Nancy Amador Buenabad (She/Her/Hers)

Trainer / Coach

Works From:

  • Instituto Mexicano de Psiquiatría
  • Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz

Favorite self-care method:

  • –This space for rent–
  • –This space for rent–

Kendra Augustine (She/her/Hers)

Technology Coordinator / Implementation Specialist

Works From:

  • Oregon

Favorite self-care method:

  • Reading YA Fantasy novels, digital drawing, spending time with my two cats and Fiancé!

Biography:

  • Before joining ISII in 2021, Kendra worked for various IT desks at colleges and worked sales and tech for Apple. She also obtained her BA in Psychology in 2021, and also runs a small art business in her spare time.

Kelly Bryson (She/Her/Hers)

Executive Assistant

Works From:

  • Oregon

Favorite self-care method:

  • Sitting on a warm beach sipping a drink with an umbrella in it, reading some guilty pleasure novel.

Biography:

  • B.A., Johnston College, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

Rebecca Clore, LMSW (She/Her/Hers)

FIMP Team Leader / Trainer / Coach

Works From:

  • Michigan

Favorite self-care method:

  • Water, in any form, is my favorite self-care method and being at Lake Michigan on the beach (summer or winter) is my favorite water source!

Biography:

  • Rebecca Clore, LMSW has worked for over 20 years in a variety of clinical and administrative roles serving children, youth, and families. While living in the Washington, D.C. area Rebecca worked with the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute as the Director of Quality Assurance and as the Director of a community living program for adults with intellectual disabilities. After moving back to her home state, Rebecca worked in the Community Mental Health system in Berrien and Kalamazoo Counties for over 12 years. Most recently, Rebecca was the Quality Services and Compliance Manager at Family & Children Services, a Kalamazoo County non-profit. Rebecca continues to work for the State of MI as both a trainer and consultant for the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) and is a fidelity leader, coach, and trainer for the Michigan PMTO Project.

Melanie M Domench Rodríguez, Ph.D., L.P. (She/Her/hers)

Mentor

Works From:

  • Utah

Favorite self-care method:

  • I enjoy physically vigorous household maintenance activities while listening to an audiobook or podcast.

Biography:

  • I am a university professor. My work focuses broadly on reducing health disparities in ethnic and culturally minorities populations, especially Latinxs. I am proud to have mentored diverse doctoral trainees at Utah State University since the fall of 2000. I am a licensed psychologist. I hold leadership roles broadly. On my campus I serve as the USU IRB chair. State-wide, I serve on the Utah Psychology Licensing Board. Nationally, I am past-president of the National Latinx Psychological Association. Internationally, I am past president of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. I am excited to be the incoming Editor for Family Process, a journal that has played a critical role in my own professional development. I completed a Ph.D. in psychology from Colorado State in 1999.

Marion Forgatch Ph.D

Executive Director / Director of Research

Works From:

  • Oregon

Favorite self-care method:

  • Taking long walks in the woods with my dog Sadie.

Biography:

  • Dr. Forgatch is Senior Scientist Emerita at Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC), where she worked for nearly 40 years. During that time, she developed and tested programs for families with children with behavior problems. In 2001, Dr. Forgatch founded ISII to conduct implementation projects based on the GenerationPMTO intervention, which was developed at OSLC. Dr. Forgatch and colleagues of the GenerationPMTO network have adapted and applied the intervention for use internationally and for diverse populations within the US. Forgatch co-authored with Dr. Gerald R. Patterson three books for parents and clinicians: Parents and Adolescents (a set of two books) and Raising Cooperative Children. She has co-authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and audio and video tapes for parents. A Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Forgatch has received awards from the Society of Prevention Research (Friend of the Early Career Prevention Network in 2003 and Award for International Collaborative Prevention Research in 2008) and the American Family Therapy Academy (Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research in 2012). I am grateful for having a career enriched by collaboration with a wide range of national and international colleagues, all of whom are committed to helping families achieve their dreams. When we were younger, my husband and I were avid outdoors people–whitewater wilderness canoeists who traveled many of the rivers in Northern Canada, including the Horton River to the Arctic Ocean in the NWT and the Churchill, Seal and Hayes Rivers in Northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Abi Gewirtz, Ph.D., L.P (she / her / hers)

University of Arizona / Mentor

Works From:

  • Arizona

Favorite self-care method:

  • Taking a nice long bath.

