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The AIMS Center is housed within the University of Washington's Divison of Integrated Care & Public Health, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Program Direction

Director: Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA

Jürgen  Unützer, MD, MPH, MAJürgen Unützer is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and health services researcher. His work focuses on innovative models that integrate mental health and general medical services and on translating research on evidence-based behavioral health interventions into effective clinical and public health practice. He has over 200 scientific publications and is the recipient of numerous federal and foundation grants and awards for his research to improve the health and mental health of populations through patient-centered integrated mental health services.

Dr. Unützer is Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and Chief of Psychiatric Services at the UW Medical Center. He also holds appointments as Adjunct Professor of Health Services at the UW School of Public Health and Affiliate Investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Unützer directs the AIMS Center and the IMPACT Program which has supported national and international testing and implementation of an evidence-based program for depression care. IMPACT has been shown in randomized controlled trials to double the effectiveness of usual care for depression while lowering long-term health care costs. In recent years, Dr. Unützer’s work has focused on developing and supporting local, regional, and state-wide partnerships that improve access to evidence-based care through workforce development and capacity building in primary and behavioral health care (MHIP).

Dr. Unützer has served as Senior Scientific Advisor to the World Health Organization and as an advisor to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He works with national and international organizations dedicated to improving behavioral health care for diverse populations. His awards include the Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars Award in Aging Research from the American Foundation for Aging Research, the Klerman Junior Investigator Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, the Research Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and the Oken Fellowship from the American Psychosomatic Society.

Dr. Unützer trained in Public Policy (MA, University of Chicago), Medicine (MD, Vanderbilt University) and Public Health (MPH, University of Washington). He completed fellowships in Geriatric Psychiatry at UCLA and in Primary Care Psychiatry / Health Services Research at the University of Washington.

Associate Director for Education: Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD

Doug Zatzick, MDAnna Ratzliff is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Ratzliff received her MD/PhD in 2005 from the University of California, Irvine. She completed her doctoral work in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology where her research focused on mechanisms of epilepsy development following head injury. She completed her residency training in psychiatry and served as the Chief Resident at the University of Washington Medical Center. In addition to developing strategies to provide mental health education to members of integrated care teams, Dr. Ratzliff works as a consulting psychiatrist for the Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP) and trains psychiatric residents at the University of Washington.

Associate Director for Clinical Services: Marc Avery, MD

Marc Avery, MDMarc Avery is the Associate Director for Clinical Services of the AIMS Center, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington. Dr. Avery has over 20 years of experience in the development and oversight of integrated behavioral health services focusing on community mental health settings. After serving many years as medical director and administrator at a regional community mental health center, he joined the UW faculty in 2012 to intensify his focus on collaborative models of care. Dr. Avery received his Medical Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, and completed a psychiatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco.

Associate Director for Translation and Implementation: Diane Powers, MA

Diane Powers, MADiane Powers has twenty five years experience managing a wide range of public health and health services projects and programs. Since 2004, she has managed the AIMS Center at the University of Washington and is currently Associate Director for Translation and Implementation. Prior to that, Diane worked at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where she managed a research program focused on behavioral interventions for cancer prevention. Diane also provided mental health services in both inpatient and outpatient settings for over eight years. She received a bachelor's degree in Psychology and English Literature from Gonzaga University and a master’s degree in Psychology from Seattle University.

Affiliate Faculty Investigators

Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA

Jürgen  Unützer, MD, MPH, MAJürgen Unützer is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and health services researcher. His work focuses on innovative models that integrate mental health and general medical services and on translating research on evidence-based behavioral health interventions into effective clinical and public health practice. He has over 200 scientific publications and is the recipient of numerous federal and foundation grants and awards for his research to improve the health and mental health of populations through patient-centered integrated mental health services.

Dr. Unützer is Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and Chief of Psychiatric Services at the UW Medical Center. He also holds appointments as Adjunct Professor of Health Services at the UW School of Public Health and Affiliate Investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, WA.

