Staff Directory

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Co-Directors
Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH

Photo of Lydia ChwastiakUniversity of Washington, School of Medicine
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Global Health
Northwest MHTTC Role: Co-Director
Email: lchwast@uw.edu     

Lydia A. Chwastiak, M.D., MPH, is an internal medicine physician and psychiatrist. Over the past 15 years, her clinical and research interests have focused on the intersection of chronic medical illness and serious mental illness. Her clinical work involves integrated care models for patients with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders in both primary care and community mental health settings.  She has conducted health services research that has investigated the prevalence, impact and costs of cardiovascular disease among veterans with serious mental illness. More recently, she has adapted and implemented evidence-based integrated care models for low resource settings in the US and in Southeast Asia. Dr. Chwastiak’s current projects include developing and testing a community mental health center-based team approach to treating poorly controlled type 2 diabetes among outpatients with schizophrenia.
 

Christina Clayton, LICSW, CDP

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University of Washington
School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences 
School of Social Work—Clinical Instructor

Northwest MHTTC Role: Co-Director
Email: cclayton@uw.edu     

Christina N. Clayton, LICSW, CDP has been working in the behavioral health field since 1993.  She has primarily served adults who live with severe mental health issues, substance use, experience chronic homelessness, suffer from poor physical health, trauma and any number of co-occurring issues.  Christina has education and licenses/credentials in clinical social work, mental health and substance use, and highly values her direct service experience.  Prior to joining MHTTC, she spent 25 years working in and managing numerous clinical programs including: HIV/AIDS housing and health care, school-based mental health, substance use outreach and treatment, homeless mental health outreach, intensive case management, assertive community treatment, crisis respite, integrated care, housing first and other Evidence-Based Practices.  She has provided licensure supervision, training and consultation, and worked on multi-disciplinary teams in a number of settings.  She is also an Clinical Instructor and Field Instructor for the University of Washington School of Social work (MSW ’97).  She is extremely excited to help support the Northwest MHTTC serve Region 10 and beyond!


Administration
 
Alexis Karlson, MSSW

picture of Alexis KarlsonUniversity of Washington
School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences 
Northwest MHTTC Role: Project Manager
Email:
akarlson@uw.edu

Alexis Karlson, MSSW, co-manages projects and events for Northwest MHTTC. Alexis holds a master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington where she studied community and administrative practice. She has 10 years’ experience in administration of professional continuing education for mental health providers, including in-person training, remote learning, and digital courses. Her interests include development, delivery, and evaluation of evidence-based practices; dissemination and implementation research; and integrative medicine. 

 

Gabrielle E. Orsi, PhD

picture of Gabrielle GorsiUniversity of Washington
School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences 
Northwest MHTTC Role: Project Manager
Email:
gorsi@uw.edu

Gabrielle Orsi, PhD, is our Project Manager and provides administrative, technical and financial support on the team. She comes to with a background in higher education, distance learning, training, and project management. Gabrielle holds a PhD in Italian from Columbia University. 

 

 

 

Sara Peters, MS

 

Sara Peters headshotUniversity of Washington
School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences 
Northwest MHTTC Role: Data Coordinator
Email: sapeters@uw.edu

Sara Peters, MS, comes to the Northwest MHTTC with over 10 years of experience providing administrative support, and managing events, projects, and operations for organizations of various sizes. She is excited to contribute to the Northwest MHTTC team part-time as a Continuing Education Coordinator.  She recently completed a Master's degree in Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

 

Rebecca Ritchie, BFA, GradDipEd 

picture of Rebecca RitchieUniversity of Washington
School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences 
Northwest MHTTC Role: Instructional Designer
Email:
ritchie1@uw.edu
 
Rebecca Ritchie has been working in education since 2001.  Originally as a Visual Arts, and Design & Technology high school teacher in Australia, Rebecca moved into higher education working at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School, then Macquarie University, Sydney and moved to Seattle in late 2019.  Rebecca has a wide range of skills in curriculum and development, pedagogy, and technology.  She is passionate about creating effective, accessible learning experiences that draw on research and best practices in adult learning principles, educational psychology, neuroscience and design.


School Mental Health
Kelcey Schmitz, MSEd

Portrait of Kelcey SchmitzUniversity of Washington, School of Medicine
MTSS and School Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Specialist
Northwest MHTTC Role: School Mental Health Lead
Email: kelcey1@uw.edu

Kelcey Schmitz, MSEd, is the Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and School Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Specialist at the University of Washington School Mental Health, Assessment, Research and Training (SMART) Center. Kelcey has been involved in many Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) efforts providing training, coaching, and evaluation to schools, districts, families and community organizations to support the social, emotional, and behavioral strengths and needs of students within an MTSS framework. She brings extensive experience leading state-wide MTSS efforts. Kelcey is also part of the Washington Partnership Access Line (PAL) for Schools pilot project and the Washington State School Climate Transformation Grant. Kelcey has a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas.

 

Megan Lucy, BA

picture of Megan LucyUniversity of Washington, School of Medicine
MTSS and School Mental Health Program Coordinator
Northwest MHTTC Role: School Mental Health Program Coordinator 
Email: mlucy@uw.edu

Megan Lucy has a B.A. in Legal Studies and Minor in Education from University of California, Santa Cruz. Her professional passions lie in education, advocacy, and improving child-serving systems and she comes to the team with project management experience in the non-profit, advocacy, and business sectors. She’s excited to support school-based mental health practices as a member of the SMART Center team. Megan also loves all things outdoor-related. She spends most weekends outside climbing, camping, or snowboarding and is excited to explore the natural beauty that the PNW has to offer.

