Sarah Accomazzo studies mental health care (youth, families, adults) in public health systems, with a particular focus on improving service delivery for urban, diverse populations who are involved in multiple systems and face multiple life stressors. She is interested in the effects of using strengths and strengths-based practice in therapeutic and system interventions with individuals with severe mental health issues and/or exposure to traumatic experiences. She studies individual, family and community protective factors that may predict positive intervention outcomes (eg, reduction in psychiatric symptons or risk behaviors, increase in individual coping skills, family support or community engagement) for clients with severe mental health issues in public systems; measurement, assessment and effectiveness of multi-level strengths and strengths-based practice in public health systems.
Elizabeth Horevitz obtained her MSW ('09) and PhD '13) in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2014, she completed an NIMH-funded post-doctoral fellowship in clinical services research inUCSF’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Horevitz is passionate about bridging her research and practice expertise in integrated behavioral health primary care. She is a bilingual (Spanish/English) behavioral health clinician at Marin Community Clinics and has served as a consultant and advisor for FQHCs on program development, quality improvement and implementation of evidence-based behavioral interventions in underserved and culturally diverse populations. She is also the project consultant for the HRSA IBH workforce development training grant at UC Berkeley. Dr. Horevitz is a certified clinician and trainer in Problem Solving Therapy (PST) by the National Network of PST Trainers.
Jennifer Lawson obtained her MSW ('07) from the University of Texas, Arlington and her PhD ('14) in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include child welfare services, child maltreatment, domestic violence, differential response, child and family policy and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
Rick Nizzardini, social worker and attorney, has taught human sexuality and trauma at higher education institutions around the Bay Area and with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) since 2001. He has worked in community mental health with San Francisco’s rape crisis services and is clinical counselor/faculty at San Francisco State’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Nizzardini also has a private practice where he sees clients for individual and couples therapy.
Amanda Reiman, PhD, MSW, is currently the policy manager for the Marijuana Law and Policy unit at the Drug Policy Alliance. She has conducted research on medical marijuana dispensaries and the use of marijuana as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs. Dr. Reiman has been teaching courses at Berkeley on substance abuse, drug policy and LGBT social work since 2006.
Stan Taubman has taught courses in psychopathology, social work methods and human development. He provided clinical services in child welfare, geriatric, health and mental health settings and has served as the director of management services for the Alameda County Behavioral Health Department. He currently provides treatment planning text for electronic health records, in-service training for community behavioral health programs and license exam preparation workshops through Berkeley Training Associates.