Dr. Unützer directs the AIMS Center and the IMPACT Program which has supported national and international testing and implementation of an evidence-based program for depression care. IMPACT has been shown in randomized controlled trials to double the effectiveness of usual care for depression while lowering long-term health care costs. In recent years, Dr. Unützer’s work has focused on developing and supporting local, regional, and state-wide partnerships that improve access to evidence-based care through workforce development and capacity building in primary and behavioral health care (MHIP).

Dr. Unützer has served as Senior Scientific Advisor to the World Health Organization and as an advisor to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He works with national and international organizations dedicated to improving behavioral health care for diverse populations. His awards include the Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars Award in Aging Research from the American Foundation for Aging Research, the Klerman Junior Investigator Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, the Research Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and the Oken Fellowship from the American Psychosomatic Society.

Dr. Unützer trained in Public Policy (MA, University of Chicago), Medicine (MD, Vanderbilt University) and Public Health (MPH, University of Washington). He completed fellowships in Geriatric Psychiatry at UCLA and in Primary Care Psychiatry / Health Services Research at the University of Washington

Douglas Zatzick, MD

Doug Zatzick, MDDouglas Zatzick is Associate Director for Research of the AIMS Center. He is also Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at the University of Washington and a member of the Core Research Faculty at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. Dr. Zatzick's intervention studies target post-traumatic symptom reduction (i.e. post-traumatic stress disorder and depression) and the modification of high risk behaviors that risk recurrent injury, such as alcohol and drug abuse/dependence. Dr. Zatzick is currently the principal investigator on a study that is delivering early combined interventions targeting PTSD and alcohol use to injured trauma survivors treated in acute care medical settings.

Wayne Katon, MD

Wayne Katon, MDWayne Katon is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Division of Health Services and Epidemiology, and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington Medical School. He is Director of a NIMH-funded National Research Service Award Primary Care Fellowship that has successfully trained psychiatrists and primary care physicians for academic leadership positions. Dr. Katon is internationally renowned for his research on the prevalence of anxiety and depressive disorders in primary care, the relationship of psychiatric disorders to medically unexplained symptoms such as headache and fatigue, and the impact of depression and anxiety on patients with chronic medical illness. In recent years, his research has focused on developing innovative models of integrating mental health professionals and other allied health personnel into primary care to improve the care of patients with major depression and panic disorder. Dr. Katon has been awarded the American Academy of Family Practice Award for Excellence in Teaching in Primary Care numerous times. He also has been awarded the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Research Award (1993) and the American Psychiatric Association Senior Scholar Health Services Research Award (1999).  He is Editor-in-Chief of General Hospital Psychiatry. Dr. Katon has written over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters, as well as Panic Disorder in the Medical Setting, a book for primary care physicians. In addition, Dr. Katon and his research team have written a self-help book for depressed patients titled Depression: Self-Care Companion for Better Living.

Richard Veith, MD

Richard Veith, MDRichard Veith is a Seattle native who has spent his entire academic career at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  He received his MD in 1973, which was followed by an Internal Medicine Internship and Psychiatry.  In 1977 he joined the faculty of the UW Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and was based at the Seattle VA Medical Center.  He became Director, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center in 1987 at the Seattle/American Lake VA and was appointed UW Professor in 1989.  He moved to the University of Washington Medical Center when he was appointed Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences in 1998.  In 2003, he was appointed President, UW Medicine Physicians, the UW School of Medicine clinical practice plan.  Dr. Veith has conducted extensive research on the treatment of depression in patients with heart disease and has published more than 135 scientific publications.  He is currently participating in a project focused on the treatment of depression following stroke.  He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with Added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry and is listed in America’s Top Doctors and Best Doctors in America.  He was the 2005 American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Robert Cancro Academic Leadership Award: Best Chair.

