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Advisory Committee for MBC and the MBHR

Qualified Clinical Data Registry Advisory Committee

The mission of the Measurement-Based Care (MBC) initiative at APA is to advance psychology as the leading profession in using measurement-based care to drive clinical decision-making, and determining how to measure high quality mental health care and receive optimal payment for that care.

To support this mission, the Advisory Committee for MBC and the MBHR collaborates with APA governance and staff to (1) inform and influence the field more broadly about measurement-based care and quality; (2) make recommendations regarding the dissemination and implementation of measurement-based care; (3) define, develop, and revise the quality measures that are included in the registry; and (4) identify additional resources for registry users, mental and behavioral health providers, and consumers. This twelve-member committee is made up of psychologists and other appropriate stakeholders, with differing perspectives and areas of expertise in quality measurement, measurement-based care, and clinical research.

Kari Stephens, PhD Stephens is a licensed clinical psychologist and biomedical informaticist, and an associate professor and director of clinical research informatics in family medicine, with an adjunct appointment in biomedical informatics and medical education. Her current research focuses on electronic health record data sharing/integration and dissemination of behavioral treatments into integrated care settings to improve population health, particularly among disadvantaged populations. She holds leadership roles locally and nationally in efforts pursuing use of tools and methods that leverage electronic health data in research, particularly in primary care to improve health. She is an associate director of the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center, leads regional informatics innovations for the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, and is director of the Data QUEST Coordinating Center, a multistate regional data sharing network. She has been funded by NIH, PCORI, AHRQ, SAHMSA, DoD, CDC, private agencies/foundations, and local and state government agencies. She has conducted population-based research in medical settings examining areas that include service and disease disparities, posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, addiction, and opioid use, particularly in integrated care contexts. She also serves as a member for the American Psychiatric Association’s Measurement Development Technical Expert Panel.

David Bard, PhD Bard is a health services researcher with expertise in methodology, biostatistics, psychometrics, informatics, genetics, and behavioral science. He is currently the chief research informatics officer and director of the Biomedical and Behavioral Methodology Core (BBMC) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and professor and a Children’s Hospital Foundation Endowed Research chair in the OUHSC Department of Pediatrics. His research interests include clinical and field trials methodology, testing and measurement in the behavioral sciences, behavior genetics, and applied science in the area of adverse childhood experiences. Locally, he leads a team of developers for management of REDCap (Research Electronics Data Capture) and of the Prairie Outpost Project—a clinical data warehouse that serves research, quality evaluation, and clinic management functions, to include meaningful use quality control and quality measure outcome monitoring programs. He also chairs two governance bodies dedicated to the development, growth, and maintenance of data science infrastructure at OUHSC. Nationally, he has been active on a number of data quality working groups and initiatives to include the PEW Data for Performance Initiative for home visiting programs, the CHIPRA beta testing of ADHD electronic clinical quality measures and the data harmonization working group for the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network.

James F. Boswell, PhD Boswell is an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University at Albany, SUNY, and an associate of the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities (CEMHD). He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Penn State University and completed his predoctoral clinical residency at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Boswell is president-elect of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research (NASPR), and serves on the editorial boards of Behaviour Research and Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy Research, Psychotherapy, and the Journal of Clinical Psychology. He has published extensively in the areas of psychotherapy process and outcome, measurement-based care, and practice-oriented research. His work has been funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and APA. In addition, he served as a technical expert panelist on the government-sponsored white paper prepared for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) on Strategies for Measuring the Quality of Psychotherapy. Boswell has received a number of honors and awards from APA Divisions 12 (Clinical Psychology) and 29 (Advancement of Psychotherapy), the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR), the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI), and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).

Nick Bott Bott is a clinical neuropsychologist, licensed in California. He serves as the global head of technology ethics and responsible innovation at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Previously, Bott directed the high-value health care design fellowship at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center. In this role, he taught and mentored early-career physicians and clinicians in healthcare financing and reimbursement, and in the design of value-based care service delivery design. Bott has also served in chief science and privacy officer roles building and developing multimodal digital measures of cognition and emotion. He currently serves on the National Academy of Neuropsychology Professional Affairs and Information Committee. Bott received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Consortium and was a postdoctoral fellow in the departments of medicine and neurology.

Amber W. Childs, PhD Childs is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry in the Yale School of Medicine. She is also deputy director of the Yale Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Quality and Innovation, where she uses data-driven approaches to support evidence-based practice implementation as well as evaluating and improving clinical outcomes in traditional and telehealth psychiatric services. Childs had been a central force in spearheading the development and execution of comprehensive measurement-based care initiatives across adolescent ambulatory behavioral health services, staff education, and provision of clinical services. Empirically, Childs examines the role of measurement in enhancing patient and family engagement and collaboration in treatment services, with a specific focus on improving outcomes among historically and currently oppressed, underresourced, and otherwise disadvantaged individuals.

Additionally, Childs is the director of training for the Yale Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology and 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 earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and completed a doctoral internship and postdoctoral residency at the Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital, where she specialized in child and adolescent services.

Susan Douglas Douglas is a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate professor of practice in the department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. She teaches in the Leadership and Organizational Performance master’s program and also is part of the leadership team at Mirah, a behavioral health care technology company specializing in measurement-based care (MBC). Douglas has an active research portfolio focused on using MBC for practice improvement and organizational learning. Through her research and her work with Mirah, Douglas engages regularly with clinicians, supervisors, and agency leaders to explore best practices to sustain high quality implementation, including expanding our understanding of MBC mechanisms of action. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1999, followed by pre- and postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University and Harvard Medical School. Douglas serves on the editorial board for administration and policy in mental health and mental health services research. She also serves on nonprofit boards in international healthcare and in professional organizations both nationally and internationally.

