSW degree from Eastern Michigan University with a concentration on children and family service delivery.

Andrea Smith, MSW

Andrea Smith, MSW currently serves as Director of Clinical Practice Improvement with the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority.

This role is primarily responsible for the oversight, development, implementation, and monitoring of clinical service models to align them with evidence based, best and/or promising practices while assessing workforce needs, and strategically planning and implementing ways to address the gaps through training and grantsmanship.

Andrea received her Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Michigan University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Health Administration at Central Michigan University.



Breakout Session 1d: Multi-modal Methods of Training and Collaboration to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services in Rural and Underserved Areas

Track 4: Emerging Issues for the Behavioral Health Workforce: Diversity, Distribution, and Access to Care

Abstract: Ohio University & Hopewell Health Centers, Inc. – A Successful Collaboration Serving Children & Youth with High Behavioral Health Needs in Rural South-Eastern Ohio

Sherry Shamblin, PhD.

Sherry Shamblin has three years of experience as the Chief Operating Officer of Hopewell Health Centers, which is a Federally Qualified Health Center and Community Mental Health Center in Southeast Ohio providing holistic, integrated care services inclusive of mental health, primary care, nutrition, dental, and early childhood development.

She has an additional 15 years or experience as an Ohio independently licensed counselor working as a part of integrated care teams. She serves as a coinvestigator and the community mental health agency partner of a multi-year HRSA grant focused on enhancing integrated care services for children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth in a rural setting.

The presenters have worked on this grant-funded project for two years during which master's level students are completing practica and internships in integrated care for children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth in rural and under-served regions. The presenters have developed training modules for graining knowledge and applying skills in the practice of integrated care for master’s level counseling students and for clinicians in their practice.

Dr. Shamblin has completed advanced training in Integrated Care including the Cherokee’s Integrated Care Academy, and the Post-Masters Certificate in Behavioral Health Integration from the University of Massachusetts. She has a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision and a M.Ed. in mental health counseling from Ohio University.

Christine Suniti Bhat, PhD

Dr. Bhat (PhD, Counselor Education & Supervision) has been on the Counselor Education faculty at Ohio University since 2006, and was previously at California State University, Long Beach.

In addition to experience in academia, Dr. Bhat has extensive international experience as an educator, counselor and psychologist in Australia and India. 

She is a licensed professional counselor and school counselor in Ohio. Her qualifications include master’s degrees in Psychology from Bangalore University, India, and Monash University, Australia, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Ohio University.

Dr. Bhat is the PI and Project Director for the first round of HRSA BHWET multi-year funding (secured in September 2014) open to clinical mental health counseling master’s students. She has worked closely with community health providers in the south-eastern Ohio region including the partnering agency on this grant Hopewell Health Centers, Inc.



Abstract: Preparing the Behavioral Health Workforce for Integrated Care in Rural Communities

Michelle Levy, MA  

Michelle Levy is an Associate Researcher at the University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare (KUSSW).

She received her BSW from KU and Master of Arts in Social Service Administration with a Certificate in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Chicago. She has over 20 years’ experience in research, education, training, and direct practice in behavioral health, public health and child welfare services.

She currently serves as Director of the Behavioral Health Scholars Program at KUSSW. Past experience in social work education, recruitment, and retention includes directing the Kansas Workforce Initiative and co-directing KUSSW’s Native American Scholars Program.

Her work on the Kansas Child Welfare Scholars Program earned the inaugural Academic Excellence Award from American Public Human Services Association. Growing up in a small town and experiencing barriers firsthand inspires her interest in rural healthcare.

Cheryl Holmes, BSW, MPA

Cheryl Holmes, MPA, has close to 20 years of experience in program development and implementation, evaluation, and research, serving as PI or co-PI on numerous projects.

Frequently employing community based participatory strategies she has conducted work within and across a variety of systems with an emphasis in physical and behavioral health and in working with rural populations.

Over the past 13 years, she has joined frontier and rural partners to work on projects and studies to explore issues related to access and availability of services, particularly related to health. Recent activities include serving as a key researcher on a PCORI Engagement award focused on patient centered medical homes from a rural perspective, managing a multi-year evaluation of a frontier behavioral health program funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnership Program, serving on the REACH Healthcare Foundation’s Rural Health Initiative technical assistance team and its national advisory council, and membership on the Kansas Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council – Rural and Frontier Subcommittee.

She currently is the Project Lead/Principal Investigator for a PCORI Engagement award involving migrant and seasonal farmworkers and the evaluator for a HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Funding project.

Christina Boyd, LSCSW, LCAC

Christina received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from Kansas State University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Washburn University.

She has provided direct service in community mental health agencies, a residential substance abuse treatment facility, a therapeutic education program, inpatient psychiatric facilities, a therapeutic camping program, and several hospitals over the last 20 years. She taught as an adjunct professor for the University of Kansas, School of Social Welfare and for Fort Hays University School of Sociology. She was a Field Instructor for Colorado State University and for the University of Kansas.

She was first published in the Social Work journal in 2006 with her article “My Strength: A Look Outside the Box at the Strengths Perspective”.

She was selected to participate in SAMHSA’s Women in Addictions Services Leadership Institute in 2013. She was nominated and selected to represent the Mid America ATTC at the 2013 ATTC- Telehealth Pioneers Summit.

She has provided trainings across the country regarding several behavioral health issues. She has assisted with legislative policy platforms being developed to advocate for behavioral health in Kansas, appointed Secretary of the Association of CMHC’s of Kansas Addictions Group, and continues to work on improving the delivery of integrated services in Kansas.

She currently is the Western Kansas MSW Program Director for the University of Kansas and serves as CEO and founder of Hope and Wellness Resources, a behavioral health consulting agency specializing in integration and co-occurring disorders.

Abstract: Hybrid Training Approach to Enhance the Capacity of Recovery Residence Managers to Service Transition-Age Youth with Opioid Use Disorders

Jason Howell, MBA, PRS

Jason Howell is a person in long-term recovery from mental health and substance use issues.

He has an MBA from Texas A&M University and is a Peer Recovery Specialist and state approved trainer.  He opened his first recovery residence in 2008, and has overseen as many as 13 homes at one time.

Currently, Howell is the Executive Director of Recovery People overseeing multiple statewide programs. Howell is also a founder and the former Board President of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR).

He is a national speaker and has co-authored several journal published articles including Maximizing social model principles in residential recovery settings. Jason was a speaker panelist at the Congressional Forum on Recovery Housing and consulted on the SAMHSA-supported Expert Panel on Recovery Housing.

Jason serves as a member of the Texas Health and Human Service Commission’s Behavioral Health Advisory Committee and Block Grant Committee. Jason Howell is the Project Director. 

Breakout Session 2a: Clinical Competence and Models of Interprofessional Practice and Integrated Care

Track 1: Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care: Training Models to Reach Rural and Medically Underserved Populations

Abstract: Evaluation of GLOBE Youth: An Interprofessional Behavioral Health Training Program

McClain Sampson, PhD

Dr. Sampson is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work.

Between 2012-2014 Dr. Sampson was the project director for the HRSA Mental and Behavioral Health Education Training grant at the GCSW. The project, “GLOBE bilingual” funded 22 bilingual students.  Currently, she is the PD for the BHWET:  “GLOBE Youth” that has provided stipends and training to 101 MSW students between 2014 and 2017. Both projects aimed to increase the number of qualified behavioral health social workers who are prepared to serve medically underserved populations.

In 2014, Dr. Sampson developed a course in integrated healthcare for social work that was taught in summer 2015. Based on pre-test and post-test, knowledge increased for all students regarding the purpose and populations served with integrated care.

Dr. Sampson participates in local workgroups to promote integration of behavioral health and primary care and has contributed to the 2016 Integrated Healthcare Recommendations Report. She has also published two articles in peer reviewed journals on the GLOBE projects.

Danielle Parrish, MSW, PhD

Danielle Parrish M.S.W., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work.

She currently serves as the evaluator on the current project: "Globe Youth: Culturally Sensitive Behavioral Health Training for Social Workers" HRSA project (G02HP27980).

Dr. Parrish has a B.A. in Psychology and M.S.W. from California State University, Fresno. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work.

Dr. Parrish’s research focuses on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practice, and the development of efficient behavioral interventions that maximize positive health outcomes for female youth in juvenile justice settings and women in primary care settings. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Drug Abuse, and she has served as a co-investigator on large randomized controlled trials funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Dr. Parrish has clinical experience working with youth in juvenile justice settings, infant mental health and outpatient children's mental health.

Abstract: Preparing the Behavioral Health Workforce for Rural Practice in Primary Care: Implementation and Evaluation of a Graduate Certificate Training Program

Carrie W. Rishel, PhD, MSW  

Carrie W. Rishel, MSW, Ph.D. is a professor in the School of Social Work at West Virginia University.

Her research focus is children’s mental health, specifically the prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral problems in children. Her recent work in this area highlights the critical need for integrated models of healthcare services and delivery as an integral component of effective mental and behavioral health practice.







Helen P. Hartnett, PhD, MSW

Helen P. Hartnett, MA, MSW, PhD is an associate professor at West Virginia University, School of Social Work.

