Sarah Cusworth Walker, PhD


Sarah Cusworth Walker, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, School of Medicine. Dr. Walker has been the principal investigator of over twenty research studies focused on juvenile justice reform from NIH, private foundation funding and research contracts with the Office of Justice Programs and local governments. Dr. Walker received a 2013 MacArthur Foundation Champion for Change Award for her work in investigating how to make evidence-based programming locally and culturally credible.

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lucy berliner, msw


Lucy Berliner, MSW is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, School of Medicine. Ms. Berliner is the director of a specialty clinic at Harborview Medical Center /UW Medicine for children and adults affected by abuse, trauma and violence. The program also implements EBTs including Trauma-Focused CBT and CETA in public mental health across WA. She been involved in many research projects on the impact of trauma and the effectiveness of clinical and societal interventions. She has a strong interest in and has been involved in many local and national social policy initiatives to promote the interests of trauma and crime victims


Eric Bruns, phd


Eric J. Bruns, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Bruns' research and other professional activities focus on public child-serving systems, and how to maximize their positive effects on youth with behavioral health needs and their families. His two primary foci include (1) development and empirical testing of “wraparound” care coordination models for youth with the most serious and complex needs and (2) research on and dissemination of research-based school prevention and intervention strategies. He has also conducted research on specialty courts for children involved in the child welfare system due to parental substance abuse, family and youth peer support services, impact of health information technology such as electronic health records (EHRs), and state-level strategies to delivering behavioral health care, including research-based practices.


Emi Gilbert, BS

research Assistant

Emi Gilbert completed her Bachelor’s of Science at the University of Washington in 2017 with a major in Psychology. During her undergraduate education, she served as a research assistant for the Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC) for two years, participating in research projects on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE). She also has experience working as an administrative assistant in a children’s mental health clinic, and volunteering for research projects in youth suicidality. She joined the EBPI in 2018 as a Research Intern with hopes to further her education in mental health interventions for youth. In 2019, her position changed to Research Assistant. Emi plans on applying to Clinical Psychology graduate programs in the future, with a focus in adolescent mental health treatment.


noah gubner, phD

research scientist

Noah Gubner, PhD is a Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Before coming to the EBPI, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the Drug Abuse Treatment and Services Training Program. Noah’s prior work focused on individuals in substance use disorder treatment and examined issues related to tobacco use and utilization of tobacco cessation services. Noah holds a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University.

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aniyar izguttinov, mph

research coordinator

Aniyar joined the EBPI team after completing Health Services MPH program at the University of Washington. Originally from Kazakhstan, he moved to Seattle for graduate school education which was supported by Fulbright scholarship. His degree thesis focused on community readiness assessment for the dissemination of evidence-based physical activity programs for older adults in Kazakhstan. Aniyar had also been involved as a research assistant in the evaluation of the Healthier Washington / State Innovation Model and his poster titled “From volume to value based payment system in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs): Innovation for vulnerable populations” was nominated for the Best Student Poster at the recent AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Washington, D.C. Prior to coming to the US, he had worked at the National Center for Neurosurgery in the capital city of Kazakhstan.


Won-Fong Lau Johnson, PhD, NCSP

clinical psychologist

Dr. Lau Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She is currently at University of Washington in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, where she is involved with research, policy development, and training efforts. Her current research project focuses on adapting the use of evidence-based trauma treatment for implementation in a juvenile justice setting. As she strongly believes in the importance of using culturally relevant treatment with diverse populations, a focus of her current project examines the impact of racism on traumatic stress. Dr. Lau Johnson is also involved in the Evidence-Based Practice Institute where she works collaboratively on projects that focus on expanding the use of EBP’s for children and families in Washington state. Additionally, she provides training workshops on cultural humility to various organizations across the state and teaches graduate-level coursework at U.W. on EBP’s for children and families on effective parenting, trauma, and anxiety. Dr. Lau Johnson has clinical experience working in schools, community mental health, and hospital settings. Both providing direct service and serving as an advocate for equitable behavioral healthcare are of great importance to her. As someone who identifies as a woman of color with a disability, she is passionate about creating more inclusivity and working with historically underrepresented populations.


Joshua Leblang, Eds, lmhc

senior lecturer

Joshua Leblang has spent the last two decades working with youth involved in juvenile justice and welfare, and implementing evidenced-based treatments designed to reduce recidivism and empower caregivers. He has also been involved in working with young people who are placed in residential care and assisting their effective transition back home. He has extensive experience in implementing programs throughout the United States, New Zealand, England, and Norway.


Jessica Leith, MS, LMFT

Training Manager and Practice Coach

Jessica Leith, MS, LMFT is a co-developer and trainer for the STAY (a brief family therapy model for adolescents with behavioral issues) at the University of Washington. Jessica is also teaching faculty at Antioch University. She has worked in the community mental health system for 10+ years and is trained in a number of evidence-based treatments targeting anxiety, depression, trauma, and behavioral issues for children and adolescents. She has contributed to numerous peer reviewed articles as well as a recent book chapter on the adaptations of EBP's in low to middle income countries for children and youth. 


Jason Medina, MS

STAY Trainer

For over twenty five years Jason has worked in health and human services. He has spent the bulk of that time as a family therapist, consultant/ trainer in juvenile justice and child welfare. Jason specializes in evidence based protocols providing direct intervention to families, individuals and children.  He also provides supervision, consultation, training and support to family therapists, juvenile probation officers and child welfare workers.

Jason is a co-developer of the EBPI STAY model and has a small private practice in north Seattle. He was adjunct faculty at the Leadership Institute of Seattle providing master’s level courses in ethics and law, solution focused therapeutic techniques, crisis intervention and research methods of family therapy. Jason trains and supports teams in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Holland, Australia and other locations around the United States.


Georganna Sedlar, PhD

Assistant Professor

Georganna Sedlar is an Assistant Professor and a licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Sedlar is committed to helping children and adolescents overcome mental health struggles and adversity. Her professional activities reflect this commitment, which include teaching and training the future workforce of mental health professionals, as well as clinical consultation, and policy projects to promote successful implementation and sustainment of EBPs for children throughout Washington State. She holds an active role in the MA program in Applied Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Washington, in which she serves as a practicum coordinator and course instructor. Dr. Sedlar is also a consulting psychologist for the Foster Care Assessment Program.


Eric Trupin, PhD

advisor and former director

Dr. Eric Trupin is a Professor and Child Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Based in Seattle Washington, he directed the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center for twelve years and developed the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy for the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. In 2007 the Washington State Legislature established an Evidence-Based Institute within his Division. Dr. Trupin also developed the Family Integrated Transitions (FIT) program, which combines Multi-Systemic Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing to improve outcomes for children and youth transitioning from residential care. Dr. Trupin has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on clinical and systems research programs supported by the NIDA, SAMSHA, and the MacArthur and Paul Allen Foundations. During 1993-94, Dr. Trupin was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, working for the U.S. Congress House Committee on Ways and Means.

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Lindsey Weil, PhD

postdoctoral fellow

Lindsey joined the EBPI in 2019 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to coming to the EBPI, Lindsey completed her doctoral clinical internship at Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Lindsey’s prior work examined access to mental and behavioral health services among youth in child welfare and juvenile justice systems, placement stability and permanency, and meaningful use of trauma assessment. Lindsey received a Lizette Peterson-Homer Injury Prevention Grant and a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being to support her dissertation work. Lindsey holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University.


Matthew Hsieh

Research Intern

Matthew Hsieh is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology at the University of Washington. Currently a senior undergraduate student, Matthew plans on applying for Clinical psychology graduate programs in the future with an interest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treatment of depression and anxiety.


Fergus Mo

Research Intern

Fergus Mo is a junior undergraduate student at the University of Washington. He is pursuing a dual BA in psychology and political science, and plans to go on to obtain a PhD in clinical psychology for eventually practicing clinical work while doing research to advance the field. He is especially interested in disseminating current evidence-based treatments such as CBT and DBT to at-risk individuals and groups who are underprivileged and underserved.