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Eric Granholm, PhD received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1991 at UCLA and joined the Department of Psychiatry and VA Medical Center in 1993. At the VA Hospital, he directed psychology internship and fellowship training programs and psychosocial rehabilitation service programs for patients with psychosis for 23 years before becoming Chief of Psychology 7 years ago. He is an active clinical trials researcher, including 9 RCTs of a psychosocial rehabilitation intervention he developed called Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training (CBSST), which is now listed by SAMHSA as a best practice for schizophrenia. At the MHTech Center, he combines behavioral interventions like CBSST with mobile smartphone assessments and interventions and uses pupillary responses to index effort allocation during cognitive tasks as a possible biomarker of early risk for Alzheimer’s disease.  He has maintained continuous federal clinical research funding for 27 years (PI of 6 VA Merit and 10 NIH grants) and has 169 publications.


Cara Pozun, M.A., LMFT [she/her] is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD Health, and previous staff member at the Center of Recovery Education (CORE) within the VA San Diego Healthcare System. She is also adjunct faculty in the Marital and Family Therapy graduate program at the University of San Diego. Her clinical interests include trauma and trauma-informed care, suicide prevention, and mental health access to historically marginalized and underrepresented communities.


Borsika Rabin, PhD, MPH, PharmD is an Associate Professor at the UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science and the Co-Director of the UC San Diego Dissemination and Implementation Science Center ( Her research focuses on improving population health outcomes in clinical and public health settings through co-creation with partners with the intent to increase the equitable reach, adoption, implementation, and sustained use of evidence-based interventions. Dr. Rabin has developed and implemented novel capacity building approaches for implementation science including the D&I Models in Health webtool ( and serves as the Co-Director for the ACCORDS D&I Science Certificate Program at the University of Colorado.

Samantha J. Reznik, PhD [she/her] is a researcher and licensed clinical psychologist serving as a Research Assistant Professor at the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health (TIEMH) at the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Arizona with a focus on psychophysiology and intervention science. Driven by her passion for improving mental health services, she focuses on dissemination and implementation research to increase access to and quality of care for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) and other underserved populations, including early intervention for psychosis. Additionally, she is interested in research on and development of SMI and health service psychology training and has collaborated with Dr. Treichler on related initiatives. She is a current co-investigator on the Advancing Early Psychosis Intervention in Texas (EPINET-TX) project.


Michelle P. Salyers, PhD [she/her] is a researcher who addresses both consumers of mental health services and the providers of those services. Most recently, she has been focusing on the interaction of consumers and providers, looking for the best ways to support relationships that promote recovery and well-being. Her current work involves testing interventions to improve the well-being of clinical providers and adolescents with depression using interventions focused on similar strategies of teaching mindfulness and self-management skills. She is also working with colleagues to develop innovative ways to increase shared decision-making in mental health care, for example, by providing coaching and skills training with virtual providers.


Lindsay Smart, PhD

Associate Vice President for Leadership and Faculty Equity & Inclusion

University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Co-Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Psychology Internship Training Director

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Licensed Psychologist

Veteran Partners


David Oakes, US Navy Veteran is a Navy veteran who has firsthand experience in seeing how beneficial CDST is. He values helping other service members and connecting with them, which is what motivates him to be involved in the research. David is passionate about breaking down mental health stigma, and he wants to emphasize that Veterans should be patient with themselves through their recovery journeys.

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