She has a record of teaching, research and service in the areas of homelessness, advocacy and policy practice, community organizing, and the critical evaluation of practice. Her social work practice experience includes a variety of positions in political advocacy, program planning, evaluation and research in the area of homelessness.




Abstract: Supporting Future Psychologists Committed to the Underserved in Integrated Primary Care Health Settings

Deborah Seymour, PsyD 

Dr. Seymour is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado. She is also the Associate Director of the Foundations of Doctoring Curriculum for the University of Colorado, School of Medicine in the area of medical communication skills.

Dr. Seymour has been involved with primary care medical education since 1993. She has trained over 200 Family Medicine residents in mental and behavioral health. She has participated in training over 75 psychology students and interns in primary care psychology, systems of integrated primary care and medical communication and education skills.

Her other professional passion has been care for underserved populations, particularly refugee populations. She integrates these areas of interest in her work to build the workforce with psychologists capable of working at diverse integrated primary care settings that serve underserved populations. She has developed, implemented, and evaluated the Psychologist as Educator Track described in this presentation.

Shandra Brown Levy, PhD

Dr. Brown Levey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado and a practicing licensed clinical psychologist.

As Director of Integrated Clinical Behavioral Services, she provides supervision, oversight, patient care, and coordination of integrated clinical services for family medicine practices.

She also contributes to a variety of projects regarding the clinical, financial, operational, educational, HIT, and policy components of the integration of behavioral health and physical health. She participated on the technical assistance team and program office for Advancing Care Together, an innovation for implementation of integrated care. For CoACH and SHAPE, she provided methodological assistance, development support, technical assistance, and mixed methods evaluation.

She is the PI for 3 grants related to the integration of behavioral health and primary care. Dr. Brown Levey serves as the primary supervisor for interns and practicum students at AF Williams and oversees the Primary Care Leadership Track described in this presentation.

Jonathan Muther, PhD                                                                                                                                       

Dr. Muther is currently the Director of Behavioral Health and Psychology Training at Salud Family Health Centers, a large FQHC system providing behavioral health services in 12 clinics.

He is also a Senior Clinical Instructor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, and Behavioral Health Clinical Integration Advisor with the Eugene S. Farley Health Policy Center.

His specialty area is Integrated Primary Care Psychology and he is involved in direct patient care, training and supervision, program development and evaluation, as well as advocacy for healthcare policy change. His primary areas of interest is working with those traditionally underserved by existing systems and working with the Spanish-speaking population. He is committed to providing treatment and program development to address life stress and the full spectrum of mental disorders, behavioral interventions for physical illnesses, and evaluating health outcomes. 

Additional areas of research and clinical interest include integrated primary care and team-based approaches to care, provision of supervision and training to bilingual psychology trainees, child/adolescent therapy, and acculturation discrepancies within Latina/o families. 

Sam Hubley, PhD                                                                                                                                             

Dr. Hubley is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. 

He is also on faculty at the Helen and Arthur Johnson Depression Center, the National Behavioral Health Innovation Center, and the Institute for Health Research at Kaiser Permanente, CO.

He received his B.A. from Cornell University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder under the mentorship of Sona Dimidjian. He completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at Brown University, and received internal and federal funding (F32) to develop a behavioral health consultation model for patients with medically unexplained symptoms. 

Dr. Hubley is actively involved in local and national projects developing and evaluating models of integrated behavioral health and primary care, novel delivery methods of evidence-based psychological treatments (emphasizing perinatal women), and population- and art-based approaches to mental health treatment and prevention.

Yajaira Johnson-Esparza, PhD                                                                                                                    

Dr. Johnson-Esparza is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Medication Assisted Treatment Program Director as Salud Family Health Center, a large FQHC.

Her primary area of interest is working with underserved and Spanish-speaking immigrant populations providing clinical intervention and assessment. Additional areas of research and clinical interest include health disparities, acculturative stress, effect of sociocultural/sociopolitical factors on health, and integrated primary care psychology.

Cyanela Hernandez-Borrero, PsyD                                                                                                              

Dr. Hernandez is a current a HRSA funded intern at the Salud Family Health Centers. She is also at a minor rotation at the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes.

She received her B.S. from the Pontifical Catholic University, and she will obtain her Clinical Psychology Doctorates Degree (Psy.D.) in summer 2017 from the Ponce Health Sciences University. She will also continue a postdoctoral fellowship in Primary Care at Salud in August 2017.

She is currently working on a quality improvement project at Salud to improve the Shared Medical Appointments that manage the Type 2 Diabetes population by assuring to include Behavioral Health in all the encounters. This project will translate to her post-doctoral fellowship. 


Audrey Blakeley-Smith, PhD

Dr. Blakeley-Smith is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine (UC, SOM).

