Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health
Meet Our Team
Core Group 2016-17 (Healthy Minds Network)
(Top right to bottom left) Daniel Eisenberg Peter Ceglarek Adam Kern Sarah Ketchen Lipson Gita Serpuja Carly Thanhouser Helen Hagos
Core Group Team
Daniel Eisenberg, Ph.D. (Director, Healthy Minds Network)
Daniel is a Professor of Health Management and Policy and a Faculty Associate at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. He completed a B.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University and a postdoctoral traineeship in mental health services and policy research at UC-Berkeley. His broad research goal is to improve understanding of how to invest effectively and efficiently in the mental health of young people. In recognition of his early career research, in 2010 he was awarded the Thompson Prize for Young Investigators by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. He is the program director for his department's Ph.D. program in Health Services Organization and Policy. His hobbies include tennis and telling jokes with his young daughters.
Sarah Ketchen Lipson, Ph.D., M.Ed. (Associate Director, Healthy Minds Network)
Sarah Ketchen Lipson is a faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Sarah’s research focuses primarily on mental health and service utilization in college populations. She employs varied methodologies, including large-scale epidemiological surveys and population-level interventions. Sarah completed a dual Ph.D. at University of Michigan in 2016 in Health Services Organization and Policy at the School of Public Health and Higher Education at the School of Education. She received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University where she was awarded best honors thesis of the year and graduated with honors. She also holds a master’s from Harvard University and was a Fulbright scholar.
Peter Ceglarek, M.P.H. (Study Coordinator, Healthy Minds Network)
Peter is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychology (Honors B.S., 2014) and School of Public Health (M.P.H., Health Behaviors and Health Education, 2016), with a long-standing interest in mental health research and promotion among youth. He has worked as a clinical intern for inpatient psychiatry at Kingswood Hospital in Detroit, has published his own research on the mental health impacts of youth’s social networking site use, has helped create web-apps and educational seminars on sexual and mental health for gender and sexual minority youth with the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, and has been involved with numerous community and self-directed media projects focusing on youth empowerment. His goal is to promote the development and wide-dissemination of innovative, entertaining, and engaging media to promote youth empowerment, mental health, and social well-being. He assists with the management and coordination of the Healthy Minds Study and other projects with HMN, and is very excited by the Network’s growing success and impact.
Sara Abelson, M.P.H. (Team Member, Healthy Minds Network)
Sara Abelson is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Sara's research interests are focused on reducing disparities in mental health and academic outcomes among adolescents and young adults. Current and future research projects include examining the impact of sense of belonging and experiences of discrimination on college student mental health, studying the impact of school climate and identity-affirming experiences on student health and academic outcomes, and better understanding the impact of today's campus and political climate and policies (e.g. the documented rise in hate crimes, policies granting access to gender neutral bathrooms, the Trump travel ban) as well as campuses' efforts to respond (e.g. strategic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives). She is particularly interested in conducting research that helps to improve outcomes among lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and questioning students, transgender students, students of color, first-generation college students and other students facing marginalization on campus. Sara is formerly the Vice President for Student Health & Wellness at the national nonprofit, Active Minds.
Blake Wagner III (Creative Director, tinyshifts/inkblots)
Blake has been active in designing student outreach programs and motivational speaking. The inkblots (“Tiny shifts can lead to big changes”) short film series grew out of his passion to merge often esoteric yet helpful evidence-based coping skills with a hip and digestible 2-to-4 minute film format. “It's like turning a pair of bellbottoms into skinny jeans -- same material, just re-crafted in a chic and student-friendly fashion.” The overarching goal is to promote a culture of positive coping, resiliency and appropriate help-seeking.
Stephanie is Program Coordinator for Outreach and Education at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center. She has experience planning and implementing health education and outreach initiatives for adolescents and young adults. Current projects include the Peer-to-Peer Depression Awareness Project, a peer-based mental health program for high school students; Athletes Connected, an initiative to support student athletes; and Campus Mind Works, a website and outreach program which aims to support college student mental health by making it easier for students to access mental health services, manage symptoms, and succeed in college.
Will Heininger (Program Coordinator, Athletes Connected)
Will grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His lifelong dream of playing football at University of Michigan came to fruition in 2007 under Hall of Fame Coach Lloyd Carr. He was a four-time letterman in football, a four-time Academic All-Big Ten award recipient, and a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. In his senior season of 2011, he was Michigan’s male nominee for the Wayne Dukes Outstanding Big Ten Scholar Award, and started every game at Defensive Tackle for Team 132, which finished the season 11-2 as Sugar Bowl Champions. After graduation, Will moved to Chicago to work in finance for Morningstar, Inc. In May 2014, he returned to Ann Arbor to pursue his passions of mental health and wellness, young people’s development, and athletics.
Michelle is Professor and Associate Chair for Integrated Medicine and Psychiatric Services and Associate Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center. She has served on numerous editorial boards and is the author or editor of over 200 scientific articles, books, chapters and scientific abstracts. Michelle is past president of the American Psychiatric Association, the Association for Academic Psychiatry and American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. As a psychosomatic medicine psychiatrist, her clinical and research interests include collaborative care, psychoncology, depression and cardiovascular disease, and screening for distress in patients with medical illness.
Inbal (“Billie”) is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Social Research at University of Michigan. Her research integrates occupational health psychology and quantitative psychology to develop technology-based supportive interventions for reducing stress and preventing problem behaviors among young adults and employed individuals, and to build adaptive interventions that are delivered via mobile devices to provide support in real-time to people as they go about their daily lives.
