Partnering to improve youth mental health

The IMPACT Center is a transdisciplinary collaboration among three leading research institutions dedicated to improving mental health for youth in low-resourced community settings

A partnership-driven, transdisciplinary approach

The IMPACT Center brings together experts from complementary disciplines to optimize evidence-based practice implementation for youth in low-resourced community settings, such as community mental health centers and schools. This transdisciplinary approach adds substantial value to our research aims, as the issues of implementation science and mental health services research cannot be resolved by a sole discipline, nor can single investigator-led projects be expected to transform mental health care.

The IMPACT Center’s inter-institutional leadership structure leverages complimentary experience and expertise in implementation science, effectiveness research, and measure development and evaluation. This partnership provides an opportunity for broader IMPACT Center influence through each institution’s unique community networks, as well as methods testing and refinement.

Practical research for better health

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) is the non-proprietary, public-interest research center within Kaiser Permanente Washington, a nonprofit health system based in Seattle, Washington. Kaiser Permanente Washington provides coverage and care for about 720,000 people in Washington and Northern Idaho.

KPWHRI’s research produces timely, relevant findings that help people everywhere stay healthy and get the care they need, with a mission to improve health, well-being, and health equity for all communities through collaborative research and evaluation.

For Washington, for the world

The University of Washington (UW) is one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions, where it maintains an extensive research enterprise with core resources for basic, clinical, and health services research both domestically and abroad.

The University and its affiliate institutions provide an excellent environment for training and research characterized by recent growth, diversity and excellence in all types of health-related research and education. The University has been the top public university in federal research funding every year since 1974 and among the top five universities, public and private, in federal funding since 1969.

Artes, Scientia, Veritas (“Arts, Knowledge, Truth”)

The University of Michigan is one of the great public research universities of the United States and a leader in higher education.

Since 1817, the University has provided a national model of a complex, diverse, and comprehensive public institution of higher learning that supports excellence in research, provides outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, and demonstrates a commitment to service through partnerships and collaborations that extend to the community, region, state, nation, and around the world.

Center Co-Director, Project 2 Lead
Shannon Dorsey, PhD

Dr. Shannon Dorsey is a Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Global Health and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Her research is on evidence-based treatment (EBT) for children and adolescents, with a particular focus on dissemination and implementation of EBT domestically and globally. Her work has often focused on trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), with hybrid research designs that include both effectiveness and implementation science questions. 

Her research has focused on training and supervision strategies to deliver TF-CBT and other EBT, with a particular focus on under-resourced settings. Her current research includes an NIMH-funded implementation study examining questions related to scale up of mental health treatments delivered via task-sharing in health and education in Kenya (via community health volunteer and teacher delivery) and implementation practices and policies that predict implementation success.

As IMPACT Center Co-Director, Dr. Dorsey oversees all aspects of the Center with MPI Dr. Weiner, including strategic scientific oversight, exploratory and pilot research project support, communication across investigators, dissemination of Center methods and resources to the practice and scientific communities, development and delivery of training (with Co-I Lyon), and future planning. She will be responsible for communicating with NIMH and coordinating administrative and strategic Center activities.

Center Co-Director, Project 1 Co-Lead
Bryan J. Weiner, PhD

Dr. Bryan J. Weiner is a Professor in the Departments of  Global Health and  Health Systems and Population Health at the University of Washington (UW). An organizational psychologist, his research over the past three decades has focused on the implementation of evidence-based interventions in general health care, and in cancer care specifically. He joined the UW faculty in 2016 to become the Director of the Department of Global Health   Implementation Science Program. In 2019, Dr. Weiner became MPI of the NCI-funded   OPTICC Center, with co-MPIs Drs. Lewis and Hannon.

As IMPACT Center Co-Director, Dr. Weiner provides direction and oversight of all study activities and analyses and leads the administrative oversight of the award with MPI Dr. Dorsey. As Project 1 Co-Lead, he provides overall supervision for project implementation, which aims to develop and refine new, pragmatic methods for implementing mental health innovations in low-resource, community-based settings.

Methods Core Co-Lead
Predrag “Pedja” Klasnja, PhD

Dr. Pedja Klasnja is an Associate Professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan and an Affiliate Researcher at KPWHRI, who focuses on the development and evaluation of digital health interventions. Dr. Klasnja studies how technology can help people to better manage their health by making and sustaining health-promoting changes, and more effectively collaborating on health management with their healthcare providers. He is particularly interested in intervention optimization and methods for iterative and efficient development and testing of new interventions.