She has served as the training director of the Clinical Psychology internship at UC SOM since 2014. She conducts clinical work and research in the field of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She has over 20 peer reviewed articles and is a co-author on a cognitive behavioral treatment manual for anxiety, entitled Facing Your Fears.

She is the principal investigator on a HRSA GPE grant that is helping to support training at the UCSOM psychology internship program.                                                                                        


Breakout 2b: The Changing Landscape of Behavioral Health Programs- Integration, Program Development and Sustainability

Track: Combo

Abstract: Needs and Challenges of Public Health Social Work (PHSW) Programs: Implications for Behavioral Health Workforce

Gary S. Cuddeback, PhD 

Gary Cuddeback, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work and the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Community Outcomes Research and Evaluation Center with the Department of Psychiatry and a Faculty Research Fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

He has Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of South Florida and he received his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, where he also completed a minor in statistics.

Dr. Cuddeback’s research interests include evidence-based practices and policies for persons with severe mental illnesses, particularly those who are involved with the criminal justice system and who have chronic physical health issues.

Robert H. Keefe, ACSW, LMSW, PhD

Robert H. Keefe is associate professor of social work at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York where he teaches courses in social work practice and human behavior and conducts research on macro-level factors that lead to negative health outcomes. 

Dr. Keefe’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, The Metanexus Institute, Health Resources & Services Administration, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and The Administrations on Aging & Developmental Disabilities. 

His published research articles have focused on the topics of health disparities in birth outcomes, HIV/AIDS, childhood lead poisoning, teen pregnancy, and managed care.

He has held various elected offices in the American Public Health Association and is a fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine. 

Among his awards and honors include being awarded the Insley/Evans Public Health Social Worker of the Year by the American Public Health Association and being named to Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals in Healthcare. He has also received teaching awards at both the University at Buffalo and Syracuse University. Among his other scholarly activities include being a member of the editorial board of several journals including Journal of Adolescent Health, Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved, American Journal of Managed Care, and Medical Science Monitor

Dr. Keefe’s community service includes serving as a member of the board of directors for various not-for-profit health care agencies.

Abstract:Sustainability of Community-Based Workforce Development: Lessons from a White House Initiative

Bruce Ecker, PhD

Bruce Ecker is a clinical and educational psychologist with 30 years’ experience working in community clinics, schools, and hospitals.

 He was trained in school psychology at the University of Minnesota, where he took coursework at the Institute of Child Development. He received his Ph.D. from the Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School and has been on the clinical faculties of Tufts University School of Medicine and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Throughout his career, Dr. Ecker has treated many hundreds of children, adolescents, and their families, many of whom have suffered from the pernicious effects of psychosocial trauma, chronic psychiatric illness and developmental or medical difficulties.

Dr. Ecker is an associate professor and director of the child clinical concentration at William James College, titled Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR). He also is the Project Director of two HRSA-funded training grants.  He was awarded the MSPP Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011 and held the Mintz Chair in Professional Psychology from 2014-2016.

Stacey Lambert, PsyD

Dr. Lambert is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in community mental health.

She has particular interest in working with underserved populations including minorities, the elderly, and people with serious psychiatric disabilities. She came to WJC in September 2010 to serve as the Director of Diversity Education and Inclusion as well as the Associate Director of Operations for the Clinical PsyD program. In September 2012, she was appointed the associate Vice President for academic Affairs for the college, and she now also serves as the Chair of the Clinical program.

Prior to coming to WJC Dr. Lambert served as an Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University and the Director of Internship Training for the Nova Psychological Services Center and the Nova Consortium. She is an APA site visitor, private consultant on accreditation issues, and was an associate editor for Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Dr. Lambert routinely presents her work at state and national conferences.

Additionally, she served as the Board Chair of Broward Housing Solutions for four years and Vice Chair for two years.

She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and earned her doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern.

Abstract: Moving Beyond “Behavioral Health Integration in Pediatric Primary Care”: How True “Integrated Primary Care” Can Optimize Service Delivery to Underserved Populations

Andrew Cohen, PhD

Andy Cohen, PhD is a pediatric psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at URMC.

Dr. Cohen provides clinical care in both primary care and specialty care settings (e.g., Headache, Endocrinology, GI) regarding issues such as emotional and behavioral concerns, parenting strategies, and coping with chronic medical illness.

Dr. Cohen serves as Coordinator for Integrated Pediatric Primary Care within the Golisano Children’s Hospital Primary Care Practice, which reflects his clinical, teaching, research, and program development interests toward enhancing integration within pediatric primary care.




Kenya Malcolm, PhD

Kenya Malcolm, PhD is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the department of psychiatry at the URMC.

