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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

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.

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: Co-Director

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: Director of Training

Sarah Kopelovich, PhD is a forensically-trained licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Kopelovich is an Assistant Professor in the department and holds the Katz Foundation Professorship in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for psychosis. Her current research is specifically oriented toward implementation and dissemination strategies for psychotherapeutic and psychosocial interventions for Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders. She regularly conducts workshops, seminars, and professional consultation across the country for an array of mental health professionals and trainees in CBT for psychosis; Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy; Individual Resiliency Training for First Episode Psychosis; Assertive Community Treatment; and diagnostic, suicide, and violence risk assessment.


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 Lead

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.

Janet Walker

Photo of Janet WalkerPortland State University
Research Professor
Northwest MHTTC Role: Director of Peer & Recovery Services

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. 

Janet's work with Northwest MHTTC focuses on developing and supporting the peer workforce.

Christina Clayton, LICSW, CDP

NW Clayton

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

Northwest MHTTC Role: Program Manager

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 values her direct service experience.  Prior to joining MHTTC, she spent nearly 20 years working on and managing numerous clinical programs including homeless outreach, intensive case management, assertive community treatment, crisis respite, integrated care, Housing First, various Evidence-Based Practices, providing licensure supervision, training and consultation, and working on multi-disciplinary teams in a number of settings.  She is also an active Practicum 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!

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

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 over 20 years of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) experience 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.