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Our Team

Guy Diamond, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Family Intervention Science
Phone: 215.571.3420

Guy Diamond, PhD is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Associate Professor at Drexel University in the College of Nursing and Health Profession, with over 75 publications on psychotherapy outcome, process and dissemination research. At Drexel, he is the Director of the Center for Family Intervention Science (CFIS). CFIS was founded in 1996 and has received funding from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and several private foundations. At CFIS he has developed tested and disseminated Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) for depressed and suicidal youth. ABFT now enjoys the distinction of being an empirically supported treatment on SAMHSA’s NREPP web site. Based on this work, Dr. Diamond recently received the distinguished research career award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Diamond is also the lead developer of the Behavioral Health Screening tool, a comprehensive yet brief, web based tool for early identification of youth struggling with suicide and other behavioral health problems. Dr. Diamond recently became the Director of the PhD Program for Couple and Family Therapy at Drexel University. The new program aims to develop the next generation of family intervention scientists who can help bring more empirical support to family therapy and help disseminate it in the broader health care environment.

Tita Atte, MPH, CPH

Director, Mental Health Screening
Phone: 215.571.3416

Tita Atte serves as the Project Manager for several of CFIS’s federally funded research studies and oversees implementation of the Behavioral Health Works (BH-Works) program. His current project, the Suicide Prevention in Schools and Colleges initiative, will implement suicide prevention and early intervention strategies for youth ages 10-25 across Pennsylvania. Tita earned a Master of Public Health, concentration in Health Management in Policy, from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, concentration in Health and Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been with CFIS since September of 2011.

Suzanne A. Levy, Ph.D.

Director, ABFT Training Program
Phone: 215.571.3415

Suzanne Levy, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of the ABFT Training Program at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. Dr. Levy has been with CFIS since 2004 when it was located at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is one of the co-developers of Attachment-Based Family Therapy. Dr. Levy is also a co-developer of the Behavioral Health Screening tool, a comprehensive yet brief, web based tool for early identification of youth struggling with suicide and other behavioral health problems. Dr. Levy trains and supervises all of the therapists participating in clinical trials at CFIS. She also served as a therapist and research collaborator on the Family Safety Net II Project. Additionally, Dr. Levy coordinates and conducts ABFT training workshops, supervision and certification for therapists both nationally and internationally.

Cameron McConkey, BS, MPH (Student)

Research Operations Manager
Phone: 215.571.3417

Cameron McConkey is the Research Operations Manager for the Center for Family Intervention Science and is also a Master of Public Health Student at the Dornsife School of Public Health. He is working to develop internal and external research and clinical partnerships, managing grant submissions and financing, supervising CFIS Research Assistant staff, and developing long-term strategic planning initiatives to expand on CFIS work in the family-centered care arena. His research interests are in health disparities in gender and sexual minorities, community-based health services, and integrative health and wellness.

Jody Russon, Ph.D.

Research Associate, Center for Family Intervention Science; Project Manager, Family Safety Net 2
Phone: 215.571.3406

Jody Russon, PhD is a research associate, project manager and adjunct faculty member at the Center for Family Intervention Science and Couple and Family Therapy Department at Drexel University. Dr. Russon's research interests are focused on psychotherapy research and implementation science in family therapy. She recently received a grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to conduct an implementation study with The Attic Youth Center- Philadelphia's only LGBTQI youth center. The primary aim of this grant is to modify ABFT to fit within the context of The Attic and work successfully with families to treat suicide and depression in this setting. In addition to conducting research for LGBTQI youth populations, Dr. Russon is also interested in adolescent eating disorders. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on issues of gender and sexual identity in family therapy. Dr. Russon is also a Person-of-the-Therapist (POTT) instructor and is currently conducting a research project to better understand the mechanisms of change in the POTT model. Clinically, Dr. Russon is interested in attachment-informed therapies and is attentive to cultural issues in clinical practice. She has received advanced training in ABFT and Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.

Lawrence A. Ogunkua, BS, M.Ed. (Student)

Project Coordinator
Phone: 215.571.3418

Lawrence Ogunkua serves as the Project Coordinator for the "Evaluating the AFSP More than Sad (MTS) School-based Suicide Prevention Program", developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This is a school-based intervention program for teachers and other school personnel, designed to help educators better understand suicidal behavior in adolescents, including its causes, treatment and prevention. In addition, Lawrence is also a Research Coordinator within the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences at Drexel University, where he oversees the implementation of the research project titled: "Engagement in the Pediatric Rehabilitation Intervention Process: Its Nature, Measurement, and Role in the Determination of Outcomes". Lawrence completed his Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Science Research from Temple University. He is currently completing his Masters of Education in Adult and Organizational Development within the College of Education at Temple University.

CFIS Support Staff:

Clinical Staff

Taylor Burke, M.A., Temple Univeristy (Family Safety Net Clinical Extern)
Shawn Jones, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (Family Safety Net Clinical Postdoc)

College of Nursing and Health Professions Students

Maliha Ibrahim, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate, Couple and Family Therapy (CFT)
Marjorie Nightingale, JD, MFT, Doctoral Research Fellow, Couple and Family Therapy (CFT)

Research Assistants

Kaylin Bailey, B.A. Student, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
Jamie Dellinger, B.A., MFT Student, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University
Melody Kim, B.A. Student, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
Jacquelyn M. George, B.S./MPH 4+1 Student, College of Public Health, Temple University
Katherine Stockhecker, B.A., MFT Student, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University