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Research Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania

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Dr. Gregory Brown is a Research Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and a VISN 4 MIRECC Investigator and Clinical Psychologist at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Brown serves on the Executive Committee for the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania. In collaboration with the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Dr. Brown is a co-developer and master trainer for the VA Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression training program and assists in mentoring training consultants in CBT-D. Dr. Brown is the Director of the Center for the Prevention of Suicide at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brown is also one of the nation’s leading scholars in suicide prevention. He serves on the Dissemination and Implementation Core for the Military Suicide Research Consortium to help with translating research findings to practice. He is the co-developer of the Safety Plan Intervention, along with Dr. Barbara Stanley, and he is the co-developer of the Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention intervention, a brief psychotherapy intervention that has been shown to prevent suicide attempts.

Chief, Department of Behavioral Health, Tripler Army Medical Center


Millard Brown III, MD is an experienced Informatics-trained, board-certified adult and child Psychiatrist with a demonstrated history of working in the military healthcare industry. Skilled in Behavioral Healthcare measurement-based care, Healthcare Leadership at the hospital and health-system levels, and quality improvement development. He has a proven ability to develop system concepts into actionable plans to deliver high quality, value-based behavioral health care.

Director and Associate Professor, Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


An assistant professor at the USC School of Social Work, Dr. Castro obtained the rank of colonel after 33 years in the U.S. Army. He completed two tours in Iraq and several peacekeeping missions and served as director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Derrick.

He is the chair of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization research group on military veteran transitions, a member of several Department of Defense research advisory panels focused on psychological health, the senior editor of Military Behavioral Health, and a Fulbright scholar.

Dr. Castro has authored more than 150 scientific articles and reports. His research efforts focus on assessing the effects of combat and operations tempo (OPTEMPO) on soldier, family, and unit readiness and evaluating the process of service members’ transitions from military to civilian life.

Director, Trauma Recovery Center, Cincinnati VA Medical Center


Kathleen M. Chard, Ph.D. is the Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Director of Trauma Recovery Center at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.  She is also a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the UC Health Stress Center at the University of Cincinnati. An international expert on the treatment of PTSD, she is the author of the CPT for Sexual Abuse treatment manual and is co-author of Cognitive Processing Therapy: A Comprehensive Manual. As the VA CPT Implementation Director, Dr. Chard oversees the dissemination of CPT to VA clinicians across the United States. Dr. Chard is an active researcher and she has received over 20 million dollars in funding to examine stress epidemiology, assessment and treatment in Veterans and civilians.



Professor, Department of Psychiatry, F.Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University


Stephen J. Cozza, MD is Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University where he serves as Associate Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Cozza is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialties of General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has served in a variety of positions of responsibility in the Department of Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to include Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service, Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program and Chief, Department of Psychiatry. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2006 after 25 years of military service.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania


Torrey A. Creed, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, and a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with children, adolescents and their families. At UPenn, she leads the Beck Community Initiative, a program of implementation and research to train community mental health clinicians to deliver CBT across a wide range of populations including children, adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, suicide ideation or behavior, severe mental illness and psychosis, histories of incarceration, homelessness, and other pressing public health concerns. Dr. Creed also serves as a health policy advisor to Partners in Health, with a focus on the implementation of CBT and other evidence-based practices in Rwanda and Haiti. In addition to leading the implementation program, she travels nationally and internationally to deliver tailored training in cognitive therapy and CBT. Her book, Cognitive Therapy for Adolescents in School Settings, is being used as a guide for mental health services in Philadelphia and public schools across several other states. Dr. Creed’s primary research interests are in strategies to promote the fidelity and sustainability of evidence-based practices in community mental health care, the role of technology in increasing access to evidence-based practices, and the role of recovery in behavioral health.

Analyst in Healthcare specializing in Therapeutics


Dr. Eachempati works for Point72 Asset Management as an Analyst in Healthcare specializing in Therapeutics. Prior to this position, he was a Professor of Surgery at the Weill Cornell Medical Center where he practiced for 20 years in the field of Trauma, Critical Care, and Emergency Surgery. At Cornell, he also held positions as Chief of Trauma Services and Chief of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. He is also an expert in Disaster Management and participated in emergency disaster relief in Haiti after the 2010 Earthquake there.

Sr. Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corp


Rajeev Ramchand, PhD is an epidemiologist who studies the prevalence, prevention, and treatment of substance use and mental health disorders. His research has focused on suicide prevention, behavioral health treatment, behavioral health epidemiology, military and veteran health, disasters and community resilience, and crime and justice. He has additional expertise in program evaluation and has co-authored two, freely available workbooks and additional tools to promote evaluation within community-based organizations. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and his research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and private foundations. His commentary has been published in various media outlets and he has testified twice before the United States Congress and also before the California State Senate.

Dr. Ramchand received his B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. in psychiatric epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He then worked for 12 years as a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation where he received two RAND Gold Medal Awards for his research on suicide prevention and one Presidential Award, RAND’s highest honor, for his work on military and veteran caregivers. Next, he served as Senior Vice President for Research at the Cohen Veterans Network where he helped establish the organization’s research agenda and laid the foundation for conducting research within the network. He then became the inaugural Craig Newmark Fellow at the Bob Woodruff Foundation before returning to RAND in July 2020.

In addition to the CVN Scientific Advisory Board, Dr. Ramchand also serves on the Board of Directors of Bastion Community of Resilience in New Orleans, LA and the School Life and Mission Committee of Canisius High School in Buffalo, NY; the Assessment and Intervention Standards Committee of the American Association of Suicidology; the Steering Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; the National Response to COVID-19 Steering Committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: and the National Consortium for Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide.

Director of the Anxiety and Complicated Grief Program at NYU Langone Health



Dr. Naomi M. Simon is Director of the Anxiety and Complicated Grief Program at NYU Langone Health.  Dr. Simon’s major clinical and research interests include optimizing initial and next step psychotherapy and medication treatments for anxiety and stress related disorders, and understanding the presentation and the biological impact of trauma, loss and anxiety disorders.  She has served as a principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous studies aimed at improving our understanding and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and the syndrome of complicated grief. She is the former Chief Medical Officer at Home Base, where she guided development of a novel clinical care model and the Home Base Training Institute through a public private partnership with MGH and the Red Sox Foundation to address the unmet needs of returning veterans and their families impacted by deployment related stress, PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

Clinical Psychologist and Implementation Scientist at National Center of PTSD
Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University


Shannon Wiltsey Stirman graduated from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed an internship at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, and returned to Philadelphia for postdoctoral training, where she received an NIMH-funded K99/R00 award to study implementation and sustainability of CBT in a partnership between Penn and the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and disability Services to implement cognitive therapy across the city’s network of providers.

In 2009, Dr. Stirman joined the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the VA National Center for PTSD and the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University. She was a Fellow of the NIMH and VA-funded Implementation Research Institute, and later served as an expert faculty member. In 2015, Dr. Stirman transitioned to the Dissemination and Training Division of the National Center for PTSD and joined the Stanford faculty in 2016. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Canadian Institute for Health Research.