As Methods Core Co-Lead, Dr. Klasnja is responsible for leading the methods and product development along with Dr. Meza (e.g., toolkits, massive open online courses), and associated training in the Methods Core innovations, notably Challenge 2 (Match Strategies to Prioritized Determinants) and Challenge 3 (Optimize Strategies).

Methods Core Co-Lead
Rosemary Meza, PhD

Dr. Rosemary Meza is a  Collaborative Scientist at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in studying the implementation of evidence-based interventions for youth mental health in low-resource settings in the US and globally. Dr. Meza has a dual focus on studying innovation implementation and methods to improve implementation research. Her work focuses on improving access to quality care through designing and testing improvements to existing resources such as leadership, supervision, and peer support. Dr. Meza has expertise in quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, and community-engaged research.

As Methods Core Co-Lead, Dr. Meza works closely with Dr. Klasnja to oversee scientific execution of IMPACT-funded studies including deployment of methods, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. She contributes to methods development, refinement, and dissemination through products such as toolkits and training and leads the advancement of a methodology for theorizing about and testing mechanisms of implementation strategies.

Senior Advisor
Gregory Simon, MD, PhD

Dr. Gregory Simon is an investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, a psychiatrist in Kaiser Permanente’s Behavioral Health Service, and a faculty member of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine and the University of Washington. Dr. Simon’s research focuses on improving access to and quality of mental health care, especially for mood disorders and people at risk for self-harm and suicide. His specific areas of research include improving adherence to medication, increasing the availability of effective psychotherapy, personalization of treatment for mood disorders, evaluating peer support by and for people with mood disorders, prediction of suicidal behavior, population-based suicide prevention programs, and racial/ethnic disparities in mental health care. Dr. Simon currently leads the Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) a NIMH-funded cooperative agreement supporting population-based mental health research across 14 large health systems.

As a Senior Advisor, Dr. Simon meets quarterly with Drs. Dorsey and Weiner to discuss IMPACT Center leadership and progress, using MHRN as a model to provide support in optimizing structures, processes, and products.

Senior Advisor
Patricia A. Areán, PhD

Dr. Patricia Areán is a professor in the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Areán is a leading behavioral scientist, with expertise in cross-cultural mental health, geriatric psychology, assessment and treatment of depression and anxiety, the use of Human Centered Design for adapting psychosocial interventions and in the use of technology to conduct surveys, user experience research and clinical trials to scale. She is currently co-director of the NIMH-funded ALACRITY Center and directs the CREATIV and the MHATS Digital Laboratories at the UW. Dr. Areán has published on the recognition and treatment of depression and anxiety, methods for recruiting and retaining large and representative numbers of adults into longitudinal research, and acceptability of using digital data for the purpose of screening and treating mental illnesses.

As a Senior Advisor, Dr. Areán provides insight to IMPACT Center Co-Directors regarding future directions of intervention and implementation research.

Scientific Advisory Board
Linda M. Collins, PhD
Dr. Linda M. Collins is Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Global Public Health at New York University. She is also Professor of Biostatistics, co-Director of the Transdisciplinary Methods Core of the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, and Director of the Center for Advancement and Dissemination of Intervention Optimization (CADIO).

Dr. Collins’s research program focuses on methods for principled optimization of behavioral, biobehavioral, biomedical, and social-structural interventions. She and her collaborators have integrated ideas from a variety of fields — including behavioral science, industrial and control engineering, health economics, and decision science — to develop the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST). MOST is an alternative to the classical treatment package approach to intervention development and evaluation that has been applied in more than 150 National Institutes of Health-funded projects to date and in numerous other projects worldwide.
Kimberly Hoagwood, PhD
Dr. Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood is Cathy and Stephen Graham Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. She served as Vice Chair for Research in the Department from 2012 to 2019. She holds a joint position with the Division of Children, Youth and Families at the New York State Office of Mental Health as a Research Scientist. Before coming to New York, she was Associate Director for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Research with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), where she oversaw the entire portfolio of research on children and adolescents, spanning basic to applied studies. This gave her a broad perspective on research gaps and the theoretical and methodological connections that exist among different areas of science.

