Research & Scholarly Activities

Selected Presentations & Publications by BeST Center Staff


Harry J. Sivec, Ph.D., and Valerie Kreider, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, presented, “Improvement in attitudes about working with psychosis following Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBT-p) Training” at BeckFest, an international meeting for those working in CBT-p, in Philadelphia, July 2, 2019.

Patti Fetzer, LISW-S, presented “Inspiring and Supporting Ohio’s Mental Health Workforce with State -of–the-Science Practices and Tools” to the Mental Health and Addictions Advocacy Coalition in Cleveland June 11, 2019.

Bryn Oldham, PCC-S, presented a poster, “Moving CET research into community mental health settings,” at the 22nd Annual Cognitive Remediation in Psychiatry Conference in New York City June 7, 2019.

Danelle Hupp, Ph.D., and Crystal Dunivant, LSW, presented “Family-based Services for FIRST Program Clients,” at the Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health statewide conference in Columbus, May 21, 2019.

Danelle Hupp, Ph.D., presented, “Mental Health and the Role of Friends and Family” at the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County Training Institute May 17, 2019.

Harry J. Sivec, Ph.D., Valerie Kreider, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, presented “Introduction to Strategies for Working with Psychosis Informed by CBT-p” at the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County Training Institute April 23, 2019.

Erik Messamore, M.D., Ph.D., presented “The Crossroad of Technology and Psychiatry – The Future in Now” at the 2019 Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association Annual Psychiatric Update in Columbus March 31, 2019.

Patti Fetzer, LISW-S, Iruma Bella (OnTrackNY), Tamara Sale (EASA) and Adriana Furuzawa (Felton Institute) presented a digital poster, “Coordinated Specialty Care for Early Psychosis Implementation in Four U.S. States,” at NATCON March 25-27, 2019, in Nashville.

Nichole Ammon, LPCC-S, Russell Spieth, Ph.D., Sara Dugan, Pharm.D., Jessica Zavala, MPA, and Jami Brewer presented “From Schizophrenia to Addiction: Using ECHO to Change Practice and Create a New Narrative in Psychiatry,” and poster “Hidden Champions: The Role of the ECHO Coordinators,” at the March 15 MetaECHO conference in Albuquerque.

Crystal Dunivant, LSW, consultant and trainer for Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis, presented a statewide webinar, “FIRST Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis” to the National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter March 13, 2019.

The following BeST Center staff members presented at the All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry in Columbus March 15-16, 2019:

Nicholas Dunlap, LPCC, and Crystal Dunivant, LSW, “Treatment and Recovery Supports for First Episode Psychosis”

Debra Hrouda, Ph.D., MSSA, LISW-S, “Assisted Outpatient TX: What is it and how does it work?”

Bryn Oldham, LPCC-S, “CET: Moving Research into Community Mental Health Settings”

Danelle Hupp, Ph.D., Harry Sivec, Ph.D., and Valerie Kreider, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, “Incorporating Family Interventions: Maximizing the Impact of CBT for Psychosis”

Harry Sivec, Ph.D., Valerie Kreider, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, Aaron Ellington, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, and Rebecca Roberts Martin, Ph.D., LPCC-S, “Implementation and Sustainability for CBT-p: From Ideal Models to Real-World Applications”

Patti Fetzer, LISW-S, Marc Fagan (Thresholds), Vanessa Kodnick (Thresholds) and Rusty Clark, (University of South Florida) presented, “Increasing Engagement and Improving Outcomes in Early Psychosis programs by Integrating Transition-Age Youth Best Practices: A Solution-Focused Discussion” at the 32nd Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health in Tampa March 4.

Debra Hrouda, Ph.D., MSSA, LISW-S, is the co-author for a book chapter: I. Bello, D.R. Hrouda, & L. Dixon. Intervening Early: A Team-Based Approach. In: Intervening Early in Psychosis: A Team Approach, edited by K.V. Hardy, J.S. Ballon, D.L. Noordsy, S. Adelsheim. Washington D.C.: American Psychiatric Publishing, 2019.

“Stepped Care as an Implementation and Service Delivery Model for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis” by Sarah L. Kopelovich, Eric Strachan, Harry Sivec and Valerie Kreider was published in Community Mental Health Journal, January 2019.


Erik Messamore, M.D., Ph.D., presented “Unique uses of clozapine and how it can benefit jail inmates” at the Oct. 19, 2018 Cuyahoga County Stepping Up Conference.

Erik Messamore, M.D., Ph.D., presented “Psychosis 101” at the Oct. 12, 2018, Supreme Court of Ohio Specialized Dockets Annual Conference.

“Cognitive Enhancement Therapy: Moving Research into Community Mental Health Settings,” a poster by Bryn Oldham, Meghan Begue, Maralee Litschge, Shaun Eack and Mark Munetz was presented at the 11th Annual International Conference on Early Identification in Mental Health in Boston Oct. 6-10, 2018.

Patti Fetzer, Tamara Sale, Adriana Furuzawa, Iruma Bello, Katherine Hayden-Lewis and Ryan Melton presented a poster, “Integrating Early Psychosis Intervention in the U.S. Public Mental Health System: Four Successful Models,” at the 11th International Conference on Early Intervention in Mental Health held in Boston Oct. 6-10, 2018.

Patti Fetzer, Tamara Sale (EASA/Oregon), Iruma Bella (OnTrack NY) and Abram Rosenblatt (Westat) presented, “Implementing Early Psychosis Intervention in Your System of Care” at the University of Maryland School of Social Work Institute for Innovation and Implementation Training Institutes July 26-27, 2018.

Mark R. Munetz, M.D., Erik Messamore, M.D., Ph.D., and Sara E. Dugan, Pharm.D., B.C.P.P., B.C.P.S., Bringing Treatment Parity to Jail Inmates with Schizophrenia, Scattergood Policy Paper. Summer 2018


The Integration of Early Psychosis Services in a System of Care Framework: Opportunities, Issues and Recommendations. Tamara Sale, EASA Center of Excellence; Jennifer Humensky, Ph.D., Columbia University; Patrice Fetzer, LISW-S, BeST Center at NEOMED; Megan Baker, M.D., Kate Hardy, ClinPsychD; Douglas Noordsy, M.D., and Steven Adelsheim, M.D.


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