Dr. Malcolm works with children, teens, and families in both a mental health outpatient and a primary care setting. Her special interests include collaborative models of care and working with the adults who care for children with behavioral health care needs. She spends a portion of her time providing clinical supervision to trainees and staff clinicians.





Sandy Jee, MD, MPH

Sandy Jee, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at URMC.

Dr. Jee sees patients in the Golisano Children’s Hospital Primary Care Practice; teaches and supervises medical students and residents in the outpatient setting; and conducts research related to health disparities for underserved children.

As a former Robert Wood Johnson Physician Faculty Scholar and current Dean’s Teaching Fellow, Dr. Jee has worked extensively to address the intersection between primary care pediatrics and mental health care, primary care-based mental health screening, and the education of trainees in managing psycho-social-emotional issues in primary care.



Kayla Hunt, PsyD

Kayla Hunt, PsyD is a Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow in the Child and Adolescent Track at URMC. 

Dr. Hunt earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. 

She has completed her clinical training in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents, school-based mental health, and therapeutic day treatment. Dr. Hunt’s clinical interests include: CBT treatment for youth with chronic headache, school-based consultation, integrated psychological services within primary care and medical settings, family therapy, developmental psychopathology, and mental health outreach.





Linda Alpert-Gillis, PhD

Linda Alpert-Gillis, PhD is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Clinical Nursing at URMC.

Dr. Alpert-Gillis serves as the Director of UR Medicine: Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health and Wellness Outpatient Services, as well as for the Laboratory of Innovation in Child Mental Health Care Delivery.

Dr. Alpert-Gillis has focused her clinical, research, and administrative efforts toward increasing access to behavioral health services; enhancing the integration of mental health care across systems; and training the community workforce to address effectively the behavioral health needs of youths and families.



Breakout Session 2c: Evaluation of Multidisciplinary Community Partnerships in Behavioral Health and Impact on Patient Outcomes

Track 3: High Performing Academic/Community Collaborations and Partnerships in Behavioral Health

Abstract: Strengthening Interdisciplinary Partnerships through Integrated Care

Jennifer Fuller-Christie, NP

Jennifer Fuller-Christie, NP is the previous Director of the San Diego Integrated Care Project and Practicum (SDICPP).

She has a diverse background including field work, hematology/oncology, urgent care, peri-operative care, case management. She now serves as a clinic FNP and preceptor for the SDICPP in a high needs and underserved Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).






Jeffrey Gering, FACHE

Jeffrey T. Gering, FACHE, is a proven health care executive with 26 years of experience in developing programs, leading change and motivating diverse groups towards a common goal. 

He is currently serving as the Vice President of Support Services & Planning for Family Health Centers of San Diego- a dynamic and fast growing Federally Qualified Health Center. In his current capacity, he has responsibility for mental health, special populations, senior services, physical rehabilitation services and care coordination. 



Mark Manning, RN, BSN, PHN

Mark Manning, RN, BSN, PHN is Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and has been a practicing as a Registered Nurse for the past 6 years in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including critical care and urgent care.

He is currently a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Family Nurse Practitioner Student at the University of San Diego, Hahn School of Nursing.

For his doctoral degree, he is working with Family Health Centers of San Diego on a Evidenced Based Practice Project that will be using high fidelity simulation to not only train but to evaluate Family Nurse Practitioner Students in their applied skills, attitudes, and knowledge in the care of patients with Major Depressive Disorder. The goal of the Evidence Based Practice project is to improve the quality of mental health through primary care providers namely Family Nurse Practitioner Students.  

Maria Silveira, NP, MPH is the Director of the San Diego Integrated Care Project and Practicum (SDICPP).

She is an adult nurse practitioner who sees patients in the general medicine clinics at the Family Health Centers of San Diego, a large community clinic organization.  As part of the SDICPP, she precepts nurse practitioner students from the University of San Diego in conjunction with the Psychiatry Department at the University of California San Diego.  

Drawing on her previous experience in clinical research with the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD, she integrates behavioral health interventions and treatments into her daily primary care practice and works collaboratively with the licensed psychologists, therapists and psychiatrists at Family Health Centers of San Diego.





Abstract: Reducing Behavioral Health Disparities through an Innovative Academic/Community Partnership

Thistle Elias, DrPH, MPA

Thistle Elias, DrPH, MPA is assistant faculty with the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH), Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Director of the Evaluation of Public Health Programs Certificate of GSPH, and Director/Co-PI of the Bridging the Gaps-Pittsburgh program. 

She is PI on two additional evaluation projects, one with the WISEWOMAN program of Pennsylvania and the other with Family Foundation Early Head Start. 