Dr. Hoagwood is Director of the Center for Implementation-Dissemination of Evidence-Based Practices among States, known as IDEAS, an ALACRITY Center funded by NIMH (P50MH113662). This work builds on two prior NIMH-funded centers, as well as numerous other federal grants and state contracts, all focused on improving children’s mental health services in state systems. Her specific research interests focus on parent activation in children’s health services, quality measurement in children’s behavioral health, and improving state policies that affect child and family services through the use of scientific evidence.
Lisa Saldana, PhD
Dr. Lisa Saldana is a Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director at Chestnut Health Systems Lighthouse Institute and Regional Director of the Lighthouse Institute Oregon Group. Her research is on the development, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based practices in public-serving systems. Her work has often focused on research and system change in child welfare settings. Lisa has led the development of evidence-based practice for parental opioid and methamphetamine use disorder (Families Actively Improving Relationships, or FAIR) and child welfare work force supervision (R3 Supervision Strategy). Her other areas of leadership include measurement of implementation process and milestones (Stages of Implementation Completion, or SIC) and implementation resource use (Cost of Implementing New Strategies, or COINS). She brings a strong emphasis on mentoring the next generation of implementation scientists.
Luke Wolfenden, PhD
Dr. Luke Wolfenden is Professor of Public Health at the University of Newcastle. He is a behavioural and implementation scientist in a research-only role funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator grant. Prof Wolfenden holds a number of leadership roles, including as the Director of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Implementation for Community Chronic Disease Prevention, Co-Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for NCD Program Implementation, and Co-ordinating Editor of Cochrane Public Health. He is also a Health Service Manager at a Population Health Unit, in New South Wales (Australia), where he oversees the implementation of population-based health promotion services across the Hunter New England region. His research seeks to reduce the chronic disease burden in the community through undertaking policy relevant evidence syntheses, conducting trials of interventions to reduce modifiable chronic disease risks, and testing strategies to increase the adoption and implementation of evidence-based interventions. He is currently focussed on the development and application of learning health systems as an approach to optimise and transform the implementation of health promotion services.
Briana Woods-Jaeger, PhD
Dr. Briana Woods-Jaeger is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Equity and Engagement in the Department of Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences at Emory University. She is also a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in traumatic stress and culturally responsive interventions. Dr. Woods-Jaeger’s research examines social and structural factors that link the experience of child trauma and adversity to mental and physical health inequities. Her work focuses on partnering with communities to identify ways to prevent adverse childhood experiences and support different systems such as education, health care, and community-based organizations in responding to the needs of trauma-exposed youth and families. She is currently a principal investigator on research projects supported by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and United Way focused on violence prevention and mental health promotion for trauma-exposed youth and families of color.
Community Advisory Board
Paul Davis
Paul Davis is a Program Administrator with the Washington State Health Care Authority Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. Paul has experience as a mental health and substance use therapist and has worked in public health in tobacco prevention and cessation at the local and state levels. Paul also launched the marijuana education program at the Washington State Department of Health after the legalization of recreational marijuana. His current responsibilities are tied to the provision of Medicaid-funded behavioral health services in Washington. This includes Wraparound with Intensive Service (WISe), which is an approach to helping children, youth, and their families with intensive mental health care, as well as the use of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool and its online repository known as Behavioral Health Assessment Solution (BHAS). His work also involves measuring and promoting the use of evidence-based practices in children’s mental health and ensuring that young people with developmental disabilities and autism have access to appropriate behavioral health services. Paul has a master’s degree in counseling from Oregon State University and also has the life experience of having 2 adult sons with serious mental health conditions.
Matthew Hardy, PsyD
Dr. Matt Hardy is Chief Operating Officer for Centerstone’s operations in Tennessee and oversees all clinical and business operations provided by Centerstone in Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. These include outpatient clinical services, community-based clinical services, residential and housing services, services for veterans and military families, and foster care services. He joined Centerstone in 2000 as a therapist, specializing in the treatment of adolescents and adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Additionally, Matt is a critical incident responder, providing post-crisis aid to clients such as the National Football League and Nashville Fire Department. He also helped launch the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics at Centerstone, a facility that seeks to improve the quality of life for veterans and their families. Matt holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Wheaton College and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Tennessee.
Rand Hodgson
Rand Hodgson is a principal at Tenino Middle School in Tenino, WA. He is currently working on his dissertation on staff social emotional learning. Rand was previously a math teacher, an advisor for Upward Bound, and a Social Emotional Learning and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SEL/PBIS) coach. Rand is a member of the B-THAT Prevention Coalition, which focuses on preventing substance abuse and promoting healthy families.
Vanessa Infante-Alfaro, LICSW
Vanessa Infante-Alfaro is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker at the Children’s Home Society of Washington. She strives to support her community at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels. She has had the opportunity to work with diverse populations in both rural and metropolitan areas. Given her educational background and her trauma informed lens, she specifically does well with clients who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her passion is in supporting therapists to increase their confidence and bring down the intimidation factor of being a mental health therapist. As a clinical program manager of a non-profit agency, she provides support to her staff as they implement evidence-based practices with clients and their families.
Terry Lee, MD
Dr. Terry Lee serves as Senior Behavioral Health Medical Director of Community Health Plan of Washington, a not-for-profit, only-in-Washington health plan, with Medicaid, Medicare, and Cascade Select (public option) plans. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and is board certified in psychiatry, child psychiatry, and addiction medicine. He provides consultation and dissemination support to Multisystemic Therapy-Psychiatry, an empirically supported program for youth and families with high behavioral health needs.
Minu Ranna-Stewart, LICSW
Minu Ranna-Stewart is a licensed clinical social worker and the Director of Student Support Services for Puget Sound Education Service District in Renton, WA. She oversees school and community-based substance use prevention and intervention, school based mental health prevention and intervention, behavioral health navigation, comprehensive school safety and crisis response, and school nursing support. Previously, Minu was the Assistant Director for a program based out of Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington. In that role she provided training to mental health providers across Washington state on evidence based mental health treatment models for children and adults, participated in clinical research projects, delivered trauma and trauma-informed trainings to the community, provided clinical supervision and consultation, and provided direct clinical therapy services to children and adults. Minu is also the co-founder of Milestone Behavioral Health Consulting. Through Milestone, she provides expert guidance and support to organizations seeking to improve their behavioral health services. Minu has a keen interest in race equity in behavioral health and ensuring that race and identity are always included as essential and necessary elements of prevention, intervention, and therapeutic services.
Eden Shaveet, MS, CPS
Eden Shaveet is a Bridge to PhD Scholar in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University and Chair of the Research & Evaluation Subcommittee of the Youth Best Practice Committee at Youth MOVE National. Eden is a person with lived experience in youth-serving mental health systems whose early career has spanned roles in youth peer support, participatory evaluation, and computational public health research. Currently, her research centers around information extraction from social media platforms for reliable public health inferences in partnership with public health departments in New York City and Los Angeles County. Eden holds a master’s degree in health informatics and analytics from Tufts University School of Medicine in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine and a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) credential from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Brittany Tillman, MHP, LMHCA
Brittany Tillman has been working in community mental health in various capacities over the past decade. Brittany has experience consulting with clinicians and supervisors in Western Washington on the use of evidenced-based practices through her partnership with the CBT+ Learning Collaborative. She has also provided Anti-Racist Clinical Training to enhance cultural competencies in community mental health. Brittany is currently working as a Child and Family Therapist in her hometown of Lakewood, Washington and the surrounding areas.
Center Administration
Research Coordinator, Administrative Core
Priya Dahiya, BA

