Lori Ferro is the Program Manager of the Division of PBHJP and has worked for the University of Washington for over ten years. She oversees Division administrative and financial operations. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Southern California. She has a professional and personal interest in working toward an integrated care and community approach to the management of mental health in the United States.
Jean has previously worked in several positions within the Department of Pediatrics, the School of Pharmacy, and currently in the Department of Psychiatry as a budget analyst. Primary responsibilities are on post award activities and closings.
Diane Pearson is the administrative assistant and fiscal support for the Division and for The Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training. She has been with the Institute since 1991 after several years teaching at the high school and middle school levels. Ms. Pearson coordinates trainings including travel arrangements for staff and community participants. She processes travel reimbursements, honorarium and invoice payments for the Institute and PBHJP. She oversees the Forensic Psychology Fellowship application process and seminar series as well as the twice monthly visits by third-year University of Washington medical students to Western State Hospital and Child Study and Treatment Center.
Hannah Sessions is the administrative assistant to the division and Dr. Eric Trupin. She recieved her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Seattle Univeristy.
Chris Akiba is a Research Study Coordinator working on several Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training (WIMHRT) projects including the evaluation of Washington state Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) teams, and Illness Management & Recovery (IMR) programs; as well as the implementation and evaluation of a new ACT + IMR intervention. Chris graduated with a Masters of Public Health in 2012 from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health in the department of Health Behavior. His previous work has focused on the early treatment of schizophrenia as well as the evaluation of North Carolina Clubhouse programs.
Jonathan Beard is a Washington State Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner with many years of experience in community mental health settings as a clinician, supervisor and senior executive. He holds a Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a Project Manager with the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training (WIMHRT). His current duties at WIMHRT include conducting fidelity reviews of Washington’s Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams; providing consultation, training and technical assistance to ACT teams in the areas of supported employment and psychiatric rehabilitation; and conducting fidelity reviews of evidence based supported employment programs for the King County Regional Support Network (RSN). Jonathan has also worked on projects to assist Washington’s clubhouses in their efforts to become certified by the State’s Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery; engaging several of the State’s RSNs in system change efforts to grow the availability of evidence based supported employment and was the lead on needed revisions to the State’s Certified Peer Counselor curriculum and manual. Jonathan is the President of the National Association of Social Workers-Washington State Chapter.
Kris Bennett is a Washington State licensed Chemical Dependency Professional who works in PBHJP’s Prime Time Project as an MST Therapist and FIT Coach. She earned her Bachelors at Antioch University in Seattle. Kristin has been working with High Risk youth and their families for eleven years. She strives to aid in creating sustainable change in youths and families to increase the likelihood of family and individual success.
Asia graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Western Washington University where she studied race-relations, criminology, and law. She received a Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the University of Washington. While in graduate school, she completed internships at Seattle Municipal Court and The Defender Association and independently engaged in research related to racial stereotypes of adolescent gang membership and the negative implications these biases often have on youth and communities of color. She graduated with an MSW concentrating in Policy and Administration and has continued to remain passionate about research and its implications on policy development and implementation, particularly as it relates to racial justice and the overall criminal justice system. Asia's work at PBHJP centers on Juvenile Justice reform policy and evaluation.
Shannon Blajeski is the Project Manager to the IMR (Illness Management & Recovery) pilot projects with The Washington Institute for Mental Health Research & Training. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Welfare at the University of Washington School of Social Work from which she also holds a MSW degree. She formerly managed the Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) project and assisted with coordinating Washington State’s first 10 fidelity PACT teams following the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model. Her research interests include promoting the social networks of young people with developing psychosis and using evidence-based practices to foster normative community life for people with schizophrenia.
Anne Buher joined PBHJP in 2013 and is a Program Operations Specialist for the Creating Connections Grant project. Anne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Washington, and a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a focus on International Health and Development. She works in collaboration with State-level agencies, including the Children’s Administration, DBHR, and the HCA, on a federally funded project that aims to improve the social and emotional well-being of children and youth in the foster care system that have emotional and behavioral health needs. Anne has worked for a variety of community-based and non-profit organizations on projects related to improving the health of at-risk populations. She is especially interested in research and evaluation in resource-challenged settings and models for sustainable development.
