Psychosis and Schizophrenia Spectrum Special Interest Group Leadership 

President: Jerome Yoman, Ph.D (LSresource@comcast.net)

Jerome Yoman, Ph.D., ABPP, clinical psychologist, has served persons with serious mental illnesses for 35 years.  He is board certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology and a Fellow of ABCT. He has been a program creator and director, supervisor, consultant, and trainer. He has published on functional analysis, functional assessment, and problem solving skills.  He has a private practice, Life Skills Resource LLC, with clinical interests in cognitive therapy for psychosis, social skills training, and family therapy. He is an Adjunct Instructor in Continuing Education in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University.

Treasurer: Charlie Davidson, Ph.D. (davidson_ca@mercer.edu)

Charlie A. Davidson, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, is currently at Yale working with Scott Woods, M.D. as part of a T32 postdoctoral fellowship directed by Morris Bell, Ph.D. Charlie’s research focuses on developing group-based interventions as well as psychometric and neurophysiological assessment approaches for predictors and outcomes of treatments aimed at prevention, resilience, and recovery in psychosis. Charlie was trained at University of Nebraska-Lincoln in William Spaulding, Ph.D.’s SMI research group, and his clinical/theoretical orientation is rooted in psychiatric rehabilitation and the tenets of evidence-based practice. His current work is set in collaboration with colleagues and co-mentors from VA Connecticut, Yale’s North American Prodrome Longitudinal Study site, and Yale Child Study Center. 2017 will be his 9th year as a member of ABCT’s PASS SIG.



Social Media Coordinator: Merranda McLaughlin, BA (merrandamclaughlin@miami.edu)

Merranda McLaughlin is a first-year student in the Adult Clinical PhD program at the University of Miami under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Weisman de Mamani. She is particularly interested in how integrating spirituality into treatment and implementing Culturally Informed Therapy (CIT) within the community may improve recruitment and retention for individuals high in religiosity. She hopes to continue this line of research for patients with SMI and their families. 

Student Outreach Coordinator: Olivia Altamirano, BA (olivia.altamirano2@gmail.com)

Olivia Altamirano is a second-year student in the Adult Clinical Psychology PhD program at the University of Miami under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Weisman de Mamani. She is currently a therapist in a research study to test the efficacy of Culturally Informed Therapy (CIT), developed by Dr. Weisman de Mamani. CIT aims to foster adaptive cultural and religious beliefs from participants’ own cultural backgrounds in hopes to reduce patient symptom severity. More recently, she has begun to study the effects that cultural (e.g. religion/spirituality) and family factors (e.g. cohesion, expressed emotion) may have not only on patients with SMI, but also on their family caregivers.

Listserv Moderator: Jen Snyder, Ph.D. (snycock@gmail.com)

Website Moderator: Andrea Avila, M.A., J.D. (avila.andrea.n@gmail.com)

Andrea is a graduate student at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), jointly enrolled in the Clinical Psychology Training Program and the Law-Psychology Program.  She graduated from law school with a criminal law concentration in 2015 and became a licensed attorney in 2016.  She is a member of the serious mental illness (SMI) research group at UNL.  Her primary area of interest is law and policy related to SMI, including within a forensic context.  She has been published on topics including consideration of mental illness in federal sentencing, collaborative decision-making for people with SMI, application of recovery principles in multiple settings, and therapeutic jurisprudence in relation to SMI.  


If you have information you think would be helpful to include on the website, please email both Jerome Yoman (President) and Andrea Avila (website moderator).