About Us

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion receives funding as a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center through the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Through collaboration, the center aims to conduct state-of-the-art research and knowledge translation activities to improve opportunities for community inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities.
The center is directed by leading researchers with expertise in community inclusion and participation in partnership with individuals who have lived experience with serious mental health issues, policymakers, and providers. The Temple University Collaborative seeks to:

Target

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obstacles that prevent people with psychiatric disabilities from fully participating in their communities.

Develop

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the services and support consumers and communities need to promote full integration into all aspects of community life.

Expand

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the range of opportunities for people who have psychiatric disabilities to participate in their communities as active, equal members.

Our Staff
Mark Salzer, PhD

Mark Salzer, PhD

Director

Professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University and the Principal Investigator and Director of the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.
Richard Baron, MA

Richard Baron, MA

Director Knowledge Translation

Focuses his current work on the knowledge translation activities of the Temple University Collaborative, including delivery of training, technical assistance, and consultation services to provider agencies, consumer groups, advocacy associations, and county and state mental health authorities.
Gretchen Snethen, PhD

Gretchen Snethen, PhD

Assistant Director

Assistant director for the Temple University Collaborative and an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. Her research focus is on using community-based recreation to increase community participation.
Eugene Brusilovskiy, MUSA

Eugene Brusilovskiy, MUSA

Director of Data Analytics

Director of Data Analytics and Director of the GIS Analytics in Rehabilitation Research Lab at the Temple University Department of Rehabilitation Sciences.
Liz Thomas, PhD.

Liz Thomas, PhD.

Research Scientist

Liz is a research scientist with the Collaborative. Her research interests include early intervention in psychosis and implementation and outcomes related to peer support services.
Amber O’Shea, PhD.

Amber O’Shea, PhD.

Research Scientist

Amber works with existing data sets to prepare findings for publication and writes proposals for external grant funding. Amber’s research primarily focuses on promoting participation and well-being in college students with psychiatric disabilities.
Brandon Snead

Brandon Snead

Recreation Therapist

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist working directly with consumers enrolled in the ICAN research study.
Paige O'Sullivan

Paige O'Sullivan

Supported Ed Interventionist

Paige’s primary role is the supported education specialist in the long-distance supported education study. She’s also the social media coordinator managing our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and developing newsletters
Jeffrey Draine

Jeffrey Draine

Investigator

Professor at Temple University. His primary work interests are rehabilitation, empowerment and recovery oriented services for people involved with the justice system who also live with behavioral health concerns.
Loran Kundra

Loran Kundra

Research Associate

Research Associate for the Temple University Collaborative. Her research focus is on parenting with mental health challenges and issues that mental health professionals with lived experience face in the workplace.
Bill Burns-Lynch, MA, LPC

Bill Burns-Lynch, MA, LPC

Program Director

Joined the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion to coordinate efforts to develop a nationally available continuing education training curriculum for mental health direct service providers.
Katy Kaplan, PhD

Katy Kaplan, PhD

Investigator

Investigator working with the Temple University Collaborative and also serves as the Director of Human Services and Special Initiatives for Philadelphia Councilman-At-Large Dennis O’Brien.
Stephany Wilson

Stephany Wilson

Research Coordinator

Stephany oversees several research projects and is involved with subject recruitment, data collection, website maintenance, social media content editing, and supervision of research assistants. 
Katie Pizziketti

Katie Pizziketti

Research Coordinator

Research assistant with the Temple University Collaborative. In addition to data entry and validation, she will be conducting interviews for several studies, including the GIS SEM project.
Lou Klein

Lou Klein

Research Specialist

Specializes in researching methods of data analysis and applications of data management, analysis, and interpretation.
David Glogoza

David Glogoza

Research Assistant

David works on subject recruitment, data collection, data entry, and retention for multiple research projects.  He also works on the Temple University Collaborative website as well as digital and social media marketing content.
Becky Neergaard

Becky Neergaard

Student Worker

Becky is a neuroscience and economics double major and student worker/ part-time research assistant at the Temple University Collaborative. She helps out with subject recruitment, data entry, social media and data collection. Becky is interested in public policy, civic engagement, cognition and behavioral economics
Kevin Frech

Kevin Frech

Research Assistant

Kevin’s work stretches across several studies involving data creation and GPS analysis through the use of geographic information systems and statistical methods.

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