About Us

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 expert researchers in partnership with policymakers, providers, and individuals who have lived experience with serious mental health issues. 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 supports 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

Dr. Salzer is a professor of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Temple University and the Principal Investigator and Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.

Gretchen Snethen, PhD, CTRS, FDRT

Gretchen Snethen, PhD, CTRS, FDRT

Assistant Director

Dr. Snethen is the Assistant Director for the Temple University Collaborative and an associate professor in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University. Her research focuses on using community-based recreation and transportation to increase community participation.

Eugene Brusilovskiy, MUSA

Eugene Brusilovskiy, MUSA

Director of Data Analytics

Eugene is the Director of Data Analytics at the Collaborative and the director of the Laboratory on Geography, Mobility and Disability at Temple University. His research focuses on how various environmental factors are associated with community participation.

Richard Baron, MA

Richard Baron, MA

Director of Knowledge Translation

Richard baron is the Director of Knowledge Translation at the Collaborative and focuses his current work on the knowledge translation activities of the Collaborative, including delivery of training, technical assistance, and consultation services to provider agencies, consumer groups, advocacy associations, and county and state mental health authorities.

Jeffrey Draine, MSW, PhD

Jeffrey Draine, MSW, PhD

Investigator

Dr. Draine is a professor emeritus of Temple University. His primary research 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

Dr. McCormick is a professor in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Department 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

Dr. Zisman-Ilani is an assistant professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Temple University, as well as a psychologist and a mental health researcher. Her research focuses on individuals and families with serious mental illness and other chronic health conditions. Her current research interests include strategies to promote person-centered care, shared decision making and engagement methods, neurocognitive factors in decision making, and care management and transition.

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

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

Investigator

Dr. Pfeiffer is an associate professor in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University and a licensed Occupational Therapist. Her current Collaborative research includes a study which applies her prior sensory and transportation research with individuals on the autism-spectrum to individuals with serious mental illnesses (SMI).

Liz Thomas, PhD

Liz Thomas, PhD

Investigator

Dr. Thomas is an investigator with the Collaborative and research assistant professor in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University. Her research interests include early intervention in psychosis and implementation and outcomes related to peer support services.

Greg Townley, PhD

Greg Townley, PhD

Investigator

Dr. Townley is an associate professor at Portland State University and and Co-Director of the Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative. He works with the TU Collaborative on studies examining social and physical environmental factors associated with community participation of individuals with serious mental illnesses, and his research interests include community inclusion, supported housing, and homelessness.

Laysha Ostrow, PhD

Laysha Ostrow, PhD

Investigator

Dr. Ostrow is the founder and CEO at Live & Learn, Incand a researcher working with the 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.

Matthew Federici, MS

Matthew Federici, MS

Investigator

Matthew Federici is the Executive Director of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery and works with the Collaborative to study applications of community inclusion through peer support practices and translating research for models of peer specialist practices and programs. He specializes in developing peer training and train-the-trainer models, creating community awareness on the importance of participation to recovery, and advocacy approaches to remove systematic barriers to community participation.

Nev Jones, PhD

Nev Jones, PhD

Investigator

Dr. Jones is a mental health services researcher and assistant professor at the University of South Florida.  A community psychologist by training, her research and work with the Collaborative focuses on early intervention in psychosis, as well as interventions and supports designed to support the full inclusion of youth and young adults with psychiatric disabilities in school, work, and the community.

Katy Kaplan, PhD

Katy Kaplan, PhD

Investigator

Dr. Kaplan is an investigator at the Collaborative and also serves as the Director of Human Services and Special Initiatives for Philadelphia Councilman-At-Large Dennis O’Brien.

Loran Kundra, JD, MSS, LSW

Loran Kundra, JD, MSS, LSW

Research Associate

Loran Kundra is a research associate for the Collaborative. Her research focus is on parenting with mental health challenges and issues that mental health professionals with lived experience face in the workplace.

Stephany Wilson

Stephany Wilson

Research Coordinator

Stephany Wilson serves as a research coordinator at the Collaborative. She oversees several research projects and is involved with subject recruitment, data collection, KT content editing, and supervision of research assistants. 

Kyra Baker

Kyra Baker

Community Inclusion Specialist

Kyra Baker is the Collaborative’s community inclusion specialist, performing both interventionist and research assistant duties for multiple studies. She also hosts Collab Chats podcast and is involved in the creation of numerous documents and KT products.

Sydney Taylor

Sydney Taylor

Research Assistant

Sydney Taylor is a research assistant for the Collaborative who is involved with data collection, participant recruitment, and IRB activities on multiple studies. In addition to research duties, she also manages the Collaborative’s social media accounts and podcast.

John Suarez, MA

John Suarez, MA

Research Assistant

John Suarez is a research assistant for the Collaborative whose responsibilities include subject recruitment, enrollment and retention, IRB submissions, data entry, data editing, and other research related tasks.

LiaJo DeStefano

LiaJo DeStefano

Research Assistant

LiaJo DeStefano is a research assistant for the Collaborative whose responsibilities include data collection, participant recruitment and retention, and other research related tasks.

Olivia Jones

Olivia Jones

Research Assistant

Olivia Jones is a research assistant for the Collaborative who is involved in data collection, participant retention, and various KT activities.

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