Dr. Elias currently teaches graduate coursework in health equity, program evaluation, and social sciences in public health.  Dr. Elias has collaborated on the Bridging the Gaps-Pittsburgh program for twenty years this summer, and co-directed the program for ten. She has mentored over a hundred graduate students from multiple disciplines through this program, including three social work students as Evans fellows. 

Dr. Elias’ teaching and practice aims to instill in graduate students the value of incorporating community perspectives into their research and intervention efforts, and opportunities for advocacy to make change in our communities’ health. 

Melissa Knorr, MSW, MPH

Melissa Knorr serves as the Operations Manager at The Open Door, Inc., which provides housing and supportive services for individuals living with HIV.

She holds master’s degrees in social work and public health from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from Allegheny College. Melissa has been an Evans Fellow and an administrative intern for the Bridging the Gaps-Pittsburgh program.

Melissa has over seventeen years’ experience working with underserved populations in the United States and abroad, and is passionate about health equity and social justice. She has engaged and empowered rural community members around issues of education, women’s rights, income generation, and reproductive health as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia, Belize, and Costa Rica.



Art Donsky, MPH, MSW, D.Div.

Art Donsky, MPH, MSW, D.Div., Rabbi, MAHL, currently serves as a Digital Health Coach with WellBridge Health, Inc. Pittsburgh, PA.

Previously, he served as the Graduate Student Assistant for the Leadership in Public Health Social Work Education – Juanita C. Evans Fellowship. Art recently received a joint master’s degree in Social Work and Public Health, in April, 2017. He is a past recipient of the Evans Fellowship. 

Art served as the Bridging the Gaps Pittsburgh administrative intern summer 2016 and as a Bridging the Gaps intern in 2015.  Art served as congregational, campus and community rabbi for 24 years before returning to school for an encore career.

His primary interests include working with underserved – overexploited populations with regard to the public health social work approach to the social determinants of health.



Mark Friedman, PhD

Dr. Mark Friedman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh.

His primary professional interests are reducing the prevalence and impact of sexual abuse and bullying perpetrated against sexual minority youth and the translation of evidence-based public health programs into real-world settings.

His research projects to date have focused on defining and measuring adolescent sexual orientation; the relationship between gender-role nonconformity, bullying, and suicidality among gay youth; childhood and adolescent antecedents of adult health problems among gay males; a meta-analysis comparing rates of childhood sexual, physical and peer abuse between gay/bi and heterosexual youth; strategies to implement online assent with youth; and, strategies to sample and recruit gay and bisexual youth online.

Dr. Friedman teaches "Prevention Research: Translating Knowledge to Practice and co-teaches an advanced course on LGBT Research Methods. He is also the Director of a joint degree program in social work and public health and serves on the Doctoral Committee in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences.

Steve Albert, PhD, MSc

Steven M. Albert, PhD, MSc, is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh.

He has 25+ years of research experience in public health, aging, and behavioral epidemiology and have served as PI on three R01 efforts (AG18234, Cognitive and Physical Basis of Disablement, 2001-06; MH62200, Depression and End of Life Care in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, 2000-07; and NR012459, End of Life in the Very Old, 2010-16).

He currently co-directs the Population and Clinical Core of the University of Pittsburgh NIA Claude D. Pepper Center (AG024827), the U Pitt CDC Prevention Research Center (PRC U48 DP001918), and U Pitt NIMH Advanced Center for Intervention Services Research for Late Life Depression Prevention (ACISR-LLDP MH090333). As co-director of the CDC Prevention Research Center.

Misha Zorich, MSW, M.Div.

Misha Zorich, MSW, M.Div is the Project Coordinator, for the HRSA funded Leadership in Public Health Social Work Education Program – Juanita C. Evans Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. 

She has served as a project coordinator for several collaborative and applied research projects through the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, Community Enhancement Research Network (CERN), and Excellence Research, Inc.

In addition, she was a member of the FASTEN Research Team -- a collaborative initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts and a co- investigator of the organizational performance optimization and evaluation at Professional Family Care Services, Inc.

Before coming to the University of Pittsburgh, Ms. Zorich worked with the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, East End Cooperative Ministry's Hunger Programs, and ACMHA: The College for Behavioral Health Leadership.

She earned her BA and MSW, with an administration concentration from the University of Pittsburgh and her M.Div. from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Abstract: Off the Beaten Path: Delivering Hope to Peers Far and Wide

Susan Mansfield, MSW, CSW

Susan Mansfield, MSW, CSW, is Director of Utah State University’s Certified Peer Support Specialist Training Program.

As director, she developed a distance-learning program which provides a cost-effective and personal classroom experience for trainees throughout Utah. Susan is currently serving on SAMHSA’s Region VIII Behavioral Health Workforce Development Task Force.

