Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Director, Implementation Research, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research

Director, Implementation Science Working Group, University of Pennsylvania

 

Scientific Advisory Board

RINAD BIEDAS, PHD

Dr. Beidas’s research group focuses on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for youth psychiatric disorders in community settings. Dr. Beidas is an established expert in implementation science; a recent social network analysis conducted by Norton and colleagues identified her as among the top 10 implementation science experts nationally. Dr. Beidas has published approximately 80 articles and is the co-editor of the only book published on EBPs in youth, Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in child and adolescent mental healthDr. Beidas’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health continuously since 2012. Dr. Beidas is deeply committed to partnering with community stakeholders to understand the best way to implement evidence-based practices and improve children’s mental health services across a variety of settings including community mental health, pediatric primary care, and schools.

Dr. Beidas holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Colgate University and a doctorate of philosophy in psychology from Temple University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. Dr. Beidas is a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute. She is also an alumnus fellow of the NIH funded Training Institute in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH), Implementation Research Institute (IRI), and the Child Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS) Fellowship. She is also the recipient of a number of awards, including the ABCT President’s New Researcher Award in 2015 and the American Psychological Foundation Diane J. Willis Early Career Award.

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

Gregory K. Brown, PhD

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.

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

CARL A. CASTRO, PHD

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.

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

STEPHEN J. COZZA, MD

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.

Analyst in Healthcare specializing in Therapeutics

Soumitra R. Eachempati, MD, FACS, FCCM

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.

Chief Research Informatics Officer
University of Chicago

Robert Grossman, PhD

Professor Robert Grossman is the Chief Research Informatics Officer (CRIO) of the Biological Sciences Division, the Jim and Karen Frank Director of the Center for Data Intensive Science, and the Frederick H. Rawson Professor of Medicine and Computer Science at the University of Chicago.  He the principal investigator for the National Cancer Institute Genomic Data Commons (GDC), a next-generation platform for the cancer research community that manages, analyzes, integrates, and shares large-scale genomic data in support of precision medicine. He is the Founder and Chief Data Scientist of Open Data Group, which specializes in building predictive models over big data.   He is also the Director of the not-for-profit Open Commons Consortium that develops and operates data commons and data clouds to support research in science, medicine, health care, and the environment. You can also find more information about him on his website: rgrossman.com.

Director of the PTSD Consultation Program for The National Center for PTSD

Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

SONYA NORMAN, PHD

Sonya Norman, Ph.D. is Director of the PTSD Consultation Program for The National Center for PTSD and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Norman earned her doctorate at Stanford University. She formerly directed the San Diego VA’s PTSD treatment program for Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her primary areas of research are in psychotherapies that treat co-occurring PTSD and substance use disorders and in treating Veterans with PTSD and post-deployment mental health problems. Dr. Norman has over 80 peer reviewed publications and is the primary investigator of studies funded by the Department of Defense, VA and NIH. In 2016-2017, she served on the committee to update the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD.

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

 

Naomi M. Simon, M.D., M.Sc.

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, PhD

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.