Institute for Behavioral Health


Joanne Nicholson

Joanne Nicholson, PhD

Professor of the Practice

Expertise: Parenting and mental illness, psychiatric rehabilitation; web-based interventions
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Shannon Hennig, MA

Shannon Hennig, MA

Program Director, Maternal Mental Health Research Collaborative; Visiting Academic Scholar, Institute for Behavioral Health

Expertise: Maternal mental health, patient engagement, social media and mass communication, knowledge translation
Yaara Zisman-Ilani

Yaara Zisman-Ilani

Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Public Health, Temple University

Expertise: Shared decision making, person-centered care, engagement methods

Melissa Brown, PhD, MSW

Senior Research Associate

Expertise:  Participant/consumer-directed Medicaid waiver programs, community-based evaluation, behavioral health issues for individuals with disabilities and LGBTQIA+ populations across the lifespan, anti-oppressive research and pedagogy 
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Kristen Faughnan, MPA

Research Associate

Expertise: Health equity, delivery system transformation, community engagement, mixed-methods research and evaluation
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Victoria Lesser

Research Assistant, Candidate for B.A. in Biology and B.S. in Health: Science, Society and Policy

Expertise: Health education, health care delivery and policy, community engagement

Allie Silverman, MPH, MSW

Ph.D. Candidate, Heller School

Expertise: Sexual health, substance use disorders, health care delivery and quality improvement.
Melissa MacKay

Melissa MacKay, MA

Department Coordinator

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Susan Jones


Expertise: Positive parenting and family support

Tim Corey

IIDDEAL-2 Collaborator

Expertise: Faciliation, Mediation, Illustration, Human Service Systems