She earned a Master in Social Work from Utah State University.



Breakout Session 2d: Innovative Methods that Improve Access to Care

Track 4: Emerging Issues for the Behavioral Health Workforce: Diversity, Distribution, and Access to Care

Abstract: Enhancing Culturally Competent Care for Latino Youth in a Primary Care Setting

Andrea Kulish, MA

Andrea Kulish, M.A., LPA, HSP-PA, is a third-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program.

She completed her B.A. in Psychology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and then completed a two-year post-baccalaureate research assistantship at the National Center for PTSD through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Boston, Massachusetts.

Andrea’s current research focuses on understanding the impact of acculturation processes in Latino families, as well as parent-child communication in Latino families and its’ relationship to parent-child relationship quality and youth outcomes.

She was awarded the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Outstanding Master’s Thesis/Master’s Production Award by the graduate school in 2016 to recognize her work on understanding how cultural value differences between Latino adolescents and their mother’s impact family conflict.

Alexandra Cupito, MA

Cupito, M.A., is a sixth-year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

She earned her B.A. in Psychology The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at UNCG. Her research focuses primarily on the role of familial cultural values (e.g. familism) in Latino adolescent development and functioning.

More specifically, she is investigating how Latino families respond to stressors such as discrimination and poverty.  She examines how family processes, in turn, influence adolescent’s psychological and school functioning.  In collaboration with Dr. Vrshek-Schallhorn, she is also working on a study exploring how discrimination and stress “gets under the skin” in ethnic minority college students, and how this influences biological processes such as the cortisol response. 

She is passionate about reducing health disparities and promoting holistic wellness in underserved families. Her current clinical placement as a Behavioral Health Intern at Cone Center for Children and Piedmont Pediatrics is funded by the 2016-2017 Graduate Psychology Education Program grant. 

She will be attending the Duke University Medical Center Pre-Doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program for the 2017-2018 training year with a child pediatric concentration. Email:

Gabriela Livas Stein, PhD

Gabriela Livas Stein is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

Her research focuses on the development and impact of familial cultural values on Latino families, the identification of individual risk and protective factors for youth facing discrimination, and the engagement of Latino families in mental health services.

She is currently on the editorial boards of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and the Journal of Latina/o Psychology. Her research has been funded by PCORI and NIDA.

She was awarded the APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology in 2007 in honor of her outstanding practice and application of psychology with underserved populations. In 2012, she was awarded the Latino Diamante Award in Education for making a significant contribution to the Latino community in North Carolina.



Susan Keane, PhD

Susan Phillips Keane is a Professor in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Her longitudinal research focuses on understanding risk and protective factors in the development of psychological (internalizing and externalizing) and health-related problems (obesity and cardiovascular risk) problems, with a specific focus on individual, family and peer influences on these outcomes. Her research has been funded by NICHD.

Dr. Keane served as the Director of the UNCG Psychology Clinic from 1988-2005. In this role, she grounded the clinical services provided in the training clinic in evidence-based practice, with a focus on appropriately working with under-served populations.

She currently serves as the Director of Clinical Training, where she continues to focus training activities on evidence-based practice and culturally competent care. She also was responsible for developing a new training initiative incorporating the integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care coursework and clinical experiences into the graduate curriculum. Her work in these areas was facilitated by the receipt of several HRSA-funded GPE training grants. Under her leadership, the Clinical Program was awarded the first UNCG College Diversity and Inclusiveness Award in May 2017.


Vanessa Hunn, MSW, PhD

Dr. Vanessa Hunn is the Assistant Chair and MSW Program Director in Counseling, Social Work and Leadership at Northern Kentucky University.

She is currently the principal investigator for the HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) grant at NKU. Dr. Hunn’s areas of expertise include trauma focused training in social work curriculums, mental health, and micro aggression and cultural competence.

She has over 20 years of direct social work practice including child welfare, medical social work, individual, group, and adolescent counseling. She has numerous publications and has international, national, state, and local presentations in her research areas.

Amy Trostle, MSW

Amy Trostle is the Program Coordinator for the NKU-CAT Project in the Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership at Northern Kentucky University.

She received her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2014 and has served an active role in the development of this grant program for the past three years. As a master’s student, Amy acquired experience in policy analysis and grant writing with local agencies, such as Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Her research areas include LGBTQ Issues, social policy, and cultural competence.



Megan Lindsey, MSW, PhD ABD

Megan Lindsey is a clinical social worker with nearly 15 years of experience as a social worker, clinician, clinical supervisor, and trainer.

