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Dr. Mark Weist, Professor, University of South Carolina

Faculty profile

Mark D. Weist (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Virginia Tech, 1991) is currently a Professor in Clinical-Community and School Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina (USC). He was on the faculty of the University of Maryland for 19 years where he founded and directed the Center for School Mental Health (http://csmh.umaryland.edu), one of two national centers providing leadership to the advancement of school mental health (SMH) policies and programs in the US. He has edited nine books and has published and presented widely in SMH and in the areas of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS), interconnecting SMH and PBIS, trauma, violence and youth, evidence-based practice, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Recently, he has helped to launch the School Mental Health International Leadership Exchange (SMHILE, www.smhile.com) promoting global collaboration in advancing the field. Dr. Weist can be reached at WEIST@mailbox.sc.edu.

 

Dr. Kurt Michael, Professor, Appalachian State University

Faculty profile

Kurt Michael is a Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University (ASU) and the former Director of Clinical Services at the ASU Institute for Health and Human Services. He was trained at the University of Colorado - Boulder, Utah State University, and Duke University Medical Center. He teaches Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology at the undergraduate level and Child Psychopathology and Interventions for Children and Adolescents at the graduate level. His primary empirical interest is the development of effective school mental health (SMH) programs in rural settings. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Child and Family Studies and serves as PI on several state and federally funded SMH projects in western North Carolina, including partnerships entitled Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Centers in Watauga and Ashe Counties. He is active in national SMH initiatives (e.g., Mental Health Education Integration Consortium, Center for School Mental Health). In addition to Kurt’s teaching and research interests, he is a practicing Licensed Psychologist where he focuses on the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Dr. Michael can be reached at michaelkd@appstate.edu.

 

Dr. Melissa George, Colorado State University's Prevention Research Center

Faculty profile

Melissa, a co-founding leader of the Carolina Network, is currently a Research Scientist at Colorado State University's Prevention Research Center. She is a developmental psychologist who studies, develops, & implements evidence-based interventions that support healthy family processes and child/adolescent socio-emotional development. She is committed to research, training, and community outreach that advances effective and sustainable preventive intervention programs that promote individual and family health and wellness throughout the lifespan. Melissa received a Ph.D in developmental psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 and was a post-doctoral fellow in the department of psychology at the University of South Carolina before joining the Prevention Research Center in 2015. Melissa is also a certified Family Life Educator and promotes healthy family functioning within a family systems perspective providing a primarily preventive approach in collaboration with families. She is currently working in areas such as: comprehensive health-mental health interventions in school mental health; health service delivery applications of school-community-university partnerships to strengthen families and help youth; provider competencies for integrated health care; family-focused training for substance use prevention providers; community collaboratives to improve concussion reporting in middle and high schools; evidence-based cannabis use prevention programs in schools; provider use of evidence-based assessment in schools; youth and family access to and engagement in school interventions; statewide systems to support dissemination and implementation of EBPs to address health inequities. Melissa can be reached at Melissa.George@colostate.edu.

 

Dr. JP Jameson, Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University

Faculty profile

John Paul (JP) Jameson received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a focus in clinical/community psychology and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Appalachian State University. JP teaches courses in Community Psychology, Research Methods, and Abnormal Psychology. His primary research interests include rural mental health services, the dissemination and implementation of empirically supported treatments, and suicide prevention. In addition to his academic work, he works with numerous organizations to address mental health and prevention issues in rural communities in northwest North Carolina. Dr. Jameson can be reached at jamesonjp@appstate.edu

 

Carissa Orlando, Graduate Student, University of South Carolina

Carissa earned her BA in Psychology from Queens University of Charlotte and her MA in Clinical Health Psychology from Appalachian State University (ASU). She practiced as a Licensed Psychological Associate in North Carolina for three years, providing individual and group therapy to children and adolescents. Additionally, she served as a Clinical Research Coordinator for ASU’s Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Centers in Ashe and Alleghany counties. Carissa is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of South Carolina, where she is a member of the School Mental Heath Team. Her research and clinical interests include school-based mental health, suicide prevention, and treatment of self-injurious behavior. Carissa can be reached at corlando@email.sc.edu.