Patricia Areán, PhD (UCSF)

Patricia Areán, PhDPatricia Areán is a Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Her research focuses on the recognition and treatment of mental disorders in older adults and minority populations, particularly in recognition and treatment of depression that is identified in non-mental health settings. She is currently Director of the geriatric psychotherapy clinic at UCSF. Dr. Areán has published several articles on the recognition and treatment of late life depression and anxiety, as well as methods for recruiting and retaining older, minority elderly into longitudinal research. She has been funded by several agencies, including SAMHSA, NIMH, NIA, and the Hartford Foundation. She was a psychotherapy expert for the IMPACT study, a multi-site trial of stepped care for depression in older primary care patients. She is currently funded by SAMHSA to study a mental health consultation model for treating depression and agitation in older adults living in residential facilities. She is also funded by NIMH to study the efficacy of Problem Solving Therapy and Supportive Therapy in treating depression in older adults with mild cognitive impairments. She is the Director of the NIMH-funded CARTA fellowship, a program to bring academic and community partners together to conduct research and training, and is a Mid-Career Awardee from NIMH. Dr. Areán has been very active in the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) and was among the first to receive affiliate status. She is a member of the AAGP diversity committee, and the program committee and served on the editorial board of American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Marc Avery, MD

Marc Avery, MDMarc Avery is the Associate Director for Clinical Services of the AIMS Center, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington. Dr. Avery has over 20 years of experience in the development and oversight of integrated behavioral health services focusing on community mental health settings. After serving many years as medical director and administrator at a regional community mental health center, he joined the UW faculty in 2012 to intensify his focus on collaborative models of care. Dr. Avery received his Medical Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, and completed a psychiatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco.

Wayne Bentham, MD, MPP

Wayne Bentham, MD, MPPWayne Bentham completed his undergraduate degree in psychology / neurosciences at Princeton University and medical school at Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Bentham completed internal medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital. While at Georgetown University, he was awarded a HRSA Fellowship and obtained a Master’s degree from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute. His public policy focus was health care economics and health services and he served as a fellow at the Clinical Economics Research Unit in the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University. Based upon his health services research interests there, Dr. Bentham went on to complete additional residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Washington Medical Center. Dr. Bentham’s clinical interests are general adult psychiatry and consultation / liaison psychiatry with particular focus on patients who have complex medical illnesses.

Ya-Fen Chan, PhD

Ya-Fen Chan, PhDYa-Fen Chan is a Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on psychiatric comorbidity and health services. She has been actively involved in addiction and behavioral research over the past decade. She completed her doctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology and a masters degree in biostatistics.

 

Elizabeth Lin, MD, MPH

Elizabeth Lin, MD, MPHElizabeth H.B. Lin, is a Scientific Investigator at the Group Health Research Institute, a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, and a Family Medicine Physician at Group Health Cooperative. Dr. Lin is well-known for research on improving mental health for patients in general medical settings. She has conducted health services and epidemiologic studies on depression, anxiety, and co-existing chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis. Through NIMH-funded randomized controlled trials, Dr. Lin and her colleagues have pioneered effective depression interventions- the collaborative care model, which have been adapted in many countries. In a recent randomized trial of a collaborative care program for patients with multiple chronic illnesses and depression, Dr. Lin and colleagues demonstrated significant improvement in diabetes, heart disease, depression, and functional outcomes among patients receiving this team-based multi-condition collaborative care relative to usual care. This team-based integrated chronic illness care management program (TEAMcare) is currently becoming adapted into primary care practices.

Over the last two and half decades, Dr. Lin has provided primary care medical services for patients from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds (e.g. Chinese, Spanish, and English). Dr. Lin spends much of her time disseminating and implementing collaborative care into everyday primary care services for diverse populations.

Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD

Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhDAnna Ratzliff is an Acting Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Ratzliff received her MD/PhD in 2005 from the University of California, Irvine. She completed her doctoral work in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology where her research focused on mechanisms of epilepsy development following head injury. She completed her residency training in psychiatry and served as the Chief Resident at the University of Washington Medical Center. Dr. Ratzliff currently works as a consulting psychiatrist for the Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP) and trains psychiatric residents at the University of Washington.  Her clinical expertise includes primary care consultation, women’s mental health and providing mental health care to underserved populations. Dr Ratzliff’s academic pursuits include developing strategies to provide mental health education to members of integrated care teams, and studying the impact of integrated mental health care programs in special populations.

Kari Stephens, PhD

Kari Stephens, PhDKari Stephens is a clinical psychologist and faculty member in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington with a long standing commitment to underserved populations. She is also part of the faculty leadership in the Biomedical Informatics Core of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences and has over a decade of experience in biomedical health informatics with emphases on data sharing architectures and electronic medical record systems. She completed her doctorate in 2008 at the University of Washington after completing residency/internship through Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine. She has received fellowships and funding from the American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program, Society for Public Health Education, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Her current research includes addressing mental health ethnoracial disparities related to posttraumatic stress, particularly in the acute care setting. She is also working within primary care settings to deliver behavioral skills training within Washington State’s Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP) and leads the informatics system development for LC Data QUEST, a project aimed at building data sharing networks across primary care practices serving rural communities. Integrating her expertise in informatics, she continues to explore the use of informatics innovations in medical settings to promote dissemination of empirically supported mental health treatments. Her clinical expertise includes cognitive and behavioral based psychotherapy, including treatments for depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction.

Advisors

Laurie Alexander, PhD

Laurie Alexander, PhDLaurie Alexander is a behavioral healthcare consultant specializing in integrated health care. Prior to consulting, she was a program officer at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in Texas. In her five years there, she was responsible for the foundation’s integrated health care activities, including a demonstration grant program, policy activities, resource guide, and statewide conference. Before joining the foundation in 2004, Laurie worked in mental health advocacy and completed postdoctoral training in public health and traumatic stress. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a M.A. in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Benjamin Druss, MD, MPH

Benjamin Druss, MD, MPHBenjamin Druss is working to build linkages between mental health, general medical health, and public health as the first Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health at Emory University.  He works closely with Carter Center Mental Health Program, where he is a member of the Mental Health Task Force and Journalism Task Force.  Dr. Druss’s research focuses on improving physical health and healthcare among persons with serious mental disorders.  He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles on this and related topics, including the first randomized trial of an intervention to improve medical care in this population in 2001.  His research is funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, and he serves as a standing member of an NIMH study section.  He has received a number of national awards for his work, including the American Psychiatric Association Early Career Health Services Research Award, the AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year Award, and the AcademyHealth Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award.

Henry Harbin, MD

Henry Harbin, MDHenry Harbin is a Psychiatrist with over 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field. He has held a number of senior positions in both public and private health care organizations. He worked for 10 years in the public mental health system in Maryland serving as Director of the state mental health authority for 3 of those years. He has been CEO of two national behavioral healthcare companies – Greenspring Health Services and Magellan Health Services.  At the time he was CEO of Magellan it was the largest managed behavioral healthcare company managing the mental health and substance abuse benefits of approximately 70 million Americans including persons who were insured by private employers, Medicaid and Medicare. In  2002 and 2003 he served on the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. As a part of the Commission he was chair of the subcommittee for the Interface between Mental Health and General Medicine. In 2005 he served as co-chair of the National Business Group on Health’s work group that produced the Employer’s Guide to Behavioral Health Services in Dec 2005. Since 2004, Dr Harbin has been providing health care consulting services to a number of private and public organizations.

Barbara Mauer, MSW CMC

Barbara Mauer, MSW CMCBarbara Mauer has twenty years of consulting experience focused on strategic planning, program design, performance management and quality management processes. She is a co-author of How to Thrive in Managed Behavioral Healthcare and The Primary Care Performance Management System as well as articles discussing organizational design, performance management, public health performance standards and the integration of primary care and behavioral healthcare.

