Center Director

David Brent, MD
Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies and Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Clinical and Translational Science

Center Co-Director & Methods Core Director

Bruce Rollman, MD, MPH
UPMC Endowed Chair in General Internal Medicine Director, Center for Behavioral Health and Smart Technology Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Biomedical Informatics, and Clinical and Translational Science

Methods Core Co-Director

Kaleab Abebe, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Biostatistics, and Clinical and Translational Science Director, Center for Clinical Trials and Data Coordination (CCDC) Director, Center for Research on Health Care Data Center

Methods Core Investigators

Dmitriy Babichenko, PhD
Professor of Practice School of Computing & Information
Patricia Documet, MD, DrPH
Associate Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Associate Professor, Clinical and Translational Science Scientific Director, Center for Health Equity Associate Director, Evaluation Institute Associate Professor, Center for Latin American
Megan Hamm, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Melissa Saul, MS
Clinical Data Scientist, School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Stakeholder Engagement Director

David Kolko, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Psychology, and Clinical and Translational Science

Advisory Board

Dawn Gotkiewicz, MD
Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Maria Silva
Chief Program Officer, Allegheny Family Network

Screening Wizard Investigators

Oliver Lindhiem, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Ana Radovic, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
(412) 692-6677

Text2Connect Investigators

Tina Goldstein, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
Brian Suffoletto, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

BRITEPath Investigator

Stephanie Stepp, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

Scientific Advisory Committee

Brian Ahmedani, PhD
Director, Center for Health Policy & Health Services Research and Director of Research, Behavioral Health Services
Rinad Beidas, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Kate Comtis, PhD, MPH
Psychiatrist and Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program at Harborview and a UW professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
(206) 744-3425
Kimberly Hoagwood, PhD
Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
David C Mohr , PhD
Professor of Preventive Medicine (Behavioral Medicine), Medical Social Sciences and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Laura Richardson, MD, MPH
Council Member, Society for Pediatric Research Director, University of Washington Leadership Education in Adolescent Health program


Molly Adrian, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Attending Psychologist, Seattle Children's Hospital
(206) 221-1689
Nicholas Allen, PhD
Ann Swindells Professor at the University of Oregon; Director, Center for Digital Mental Health; Director of Clinical Training
Claudia Ardiles , MSEd, LPC
Mental Health Therapist, UPMC CCP - Wexford and Primary Care Center
(724) 934-3334
Randy Auerbach, PhD
Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University; Director of the Translational Research on Affective Disorders and Suicide Laboratory
Candice Biernesser, PhD, LCSW, MPH
Post-Doctoral Scholar
Jack Doman, MS
Director, Office of Academic Computing
César Escobar-Viera, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Vera Feuer, MD
Adolescent Psychiatry, Northwell Hospital
Jodi Forlizzi, PhD
Geschke Director and Professor of Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Ken Holstein, PhD
Assistant Professor of Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Charles Jonassaint, PhD MHS
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Social Work and Clinical and Translational Science at Pitt Department of Medicine
Geoff Kaufman, PhD
Robert E. Kraut Assistant Professor of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science
Robert Kraut, PhD
Herbert A. Simon Professor Emeritus of Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University
Chinmay Kulkarni, PhD
Assistant Professor of Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Celine Lu, BA
Project Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh FEND Lab
Tierney Ludwick, MSW, LCSW
Kids Plus Pediatrics Resource and Counseling Coordinator
Shannon Madden
Nadine Melhem, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Neal Ryan, MD
Joaquim Puig-Antich Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical and Translational Science
Sarah A. Sanders, MPH
Graduate Student Researcher
Jessica Schleider, PhD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology
Lori Scott, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Sam Shaaban, MBA
CEO and Senior Architect, NuRelm, Inc.
(724) 430-0490
Sheree Kay Shafer, DNP, FNP-BC, PMH, CNS-BS
Nurse Practitioner, UPMC Allied Health Medical Staff
724- 548-2283
Yoshimi Sogawa, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Director for Clinical Research, Division of Child Neurology, and Director, Early Onset Epileptic Encephalopathy Clinic, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Rich Tsui, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Jesus Villamizar, MD
Child Neurology Resident at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Jamie Zelazny, PhD, MPH, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing and Psychiatry


Amy Anderson, MS, LPC
Methods Core Coordinator
Tiffany Coury, MSCP
Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate
Lori Gaston, BS
Research Assessments Coordinator for the Center of Behavioral Health, Media & Technology
Brandie George-Milford, MA
Research Program Administrator
Shruti Idnani, BS
Research Assistant
Afton Kirk-Johnson, PhD
Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator
Megan LaPorte, MS CRC
Project Coordinator
Lisa Lichty, MS CRC
Lizzy Mann, MSW
Prima Patel
Research Project Assistant
Kajal Patel
Research Project Assistant
Giovanna Porta, MS
Senior Statistical Coordinator
(412) 246-5605
Morgan Rose
Research Project Assistant
Abigail Barner Watson
Clinical Assessor in Suicidality Research
Shantele Weaver


Nathan Anderson
Morgan Corren
Shante Talley
Christina Warner
Sophie Wecht