 

Kelsey Toomey, M.A., LPA

Kelsey completed her B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University in 2005 and her M.A. in Clinical Health Psychology from Appalachian State University in 2011. She then worked as a licensed masters-level staff psychologist for a community mental health center in Charlotte, North Carolina from 2012-2014 and as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Appalachian State from 2014-2015. As part of the ASC Team, Kelsey provided school-based mental health services to children and adolescents in two neighboring counties in rural Western NC and became involved in various research projects. Her areas of interest include diagnosis and treatment of adolescent disorders, and  school-based mental health. Kelsey can be reached at kelseyjtoomey@gmail.com.

 

Jackie Belhumeur, Clinical Research Coordinator, Appalachian State University

Jackie earned her B.S. in Psychology at James Madison University before receiving her M.A. in Clinical Health Psychology from Appalachian State University. She is currently the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Assessment, Support, and Counseling Center University-School Partnership in Ashe and Alleghany Counties, North Carolina.  She also teaches Abnormal and Introductory Psychology at the undergraduate level at Appalachian State University. Her primary clinical and research interests include health psychology, rural and community mental health, and mindfulness-based interventions. Jackie can be reached at belhumeurjr@appstate.edu

 

Whitney Van Sant, Graduate Student, Appalachian State University

Whitney is a third year graduate student in the Clinical Health Psychology program at Appalachian State University. Before attending Appalachian in the fall of 2013, she earned a B.S. from Arizona State University and spent 15 years working in the financial sector. Whitney is currently a clinical intern at the Assessment, Support and Counseling centers at Ashe County High School and Watauga High School. Her interests include diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in adolescents and young adults, suicide prevention among vulnerable populations such as LGBT youth in rural settings and applied research and evaluation with school- and community- based mental health programs. Whitney can be reached at vansantw@appstate.edu


Marisa Schorr, Graduate Student, Appalachian State University

Marisa earned her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Michigan in 2010 and is currently in her third year of the Clinical Health Psychology graduate program at Appalachian State University. At this time, she is doing her internship at the Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Centers at Watauga and Ashe County High Schools. Her research interests include rural mental health care, stigma, and school connectedness. Marisa can be reached at schorrmg@appstate.edu. 

 

Morgan Brazille, Graduate Student, Appalachian State University

Morgan earned her B.S. from Campbell University and started the clinical psychology graduate program at Appalachian State University in the fall of 2014. She currently works as a practicum student and research assistant at the Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Center at Ashe County High School where she provides individual therapeutic services to students presenting with a number of psychological and behavioral concerns. Morgan's empirical interests include child and adolescent psychopathology, suicide risk and prevention, and rural mental health service delivery. Her master's thesis evaluates suicide methods used in suicide attempts across varying geographic regions, races/ethnicities, ages, and genders in the US from 1992-2010 in an effort to better inform the prediction and prevention of suicide. Morgan hopes to continue education in a clinical psychology doctoral program in the future. Morgan can be reached at brazillemn@appstate.edu

 

Stephanie Lichiello, Graduate Student, Appalachian State University

Stephanie earned her B.S. from The University of Mary Washington in 2011 with a double major in Psychology and Biology. She conducted research and administered comprehensive neuropsychological assessments to adults with traumatic brain injury and other health concerns as a Psychometrist & Research Specialist at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia from 2012-2014. While working, she obtained a Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Aging Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at Appalachian State University. In addition, she is a research assistant and practicum student with the Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Center. Her empirical interests include child and adolescent psychopathology, suicide prevention, and social media usage and cyberbullying and their effects on mental health. Stephanie can be reached at slichiello@gmail.com.  