She is nationally active in writing, training and consulting on ways to better integrate primary healthcare services with mental health and substance abuse services, serving as the senior consultant for the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare on this subject. She has been the project manager for the Council’s Primary Care-Mental Health Learning Collaborative, with 16 site teams, each comprised of a mental health center and a federally qualified health center.

Prior to her consulting practice, Ms. Mauer was a senior administrator at Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound and headed the public mental health/substance abuse/developmental disabilities system for King County, serving the greater Seattle area. Ms. Mauer is now retired.

Michael Schoenbaum, PhD

Michael Schoenbaum, PhDMichael Schoenbaum is Senior Advisor for Mental Health Services, Epidemiology, and Economics [C], Division of Services and Intervention Research, National Institute of Mental Health. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Schoenbaum’s broad interests include health and labor economics, economic development, and economic demography. He has conducted analyses of the Palestinian health system to identify policy options for improving clinical performance and economic viability; and analyses for several national trials to improve care for depression.

Ed Wagner, MD, MPH, MACP

Ed Wagner, MD, MPH, MACPEd Wagner is Director of Improving Chronic Illness Care (ICIC), a general internist/epidemiologist, and director of the Seattle-based MacColl Institute for Healthcare Innovation at the Group Health Research Institute of Group Health Cooperative. His current research interests include the development and testing of population-based care models for diabetes, frailty in the elderly and other chronic illnesses; the evaluation of the health and cost impacts of health promotion/disease prevention interventions; and interventions to prevent disability and reduce depressive symptoms in older adults. He has written two books, authored more than 200 publications, and is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Wagner is the 2011 recipient of the William B. Graham prize for health services research. The prize, funded by the Baxter International Foundation and managed by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, is the highest distinction that can be achieved by researchers who study delivery of health services.

AIMS Center Staff

Associate Director for Translation and Implementation: Diane Powers, MA

Diane Powers, MADiane Powers manages the AIMS Center. Ms. Powers has nearly twenty years experience managing a wide range of public health and health services research projects and programs. She also has more than eight years experience providing mental health services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Ms. Powers received her bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University and a master’s degree in Psychology from Seattle University.

Program Operations Specialist: Pamela Collins, BA

Pam Collins, BAPam Collins is responsible for the financial and administrative management of the AIMS Center. She has worked in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington for over 10 years.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Louisiana State University.

 

Senior Project Coordinator: Kitty Christensen, MPH

Kitty Christensen, MPHKitty Christensen manages research and program evaluation projects for the AIMS Center. Her role includes overseeing the evaluation component of Collaborative Care implementation projects. Ms. Christensen has over 15 years of project management experience in public health and health services research settings. Prior to joining the AIMS Center, she managed research activities on multiple projects as Director of Client Services for DatStat, Inc., and as a research coordinator for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Central Washington University, and her MPH in Health Services from the University of Washington.

Senior Project Coordinator: Ashley Heald, MA

Ashley HealdAshley Heald is a Senior Project Coordinator at the AIMS Center, providing post-launch project management for several integrative care initiatives in the State of California. She has been with the University of Washington for more than 8 years, providing research coordination, psychometric and data tech services for the Departments of Radiology, Rheumatology, Psychosocial and Community Health, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Most of her research experience centers around the areas of memory and aging. Ms. Heald received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology at George Mason University.

Senior Project Coordinator: Cassy Vaughn, MS

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Technical Project Manager: Suzy Hunter, BA

Suzy HunterSuzy Hunter joined the AIMS Center in October 2011 as Technical Project Manager, providing project management support for the web-based Care Management Tracking System (CMTS) software. She has enjoyed working at the University of Washington doing web application development and IT project management since 2006. Ms. Hunter received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design from Washington State University.

