Jessica Barber, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) national Measurement Based Care in Mental Health Initiative. Drawing from her many years’ experience in training psychologists and medical professionals, her current area of particular focus in the Initiative is on developing educational tools and resources to facilitate implementation of MBC across the VHA enterprise. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Barber’s specialty is Clinical Health Psychology. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, and remains actively involved in training at Yale University and VA Connecticut Healthcare System. She received her Ph.D. 2008 in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Health Psychology Emphasis from Yeshiva University, the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Director of Training, YSM Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology, PsychiatryDr. Amber W. Childs is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry in the Yale School of Medicine. She is the Director of Training for the Yale Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology in the School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Division of Quality and Innovation within Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital (YNHPH) where she is a member of the medical staff. Additionally, Childs is the Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the internship program. She is also co-chair of the Education Subcommittee of the Yale Department of Psychiatry Antiracism Task Force.Childs’ work aims to improve equity, access, and outcomes in psychiatric services and education through data-driven quality improvement and a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She is dedicated to clinical and educational program innovations that support the implementation of evidence-based practices and diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts to improve clinical and educational practices. Across her roles, Dr. Childs professional activities include: 1) promotion and implementation of evidence-based practices (EBP), such as Measurement-Based Care (MBC), that prioritize person-centered, individualized treatment and improved psychosocial outcomes; 2) improvement of psychiatric treatment among those who experience chronic and acute psychiatric illness, particularly for young people who are marginalized and minoritized; and 3) cultivating a generation of psychology leaders who have a deep and sophisticated understanding of DEI as it relates to clinical service delivery, research, and education. Childs earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and completed a doctoral internship and post-doctoral residency at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital, where she specialized in child and adolescent services.
Assistant Professor of PsychiatryDr. Connors received her Ph.D. in Clinical Child and Community Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) and in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine. Her work focuses on improving the quality of mental health promotion, prevention and intervention services for underserved and minochildren, adolescents and their families in critical access points such as schools, community clinics and primary care settings. Dr. Connors is conducting research funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to select and test implementation strategies to increase the use of measurement-based care among school mental health clinicians based on participatory research methods and principles of implementation science. Her projects also focus on effective, strategic implementation of other evidence-based approaches in schools to promote student social and emotional wellbeing and resilience to adversity, stress and trauma. Dr. Connors has expertise with specific implementation strategies including learning collaboratives, effective training/technical assistance and ongoing consultation for clinicians, organizations and state agency leaders within education, health and mental health sectors. Dr. Connors is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she collaborates with the National Center for School Mental Health to advance research, practice, policy and training about comprehensive school mental health system quality and sustainability nationwide.
Professor of Psychiatry; Deputy Director, VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center; Editor, Psychiatric Rehabilitation JournalSandy Resnick is Director of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) national Measurement Based Care in Mental Health Initiative. She also conducts program evaluation of VHA specialty care and develops quality improvement strategies to enhance VHA mental health care. An expert in evidence-based practices for individuals with psychiatric disabilities, Dr. Resnick is passionate about data literacy and helping others understand how to use data to support and improve patient-centered mental health care at all levels of mental health systems. A licensed clinical psychologist, she is a co-founder of the Yale Measurement-Based Care Collaborative.