Trish is the Program Director for Outreach and Education for the University of Michigan Depression Center, where she has worked since 2005. Trish oversees the Depression Center's numerous education and outreach initiatives, including the annual Depression on College Campuses conference, the Campus Mind Works website and outreach program for University of Michigan students, the monthly Depression Center Colloquium Series, the quarterly “Bright Nights” community forums at the Ann Arbor District Library, as well as an ongoing education and training collaboration with the Ann Arbor Public Schools, and a new educational partnership with the Byram Hills School District in Armonk, NY. Trish has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
John Miller, Ph.D. (Web Developer, Healthy Minds Network)
John is a web applications developer for the Healthy Minds Network. John has developed sites for various organizations, including the Interactive Communications and Simulations research group in the UM School of Education, the Accelerated Learning Foundation, the Center for Health Communications Research, and the Center for Collegiate Mental Health. Before embarking on web development, he was an English as a Second Language teacher in California followed by his degree in Educational Technology at the University of Michigan.
Todd has been Director of the University of Michigan Psychological Clinic since 2010. He holds a clinical faculty position in the Department of Psychiatry and is an attending clinical psychologist on the PTSD Clinical Team at the VA Healthcare System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His interests in clinical research are in the area of the co-occurring symptoms of PTSD, chronic depression, and insomnia. From a psychological training perspective, Dr. Favorite has a background in psychodynamic as well as cognitive-behavioral methods and views the psychotherapy integration as an important evolution in the practice of psychosocial treatments. He is internationally certified as an advanced trainer for the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System for Psychotherapy (CBASP) and has conducted research and published on the use of this integrative system of treatment for co-existing psychological symptoms.
Kate Fitzgerald, M.D. (Team Member, Healthy Minds Network)
As a child psychiatrist and co-director of the Pediatric Anxiety and Tic Disorders Clinic at the University of Michigan, Kate is motivated to seek better interventions for childhood anxiety. Currently, she is conducting a brain imaging study to measure the impact of effective treatment on brain function in teens with obsessive compulsive disorder. In addition, she is working with a team of researchers and community partners to teach cognitive behavioral skills to help anxious and depressed teens in the school setting. Her long-term goal is to elucidate developmentally specific biomarkers for pediatric anxiety and depression to inform mechanistically based treatment strategies for early onset illness that can be disseminated into the community to help affected youth.
Justin’s research interests include developmental transitions, social exclusion/ostracism, issues of gender and sexuality and longitudinal data methodology. Current projects examine the social determinants of health and risk behavior in adolescence and emerging adulthood, including substance use, anxiety, and youth violence. He completed his PhD in educational psychology at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
John Hinckley, Ph.D. (Team Member, Healthy Minds Network)
John is an adjunct Research Scientist in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of Michigan, where he specializes in computational physics of semiconductor materials and devices. He also is President of Hinckley Research Corporation, which develops and markets adaptive machines based on machine vision and artificial intelligence technologies for customers worldwide. With his colleague, Jasprit Singh, he founded Gurmentor, Inc., which develops cognitive and sensor-based applications for mobile platforms, including the mobile phone tinyshifts mobile application.
Cheryl is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, and Director of the Mary A. Rackham Institute at the University of Michigan. As Director of the Youth Depression and Suicide Research Program, she has provided leadership for multiple federally-funded research initiatives focused on developing evidence-based strategies for adolescent and young adult suicide risk screening, assessment, and intervention. She has published widely on youth suicide prevention and has conducted workshops worldwide on best practices in suicide risk assessment and intervention and is a past president of the American Association of Suicidology, the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, and the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
Cliff is an associate professor in the University of Michigan School of Information. He researches the social and technical structures of large scale technology-mediated communication, working with sites like Facebook and Wikipedia. He has also been involved in the creation of multiple social media and online community projects, usually designed to enable collective action. One of Cliff's core values is combining top quality research with community engagement.
Julie is Assistant Professor of higher education at University of Michigan. She conducts interdisciplinary research in higher education, particularly with regard to access to educational opportunities and the wellbeing and degree attainment of those who do enroll. Her recent research on graduate school admissions has been published in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the American Journal of Education, and will be released as a book this year by Harvard University Press. She is a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Higher Education and received a 2012 Outstanding Reviewer Award from the American Educational Research Journal. Julie received the BS in secondary education, history, and political science summa cum laude, an MA in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her PhD in higher education from University of Michigan.
Jasprit is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of Michigan, working in the area of optical and electronic properties of semiconductors and their heterostructures. He has published over 300 papers and 10 textbooks. Additional interests blend technology and ideas from mindfulness techniques (yoga, meditation, etc.) to explore new designs and practices intended to answer the question, “How can the intersection of best lessons in technology and mindfulness reduce the gap between knowledge and action?” Jasprit founded the RussaYog style of yoga in 2003. His current interests are shifting towards using technology, culture, and mindfulness for “sustainable good life”.
Michael Gaddis, Ph.D. (Team Member, Healthy Minds Network)
Michael is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Demography at the Pennsylvania State University. He conducts research on education, inequality, race and ethnicity, mental health, and stigma. His work using the Healthy Minds Study examines differences across institutions in mental health problems, treatment utilization, and stigma. He is also interested differences across institutional characteristics by race and SES. He is currently leading the data collection process for the Healthy Minds Study Institutional Website Supplement (HMS-IWS). The HMS-IWS collects 74 items from the website of each institution participating in the HMS. These items capture important aspects of resources, information, and the presentation of information about mental health and treatment to students. For more information on the HMS-IWS, please contact Michael through his website at www.stevenmichaelgaddis.com