Weili Lu, Ph. D., CRC, is an Associate Professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Lu was a co-investigator, project manager, and assessment supervisor for a RCT funded by NIMH on Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in People with Severe Mental Illness: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy versus a Brief Intervention (R01 MH064662). She is the PI for a recently completed RCT funded by NIDILRR, Treating hidden barriers to employment: Integrated treatment for PTSD in Supported Employment (NIDILRR Grant # H133G140040). She has published extensively on the topic on PTSD among persons with psychiatric disabilities. Dr. Lu is the Principal Investigator for this project.
Philip Yanos, Ph. D., is a Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York and Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at John Jay College/The Graduate Center. An international expert on mental health stigma, Dr. Yanos was recently the PI on an NIMH-funded grant studying treatment for internalized stigma among people with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, a NIDILRR-funded grant examining the determinants of community participation among persons with psychiatric disabilities, and was co-investigator on the previous NIDILRR-funded study of CBT for people with psychiatric disabilities receiving supported employment services. Dr. Yanos has published extensively on psychiatric rehabilitation and on CBT treatment for people with both psychiatric disabilities and PTSD. He will be the clinical supervisor and be responsible for the adaption of NECT module in the CBT manual for the study.
Amy Banko MS, CPRP is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at Rutgers University. In addition to providing SEd and SE course instruction, Ms. Banko serves as a lead trainer and consultant at the Integrated Employment Institute of Rutgers. Ms. Banko co-developed the first freestanding, mobile outreach, SE program for individuals with mental health conditions in the state of New Jersey. She provided support in overseeing the first merger of SEd and SE in New Jersey to create a fully comprehensive Career Services model. Ms. Banko was a clinical contributor on three NIDILRR funded SEd and SE research projects. Ms. Banko will utilize her knowledge and competencies from her lived experience of a mental health condition to inform the development of the manual for this project. This peer perspective is leveraged to bring a consumer voice to this novel treatment modality in the current proposal.
Giovanna Giacobbe, MSW, is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at Rutgers. Having 8 years of experience working on two PTSD clinical trials funded by NIMH and NIDILRR, she currently serves as a trauma consultant and trauma therapist for the NJ Psychiatric Hospitals where she designed and adapted a trauma program for the psychiatric inpatient population. She serves as an assessment supervisor and is responsible for the supervision of the overall recruitment efforts.
Brittany L. Stone M.S., CRC is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at Rutgers. She is responsible for developing and implementing didactic and in-vivo training in SEd and career development initiatives in New Jersey and surrounding states. She is currently the co-chair of the Special Interest Group on Mental Health for the Association on Higher Education and Disability. She will be a clinical supervisor and be responsible for the elements related to SEd in the adaptation of the PTSD manual for the study.
William Waynor, Ph. D., CRC is an Associate Professor and Director of the Bachelors of Science program in Psychiatric Rehabilitation in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at the Rutgers University School of Health Professions. In addition, Dr. Waynor is the PI for two research projects on the role of recovery variables on employment for persons living with mental illnesses, and the Co-PI for a NIDILRR funded grant “Treating hidden barriers to employment: Integrated treatment for PTSD in supported employment.” (NIDILRR Grant # H133G140040). Dr. Waynor has authored or co-authored 19 peer reviewed journal articles on predictors of employment, staff training methodology, clinical teaching in the academic setting and on the recovery process for people living with mental illnesses.