She has an MSW from the University of Cincinnati and is licensed (CSW, LISW-S) both in Kentucky and Ohio. She has extensive clinical experience working with adults, children, families, the aging population, and persons with intellectual disabilities and those with sexually maladaptive behaviors.

Megan is the director of the MSW field program at Northern Kentucky University for the Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership. She provides field instruction, teaching instruction, and clinical supervision for students from the NKU social work programs. As the MSW field director, she has also written grant that have been awarded over $1.5 million dollars in federal funds to support MSW students in their internships.




Amanda Brown, MSW, PhD

Dr. Amanda Dishon Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling, Social Work and Leadership Department at Northern Kentucky University.

Her research focuses on the effects of lifespan victimization/trauma, particularly in relationship to psychological functioning among marginalized populations. This primary research trajectory reflects Dr. Brown’s interests in best-practice treatment interventions and policies that target violence/trauma.

As a licensed clinical practitioner, Dr. Brown specializes in working with children, adults, and couples with histories of trauma, and is involved in violence prevention programs on campus.




James Canfield, MSW, PhD

Dr. James P. Canfield is an assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati in the School of Social Work.

He is an expert on child homelessness, poverty, and measurement development. Of particular note, Dr. Canfield has authored the only book on working with homeless children and you, School-based Practice with Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness, currently available through Oxford University Press.

He has published numerous articles on homelessness, poverty, urban issues, and measurement development and actively reviews for several academic journals.  Dr. Canfield is a national award-winning educator, having won the 2013 SAGE/Council on Social Work Education Innovative Teaching Award.



Dana Harley, MSW

Dana Harley is currently an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Harley is a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Supervisor and has over a decade of clinical social work practice experience. Dr. Harley specializes in child and adolescent mental health and family counseling. 

Dr. Harley has been the recipient of numerous awards both regionally and nationally.  In 2016, Dr. Harley received the Excellence in Research and Funding Award, given by the UC Black Faculty Association. She was awarded, Distinguished Alumni for the College of Allied Health Sciences in 2015. Dr. Harley received the 2014 University of Cincinnati Distinguished Alumni Award-School of Social Work. She also received the 2014 Northern Kentucky University TRIO Greatest Impact Award. In 2013, Dr. Harley received the SAGE/CSWE Innovative Teaching Award, a national recognition in social work education. Dr. Harley received the 2012 Northern Kentucky University Award for Excellent Performance in Outreach and Public Engagement. 

She has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on over $2.3 million in grant funding. Dr. Harley is an expert in participatory action research; she has led numerous community engagement projects with vulnerable populations. Dr. Harley has numerous publications and conference presentations.

Abstract: Integration of Care in Tribal Communities and American Indian/Alaska Native-serving Agencies: Emergent Issues from the Field

Christopher Sharp, MSW, MPA   

Christopher Sharp, M.S.W, M.P.A, is a Project Coordinator at the Office of American Indian Projects, within the School of Social Work at the Arizona State University.

He works primarily with American Indian communities and programs in research, evaluation, and technical assistance capacities and serves as a mentor to American Indian students and other students interested in working with AI/AN populations. Current projects include the Weaving Native Perspectives behavioral health traineeship and the NCWWI University Partnerships child welfare traineeship, both focused on increasing the workforce capacity of tribal and urban AI/AN programs.

He also is a technical assistance provider for Programmatic Assistance for Tribal Home Visiting (PATH), which serves Tribal MIECHV home visiting grantees.

Chris serves on the Board of Directors for Native American Connections and Advisory Council for the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention.

He earned his B.S. in American Indian Studies, Master of Social Work, and Master of Public Administration at ASU.

He has extensive experience working for and with AI/AN tribes and tribal populations in Arizona and throughout the United States. He is of the Mohave tribe, descendant of the Frog Clan (Bouh'th) and a citizen of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. 

Edwin Gonzalez, MSW

Edwin Gonzalez-Santin has worked for Arizona State University for the past 37 years, where he has taught in both the MSW and BSW programs and served as the faculty filed liaison for students in both programs.

Edwin has been the lead instructor in the BSW program Field Seminar and Integrative Field Seminar courses for the past 15 years. In his position as the Director of the Office of American Indian Projects, Edwin is the principal investigator for several traineeship and evaluation projects and is a member of the leadership team of the PATH national MIECHV Tribal Home Visiting technical Assistance Center.

Edwin is the former chair of the Council on Social Work Education Field commission, a member of the Indigenous and Tribal Social Work Educators Association, a member of the Academy of Supervision and Curriculum Development, a member of the Association on American Indian Affairs, member of the National Advisory Committee to FRIENDS, a member of the National Advisory Committee of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute and a current member of the Council on Social Work Education. 

Date Last Reviewed:  September 2017