Sashya Clark works for the King County Division of Youth Services. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington. Sashya has worked with adolescents in a variety of professional capacities including mental health, youth mentoring and advocacy, and community building. She is especially interested in adolescent identity development, youth empowerment and social justice.
Rich Dempsey is a Research Study Coordinator at PBHJP. He provides administrative and quality assurance support to the Family Integrated Transitions TM programs in Washington, New York, Illinois, and Connecticut.
Reina Galvez is a Mental Health Practitioner with a License in Mental Health Counseling. She completed her Masters of Social Work from Walla Walla University in 2006. Since then, she has worked in various community mental health settings primarily serving low-income minority populations with a specific emphasis in providing services to children, youth and their families. Her personal passion and interests are in working with underprivileged families.
Spencer Hensley is a Research Study Coordinator in the division, working with the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) and various other projects. He received his B.A. in Psychology at Gonzaga University in 2009.
Sarah Holland is a Research Coordinator in the division and is currently working on a grant sponsored by the Administration of Children’s and Families in coordination with Children’s Administration and DBHR at WA State DSHS to create mental health connections for children and youth in foster care. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Washington.
Alyssa Hook is a Research Study Assistant working with the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT). Alyssa graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and relocated from the central coast of California to work in the division. She has previous experience in two undergraduate research labs at Cal Poly, and looks forward to pursuing graduate school in the field.
Leonard Irving is a senior therapist for the Family Integrated Transition Program (FIT), PBHJP’s Prime Time Project. He is also an Instructor at Seattle Central Community College in the Social and Humans Services Department where he teaches Chemical Dependency and Family and Adolescent Development and Treatment. Mr. Irving received his Bachelor’s degree from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and is a licensed Chemical Dependency Professional. He has been at the epicenter of the development of the Evidence Based Treatments in Western Washington, having the privilege of assisting in their development over the last ten plus years. He witnessed the development of Multisystemic Treatment (MST) and its adaptation that is the currently the FIT program. He looks forward to the continued development of programs like MST and FIT so that Washington youth and their families can continue to receive excellent care.
Jessica Leith coordinates the HB 1088 Workforce Initiative projects and HB 2536 projects. She has a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University and a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seattle Pacific University. Jessica is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a certified Medical Family Therapist. She has worked as a clinician in a variety of settings including community mental health, corrections, and medical settings. Recently she has focused on developing mental health clinicians and services in Cambodia which is a primary passion of hers. Locally, Jessica is interested in social justice initiatives related to the promotion of mental health among underserved and culturally diverse populations.
Dennis McBride is the Director of Research at the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. He directs a Survey Research Laboratory that specializes in broad based surveys of individuals receiving mental health services. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in social theory, research methods, and statistics and has conducted program evaluations on social and health services including programs for adolescent pregnancy prevention, high risk youth, maternal child and health, homelessness, abused and neglected children, and family support. Dennis has served as Director of Evaluation at the Office of Population Affairs (OPA), HHS, in Washington DC and consulted for OPA for over 20 years. Dennis served on the Washington State Institutional Review Board, many of those years as Chair. He has conducted evaluation workshops for OPA, the National Organization of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, The New Mexico Department of Health, and the Washington State Department of Health. Dennis holds a PhD in Sociology from Washington State University and a Master’s degree from The University of New Mexico.
Beverly Miller has worked in the field of mental disorders and co-occurring disorders since 1974. She is most proud of her participation in development of peer counselor training programs. She has organized certified peer counselor trainings since 2006. In 2012 she helped develop peer counselor trainings for supervisors, for peers working with co-occurring disorders, and for Spanish speaking peers. New projects for her in 2013 include being part the development of a statewide advanced training on Boundaries for Peer Counselors and assisting in the development of the Peer Network in King County.