Biography:

  • Dr. Abigail Gewirtz is a child psychologist, mother of four, leading expert on helping families cope with trauma and the author of When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Children (Workman, 2020). She is Foundation Professor in the Psychology Department at Arizona State University and Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Psychology. Dr. Gewirtz has developed award-winning parenting programs and is the author of more than 100 publications; she has consulted for national and international organizations including the U.S. Congress and UNICEF. A fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association, Dr. Gewirtz has conducted research in the United States, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, and has been invited to speak widely, in the U.S. and across the world, on parenting in times of stress

Luann Gray, LMSW (She/Her/hers)

Trainer / Coach

Works From:

  • Michigan

Favorite self-care method:

Biography:

  • I have worked in Michigan’s Community Mental Health system for over 25 years. Within the system I have held a variety of positions from Intensive Home Base worker to Supervisor within the Family and Children’s department. In 2004, I was part of the first Michigan group to be trained in PMTO. In 2007, Jim Wotring, Director of Programs and Services for Children with a Serious Emotional Disturbance, invited me to become the PMTO State Coordinator. Since taking this position, I have worked with many people to implement and sustain the PMTO model in Michigan. I have been honored to present nationally and internationally on the excellent work we do in Michigan, and I am pleased to provide training and consultation with ISII implementations outside of Michigan. I have always enjoyed teamwork, so it is quite a benefit to see it at play in the work we all do in Michigan. In playing sports myself and growing up in the Detroit area, I was and still am lucky to see a strong team model in my Detroit Tigers baseball team. GO TIGERS!

Cheryl Greer (She/Hers/They)

Coach / Trainer

Works From:

  • Michigan

Favorite self-care method:

  • From plants and animals to the wonders of geography and astronomy, I love Nature, especially when I am outside or interacting with nature.

Biography:

  • Cheryl earned her B.A. in Psychology from Oakland University in 1979, and her M.S.W. from Wayne State University in 1982. Early in her career, she was trainer as an Empathy & Crisis Counselor and Trainer, along with authoring a workbook for training other mental health practitioners. Over the years, Cheryl had the opportunity to provide direct clinical services, supervision, administrative leadership and university field instruction and teaching in the field of Social Work. Cheryl was invited to participate in the Michigan PMTO project in 2006. She is Certified in PMTO; PTC; Coaching & Training; and a Reliable FIMPer. She is a member of Michigan’s PMTO Leadership Team as the State Lead Coach. She was awarded Michigan’s Golden Loop Award in Leadership in 2019. Cheryl loves PMTO because the integration of effective methods and relationship building offer a sense of community and hope that enriches her life.

Jessica Hughitt (She/Her/Hers)

Translator (Spanish)

Works From:

Favorite self-care method:

  • Long walks with the dog and hammock napping.

Biography:

  • CADC1, KEEP Coach/Trainer/Group Leader

J. Rubén Parra-Cardona, Ph.D., LMFT (He/him/His)

Trainer/ Coach

Works From:

  • Texas

Favorite self-care method:

  • exercise and meditation

Biography:

  • Associate Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work; Area Director for Research, Latino Research Institute, The University of Texas at Austin

Laura Rains M.A., LCSW (She/Her/Hers)

Director of Implementation and Training

Works From:

  • Oregon

Favorite self-care method:

  • Warm beverage, walk in the forest, ocean gazing, snuggling with a pup

Biography:

  • • I love to learn and to support others in the learning process. • I have had the pleasure of working with families, clinicians, and other professionals for the past 30+ years with ISII – teaching and learning, connecting with a lovely ensemble of colleagues nationally and internationally, working together to figure out the finer points of training and implementation, and enjoying gorgeous scenery along the way. What an honor and joy! • I plan and design ISII’s training programs, co-author educational materials, journal articles, and book chapters, and train, coach, and troubleshoot across systems. • Once upon a time (in the late1980s) I was an editor at a small newspaper and I wanted to get better, so I earned a Masters degree in journalism, health education and sociology at the University of Oregon. To support my studies, I worked as a research assistant on Jerry Patterson’s landmark Oregon Youth Study, and soon after became a clinical practitioner with Lew Bank’s school-based intervention (individual) and Marion Forgatch’s Oregon Divorce Study (group). I was captivated by family work! Back to graduate school I went to earn an MSW. • My work with ISII is deeply rooted in experiences over the years: coordinating assessment at OSLC, being a therapist at a community mental health center and in private practice, volunteering as an emotional support person for people living with HIV/AIDS, providing animal-assisted therapy with children, adults, and elders – with my sweet dog Clifford and numerous dogs and cats at the humane society who later went on to their forever homes, and, of course, learning from a most beloved bonus daughter. • I’m grateful for exemplary mentoring by Marion and Nancy Knutson, and I love to learn about new therapeutic techniques and methods (NLP, EMDR, Grief Recovery Method). I am currently learning about the rewards and responsibilities that come with living in a tiny coastal community.