As Research Coordinator for the Administrative Core, Priya Dahiya is responsible for the implementation of project activities in the Administrative Core under the leadership of MPIs Dorsey and Weiner. She will coordinate research meetings (i.e. Steering Committees, Advisory Boards), events (i.e. Deep Dive, Symposium) and communication across the Center. She works closely with Center Co-Director Dr. Dorsey to ensure that investigators and project staff are fully informed of the parallel activities between sites and projects, support the Community Advisory Board and maintain partnerships with the WA EBP Initiative.

Methods Core Project Manager
Rene Hawkes, BS

As Methods Core Project Manager, Rene Hawkes is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and implementation of project activities in the Methods Core. She coordinates mentoring consultations and workshops for Trainees (i.e., pilot PIs, IRI Fellows, SIRC), and collaborates with the Administrative Core on the IMPACT Center’s data collection, sharing and reporting to NIMH, and a Center-wide evaluation.

Project Manager, IMPACT Project 1
Carolyn Bain, MPH

As the Project Manager for IMPACT Project 1, Carolyn Bain oversees and monitors the budget, develops and monitors timelines, and prepares submissions to the IRB. In addition, she takes an active role in refining, testing, and documenting study protocols and procedures and oversees data collection activities. She writes and submits scheduled progress reports and reports study results for Project 1. For the Administrative Core, she will support Dr. Hoopes on community- and youth-facing design probe methodology including tracking invoices and ordering and managing supplies.

