Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Faculty

Steve Berkowitz, MD

Steve Berkowitz, MD

Curriculum vitae
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Berkowitz develops treatment and intervention models and evaluates their effectiveness. His work focused on psychosocially stressed and disadvantaged children, adolescents and individuals. He is currently the principal investigator in Philadelphia on a DSM V field trial for children that have been chronically traumatized. The study is funded by the Juvenile Research Institute in Boston.


Rinad Beidas, PhD

Rinad Beidas, PhD

Curriculum vitae
Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

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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 has published over 60 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 health. Dr. Beidas’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 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.  


Dennis Culhane, PhD

Dennis Culhane, PhD

Curriculum vitae
Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy and Research Professor, School of Policy and Practice; Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania 

Dr. Culhane’s primary area of research is homelessness and assisted housing policy. His research has contributed to efforts to address the housing and support needs of people experiencing housing emergencies and long-term homelessness. His recent research includes studies of vulnerable youth and young adults, including those transitioning from foster care, juvenile justice, and residential treatment services. He is also the Director of Research for the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. He serves as the co-director for the Intelligence for Social Policy initiative, a MacArthur-funded project to promote the development of integrated database systems by states and localities for policy analysis and systems reform. He also co-directs the Cartographic Modeling Laboratory (CML), which applies spatial analysis to model the impact of the social and built environments on health, development, and behavior.


Trevor Hadley, PhD

Trevor Hadley, PhD

Curriculum vitae
Former Director, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research;
Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry 
Perelman School of Medicine 
University of Pennsylvania 

Dr. Hadley is the founder and former Director of the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. A senior mental health services researcher and public policy expert, he formerly served in public sector positions as commissioner and deputy commissioner in several state mental health agencies and currently serves as a management and systems change consultant to several states and national organizations.  He is responsible for conducting research projects focusing on utilization, cost, benefits and staffing of mental health programs. Collaboration with public mental health systems in managing a mental health services research program is essential and poses many logistical and organizational difficulties that require long-term maintenance of public-academic relationships.  Dr. Hadley's ability to initiate, foster, and maintain such relationships between the Center and public mental health institutions and the academic community is one of the unique strengths of the Center. Internationally, his work has included consultation with mental health programs in England, Canada, Japan, Turkey and with the World Health Organization.


Christina Kang-Yi, PhD

Christina Kang-Yi, PhD

Curriculum vitae
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania 

Dr. Kang-Yi’s research aims to improve systems of care for persons with mental illness and their families. She has an extensive experience in the evaluation of publicly funded programs involving children and families in mental health and child welfare systems. Her most recent work focuses on adolescents with mental illness and their transition to adulthood. She is currently the principal investigator for the studies including Development of System-Level Intervention to Improve Outcomes for Transition-Age Youth and Persons with Mental Illness and their Re-entry to Jail, and the co-principal investigator for a study titled Effect of School Therapeutic Services Program on Children’s Behavioral Well-Being and School Achievement. Dr. Kang-Yi received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice and Ph.D. from the Columbia University School of Social Work. She did her postdoctoral fellowship at the Penn Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research.


David S. Mandell, ScD

David S. Mandell, ScD

Curriculum vitae
Director, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research; 
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics, 
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania 

David S. Mandell, ScD, University of Pennsylvania, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, directs the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. Dr. Mandell is also Associate Director of the Center for Autism Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The goal of his research is to improve the quality of care individuals with autism receive in their communities. This research is of two types. The first examines, at the state and national level, the effects of different strategies to organize, finance and deliver services on service use patterns and outcomes. The second consists of experimental studies designed to determine the best strategies to successfully implement proven-efficacious practices in community settings. Dr. Mandell holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Columbia University and a doctorate of science from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health


Steven Marcus, PhD

Steven Marcus, PhD

Curriculum vitae
Research Associate Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice; 
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, 
University of Pennsylvania 

Dr. Marcus is an epidemiologist, statistician, and computer scientist. He is a health services researcher studying the outcomes, quality of care, and pharmacoepidemiology of vulnerable patients. He has extensive expertise in designing, implementing, and analyzing results of field research studies and is an expert in the analysis of large claims databases (pharmacy claims, Medicaid, private insurance), hospital discharge datasets, public use survey data, and smaller proprietary research databases to answer important national policy questions related to health quality of care and service use. In addition, he has served as a research methods and statistical consultant on a wide variety of NIH funded grants. His research has led to over 150 scholarly publications in leading academic journals.


Aileen Rothbard, ScD

Aileen Rothbard, ScD

Curriculum vitae
Research Professor, School of Social Policy and Practice and Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania 

Dr. Rothbard is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rothbard’s research examines the impact of policy changes, program implementation and technological innovations on system utilization, cost efficiency and outcome effectiveness for persons with serious mental illness and co-occurring disorders.  Her expertise is in processing large data bases, innovative approaches to integrating patient files across data sources and analyzing and modeling utilization and cost issues employing innovative techniques such as data envelopment analysis (DEA), queuing and simulation models.  Dr. Rothbard has overseen the development of an integrated longitudinal database beginning in 1987 on all public sector clients receiving behavioral health care in Pennsylvania and has done a host of evaluation studies using that dataset. 

She recently completed a study with the State of Pennsylvania examining the capacity of the mental health system to provide access to inpatient care to individuals with mental health problems.  Dr Rothbard has received competitively reviewed grants examining the role of the physician in the treatment of serious mental disorders (NIMH), the cost effectiveness of managed care for persons with SMI (SAMHSA) and for individuals with alcohol disorders (NIM H) and an NIMH grant examining the use of an innovative queuing network application for residential planning in mental health that deals with problems of congestion. We are working on a user-friendly interface with providers that will enable them to determine the number and level of inpatient, residential and outpatient resources they need to optimize their system.   In conjunction with this project, I recently completed a study funded by the State of Pennsylvania on inpatient psychiatric bed capacity and am working on a model that will project bed future bed needs. I am engaged in research full time and support my salary with grants from Federal, State and local sources as well as foundations.


Cynthia Zubritsky, PhD

Cynthia Zubritsky, PhD

Curriculum vitae
Director of Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health Initiatives; Senior Research Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania 

Dr. Zubritsky has extensive experience in behavioral healthcare for older adults and in management and organizational issues in behavioral healthcare systems, including integrated systems design, outcome measurement, quality assurance measurement, process evaluation and the design and implementation of services for integrated care and of cultural competency initiatives for behavioral health systems. She is the founder and Director of the Delaware Evaluation and Research Institute.  She has been supported by private foundations such as Pew to develop intervention studies for vulnerable populations programs and has served as the primary investigator of NIH and SAMHSA sponsored research, including Children’s Systems of Care studies, health disparities, integrated systems research targeted at building collaborative models between mental health, substance abuse, aging, corrections and education, and a national multi-site study investigating the effectiveness of integrated primary care and behavioral health service delivery models. Dr. Zubritsky has developed national system standards, provider guidelines and clinical competencies for public sector behavioral healthcare programs for multiple treatment populations, including children and adolescents and five ethnic groups.  She has served as a national expert in integrated services for the Rand Corporation, is the Chair of the National Outcomes Roundtable for Children and Families, and is a senior fellow at the Penn-MARCH Institute, the Leonard Davis Institute and the University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging.



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