Cathy Scissors-Collins (She/Her/hers)

Coach

Works From:

  • Oregon

Favorite self-care method:

Biography:

  • Cathy has been providing services to youth and families in Lane County for over 30 years. Since 2006, Cathy has been actively involved in GenerationPMTO as a coach and an active member of the ISII FIMP Team. She has also facilitated PTC parenting groups and provided parenting education to step-families. Prior to ISII, she worked in the public schools as a drug prevention counselor and sign language interpreter, and provided outpatient drug treatment to adolescents. Her educational degrees include an MA – Counseling, University of California at Santa Barbara (1985), BS – Psychology, University of Missouri (1983), and BA – ASL/English Interpretation, Western Oregon University (1997). Her interest in working with families has developed with the growth of her own family. Cathy has three daughters who teach her much about the challenges and joys of parenting.

Margrét Sigmarsdottír, Ph.D.(She/Her/Hers)

Director of Fidelity Research Coordinator

Works From:

  • Iceland

Favorite self-care method:

  • My favorite self-care method is fishing, hiking, and running in the wild nature of Iceland. I also love reading books and doing yoga. I am so lucky to have wonderful children and grandchildren and be

Biography:

  • After more than 20 years as a Scientific Psychological and Clinical Director and Implementor of Evidence Based Practice I am now an Associate Professor at the University of Iceland where one of my projects has been to adapt GenerationPMTO to refugees in Europe.

Anna Snider (She/Her/Hers)

Director of Administration

Works From:

  • Oregon

Favorite self-care method:

  • Walking with my dog and paddleboarding

Biography:

  • I have enjoyed working with ISII as Projects Coordinator since 2013 and as Administrator since early 2016. Prior to joining ISII, I earned a bachelor’s of science in psychology at the University of Oregon in 1996 and worked for many years as a Project Coordinator and in a variety of other roles on federally-funded, longitudinal research grants at OSLC. I found immense satisfaction working on projects with an aim to collect information, analyze data and ultimately learn from families. At ISII, I feel fortunate to find further satisfaction in working on implementation projects that apply knowledge learned from research conducted at OSLC as far back as 50 years ago to the real world. An added bonus is that I have the pleasure of working with a group of talented, intelligent and caring individuals, both within ISII and at the various GenerationPMTO implementation sites and projects. When I am not at work, I can be found playing with my family, camping, traveling, walking, and enjoying the beauty of Oregon living.

Bessie Turner (She/Her/Hers)

Trainer / Coach

Works From:

  • Michigan

Favorite self-care method:

  • When I am not working I love to dance, relax and spend time with my 3 pre-teen and teenaged daughters.

Biography:

  • Since I was very young I knew that I wanted to help kids and families who were struggling. I attended Western Michigan University (for my Bachelors and Masters degrees) and was lucky enough to intern for a program called Wraparound. I loved the strength-based approach and how identifying the strength of youth and their families helped in them achieving their goals. In 2011, I learned about GenPMTO and was fortunate enough to be trained in the model. The focus on building parents’ skills and supporting them through strengths and encouragement really resonated with who I was and how I worked with families. I could not get enough. I happy to be trained as a group leader, coach and now trainer. I love sharing this model with clinicians as they learn the model and how to present it to families all over the world.

Edda Vikar Guðmundsdóttir, Ph.D. (She/Her/Hers)

Trainer / Coach

Works From:

  • Iceland

Favorite self-care method:

Biography:

  • Edda is a licensed psychologist (Cand. Psych.), educated in Iceland and New York City. She has had many years of training in the PMTO intervention, first as a therapist, then later as a FIMP rater, trainer, and coach. She began her carrier as a school psychologist in 2004 and soon thereafter became a certified PMTO therapist. She is currently working as an assistant implementer of PMTO at The Government Agency for Child Protection in Iceland along with Dr. Margrét Sigmarsdóttir, the project’s leader. For some years now, Edda has also worked with ISII and provided coaching and training for different sites in the US that are implementing PMTO. Edda is a co-author on three papers Margrét Sigmarsdóttir has published including one paper about the implementation of PMTO in Iceland and two papers presenting findings from an outcome research on the effects of PMTO therapy in Iceland. Edda lives in downtown Reykjavík, Iceland and spends her free time with her son and daughter, bicycling around the city, eating good food and reading good novels. Her heart is never far from NYC where a large part of her family resides.

Elizabeth Wieling, Ph.D., LMFT (She/Her/Hers)

Trainer / Coach

Works From:

  • Minnesota

Favorite self-care method:

  • Time with loved ones, travel, learning, and social activism.

Biography:

  • Wieling’s program of research has developed into investigations of preventive and clinical intervention models that demonstrate effectiveness with systematically marginalized and underserved populations in the United States and abroad. A central focus of this social justice research agenda is to address mental health disparities by developing culturally appropriate, ethical, and methodologically sound strategies to intervene and assess outcomes. Wieling integrates her cross-cultural work and prevention background to develop multi-component systemic interventions that cut across individual, family, and community levels in populations exposed to traumatic stress. Current projects are being advanced with immigrant and refugee populations in the United States as well as in several international post-conflict and low-income contexts.