Selected Projects

As Director of Dissemination and Implementation at the Center for Social Innovation, I led the development of products for training, instructional, research, and clinical use. I worked closely with colleagues, clients, partners, subject matter experts, and stakeholders to assess business and project needs, propose and present solutions, translate technical concepts, and develop and implement product strategies.


(c) Center for Social Innovation

(c) Center for Social Innovation


The Center for Social Innovation partnered with the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene (RFMH) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University to develop and evaluate On Track: An Online Role-Playing Game. Designed in the style of an interactive comic book, the game includes four main components: 1) Role playing scenarios, 2) Mini-games to promote self-advocacy skills, 3) Practical tips, and 4) Stories of hope (video testimonials from individuals describing their recovery journeys). In addition to the game, the team developed a comparison website which includes information and videos about first episode psychosis (FEP). The project will evaluate the effectiveness of the game in increasing empowerment, decreasing stigma concerns, and improving treatment engagement.

National Institute of Mental Health (3/17/2017 – 2/29/2020)                                   

OnTrack>An Online Role-Playing Game – Phase II SBIR             

Role: Co-Principal Investigator | With L. Dixon (Columbia University)


(c) Center for Social Innovation

(c) Center for Social Innovation

Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC)

The Center for Social Innovation partnered with experts in Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) to develop and test CSC OnDemand: An Innovative Online Learning Platform for Implementing Coordinated Specialty Care. This project will prototype, test, refine, and evaluate the impact of the CSC OnDemand learning platform and product suite. CSC OnDemand includes self-paced online modules, interactive multimedia case studies, instructor-led online courses, peer interaction through an online discussion forum and conferencing, and an online hub to consolidate resources and training materials across the field.

National Institute of Mental Health (7/1/2016 – 7/31/2020)                                   


Role: Director, Dissemination & Implementation                      


(c) Center for Social Innovation

(c) Center for Social Innovation

Social Skills Coach

The Center for Social Innovation partnered with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and the Baltimore Research and Education Foundation, Inc., and VA Maryland Health Care System to develop and test Social Skills Coach (SSC), a dynamic online platform with a client-facing web app and a provider dashboard to support integration of the product into social skills training (SST) groups. SSC provides users with virtual coaching that offers tips and feedback about learning concepts, strengths, areas for improvement, and encouragement, before and after real-life encounters. Two specific aims guide the project: 1) Develop a prototype version of the SSC platform; 2) Complete a pilot study to test the feasibility, credibility, and acceptability of SSC and collect preliminary efficacy data.

National Institute of Mental Health (4/1/2017 – 9/30/2018)                                   

Social Skills Coach: An Innovative Multi-Platform Device to Address Social Impairments Among Individuals With Schizophrenia             

Role: Director, Dissemination & Implementation


The Center for Social Innovation partnered with the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI) to develop NNCI Synapse: Where Learning Takes Place, a beautifully designed, intuitive mobile application for mental health professionals to initiate, customize, and complete innovative courses of self-study in clinical neuroscience. This project leverages the resources and experience of the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI) to create and test a mobile version of NNCI Synapse and promote and support self-directed learning on the go.

National Institute of Mental Health (9/1/2017 – 2/28/2021)                                   


Role: Director, Dissemination & Implementation