 

Elizabeth Capps, Graduate Student, Appalachian State University    

Elizabeth received her B.S. in Psychology with concentrations in Health Care Delivery and Neuroscience from Roanoke College in 2015. She is currently a first year graduate student at Appalachian State University working towards her M.A. in Clinical Psychology. Elizabeth works as a research assistant at the Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Centers at Watauga High School and Ashe County High School. Her empirical interests include the effects of expressed emotion and perceived criticism on adolescent clinical outcomes, cultural influences on mental health, and child and adolescent psychopathology. Elizabeth can be reached at cappsre@appstate.edu.

 

Daniel George, Graduate Student, Appalachian State University  

Daniel earned his B.S. from Appalachian State University and is currently a first year clinical psychology Master’s student at ASU. His current practicum placement is in the Appalachian State counseling center. Daniel’s interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, CBT and the utilization of mobile technology and gamification in the treatment of adult psychopathology. Daniel can be reached at georgedl@appstate.edu

 

David Riddle, Research Assistant, University of South Carolina

 David graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Carolina in May 2014. He currently serves as the full-time Research Assistant for the University of South Carolina School Mental Health Team (SMHT). David currently assists with lab managerial tasks, data management, and other lab related tasks. David also teaches two independent study in school mental health research courses. Prior to becoming a member of the SMHT, David worked at the Early Autism Project where he provided ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapy as an Advanced Line Therapist for two years. David continues to work for EAP part-time in a more advanced role as a Lead Therapist; a role in which he provides supervision to entry level therapists while overseeing the implementation of ABA services for clients. David is a prospective graduate student interested in M.A. and Ed.S.-level School Psychology programs. His areas of interest include parent and community-level engagement in services, reducing stigma and barriers to SMH through dissemination of research and outcomes, and promoting multidisciplinary approaches to SMH. David can be reached at riddled2@email.sc.edu.

 

Abby Albright Bode, Graduate Student, University of South Carolina

Abby earned her B.A. from James Madison University and received her M.A. in clinical health psychology at Appalachian State University in 2013. She completed her internship at the Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Center at Watauga High School where she provided individual and family therapeutic services at no cost to students. Abby's empirical interests are focused on the development and delivery of effective school mental health services for adolescents in rural settings and in youth and family engagement processes in school mental health services. Abby is currently a 3rd year doctoral student at the University of South Carolina where she continues to provide school-based therapy services for youth and their families. Abby can be reached at abbya@email.sc.edu.

 

Dr. Jon Winek, Professor, Appalachian State University

Dr. Winek received his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan and his graduate training at the University of Southern California. He is currently working with the ASC Center at Watauga High School. He has been training masters-level mental health providers since 1991. Currently he is a professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Appalachian State University. His recent research interests include multidisciplinary approaches to treating addictions and the provision of mental health services in schools. Currently he lives in the Western Mountains of North Carolina with his wife, their three sons, and two shelter rescue dogs. In the summer he is likely to be found on Watuaga Lake pulling water skiers. In the winter he is a movie buff and enjoys cooking for friends and family. Dr. Winek can be reached at winekjl@appstate.edu

 

Cameron Massey, Graduate Student, University of South Carolina

Cameron completed his B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2004 and his M.A. in Clinical Health Psychology from Appalachian State University in 2010. He then worked as a licensed masters-level staff psychologist for a community mental health center in rural Western North Carolina before accepting the position of Clinical Research Coordinator at Appalachian State in 2011. From 2011 to 2014 he worked with Dr. Kurt Michael and Dr. J.P. Jameson on a federal Title V grant that included a community needs assessment and evaluation, direct clinical service provision in a school-based mental health program, and research on a variety of topics. His areas of interest include diagnosis and treatment of adolescent disorders, school-based mental health, and issues surrounding rural mental health. He is currently a 2nd year doctoral student at the University of South Carolina where he continues to provide school-based therapy services for youth and their families. Cameron can be reached at cmassey@email.sc.edu.

