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National Research Consortium on
Mental Health in IDD
at the National Center for START Services


Consortium Members

NCSS Leadership Team



  • Yona Lunsky, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Angela Hassiotis, MRCPsych, MA, PhD, University College London, UK

Research Partners

  • Chithra Adams, PhD - Director of Evaluation, University of Kentucky Human Development Institute - KY
  • Jenny Alexander, MA - Director of National Initiatives , The Arc  - DC
  • Ty Aller, PhD, LMFT - Senior Program Coordinator, Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities/UCEDD  - UT
  • Jim Bedford, MD - Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical School  - NC
  • Martin Blair, PhD - Director, University of Montana Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities/UCEDD - MO
  • Alixe Bonardi, MPA,MS - Director of IDD Services Research, Human Services Research Institute  - MA
  • Ravi Dahiya, MPA - Chief Program Officer, YAI - NY
  • Kristen Dahl, LPCC, CHES - Senior Program Manager, MHDD National Training Center, University of Kentucky - KY
  • Meg DePasquale, DSW - Director of Clinical Services, Maryland Department of Health - MD
  • Nova Evans, MA - Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Mental Health Coordinator, Texas, HHSC - TX
  • Brian Freedman, PhD - Associate Director, University of Delaware Center for Disability Studies - DE
  • Calliope Holingue, PhD - Faculty, Kennedy Krieger Institute - MD
  • Lisa Hovermale, MD - Psychiatrist, Maryland Department of Health - MD
  • Diane Jacobstein, PhD - Associate Professor, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development - MD
  • Jessica Kramer, PhD, OTR/L - Associate Professor, University of Florida Department of Occupational Therapy  - FL
  • Jessica Monahan, PhD, MSW - Spectrum Scholars Research Manager, Center for Disability Studies/UCEDD, University of Delaware - DE
  • Marian E.  Ofonedu, PhD, LCSW - Director of Training, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities/UCEDD - MD
  • Brittany Powers, MPH - Early Childhood ASD Projects Coordinator, University of Delaware Center for Disability Studies/UCEDD - DE
  • Katy Schmid, MS - Director of Education and Technology, The Arc  - DC
  • Ariel Schwartz, PhD, OTR/L - Assistant Professor, MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Kathleen Shepperd Jones, PhD - Director, University of Kentucky Human Development Institute/UCED - KY
  • Marc Tasse, PhD - Director, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center/UCEDD  - OH