Keynote speakers

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Amy D. Herschell, PhDAmy D. Herschell, PhD is a clinical child psychologist, an Associate Professor of Psychology and Family Medicine at West Virginia University, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Dr. Herschell’s research has iteratively addressed the implementation of evidence-based treatments (EBTs) in community settings and closely related topics. While her clinical interests have focused on young children with externalizing behavior problems and/or a history of harsh parenting, implementation science questions are broader than any one population or treatment approach. Her research has focused on three connected areas of study: 1) understanding community-based behavioral health services and perspectives, 2) developing and testing implementation models, and 3) refining and testing existing EBTs. Dr. Herschell has maintained a consistent record of independent funding since 2007. Her diverse funding portfolio includes grants and contracts from local (foundation, county contracts), state (BH-MCOs, state contracts), and federal (NIMH, SAMHSA, CDC) sources. Currently, Dr. Herschell is completing an NIMH-funded statewide trial to evaluate the effectiveness of common methods for training community-based clinicians to use PCIT. She also is completing a CDC-supported cooperative agreement to study the implementation of another behavioral parent training approach in early learning environments. Dr. Herschell is involved in the rollout of the Early Childhood Wellness Initiative, a collaboration with Community Care, a nonprofit managed care organization, to enhance services and outcomes for children receiving in-home care across Pennsylvania. At West Virginia University, Dr. Herschell is engaged in supervising doctoral students’ research and clinical work as well as teaching graduate and undergraduate courses.  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Anna S. Lau, PhDAnna S. Lau, PhD is trained as a Clinical Psychologist and is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Her research spans across the areas of disparities in children’s mental health services, cultural variation in risk and protective factors for child psychopathology, and community implementation of evidence-based practices for ethnic minority youth and families. Dr. Lau’s work on risk and protective factors for youth in immigrant families is informing her group’s efforts implement school-based preventive interventions for adolescents at risk of depression.  Another major collaborative project involves understanding factors that promote the sustained implementation of evidence based practices for diverse youth and families in community mental health clinics in Los Angeles County.  Dr. Lau’s ongoing research is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Spencer Foundation.  Dr. Lau is also involved in the supervision and training of doctoral students in the use of evidence-based practices for youth, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses related to Asian American Mental Health and the Psychology of Diversity. Dr. Lau is dedicated to principles of inclusive excellence in higher education, and currently serves as the Vice Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology and as the Chair of the Academic Senate Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools at UCLA.


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