Center for Behavioral Health Sciences

Faculty

Dr. Susan Bazyk, Professor, School of Health Sciences, College of Sciences and Health Professions, has conducted research in the field of mental health promotion, prevention, and intervention for children and youth, after-school programming for low-income urban youth, and school-based practice. 

CylesteCollinsDr. Cyleste C. Collins, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, is a mixed-methods researcher who focuses on understanding psychosocial processes in a cultural context, using cognitive anthropological theory and methods. Dr. Collins employs community-based participatory approaches and focuses on addressing the social determinants of health and health disparities.

DonaldAllensworthDaviesDr. Donald Allensworth-Davies, Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences, College of Sciences and Health Professions, focuses on LGBT health work, which includes substance use and mental illness as key factors in improving the health of LGBT communities. For several years, he worked with the AHEAD study in Boston, a randomized control trial funded by NIAAA/NIDA comparing the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary substance use clinic compared to the usual path of care.

FullerDr. Kim Fuller, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, has been involved in research involving the role of culture, oppression, and marginalization in individuals’ ability to access resources and health care. She applies a culturally-informed perspective, where experiences are understood both individually and collectively.

Dr. Robert Gleeson, Professor and Albert A. Levin Chair of Urban Studies and Public Service, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, conducts research in partnership with behavioral health professionals, policy makers, and funding agencies that seek innovative methods of client-focused service delivery through multi-disciplinary and multi-agency collaboration. His work focuses on identifying policy barriers and organizational barriers that impede collaboration among behavioral health professionals.

LizGoncyDr. Elizabeth Goncy, Assistant Professor, ‪ Department of Psychology, College of Sciences and Health Professions, has research interests in understanding risk and protective factors for substance use/abuse, and other problem behaviors for adolescents and young adults. She is particularly interested in understanding how risk and protective factors for substance abuse and mental health concerns impact relationship quality.

ElliottIngersollDr. Elliott Ingersoll, Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling, Administration, Supervision & Adult Learning, College of Education and Human Services. Dr. Ingersoll’s primary research areas are in psychiatric diagnosis and nosology, psychotropic medication, and work in treating individuals suffering from substance use disorders.

Dr. Karen Keptner, Assistant Professor, School of Health Sciences, College of Sciences and Health Professions, has research interests in first-episode psychosis among university students and the role of occupational therapy and other health professions.

BillKosteasDr. Billy Kosteas, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, has expertise in using statistical techniques such as selection correction models and propensity score matching to help to identify causal effects of a treatment when the selection into the treatment group is not completely random. In terms of relevant research, Dr. Kosteas has conducted research on the determinants and labor market impacts of regular physical activity.

CathleenLewandowskiDr. Cathleen Lewandowski, Professor and Director of the School of Social Work, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. She has conducted studies in the field of addiction, especially among women, as well as in child welfare. She has used focus groups of African-American women to examine their perceptions of the interface of HIV, substance abuse and other related concerns. She has also used mixed methods approaches to examine the impact of a multi-agency service environment, as well as social support on women’s drug treatment completion.

ShereenNaserDr. Shereen Naser, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Sciences and Health Professions, research agenda focuses on addressing youth mental health in the school setting, and in developing interdisciplinary strategies to prevent mental health concerns among youth.

StoddardDareDr. Patricia Stoddard Dare, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, is a former mental health services research fellow with the National Institute of Mental Health.  An expert in program evaluation, her research focuses on vulnerabilities experienced by children, youth and families such as substance use disorders, mental health issues, delinquency, limiting health conditions, maltreatment, food insecurity, and health policy.

Dr. Miyuki Fukushima Tedor, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Anthropology, and Sociology, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, is trained as a quantitative criminologist. Her research has focused on theory testing of deviant behaviors using secondary data, focusing specifically on alcohol use, academic deviance, and juvenile delinquency.

IlyaYaroslavskyDr. Ilya Yaroslavsky, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Sciences and Health Professions. His research focuses on understanding how physiological, psychosocial, and familial factors contribute to the risk, long-term course, and outcomes of depressive disorders. His research aims to elucidate the relationship between depression risk, and ways that individuals attempt to attenuate emotional regulation and the modifying effects of physiological processes and contextual factors on successful emotional regulation responses. His research also seeks to clarify the roles of depression and emotion regulation deficits in increasing individual’s risk for substance use, as well as the extent that depression impedes substance abuse treatment outcomes.

WenbingZhaoDr. Wenbing Zhao, Professor, Computer Engineering, Washkewicz College of Engineering, research area is smart and connected health.  He is currently collaborating on two projects related to behavioral health; one on using technology to assist students with autism, and another on using technology to identify pre-dementia.