Research Coordinator: Andrea Panniero, BS

Andrea Panniero, BSAndrea Panniero supports various aspects of the AIMS Center's activities, maintains and updates the content of the AIMS Center's websites and coordinates training and technical assistance sessions. She has almost 6 years of experience in health sciences research at the University of Washington, specifically on projects related to geriatric oral health and oral health promotion for at-risk populations. Ms. Panniero earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Washington.

Senior Program Assistant: Lindsay Bell, BS

Lindsay Bell, BSLindsay Bell supports and coordinates various aspects of the AIMS Center's activities. She assists with program administration, maintains and updates the AIMS Center's websites and assists with the development and maintenance of research and dissemination materials. She has four years of experience in psychology and public health research at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Ms. Bell earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Washington.

Program Assistant: Margo Derecktor, BA

Margo DerektorMargo Derecktor supports various aspects of the AIMS Center’s activities. She assists with program initiatives, administration and helps with the development and maintenance of research and dissemination materials. She comes to the AIMS Center with a background that includes work in Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Dialectical Behavioral Therapy clinic: the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinic and Dr. Mavis Tsai and Dr. Robert Kohlenberg’s Functional Analytic Psychotherapy lab. Outside the academic world, Ms. Derecktor has experience as a Crisis Phone Line Worker, a Community Companion Volunteer with Plymouth Healing Communities, and a Residential Counselor with YouthCare, an organization that helps homeless and at-risk youth. Ms. Derecktor earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Colby College.

Program Assistant: Tess Grover, BA

Tess GroverTess Grover supports and coordinates various aspects of the AIMS Center’s projects and activities. She has two and a half years of experience in psychology research at Boise State University, studying college relationships under Dr. Elizabeth Morgan and trauma, dissociation, and attachment under Dr. M. Rose Barlow with the Trauma and Resilient Dissociation (TARDIS) lab. Before coming to the University of Washington, she was the lead artist for an indie game studio specializing in 2D puzzle platformers. Ms. Grover received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and English Literature from Boise State University.

Senior Computer Specialist: Youlim Choi, MA

Youlim Choi, MAYoulim Choi developed the web-based care management system (CMTS) for the original multi-site IMPACT study and since then has developed several subsequent versions of the registry tool to facilitate various research projects and large-scale IMPACT implementations. Mr. Choi maintains the AIMS Center websites and CMTS. He has over 10 years of experience in information technology including network, security, and programming. He received his Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from UCLA.

Research Assistant: Johnny Mao, MPHc

Johnny Mao, MPHcJohnny Mao joined the AIMS Center in October 2012 as a Research Assistant, providing technical , documentation, and training support for the web-based Care Management Tracking System (CMTS) software. Johnny is a current Master in Public Health student in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program located in the UW School of Public Health’s Department of Health Services, which combines rigorous academic preparation with a commitment to social justice and community involvement. Johnny’s extensive research and outreach experience in the field has lead him towards seeking engaging and diverse avenues to facilitate relationships and improve capacity building and sustainability outcomes.

Care Management and Behavioral Interventions Training Staff

Rita Haverkamp, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, CNS

Rita Haverkamp, MSN, PMHCNS-BC, CNSRita Haverkamp is a psychiatric nurse clinical specialist. She has her masters’ degree in psychiatric nursing from the University of Cincinnati. She has been ANA certified as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse/ clinical specialist since 1985..  She has worked for Kaiser Permanente for the last 21 years as an outpatient therapist. She has previous experience as an inpatient head nurse and a manager for multiple psychiatric units. She was a depression specialist in the original IMPACT depression care research. The last 11 years she has been providing IMPACT depression care within her role at Kaiser. She currently does consulting with the IMPACT Implementation Center. She is a frequent speaker presenting on the IMPACT model, problem solving treatment and cognitive therapy. She provides PST-PC supervision to depression care managers.