Kimberly Hepner, PhD, Hepner is a licensed clinical psychologist and a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Hepner’s research focuses on approaches to assess and improve quality of care for mental health and substance use problems. She has led several large studies assessing the quality of care received by patients with unhealthy alcohol use, substance use disorders, PTSD, depression, co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, pain, and mild traumatic brain injury. Hepner has developed and applied quality measures using a variety of data sources, including administrative data, medical record review, and patient report. She has extensive expertise in assessing quality of care for veterans, service members, and their families. In addition, she has led multiple studies to identify barriers and facilitators to using measurement-based care and delivering evidence-based psychotherapy. She has also worked to increase feasibility and quality of psychotherapy training. Hepner previously served on the APA Advisory Steering Committee for Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines (2016–19). Hepner has led numerous cognitive behavioral therapy trainings for providers, with a focus on substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders. She also sees adult and adolescent patients in her private practice in Pasadena, California. Hepner received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona.

maggie-lanca Lanca is the director of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Wellness and director of Population Behavioral Health at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). She is also assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. In the Division of Population Behavioral Health, she oversees the implementation of measurement-based care in psychiatry and develops new programs geared towards precision medicine and improvement of patient-centered care through early identification and intervention of emergent behavioral health conditions. In neuropsychology, Maggie directs the neuropsychology service and oversees training of the neuropsychology postdoctoral fellows. Her clinical work has been to specialize in provision of multicultural neuropsychological assessments and understanding the factors influencing the assessment of patients of diverse backgrounds and with serious mental illness. Her research has focused on improving neuropsychology assessments through investigation of clinical outcomes, and stakeholder views of neuropsychological report writing. She has innovated neuropsychological screens in primary care, cognitive stabilization intervention during covid-19, and guidelines for the provision of teleneuropsychology during covid-19. She earned her PhD in cognitive psychology at Northeastern University and re-specialized in clinical psychology as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She completed her neuropsychology residency at Harvard Medical School. She is currently the president-elect of the Society of Clinical Neuropsychology, Division 40 of the American Psychological Association, and past president of the Massachusetts Psychological Association.

Kathleen Lysell, PsyD Lysell is a clinical psychologist, licensed in Hawai'i. She has practiced in community mental health settings, private practice, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. She worked for 32 years in Department of Veterans Affairs mental health programs in a variety of roles. She served as the national mental health director for informatics in the department’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention from 2005 until her retirement in 2018. She led a number of initiatives related to program development, with particular emphasis on supporting systemwide implementation of measurement-based care for mental health services. She managed a broad portfolio of projects supporting the development of technology infrastructure to support the mental health needs within electronic health records (EHR). Lysell’s areas of interest also include supporting implementation of evidence-based care, suicide prevention, and patient-centered care with specific support of patient access to their health records.

Liz McKune McKune presently serves as the associate vice president of Population and Behavioral Health Strategy for Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare. She has represented the Association of Community Affiliated Plans on the American Psychiatric Association Measure Development Technical Expert Panel. She is a Kentucky Licensed Psychologist with a specialty in health psychology. McKune presently serves on the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology and is a past chair. She is a past-president of the Kentucky Psychological Association and the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky. She is a former director of Mental Health for the Kentucky Department of Corrections; Kentucky Psychological Association Director of Professional Affairs; director of Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Brain Injury Programs at Frazier Rehabilitation Institute; and director of the Health Psychology Emphasis Area and adjunct clinical associate professor at Spalding University School of Professional Psychology. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville and the University of Missouri, Columbia. McKune resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband Joe and two daughters, Maggie and Katie.

Dylan Ross Ross is vice president of clinical innovations at Rogers Behavioral Health, where he is responsible for leading the strategy and managing operations for virtual treatment programs across Rogers sites. He is also responsible for data collection and research and using technology and innovation to enhance patient engagement. An organizational psychologist and independently licensed behavioral health clinician (LPCC, LMFT), Ross’ leadership experience spans clinical operations, quality improvement, healthcare system integration, behavioral health product design, end-user driven innovation, and measurement-based care. He previously served as the national director of clinical strategy for Optum Behavioral Health, which is part of UnitedHealth Group. In addition, he held positions with Kaiser Permanente in Colorado, The Permanente Medical Group in northern California, and the Care Management Institute within Kaiser Permanente’s National Program Offices, where he worked to increase behavioral health primary care integration, advance clinical innovation, and drive quality and outcomes improvement. Dr. Ross earned both his Doctor of Philosophy in organizational psychology and a Master of Arts in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. He also holds a Master of Arts in clinical counseling from Sonoma State University and a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt, both in California.

Nan Rothrock, PhD Rothrock is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor in the departments of medical social sciences, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She is a health outcomes researcher with a focus on patient-reported outcome (PRO) measurement development and application. Her work centers on the implementation of PROs in clinical practice through developing technological solutions, conducting methodological research, and providing clinician education. She served as a coinvestigator on the Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) initiative from 2004–15 and a coinvestigator and Outreach Core lead for the Person-Centered Assessment Resource (HealthMeasures) grant supporting ongoing work for PROMIS, Neuro-QoL, and other NIH funded measurement efforts from 2014–19. She serves as an expert panel member for both CMS and NQF for developing PRO-based quality measures. In her clinical role, she provides psychological evaluation and treatment at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Last updated: February 2022Date created: June 2018