Ricki Mudd is currently a Research Study Assistant working with the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT). Ricki enrolled in the Running Start program during her junior year of high school and ended up graduating with both her High School Diploma and Associate of Arts degree at the same time in 2011. She then graduated from the University of Washington in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology. She plans on applying to graduate school in about two years, focusing on doctoral programs for the cognitive neuroscience of memory. Ricki is incredibly enthusiastic and passionate when it comes to research and helping people, and hopes to make a big impact assisting others during her time in the division.
Andrea Negrete is a Research Coordinator at PBHJP. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her personal experiences growing up as an immigrant in a small farming town in Central Washington has fueled her passion for social change and working to improve the lives of underserved youth and families. At PBHJP, she coordinates the Children’s Administration-University of Washington Evidence Based Practice Partnership and provides support to other EBPI related projects. She has a strong interest in research and evaluation that informs social policies, practice, and community change.
Marcy Pareira is the Lead Practitioner at King County Division of Youth Services. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Vermont in 1996. Since then, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including hospital, public defense, and community mental health. Marcy is especially interested in crisis intervention, social justice, and advocacy for persons with mental health issues.
Hattie Quick-Shipley is a Research Study Coordinator in the Division, working with the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT). Hattie graduated from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies and went on to receive a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a concentration in Management and Community Organization and a specialization in Mental Health. She previously worked on Maryland’s State Wraparound evaluation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 1915c RTC Waiver Medicaid Demonstration national evaluation, Maryland’s Healthy Transitions Initiative, and two Maryland System of Care national evaluations.
Jeffery Roskelley is currently managing the Integrated Dual Disorder (IDDT) project as well as providing consulting for the PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment) and IMR (Illness Management & Recovery) projects with The Washington Institute for Mental Health Research & Training. He graduated from the University of Utah with his MSW in 2008. He has worked at the University of Utah Psychiatric Department as a substance abuse assessment specialist and at the Lake Whatcom Center PACT program (in Bellingham, WA) as a MHP/CD specialist. Research interests include evidence-based practices for SMI adults, with an emphasis on mindfulness in recovery.
As Project Manager of the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT), April directs development and dissemination of the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System and it's associated technologies. She coordinates various research and evaluation projects which focus on community based services and interventions for children and families, with a major focus on Wraparound Services. She also works closely with the national partners such as The Institute for Innovation & Implementation providing support to the TA Network and Systems of Care sites across the country. April received her Bachelor's Degree in Health Education at the University of Montana, and her Master of Public Health from Oregon State University. She is passionate about children's mental health and particularly interested in ways PBHJP can affect public policy and improve the quality of life for families.
Jennifer Schurer Coldiron, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist working with the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT). Jennifer earned her Doctorate in Social Work at Washington University in Saint Louis where she taught Evaluation of Programs and Services and researched nonprofit management, implementation of innovations, and children's mental health services. She also has a BA from Wellesley College and an MSSW from Columbia University. She has previous experience with internal performance measurement and management within a large youth development and child welfare organization in New York City, and as a caseworker and supervisor at a foster care prevention agency.
Nicole Danielle Suazo is a Research Study Supervisor at the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training. She assists in all phases of research and program evaluation projects and provides continual assistance with the maintenance and operation of the Computer Assisted Interview Laboratory located at Western State Hospital. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Colorado.
Greg Terry works as a Prime Time Project Clinical Specialist at PBHJP. He earned a Bachelors degree in Business from the University of Washington in 1992 and has over 12 years of experience working with under privileged children in the Greater Seattle Area. Greg has been an MST therapist since 1999.
Catherine Wilson is a Research Scientist for the Mental Illness Statistics Improvement Project surveys at the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Evergreen State College, and her Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Portland State University. Catherine’s background includes experience in conducting survey research and in statistical analysis. She is currently writing a dissertation in Sociology for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her intellectual work focuses on policy, social change, and the uses of power.