 

Rafaella Sale, Graduate Student, University of Texas at Austin

Rafaella graduated from Appalachian State University in 2013 with a Masters of Arts in Clinical Health Psychology. During and afterwards, Rafaella worked primarily with adolescents in rural populations specifically on issues regarding depression and its common correlates before beginning her doctorate at University of Texas at Austin. Rafaella's research interests include the dissemination of evidence-based practices for youth and implementation issues for low resource areas. She can be reached at saler@utexas.edu. 

 

 

Dr. Joni W Splett, University of South Carolina School Mental Health


Joni received a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Missouri in May 2012.  She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the University of South Carolina Department of Psychology and Richland Two School District in Columbia, SC.  She completed a pre-doctoral internship as a school psychologists in Richland Two School District in June 2012.  Currently, she teaches an advanced school-based practicum class for school and clinical-community psychology graduate students.  During graduate school, she obtained several scholarships, research grants, fellowships, and travel funds.  She is co-editor of The Community Psychology School Intervention Interest Group Column and has published several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.  Her research interests include school health and mental health promotion, multidisciplinary pre-service and in-service training for school mental health professionals, and systems-level issues for school improvement.

 

Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Maria Pitre-Martin is currently serving as the Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, where she supervises support sections in the areas of science, social studies, fine arts, English/Language arts, mathematics, world languages, ESL, and health/physical education/athletics. Maria also serves on the North Carolina Race to the Top Implementation Team and has supported LEAs in writing their Detailed Scopes of Work to address the major reform efforts in Career and College: Ready, Set, Go.  Most recently she served as the Regional Lead Coordinator for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, where see supervised the work of Regional Leads in the eight educational regions of the state. Maria has served as the Chief Academic Officer for the School District of Philadelphia, which is the eighth largest school district in the nation. She has served as an Assistant Superintendent for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System in Louisiana and Pitre-Martin, a Broad Superintendents Academy Fellow with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University, has years of experience in the field of education. Before becoming an assistant superintendent, Pitre-Martin served as the Director of Research and Staff Development for the Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas. Previously as the principal of Oakwood Intermediate School in College Station, Texas, Pitre became one of the youngest principals to be named president of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and was named the Texas Middle School Principal of the Year.

 

Anne Stevens, Graduate Student, Appalachian State University

Anne Stevens earned her B.S. from Davidson College and is currently a second year clinical health psychology graduate student at Appalachian State University. Her current practicum placement is at the Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Center at Watauga County High School.  Anne is a member of the Appalachian Adult ADHD Adjustment research lab at ASU. Her specific research interests include how parenting style affects long term outcomes in young adults with ADHD, taxonomy of ADHD symptomatology, and the assessment of developmentally appropriate diagnostic criteria for emerging adults with ADHD.

 

Jennifer Wandler, MSW, LCSW, Watauga County Schools

Jennifer is a Clinical School Social Worker with Watauga County Schools in Boone, NC. She received her MSW from East Tennessee State University in 2007 with a clinical concentration. She has worked as a child and adolescent therapist for a community mental health agency, and currently coordinates the Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Center, a school mental health program at Watauga High School. Jennifer collaborates with Appalachian State University and assists in training Master’s level graduate students. She is available to parents, staff, and outside agencies for consultation, and believes in the interdisciplinary team approach to providing school mental health. Her areas of interest include school-based mental health and clinical service delivery in rural settings.

 

Greta Metcalf, LPC, QI/Training Director/Owner of Jackson County Psychological Services

Greta does a lot of things that are beneficial to the continuous growth of the Carolina Network. She also has a Facebook page. That's how we found this photo of her.

 

 

Dr. Ben Matthews, Director of Safe and Healthy Schools Support Division, NC Department of Public Instruction

Ben Matthews is the director of Safe and Healthy School Support at the Department of Public Instruction. He received a master's degree from UNC-Greensboro and a Ph.D from UNC-Chapel Hill.

