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

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.

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 of Data Analytics

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

Richard Baron, MA

Richard Baron, MA

Director of 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.

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).

Liz Thomas, PhD

Liz Thomas, PhD

Investigator

Investigator with the Collaborative and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of 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

Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative at Portland State University and investigator working with the center 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, Incand 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.

Matthew Federici, MS

Matthew Federici, MS

Investigator

Executive director of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery, he works with the Collaborative to study applications of community inclusion through peer support practices and translating TU research for models of peer specialist practices and programs.  He specializes in developing peer training and train-the-trainer models to create networks of Community Inclusion Educators that increase community participation; community awareness on the importance of participation to recovery, and advocacy approaches to remove system’s barriers to community participation.

Nev Jones, PhD

Nev Jones, PhD

Investigator

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 and 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

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.

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.

Lou Klein

Lou Klein

Research Specialist

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

Kyra Baker

Kyra Baker

Supported Education Specialist

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

Stephany Wilson

Stephany Wilson

Research Coordinator

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

Marketing/Research Coordinator

Along with coordinating various research projects, he is the coordinator of knowledge translation and marketing efforts at the Collaborative which consists of managing translating center research to stakeholders and managing all digital content and platforms.

Malik Bandy

Malik Bandy

Research Assistant

Works on various research projects at the collaborative. He is the lead research assistant on the Just Relations project.

Sydney Taylor

Sydney Taylor

Research Assistant

The newest full time member of the Collaborative and works on data collection, subject recruitment, and retention on a multitude of studies.

John Suarez, MA

John Suarez, MA

Research Assistant

A research assistant at the collaborative whose responsibilities include subject recruitment, enrollment and retention, IRB submissions, data entry, data editing, and other research related tasks.

Becky Neergaard

Becky Neergaard

Student Worker

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. Interested in public policy, civic engagement, cognition and behavioral economics.

Matthew Monteverde

Matthew Monteverde

Student Worker

While pursuing an MA in Geographic and Urban Studies, he is working with the Collaborative on data cleaning, data entry, data maintenance, and data analysis.

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