Center Faculty
Project 3 Co-Lead
Aaron R. Lyon, PhD

Dr. Aaron Lyon is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington (UW). He is also Co-Director of the School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center, an implementation research and technical assistance center dually housed in the UW’s School of Medicine and College of Education; Co-Director of the NIMH-funded UW ALACRITY Center, which integrates human-centered design and implementation science; and Director of the Research Institute for Implementation Science in Education (RIISE), a research training program for educational scholars. Dr. Lyon conducts quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research focused on increasing the accessibility and effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for children, adolescents, and families, delivered within contexts that routinely provide care to chronically underserved populations.

In the IMPACT Center, Dr. Lyon serves as a member of Steering Committee to ensure close collaboration with the UW ALACRITY Center. He co-leads Project 3, which will develop a streamlined and digital version of the Beliefs and Attitudes for Successful Implementation in Schools (BASIS) implementation strategy.

Administrative Core Youth Engagement Lead
Andrea (Annie) Hoopes, MD, MPH

Dr. Annie Hoopes is Acting Assistant Investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Washington, and an adolescent medicine physician at Kaiser Permanente Washington. Her research uses innovative methods and interdisciplinary collaboration to improve health services and systems for adolescents with sensitive health care needs. She has conducted formative research focused on measuring adolescent friendly health services and on adolescent contraception decision making and support needs. In her current research projects, Dr. Hoopes is examining opportunities for an online patient portal to meet adolescent sexual and reproductive health care needs and co-designing a digital decision support tool to facilitate developmentally appropriate adolescent contraceptive counseling in primary care.

As IMPACT Center faculty, Dr. Hoopes works closely with IMPACT leaders and partners to incorporate the voices of young people into IMPACT-supported research, products, and product dissemination. She also helps develop, refine, and disseminate IMPACT design probe methods. 

Methods Expert Consultant; IRI training Program Liaison
Byron Powell, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Byron Powell is an Associate Professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. He is Co-Director of the Brown School’s Center for Mental Health Services Research and Associate Director of the Institute for Public Health’s Center for Dissemination & Implementation, where he leads the Methods & Metascience Initiative.

Dr. Powell is President of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC), is Associate Director Designee for the Implementation Research Institute, and serves on the editorial boards for  Implementation Science and  Implementation Research and Practice. As SIRC President, Dr. Powell provides expertise related to strategic planning and outreach for the IMPACT Center, as well as insights into IMPACT’s training and involvement with the Implementation Research Institute (IRI) Fellows as IRI core faculty.

Methods Core Expert Faculty
Lorella Palazzo, PhD

Dr. Lorella Palazzo is a Collaborative Scientist at KPWRI who specializes in optimizing care delivery and improving access to health services. She has extensive experience in analyzing clinical data and evaluating health care improvement efforts. Inspired by her training as a sociologist, Dr. Palazzo is also interested in how social scientists can best collaborate with other health researchers to improve care.

As Methods expert faculty, Dr. Palazzo applies rapid qualitative methods to generate a comprehensive list of determinants operating in each of the clinics. She also helps prioritize determinants from evidence review, rapid ethnography, and design probe activities as a member of the research team.

Project 3 Co-Lead
Maria Hugh, PhD, BCBA

Dr. Maria Hugh is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas and an Investigator at the University of Kansas Center for Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Hugh’s research aims to improve young children’s developmental outcomes by identifying and testing tailored implementation supports for educators’ use of evidence-based practices. Maria uses her experience as a special educator and behavior analyst to learn from educators about feasible evidence-based practice use at the early stages of implementation (e.g., exploration, adoption). Dr. Hugh built her expertise in implementation science in schools as an Institute for Education Sciences Post-doctoral Fellow with the UW SMART Center and doctoral NCLII Fellow. She currently co-leads optimization trials on a pre-implementation support for school based mental health providers with the UW SMART Center team.

In the IMPACT Center, Dr. Hugh co-leads Project 3 with Dr. Aaron Lyon, which will develop a streamlined and digital version of the Beliefs and Attitudes for Successful Implementation in Schools (BASIS) implementation strategy.

