Colleen Harker is a project postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. Colleen received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests are focused on improving service quality and access for children with psychiatric disorders. Clinically, Colleen has a particular interest in treating anxiety disorders.
Viktor Lushin, PhD
Viktor Lushin is a T32 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. His program of research is at the interface of autism studies, implementation science and causal behavioral theory. Dr. Lushin received his MD from Ivan Pavlov Medical University, in St. Petersburg, Russia, and his Ph.D. in Applied Social Science from New York University Silver School of Social Work, where he specialized in decision-making studies and behavior change. His clinical and research interests are in improving the quality of mental health services for children with autism and ensuring that they receive optimal evidence-based care. Dr. Lushin has particular interests in studying the role of providers’ stress for the implementation of evidence-based strategies, and in developing strategies to reduce provider stress and thus to increase the use of evidence-based treatments, using a variety of digital technologies.
Brittany Rudd, PhD
Brittany Rudd is a T32 NIMH postdoctoral research fellow working with Rinad Beidas, PhD. She received her BA in Psychology from California State University, Fresno graduating Summa Cum Laude with Presidential and Psychology honors. After completing a predoctoral internship in child clinical psychology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Brittany received her Ph.D. in clinical science from Indiana University. Brittany’s postdoctoral research, under the mentorship of Drs. Rinad Beidas and Naomi Goldstein, aims to increase the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices among court systems that serve vulnerable youth (e.g., child welfare, juvenile justice, domestic relations). She is currently partnering with the Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services center to adapt and implement systematic suicide screening, assessment, and brief intervention.
Briana Shiri Last
Briana Shiri Last is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Pennsylvania working with Rinad Beidas, Ph.D. Briana received her B.A. from Columbia University, where she studied psychology and history. Her research to date has focused on the social determinants of health as well as clinical decision making. Briana is interested in understanding the material, social, and psychological constraints on clinicians' abilities to deliver optimal care. By examining these constraints, Briana ultimately hopes to improve clinical decisions and increase the uptake of effective interventions.
Simone Schriger is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, working under the mentorship of Dr. Rinad Beidas. She is interested in the adaptation and implementation of evidence-based treatments in low-resource domestic and international settings with a particular focus on sustainment. Simone is also an evaluator for the Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services (PACTS) project.
Lexie is completing her 2018-2019 clinical practicum placement with Dr. Beidas and Dr. Becker-Haimes. She is currently a third-year clinical science doctoral student at the University of Delaware working with Dr. Mary Dozier in the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up Lab. She is interested in studying the impact of adversity on child development and on the parent-child relationship, how interventions may promote healthy functioning and resilience, and how evidence-based interventions can be implemented effectively in the community. She studied psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, and earned her masters at Villanova University studying processes of risk and resilience in families experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia.