Roster: APA Guideline Development Panel for Depression

January 2015

Jacques Barber, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and a professor and dean of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University. Barber is also a professor emeritus of psychology in the department of psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Barber's research focuses on the outcome and process of various psychotherapies — in particular, psychodynamic and cognitive therapies — for depression, panic disorder, PTSD, substance dependence and personality disorders. Barber has published more than 180 papers, chapters and books in the field of psychotherapy and personality, has secured extensive funding from a variety of federal sources and has established numerous research collaborations around the world.

Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc, is director of The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents) Project and sssociate professor of psychiatry at the Georgetown University Medical Center. She is an adolescent and child psychologist and researcher in academic medicine with a strong 10+ year track record of external and federal research funding. She is a recognized expert in adolescent depression and racial disparities in mental health, as evidenced by her appointment to the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Addressing Disparities National Advisory Panel (which she was elected to from over 1,200 applicants nationwide). In October 2014, she was recognized as (likely) the first psychologist to receive the Jeanne Spurlock Lecture and Award for Culture and Diversity from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). This award recognizes stellar achievements by senior scholars invested in the mental health of racially diverse youth and families and persons with a commitment to recruiting racially diverse persons into the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Her research and clinical expertise include: reducing mental health disparities for African-American and diverse adolescents; depression treatment engagement in diverse adolescents; expert clinical care for depressed and anxious African-American youth and young adults; mental health stigma reduction in diverse populations; health equity in community-based suicide prevention; and Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) with a specific focus on faith-based mental health promotion.

Pim Cuijpers, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the director of the department of clinical psychology at the VU University Amsterdam. Additionally, Cuijpers is vice director of the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research in Amsterdam. Before he was appointed as a professor at the VU University in 2004, Cuijpers worked for 15 years in mental health care as a psychologist and prevention specialist. Cuijpers has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers, chapters, reports and professional publications. He has particular expertise in conducting randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses on prevention and psychological treatments of depression and other common mental disorders. Furthermore, he has published on psychoeducational treatment and early intervention for depression, prevention of new cases of mental disorder, bibliotherapy and Internet interventions for depression. Cuijpers and his research group have published more than 30 meta-analyses examining various subgroups and aspects of depression treatment trials.

Leslie Samuel Greenberg, PhD, is a distinguished research professor in the department of psychology at York University and the director of the York Psychotherapy Research Clinic. Greenberg is among the primary developers of emotion focused therapy for individuals and for couples and a leading authority on working with emotions in psychotherapy. Greenberg's professional publications include 102 peer-reviewed papers, 90 book chapters and 18 books, and his integrative work reflects cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, interpersonal and solution-focused treatment approaches. Greenberg is a founding member of the Society of the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration and the Society for Constructivism in Psychotherapy, and a past president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Greenberg has maintained an independent practice for individual and couples for 40 years and trains psychotherapist internationally.

Michael Kessler, BA, graduated from George Washington University with a major in human services and social justice. He serves as an executive board member of the Mental Health Association of Maryland, where he contributes to the board’s government affairs committee and public education committee. He is the 2013 winner of the Jed Foundation’s Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award. Recently, he was the director of communications and marketing at the G.W. SPARC Foundation, a student-led foundation that provided grants to non-profits located in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. He worked as a research and programmatic intern at the American Association of Suicidology, where he assisted in developing the National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide. While there, he conducted a needs-gaps analysis to research how nonprofits were contributing to the field of youth suicide prevention. Kessler also interned with Whitman-Walker Health (aided in planning and preparing the DC AIDS Walk 2012), The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (researched and cataloged resources available to surviving family members), and The Safe Shores Children’s Advocacy Center (assisted in processing of child abuse investigations). Kessler has given various presentations on mental illness stigma. In addition to training as a peer educator at the George Washington University counseling center, he served as a student representative to the G.W. Counseling Center Review Committee. He was a etudent executive (publicity affairs chair) for the university's branch of Active Minds and a student executive (eiversity affairs chair; events coordinator) of the university's LGBT student advocacy group. He is the founder of the Make it Known Project, which used social media to highlight the pervasiveness of mental illness, and the producer-director of the “Destigmatize Mental Illness: Reject the Silence” video project (awarded first place in a film competition by Art with Impact) to enhance awareness of stigma surrounding mental health. His other awards include the 2013 Academic Service-Learning Research Excellence Award for his research project on youth suicide prevention, the 2010 Student Staff Service Excellence Award for his work with the university's residential property management, and an award from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for his academic achievement.

Elizabeth Lin, MD, MPH, is a family physician and a clinical professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington. Over the past two decades, Dr. Lin has gained a wealth of expertise both as a practicing family medicine physician and as a researcher on depression in primary care. Her research team has conducted NIMH-funded randomized clinical trials, including trials examining collaborative care for depression and integrated collaborative care for chronic illnesses and depression. Currently, Lin is leading a dissemination project to adapt a novel multicondition collaborative intervention for a patient-centered medical home clinic at Group Health Cooperative in Seattle. With knowledge of Chinese, Spanish and English, Lin has been able to serve general medical patients from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Iden Campbell McCollum, CPS, is the founder and executive director of The Campbell Center, a peer-run resource center in Washington, D.C., for individuals living with mental health challenges. The Campbell Center was founded in 2007 and is funded by the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health. Its programs include a wellness, recovery and resource Center and the Leadership and Training Academy, as well as advocacy, creative arts and social activities. Campbell McCollum has worked in the nonprofit sector in Washington, D.C., Maryland and North Carolina, including positions as project manager of the McClendon Center Best Health Project (a D.C.-based center to improve the quality of life of individuals recovering from mental illness), chairperson of the federally funded D.C. PAIMI Advisory Council (Promoting the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness), and chairperson of the D.C. State Vocational Rehabilitation Commission facilitating employment among individuals with physical or mental impairments. He has also served as a board member of the D.C. State Independent Living Council (promoting independent living among individuals with disabilities), University Legal Services (promoting advocacy and protection for individuals with disabilities), and Cornerstone Investments (promoting housing for individuals with mental illness). Campbell McCollum is a certified peer specialist in both D.C. and North Carolina and a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner.  He was awarded the 1999 Direct Care Professional of the Year by Arc of Maryland for advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and 1999 Direct Care Professional of the Year by the Maryland Association of Community Services for supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Other experience includes serving as a resident counselor at the Crossnore School (North Carolina) and as a corrections officer in DC.  He has also served in an advisory capacity to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

John McQuaid, PhD, (chair) is a clinical psychologist and a professor of clinical psychology at the University of California, San Francisco. McQuaid has been the PI or co-investigator on studies addressing the etiology, course, assessment and treatment of depression and related disorders. Clinically, McQuaid has directed mood disorder programs at the San Diego and San Francisco VA medical centers over the past 15 years, working in interdisciplinary settings that provide psychotherapy as well as pharmacotherapy. McQuaid recently served as a member of the panel that developed an update of the Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense Clinical Treatment Guideline for Major Depression. As an instructor/supervisor and administrator, McQuaid has trained advanced students from multiple disciplines in psychotherapies for depression and has been responsible for overseeing the implementation of treatment programs for mood disorders in VA settings.

Laura Mufson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and professor of medical psychology, CUMC in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as a research scientist and director of the Department of Clinical Psychology at New York State Psychiatric Institute. In addition, she is the co-director of the office of clinical psychology and director of training in child psychology at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Mufson has extensive experience in conducting clinical trials of treatments for depression in children and adolescents and in training clinicians in empirically supported psychotherapies for depression and other disorders. Mufson has developed the adaptation of interpersonal psychotherapy for the treatment of adolescent depression and has conducted both efficacy and effectiveness studies. Additionally, Mufson has expertise in the implementation of evidence-based treatment for depression in community settings.

Arthur M. Nezu, PhD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist and distinguished university professor of psychology, professor of medicine and professor of public health at Drexel University, as well as honorary professor of community health sciences at The University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Nezu has published extensively on a wide variety of topics, including research methodology, depression treatment, clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine, stress and coping, and developmental disabilities. He is co-developer of problem-solving therapy and current editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology®. Nezu is past president of both the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. He is also member-at-large and chair of the Committee on Diversity for the Society of Clinical Psychology, a consultant to the Office of Mental Health Services of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and a member of the Special Medical Advisory Group of the Veterans Health Administration.

Charles F. Reynolds III, MD, a psychiatrist, is the UPMC Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a professor of behavioral and community health science at the university's Graduate School of Public Health. He also serves as the director of the Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services. Dr. Reynolds directs the NIMH-sponsored Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research in the Prevention and Treatment of Late-Life Mood Disorders and the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry. He is the recipient of a Research Scientist Award and MERIT award from NIMH for studies of maintenance therapies in late life depression, and he has received the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. His research investigates the prevention of depression and its complications (including suicide) in older adults, treatment of older adults with severe mood disorders, and identification and removal of barriers to depression treatment in community settings. Reynolds also directs research training in mental health and aging at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Rhonda Robinson-Beale, MD, is a psychiatrist and the chief medical officer at United Behavioral Health, where she leads quality initiatives related to clinical models and systems. Dr. Robinson-Beale has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of behavioral health and quality management as well as medical policy and management. She previously was senior vice president and chief medical officer for Cigna Behavioral Health, and held leadership roles with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Health Alliance Plan. Robinson-Beale has served on the National Committee for Quality Assurance and on the Institute of Medicine's Neuroscience and Behavioral Health/Health Care Services Board. Clinically, Robinson-Beale has particular experience in the treatment of adolescents.

Forrest Scogin, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and a professor in the department of psychology at the University of Alabama. Scogin was the project director for a Graduate Psychology Education grant from HRSA's Bureau of Health Professions that developed interdisciplinary training and practice models for the provision of psychological services to underserved populations in primary care clinics. Scogin's research focuses on the efficacy and effectiveness of psychologically based interventions for mental health problems experienced by older adults. His work has included an extensive meta-analytic review of the geriatric depression treatment literature and studies of alternative means of delivery of mental health interventions, particularly for medically frail and rural older adults. Scogin has also maintained an independent practice for over 20 years, providing services directly to older adults.