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2010 Fellows
Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, Child & Adolescent Services Research Center
Lauren Brookman-Frazee has a Ph.D. in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego as well as a Research Scientist at the Child & Adolescent Services Research Center at Rady Children’s Hospital- San Diego. Her research focuses on improving community-based mental health services for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She has an NIH Career Development Award focused on improving community-based mental health services for children with autism spectrum disorders through the integration of evidence-based intervention strategies into usual care. Next steps in her research include conducting a large-scale blended effectiveness/ implementation study focused on testing a package of evidence-based strategies for children with children ASD in community mental health clinics and examining factors associated with adoption, implementation and sustainability of the intervention.
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Kristin Duppong Hurley, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor, Center for At-Risk Children's Services
Kristen Duppong Hurley has a Ph.D in Applied Experimental Psychology and is an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  She has a background in applied experimental psychology with a focus on evaluation and measurement skills which has prepared her for a research career investigating the factors affecting treatment implementation and subsequent effectiveness of interventions serving youth and families. She is skilled in manipulating large data sets and has considerable expertise in developing relational databases in MS Access and utilizing statistical packages to analyze large datasets. In sum, she has a solid research background coupled with the experience of managing service delivery and a strong research interest in implementation issues. Learn More

Alison Hamilton, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Research Anthropologist, UCLA Department of Psychiatry
Research Health Scientist, VA HSR&D Center of Excellence for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, Desert Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center
Alison Hamilton has a Ph.D. in Anthology from the University of California, Los Angeles as well as an MPH from the same university.  Her career goal as an applied psychological anthropologist and public health professional is to participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective services for women with mental health conditions. She is interested across the board in women’s mental health issues and particularly in women veterans’ issues and treatment needs.  As an IRI Fellow, she hopes to create synergy across her intellectual interests and professional experiences and to make a contribution to the improvement of mental health services for women. Learn More

Sigrid James, Ph.D.
Associate Profesor, Department of Social Work and Social Ecology, Loma Linda University,
Sigrid James has a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Southern California and she is an Associate Professor
 in the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology at Loma Linda University. Dr. James aims through this fellowship to deepen her knowledge about implementation science in the area of interventions for children in the child welfare system who present with serious mental health needs and are often placed in residential care settings. She is currently in the second year of an NIMH K01 Award, entitled “The Treatment of EBD Children in Foster Care – the Role of Residential Group Care.” Her research has a dual focus: (1) studying processes in CW/MH systems as they wrestle with how to expand evidence-based practices and reduce use of residential care or, if placement is unavoidable, reduce length of time spent in residential care settings, and (2) studying changes implemented by residential care settings as some attempt to serve children and families from a more evidence-based driven perspective and thus remain a viable provider of services. Her work up to this point has shown that the systemic issues between residential care settings and county systems are complex. Sustained implementation of alternative evidence-based interventions, once they have been identified, will in part depend on understanding and leveraging these complexities. While Dr. James' K01 Award is providing a basic introduction to the implementation literature, she hopes that this fellowship will substantially deepen her training, providing her with a different way of thinking about these systemic complexities and a skill set to methodologically approach her questions of interest. Learn More

Anna S. Lau, Ph. D.
Associate Professor, UCLA Psychology Department
Anna Lau has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. She has training in children’s mental health services research and the study of racial/ethnic disparities and access and utilization of care among youth.  Her current research focuses on the efficacy of culturally adapted parent training (PT) interventions, but this experience has also inspired a stronger interest in implementation science. As an IRI Fellow, she hopes to gain the training to allow her to develop a research program in implementation research that will examine approaches to better connect immigrant families to care by infusing evidence based practice into the community setting that are relevant to their everyday lives. Learn More