Kari Stephens, PhD

Kari Stephens, PhDKari Stephens is a clinical psychologist and faculty member in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington with a long standing commitment to underserved populations. She is also part of the faculty leadership in the Biomedical Informatics Core of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences and has over a decade of experience in biomedical health informatics with emphases on data sharing architectures and electronic medical record systems. She completed her doctorate in 2008 at the University of Washington after completing residency/internship through Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine. She has received fellowships and funding from the American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program, Society for Public Health Education, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Her current research includes addressing mental health ethnoracial disparities related to posttraumatic stress, particularly in the acute care setting. She is also working within primary care settings to deliver behavioral skills training within Washington State’s Mental Health Integration Program (MHIP) and leads the informatics system development for LC Data QUEST, a project aimed at building data sharing networks across primary care practices serving rural communities. Integrating her expertise in informatics, she continues to explore the use of informatics innovations in medical settings to promote dissemination of empirically supported mental health treatments. Her clinical expertise includes cognitive and behavioral based psychotherapy, including treatments for depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction.

Patricia Areán, PhD (UCSF)

Patricia Areán, PhDPatricia Areán is a Professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Her research focuses on the recognition and treatment of mental disorders in older adults and minority populations, particularly in recognition and treatment of depression that is identified in non-mental health settings. She is currently Director of the geriatric psychotherapy clinic at UCSF. Dr. Areán has published several articles on the recognition and treatment of late life depression and anxiety, as well as methods for recruiting and retaining older, minority elderly into longitudinal research. She has been funded by several agencies, including SAMHSA, NIMH, NIA, and the Hartford Foundation. She was a psychotherapy expert for the IMPACT study, a multi-site trial of stepped care for depression in older primary care patients. She is currently funded by SAMHSA to study a mental health consultation model for treating depression and agitation in older adults living in residential facilities. She is also funded by NIMH to study the efficacy of Problem Solving Therapy and Supportive Therapy in treating depression in older adults with mild cognitive impairments. She is the Director of the NIMH-funded CARTA fellowship, a program to bring academic and community partners together to conduct research and training, and is a Mid-Career Awardee from NIMH. Dr. Areán has been very active in the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) and was among the first to receive affiliate status. She is a member of the AAGP diversity committee, and the program committee and served on the editorial board of American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Virna Little, LCSW-R, SAP, PsyD

Virna Little, LCSW-R, SAP, PsyDVirna Little is responsible for the administration and delivery of behavioral health, community and grant funded programs in twenty six centers throughout New York City and New York State's Hudson Valley Region. Ms. Little is also responsible for many of the services the organization provides to the uninsured and the federal 340b pharmacy program. Ms. Little has extensive experience providing behavioral health services in healthcare settings as well as developing and operating community programs. Ms. Little has knowledge of special populations such as HIV/AIDS, homeless and substance abuse and the chronically medically and mentally ill. Ms. Little has her doctoral degree in psychology along with a master's in social work and bachelor's degree in both psychology and social work. Ms. Little has been recognized nationally for her work in the integration of primary care and behavioral health, including the implementation of evidence-based models such as IMPACT.

Jessica Jelmberg, LMFT

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Elizabeth Horevitz, MSW, PhD ( English & Spanish Training)

Elizabeth Horevitz, MSW, PhDElizabeth Horevitz is a post-doctoral fellow in the Clinical Services Research Training Program at UCSF in the department of Psychiatry. She obtained her MSW (‘09) and PhD (‘13) in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a certified clinician and trainer in Problem Solving Therapy (PST) by the National Network of PST Trainers. Lizzie is a bilingual (Spanish/English) behavioral health consultant in an integrated behavioral health primary care clinic and serves as an advisor for FQHCs on implementation of evidence-based behavioral interventions in underserved and culturally diverse populations. In addition to her clinical work and research, she teaches an integrated behavioral health practice course for social workers and MSW students at the University of California, Berkeley