 


 

Dr. Bob Stevens, SC - Association of Positive Behavior Support Network and  South Carolina Translational Research Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina

Bob Stevens received his BS from The Citadel, MS from the University of Oklahoma, and PhD from Florida State University. He has 35 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, coach, school principal, and college professor. Additionally, he was Vice President at Charleston Southern University and Vice President of Marketing and Research at Benefitfocus.com.
He is currently the Co-Chair for the 3rd Annual SC School Behavioral Health Conference, member of the Medical University of SC's, CTSA Scientific Review Committee and PI of Stakeholder Engagement for the Mid-South Clinical Data Network at Vanderbilt University.  Research topics include: data systems; behavior management; and school violence and bullying. Recently Bob has been a team member on several grants in partnership with Community In Schools (Social work in schools), MUSC (SCTR), South Carolina Department of Education (School Climate), and Winthrop University (School Leadership.). Dr. Stevens can be reached at robertnstevens@comcast.net.

 

Jason Icardi, Undergraduate Student, Appalachian State University

Jason is a senior (undergraduate) majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services. He is planning on pursing a PhD in clinical psychology following his graduation in December of 2016. He has an interest in working with children and adolescents dealing with depression and anxiety disorders. Jason can be reached at icardijk@appstate.edu.

 

Melanie Rosen, Undergraduate Student, Appalachian State University

Melanie is currently working on receiving her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology with a minor in General Business. She expects to graduate in May of 2017 with an honors in Psychology. After graduation, she plans to apply to a graduate program in clinical or counseling psychology, with the ultimate goal of obtaining her Ph.D., or possibly a Psy.D. Melanie's interests include clinical psychology, counseling psychology, drug use and abuse, and suicide prevention. Melanie can be reached at rosenmr@appstate.edu.

 

Alissah Shope, Undergraduate Student, Appalachian State University

Alissah is a senior Psychology major and Communication Sciences and Disorders minor at Appalachian State University. She will graduate in May of 2016, then plans to attend graduate school in the near future. She is also a research assistant at Appalachian State. Alissah is from Southport, NC, but currently lives in Boone, NC while completing her undergraduate degree. Her favorite topics include adult development, speech and hearing science, and research methods. She is interested in rural health, as well as having a career that entails helping the aging population. Alissah can be reached at alissahshope@gmail.com.

 

 

Luisa Abigail Hartley, Undergraduate Student, Appalachian State University

Abby is a junior psychology major at Appalachian State. She is involved with the ASC center as a Research Assistant. Her future plans include acceptance into a Clinical Psychology Graduate Program and the hope to one day become a Clinical Psychologist! Abby can be reached at hartleyla1@appstate.edu.

 

 

Rebecca Schenk, Graduate Student, Appalachian State University

Rebecca will earn her B.S. from Appalachian State University in May 2016. She is currently in the process of applying to Clinical Psychology graduate school programs. Rebecca serves as a Prevention and Outreach assistant in Appalachian’s counseling center. Rebecca is also a part of two research labs at Appalachian State University. She works with Dr. Michael and Dr. Jameson in their Clinical/Community research lab, as well as with Dr. Galloway in her Experimental lab. Her research interests include suicide prevention, depression, school mental health and psychopathology. Her future career goals after obtaining a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology will involve working within a rural community. Rebecca is eager and motivated to become a part of the Clinical Psychology field. She can be reached at Schenkrr@appstate.edu.

 

Holly Hauser, Graduate Student, Appalachian State University

Holly received her B.S. in Psychology with a Minor in Music from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2016. She is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Appalachian State University. Holly works in the Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Centers at Watauga High School and Ashe County High School with a focus on data entry. Holly's research interests include addictive behaviors as well as depression and anxiety in adults and adolescents. Holly can be reached at hauserh@appstate.edu.