 
Nathaly Florez, BA

picture of Nathaly FlorezUniversity of Washington, School of Medicine
MTSS and School Mental Health Program Assistant
Northwest MHTTC Role: School Mental Health Program Assistant
Email: nflorez@uw.edu

Nathaly Florez has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Washington with a Minor in Spanish. She has been working at the SMART Center for quite some time as a work-study student in the position of a Research Assistant, eventually transitioning into the position of a Program Assistant upon receiving her degree. She also worked at the University of Washington Medical Center in the Patient Nutrition Department as a Dietary Unite Aide where she provided appropriate nutrition to the ICU patients. Nathaly is interested in gaining knowledge and experience to prepare her for graduate school and beyond where she hopes to help bridge the gap between technology and mental health for underrepresented communities through the implementation of school mental health. During her free time she enjoys being mentally and physically active by playing video games, gardening, walking the dogs, biking, and exploring new places.


Evaluation Team
Eric Bruns, PhD   

Photo of Eric BrunsUniversity of Washington, School of Medicine
Professor, Psychiatry: Childrens' Division
Professor without Tenure, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Northwest MHTTC Role: Director of Evaluation and School Mental Health Supplement
Email: ebruns@uw.edu 

Eric Bruns, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Bruns’s research focuses on public child-serving systems, and how to maximize their positive effects on youth with behavioral health needs and their families. Toward this end, Dr. Bruns focuses primarily on two areas with high public health significance. The first is intensive care coordination models for youths with serious emotional and behavioral challenges (SEBC). In this area, Dr. Bruns co-directs the National Wraparound Initiative, the National Wraparound Implementation Center, and the UW Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team, and has led multiple federally-funded research and intervention development projects aimed at defining and evaluating impact of intensive care coordination models. The second area is school mental health services. In this area, Dr. Bruns is Associate Director of the UW SMART Center, where he leads the Center’s Technical Assistance Core and directs its Department of Education-funded Post-doctoral Research Training Program. He has served as PI or Co-I on six Institute for Education Sciences (IES)-funded research studies, on topics such as development and efficacy testing of an efficient engagement, triage, and brief assessment approach for school clinicians, intensive Tier 3 intervention-models for high school students with SEBC, and methods for addressing racial disparities in school discipline.


Jonathan Olson, PhD

picture of Jon OlsonUniversity of Washington, School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Wraparound Evaluation & Research Team
Northwest MHTTC Role: Research Scientist
Email:
jro10@uw.edu


 
 
 

Marianne Kellogg, BA

picture of Marianne KelloggUniversity of Washington, School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Wraparound Evaluation & Research Team
Northwest MHTTC Role: Research Manager
Email:
mkello@uw.edu

 

 

 

 

 
Alya Azman, BS

picture of Alya AzmanUniversity of Washington, School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Wraparound Evaluation & Research Team
Northwest MHTTC Role: Research Analyst
Email:
alyazman@uw.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine Soon, BA, BBA

picture of Katherine SoonUniversity of Washington, School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Wraparound Evaluation & Research Team
Northwest MHTTC Role: Research Assistant
Email:
ksoon95@uw.edu

 

 

 

 

 


 

Faculty Expertise
Maria Monroe-DeVita, PhD

Photo of Maria Monroe-DevitaUniversity of Washington, School of Medicine
Director, Washington State Center of Excellence in First Episode Psychosis
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Northwest MHTTC Role: Associate Professor, Trainer and Consultant on EBPs including ACT, FEP
Email: mmdv@uw.edu       

Dr. Monroe-DeVita’s expertise is in implementation and services research related to evidence-based practices for adults with serious mental illness, particularly the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model. She has served as the Principal Investigator on several projects with the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, including the development, implementation, and fidelity assessment of 10 new ACT teams, and several Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) and Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) pilots across the state. She is also in the process of developing and testing novel approaches to better serving people with serious mental illness. She received a collaborative R34 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to develop and pilot-test the integration of IMR within ACT teams and is working to better define and implement integrated primary care services within ACT. She is also the lead author of the new ACT fidelity tool – the Tool for Measurement of Assertive Community Treatment (TMACT) – which has been disseminated and pilot-tested in several U.S. states and countries.

Sarah Kopelovich, PhD

Photo of Sarah KopelovichUniversity of Washington, School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Professor, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis
Northwest MHTTC Role: Assistant Professor and Consultant on EBPs including CBTp, FEP, AVT
Email: skopelov@uw.edu   

Sarah Kopelovich, PhD is a forensically-trained, licensed clinical psychologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine, based at Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Kopelovich is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and holds a Professorship in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis. Her research aims to enhance implementation and dissemination strategies for psychosocial interventions indicated for individuals with Psychotic Spectrum Disorders. She leads the only CBT for psychosis Provider Network in the country, which has received continual state funding since 2015. She regularly conducts workshops, seminars, and professional consultation across the country for mental health practitioners in CBT for psychosis (CBTp) and CBTp-informed care; Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis and Assertive Community Treatment; and diagnostic, suicide, and violence risk assessment. Dr. Kopelovich is one of the founding faculty with the Northwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center.

Janet Walker, PhD

Photo of Janet WalkerPortland State University
Research Professor
Northwest MHTTC Role: Consultant on Peer, Recovery and Family Services
Email: janetw@pdx.edu

Janet Walker's professional work has two main goals. The first is to improve outcomes for children, youth, and young adults with serious mental health conditions through rigorous research and program evaluation. The second is to improve competency and job satisfaction among providers who work with young people and families. Her work focuses on developing and evaluating interventions based on principles of positive development and recovery, and on improving organizational and system capacity to implement and sustain effective interventions through workforce development and the use of fidelity and quality assurance tools. Her research and related activities are guided by a commitment to collaborating with stakeholders, particularly including young people who have received services and supports intended to meet their mental health and related needs; and the families of these young people.