About Us

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion receives funding as a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center through the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Through collaboration, the center aims to conduct state-of-the-art research and knowledge translation activities to improve opportunities for community inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

The center is directed by leading researchers with expertise in community inclusion and participation in partnership with individuals who have lived experience with serious mental health issues, policymakers, and providers. The Temple University Collaborative seeks to:

Target

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obstacles that prevent people with psychiatric disabilities from fully participating in their communities.

Develop

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the services and support consumers and communities need to promote full integration into all aspects of community life.

Expand

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the range of opportunities for people who have psychiatric disabilities to participate in their communities as active, equal members.

Our Staff

Mark Salzer, PhD

Mark Salzer, PhD

Director

Professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University and the Principal Investigator and Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.

Richard Baron, MA

Richard Baron, MA

Director Knowledge Translation

Focuses his current work on the knowledge translation activities of the Temple University Collaborative, including delivery of training, technical assistance, and consultation services to provider agencies, consumer groups, advocacy associations, and county and state mental health authorities.

Gretchen Snethen, PhD, CTRS, FDRT

Gretchen Snethen, PhD, CTRS, FDRT

Assistant Director

Assistant director for the Temple University Collaborative and an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. Her research focus is on using community-based recreation to increase community participation.

Eugene Brusilovskiy, MUSA

Eugene Brusilovskiy, MUSA

Director - Data Analytics

As the director of data analytics at the Collaborative and the director of the Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability, Eugene’s research focuses on how various environmental factors are associated with community participation.

Jeffrey Draine, MSW, PhD

Jeffrey Draine, MSW, PhD

Investigator

Professor at Temple University. His primary work interests are rehabilitation, empowerment and recovery oriented services for people involved with the justice system who also live with behavioral health concerns.

Bryan McCormick, PhD, CTRS, FDRT

Bryan McCormick, PhD, CTRS, FDRT

Investigator

Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University.  His research focuses on the role of everyday social and community functioning in health and well-being for adults with serious mental illnesses. His work with the collaborative focuses on the interrelationships of body functions, activities and community participation.

Yaara Zisman-Ilani, MA, PhD

Yaara Zisman-Ilani, MA, PhD

Investigator

Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University. She is a psychologist and a mental health researcher. Her research involved individuals and families with serious mental illness and other chronic health conditions. Current research interests involved strategies to promote person-centered care, shared decision making and engagement methods, neurocognitive factors in decision making, care management and care transition.

 Beth Pfeiffer, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA

Beth Pfeiffer, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA

Investigator

Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University and a licensed Occupational Therapist. Dr. Pfeiffer’s current research includes a translation of her sensory and transportation work with individuals on the autism-spectrum to research with individuals with serious mental illnesses (SMI).

Greg Townley, PhD

Greg Townley, PhD

Investigator

Assistant Professor at Portland State University and investigator working with the Temple University Collaborative on studies examining social and physical environmental factors associated with community participation of individuals with serious mental illnesses.  His research interests include community inclusion, supported housing, and homelessness.

Laysha Ostrow, PhD

Laysha Ostrow, PhD

Investigator

Founder and CEO at Live & Learn, Inc. and a service user-researcher working with the Temple University Collaborative on studies related to peer support, community participation, and social welfare systems. Her research investigates grassroots innovations that present safe and effective pathways to independence from the mental health system by promoting equity and empowerment.

Katy Kaplan, PhD

Katy Kaplan, PhD

Investigator

Investigator working with the Temple University Collaborative and also serves as the Director of Human Services and Special Initiatives for Philadelphia Councilman-At-Large Dennis O’Brien.

Liz Thomas, PhD

Liz Thomas, PhD

Research Scientist

Liz is a research scientist with the Collaborative. Her research interests include early intervention in psychosis and implementation and outcomes related to peer support services.

Loran Kundra, JD, MSS, LSW

Loran Kundra, JD, MSS, LSW

Research Associate

Research Associate for the Temple University Collaborative. Her research focus is on parenting with mental health challenges and issues that mental health professionals with lived experience face in the workplace.

Kyra Baker

Kyra Baker

Supported Education Specialist

Kyra works as the supported education specialist of the center and also holds dual responsibilities as a research assistant on various projects.

Lou Klein

Lou Klein

Research Specialist

Specializes in researching methods of data analysis and applications of data management, analysis, and interpretation.

Stephany Wilson

Stephany Wilson

Research Coordinator

Stephany oversees several research projects and is involved with subject recruitment, data collection, website maintenance, social media content editing, and supervision of research assistants. 

David Glogoza

David Glogoza

Research Assistant

David is the coordinator of knowledge translation and marketing efforts at the Collaborative which consists of  managing the Collaborative website as well as all digital and social media marketing.

Malik Bandy

Malik Bandy

Research Assistant

Malik works on the Just Relations project, including data entry and data collection. He also conducts interviews with participants and carries out similar responsibilities on additional research projects

Sydney Taylor

Sydney Taylor

Research Assistant

Sydney is the newest member of the Collaborative and works on data collection, subject recruitment, and retention on a multitude of studies.

Becky Neergaard

Becky Neergaard

Student Worker

Becky is a neuroscience and economics double major and student worker/ part-time research assistant at the Temple University Collaborative. She helps out with subject recruitment, data entry, social media and data collection. Becky is interested in public policy, civic engagement, cognition and behavioral economics.

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