Wynne E. Norton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Wynne Norton has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Connecticut and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research to date has focused on developing and testing theory-based, individual-level interventions to improve adherence to antiretroviral medications and reduce sexual risk behavior among HIV-positive patients in clinical care. She is interested in expanding her work to understand factors that facilitate or impede the effective implementation and sustainability of evidence-based prevention, treatment, and engagement in care interventions for marginalized HIV-positive patients in community-based organizations and clinical care settings. As an IRI fellow, she hopes to learn more about provider-, organizational-, and contextual-level factors that impact the effective implementation and sustainability of evidence-based behavior change interventions, as well as theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to conducting rigorous implementation science research. For her research project, Dr. Norton plans to use the guidance and knowledge offered by the IRI to examine factors that affect the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based linkage and retention in care programs for HIV-positive patients, a large percentage of whom are diagnosed with mental illness, depression, and/or substance abuse. Learn More

Sapana R. Patel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry), College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute Anxiety Disorders Clinic & Hispanic Treatment Program
Sapana Patel has a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her long-term research interests are to use patient-centered approaches to facilitate the integrations of evidence-based treatments into mental health care for underserved minorities in real-world settings. Within patient-centered care, she is particularly interested in shared decision-making, where patients and providers combine efforts as active participants in treatment choices. For the past two years, she has been in-training and conducting mental health services research on an NIMH-funded K23 career development award. Specifically, her K23 research plan is to develop and test a decision aid, a shared decision making intervention, for depressed African American and Latinos primary care patients and their providers at the Institute for Family Health. Learn More

Brian Wells Pence, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke Global Health Institute, and Center for Health Policy
Brian Wells Pence has a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine and the Global Health Institute at Duke University. Dr. Pence’s research has focused on the intersection between mental health and HIV, and specifically the influence of depression and past events such as childhood sexual abuse on HIV-related behaviors (such as medication adherence and risky sex) and physical health.  His first R01 is using a randomized clinical trial design to test whether intervening on depression in HIV patients leads to changes in HIV medication adherence, sexual risk, behavior, and health outcomes. The algorithm-driven, medication-based depression treatment intervention employed in this study is an adaptation of the Measurement-Based Care model and is a potentially cost-effective way to facilitate more widespread integration of quality mental health care into HIV medical care.  He hopes to use his participation in the IRI to develop a research portfolio to identify and address the barriers that prevent effective mental health interventions from being implemented in HIV clinical settings.
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Shannon Self-Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Director, National SafeCare Training and Research Center Associate Professor, Institute of Public Health College of Health and Human Sciences
Shannon Self-Brown has a Ph. D in Child Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University. She completed an NIMH-funded  post-doctoral fellowship in trauma psychology at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Self-Brown’s line of research focuses on preventing and improving outcomes for children at risk for child maltreatment and violence exposure.   As the Associate Director of the National SafeCare® Training and Research Center (NSTRC), Dr. Self-Brown coordinates the implementation of SafeCare, an evidence-based model for preventing child neglect and physical abuse, across the United States.  She also serves as a co-investigator on several federally- funded grants examining the effectiveness of the SafeCare implementation model. As an IRI Fellow, Dr. Self-Brown hopes to sustain funding as a principal investigator to examine technological applications to translation work, and, ultimately, enhance the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for child mental health problems. Learn More

Jeanne Van Cleave, M.D. 

Assistant in Pediatrics, Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy, MassGeneral Hospital for Children 
Jeanne Van Cleave received her M.D. at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Van Cleave completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System in Pediatrics and is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Van Cleave researches how primary care pediatricians can better diagnose and manager mental health conditions through increasing adoption of new and effective models of care in making mental health care decisions. Her long-term research agenda focuses on how innovations in care delivery that support mental health care for children and adolescent can be more effectively implemented in pediatric primary care environments. Learn More

Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, Ph.D.

Clinical Research Psychologist, Women's Health Sciences Division, National Center for PTSD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Boston University, VA Boston Healthcare System
Shannon Wiltsey-Stirman has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  She is currently a Research Staff Psychologist at the National Center for PTSD/VA Boston Health Care System Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University. Her NIMH-funded career development award is an examination of influences on the sustainability of evidence based psychotherapies. She plans to use this research to develop a program of research that will eventually allow her to examine, on a large scale, factors that influence the use and sustainability of evidence-based practices in non-research settings such as the VA system and community-based mental health systems. Factors that she would like to examine include different training and consultation models, organization-level factors and interventions, and fidelity monitoring. Learn More