Methods Core Expert Faculty
Marlaine Figueroa Gray, PhD

Dr. Marlaine Figueroa Gray is an Assistant Investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and a medical anthropologist who has extensive experience in field observation, qualitative interviewing, and qualitative data analysis. She has led analyses assessing the perspectives of adolescent and young adult cancer patients, their caregivers, and clinicians and medical decision making and care outcomes for women during pregnancy and for bariatric surgery patients.

As Methods Expert on Project 2, Dr. Figueroa Gray collaborates with Drs. Dorsey and Pullmann on qualitative interviews and analyses in Aim 1.

Methods Core Lead Analyst
Michael Pullmann, PhD

Dr. Michael Pullmann is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Washington, and provides methodological leadership for both the UW SMART Center and the UW ALACRITY Center in addition to his role with the OPTICC Center. Dr. Pullmann’s research focuses on community-based and participatory approaches in cross-system collaborative efforts. He has a particular interest in illuminating policy decisions through longitudinal approaches to data analyses of large-scale administrative databases, as well as implementation and dissemination efforts. His research has examined the unintended consequences and other ripple effects of implementation strategies in children’s mental health.

As a Methods Core Lead Analyst, Dr. Pullmann leads statistical analyses of IMPACT Center projects and offers centralized analytic capabilities to IMPACT-funded studies. He brings expertise in multilevel growth modeling, psychometric analysis, mediation, and moderation analyses.

Methods Core Expert Faculty
Nora Henrikson, PhD, MPH

Dr. Nora Henrikson is a behavioral scientist and Associate Investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and an Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health Department of Health Services. Dr. Henrikson is the Washington lead for the Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates AHRQ-funded Evidence-based Practice Center, where she leads systematic reviews that inform the US Preventive Services Task Force guidelines.

As Methods Core Expert, Dr. Henrikson is responsible for leading both the methods development and product development for Stage I method rapid evidence reviews.

Methods Core Expert Faculty
Paula Blasi, MPH

Paula Blasi is a Collaborative Scientist at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWRHI) who works with the Kaiser Permanente Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) on systematic evidence reviews of clinical preventive services for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. She also leads rapid literature reviews for KPWHRI’s Center for Accelerating Care Transformation (ACT Center).

As Project 1 Methods Expert and in collaboration with the Methods Core, Ms. Blasi provides expertise in evidence synthesis for IMPACT Stage I methods.

Project 1 Co-Lead, Administrative Core Community Lead
Ruben G. Martinez, PhD

Dr. Ruben Martinez is an Assistant Professor in the Brown Research on Implementation and Dissemination to Guide Evidence Use (BRIDGE) Program at Brown University. Dr. Martinez is trained as a child and adolescent clinical psychologist. He has clinical expertise in measurement-based care, assessment and treatment of childhood anxiety disorders, and culturally compassionate psychotherapy. His research focuses broadly on improving the implementation and quality of mental health services for underserved youth.

Dr. Martinez has several roles in the IMPACT Center. He works with Drs. Dorsey and Weiner to recruit community practice members, who will bring youth/consumer perspective to our Community Advisory Committee. He also leads Project 1, which develops and refines new, pragmatic methods for implementing mental health innovations in low-resource, community-based settings. He works closely with the Methods Core faculty and the Project 1 team to carry out the deployment of these methods at participating clinics and beyond.

Center Staff
Research Administrative Coordinator, Administrative Core
Virginia Lopez

Virginia Lopez provides support to the Administrative Core for many project activities, including ordering and managing supplies, drafting meeting minutes, typing reports and letters, scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, and assisting with manuscript preparation.

Sharon Kiche, MPH
Research Study Coordinator, Administrative Core
Sharon Kiche, MPH

As Research Study Coordinator for the Administrative Core, Sharon Kiche assists with tracking, communication, follow up and coordination of Admin Core activities. The RSC will work closely with the Co-Directors and the KPWHRI project managers and research coordinators on activities including supporting travel reimbursement and linking publications to NIH RePORTER.

Programmer, Administrative Core
John Weeks

John Weeks has been working as a data scientist and software engineer for over 20 years, with more than 10 years of experience working with health care data. He has specialized knowledge of research health care common data models, such as the HCSRN VDW and the OHDSI OMOP.

As the IMPACT Center’s programmer, Mr. Weeks is responsible for co-designing the relational database in coordination with Drs. Meza, Klasnja, and other project team members. The relational database connects all IMPACT Center-accumulated evidence and resources in an easily searchable manner and feeds content into the open-access website.

Research Specialist, Methods Core
Kayne D. Mettert, BA (Hons)

As Research Specialist for the Methods Core, Kayne Mettert provides expertise, mentoring and assistance for the IMPACT Center and its signature and pilot study projects. Responsibilities include conducting the scoping, review, screening, abstraction, and analysis for the rapid evidence review, as well as refining the rapid review protocol.

Research Specialist, Methods Core and Project 1
Abigail Matson, BA

As the Research Specialist for Project 1, Abigail Matson provides the following support: prepping clinics for Rapid Ethnographic Assessment (REA), collecting data, developing, and refining the Design Probe Toolkit, assisting with Barrier Prioritization workshop preparation, preparing materials for site visits, and agenda setting. Under the guidance of Dr. Hoopes (Methods Core), Ms. Matson will continue the refinement of the Design Kit methodology culminating in the creation of a Toolkit for Design Kits. Given her understanding of implementation science through Project 1 and Design Kit development, she will contribute across the Methods Core as needed.

Ruby Cramer, BA
Research Assistant, Project 1
Ruby Cramer, BA

Ruby Cramer is a research assistant in the Brown Research on Implementation and Dissemination to Guide Evidence Use (BRIDGE) Program at Brown University, where she assists the team on a range of projects and initiatives. She received her BA in Psychology from Bates College in 2023, with a minor in Rhetoric, Film & Screen Studies and a general education concentration in Public Health. In the future, Ruby hopes to further her education while remaining passionate about implementation science, liberatory psychology, and research as justice – and using community-engaged qualitative methods to re-center participant voices and address inequities across mental healthcare.

As a Research Assistant for Project 1, Ruby Cramer supports Dr. Martinez in his work to improve health systems for at-risk youth, focusing on equitable implementation of measurement-based care.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Project 2
Enoch Sackey, PhD

Dr. Enoch Sackey’s research interests focus on how to optimally use research to improve population outcomes and reduce service inefficiencies that pose endemic challenge to health and social care systems. He is particularly interested in the dissemination and implementation of culturally appropriate interventions aimed at serving traditionally underrepresented populations (especially children and adolescents in low-resource communities) and addressing the following topics: 1) structural inequities and reducing mental health disparities among ethno-racial minorities; 2) disseminating and implementing scalable, sustainable intervention strategies for improving mental health in underserved populations; 3) cultural adaptations of interventions; and 4) social determinants of health and wellbeing.

Dr. Sackey is originally from Cape Coast, Ghana, where he received his BSc in Psychology at the University of Cape Coast. He then went to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) for his MPhil in Human Development. From there, he went to the University of Mississippi for his PhD in Clinical Psychology and received his Pre-doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship training at the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston Consortium), focusing on trauma and behavioral medicine.

Dr. Sackey supports  IMPACT Signature Project 2, focused on optimizing supervisor coaching for peer leadership to support successful implementation of CBT and positive outcomes for youth.

Graduate Student Research Assistant, Project 2
Celine Lu

Celine Lu is a graduate student in child clinical psychology at the University of Washington (UW). Her research focuses on understanding strategies to support the community mental health workforce. She is also interested in leveraging research to inform mental health policies. Celine graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2019 with a bachelor’s in Psychology and a specialization in computing. Before joining the RISE Mental Health Lab at UW, she was a research coordinator for the Families, Emotions, Neuroscience and Development Lab at the University of Pittsburgh, under Dr. Jennifer Silk.

Celine is contributing to a survey investigating strategies to support a positive implementation climate by synthesizing ideation data into vignettes to test with clinicians. She supports Project 2 with recruitment, data collection, participant management, and data cleaning.

Research Manager, Project 3
Roger Goosey

As the Research Manager for Project 3, Roger Goosey assists Dr. Lyon in convening project meetings and is responsible for overseeing research staff and day-to-day project activities, participating in data collection activities as needed, and maintaining ongoing contact/follow-up with community partners and other collaborators.

Web Designer, Administrative Core
Elspeth Nolen, MSc

Elspeth Nolen is an experienced administrator trained in critical medical anthropology who uses her training to improve the impact and reach of the programs she works with. In addition to designing and managing the IMPACT Center website, Ms. Nolen is the Program Manager and Web Designer for the University of Washington Implementation Science Program led by IMPACT MPI Bryan Weiner, and the Web Designer for the NCI-funded  OPTICC Center and (a collaboration between IMPACT, OPTICC, and MECHANISMS).

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