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Brittany N. Rudd PhD

  • Instructor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry
  • Director, Implementation Science and System-Involved Youth Research and Policy Program
Dr. Brittany Rudd is a child psychologist as well as an Instructor of Psychiatry and Assistant Professor of Psychology and Law at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is the director of CAPACITY Lab—an interdisciplinary team of scientists who build Community Academic Partnerships to Accelerate Community Implementation of Treatments for Youth. The lab’s mission is to promote mental health equity through community-partnered research and implementation science. Key foci include the development and implementation of scalable mental health interventions (e.g., digital mental health services and brief interventions) and harnessing partnerships with community organizations (e.g., juvenile justice, family courts, schools, mental health agencies) to understand their service context and needs and support their ability to implement mental health interventions. In addition to leading CAPACITY Lab, Dr. Rudd directs the Child and Family Behavior Clinic in the UIC Psychiatry Department. There, she assesses and treats youth with externalizing disorders, as well as supervises externs, interns, and fellows.

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Jax Witzig MA

  • Research Specialist
Jax Witzig is a Research Specialist at CAPACITY Lab, where they provide project management and research support. In their previous roles, Jax coordinated health equity studies at Northwestern University and managed a suite of social justice projects for the YMCA’s National Resource Office. Jax received their M.A. in Gender Studies/Sociology from DePaul University, where their thesis focused on non-carceral responses to interpersonal violence.

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Emily Potter BA

  • Research Associate II – Social Sciences
Emily received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she first began to work with Dr. Rudd at the Center for Mental Health. She plans on attending law school this fall.

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Olivia Beals MA, BS

  • Research Associate II- Social Sciences
Liv Beals is the Research Associate II at the CAPACITY Lab. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Anthropology along with her BS in Applied Developmental Psychology from Eastern Washington University. Prior to working at the CAPACITY Lab, Liv coordinated for non-profits primarily in the Pacific Northwest and overseas. During her time at EWU Beals’ research focused on the documentation of unique stress factors experienced by undocumented college students along with, the implementation of cultural competence within behavioral health practices and its perception from diverse clientele.

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Catalina Ordorica MEd

  • Graduate Research Assistant
Catalina Ordorica is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at UIC, working with Dr. Brittany Rudd. She is broadly interested in implementation science and evidence-based practices within child-serving systems to improve behavioral health outcomes for vulnerable youth. Prior to joining CAPACITY Lab in August 2021, Catalina worked at UCSF’s Juvenile Justice and Behavioral Health Lab (JJBH) and completed her Master's in Education at Vanderbilt University in Clinical Psychological Assessment.

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Danielle Stern MD

  • Psychiatry Resident - PGY4
Danielle Stern is a resident physician in the General Psychiatry program at UIC. She graduated in May 2019 from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she was involved in teaching health classes and tutoring youth at Rhode Island’s juvenile detention center. She intends to pursue fellowship in child psychiatry followed by a career working with juvenile justice-involved youth. She joined CAPACITY Lab in December 2020.

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Holly Huber BA

  • Graduate Student Affiliate
Holly Huber is currently pursuing her PhD in Psychology in the Clinical Science program at Indiana University-Bloomington. Holly is broadly interested in the intersection of Psychology and Law and hopes to improve court processes with evidence-based practices. Holly joined CAPACITY lab in January 2021.

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Sean Snyder LCSW

  • Graduate Student Affiliate
Sean E. Snyder, MSW, LCSW received his Master of Social Work degree from Temple University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) degree at West Chester University of Pennsylvania to explore community-driven approaches to inform public mental health administration. He currently serves as a Mental Health Therapist Clinician with Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and as a Clinician with Penn Medicine on Pennsylvania Hospital’s Juvenile-Justice Behavioral Health Unit.

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Viviana Patino

  • Psychiatry Volunteer
Viviana Patino is an undergraduate student at UIC pursuing her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in art history. She joined CAPACITY Lab in August of 2021. Viviana plans to continue her education with the goal of becoming a therapist for children from underserved and vulnerable communities, especially the Latinx community.

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Gabriela “Gaby” Costello

  • Summer Research Assistant
Gaby is an undergraduate student at UIC pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She hopes to become a youth therapist focused on trauma prevention.

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Gabriela Castillo

  • Volunteer Research Assistant
Gabriela Castillo is a research assistant for Dr. Brittany Rudd’s CAPACITY Lab team as part of the Summer Research Opportunity Program at UIC. She is majoring in applied psychology and doing a minor in sociology and communication with an interest in helping marginalized youth. Her goal is to become a youth therapist and create intervention programs for families exposed to trauma.

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Rinad S. Beidas PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Medicine
  • Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Rinad Beidas is a Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, the Founding Director of the Penn Implementation Science Center at the Leonard Davis Institute, and the Associate Director at the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics.

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Naomi E. Goldstein PhD

  • Professor of Psychology, Co-Director of JD/PhD Program in Law and Psychology
  • Drexel University
Dr. Naomi Goldstein is a Professor of Psychology, Co-Director of the J.D./Ph.D. Program in Law and Psychology, and the Director of the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab at Drexel University.

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Margaret Wardle PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director, Addiction Research and Treatment Laboratory
  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
The overall goal of my program of research is the development of more effective interventions for addiction. I do this by focusing on how emotions are drive drug use, using both basic human laboratory studies and clinical trials. I examine the basic effects of drugs on emotions by testing how small doses of drugs given in the laboratory change emotional functioning in healthy volunteers.

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Wayne Bear

  • CEO of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS)

Wayne is the CEO of the National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS).

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The Honorable Maria Granger

  • Judge for Floyd County (IN) Superior Court 3, Supervising Judge of the Veterans Court of Southern Indiana

The Honorable Maria D. Granger is the first judge to preside over Floyd Superior Court 3 and is the founder and Supervising Judge of the Veterans Court of Southern Indiana.

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Charlotte Goff AM

  • Former Research Coordinator in CAPACITY Lab, 2020-2021
Charlotte was a Research Coordinator in CAPACITY Lab from 2020-2021 and continues to provide support to projects on an ad hoc basis. She is now a Research Analyst at ORS Impact.

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Lucy Liu

  • Former Undergraduate Volunteer CAPACITY Lab, Summer 2021
Lucy was an undergraduate volunteer in CAPACITY Lab in summer 2021. She is working toward her B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Psychology at the University of Washington.

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