Schizophrenia and Other Serious Mental Disorders 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. (charles.davidson@yale.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 SoSMD SIG.



Social Media Coordinator: Rebecca Wolfe, B.A. (rebecca.wolfe763@gmail.com)

Rebecca Wolfe is a 1st year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a member of the serious mental illness (SMI) research group at UNL. Rebecca’s research interests include risk factors, early identification methods, early intervention, prevention of psychosis, and identification of and expansion on social/cognitive targets for interventions to promote improved and sustained rehabilitation outcomes for individuals with serious mental illness. She has published research on cigarette smoking and attenuated positive psychotic symptoms in a nonclinical population.

Student Outreach Coordinators: Elaina Montague, M.A. (elaina.mont@gmail.com), and Kelsey Ludwig, M.A. (kelsey_ludwig@med.unc.edu)

Elaina Montague is a 5th year doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Clinical Psychology Training Program (CPTP). In addition, she is a member of the Serious Mental Illness Research Group (SMI-RG), headed by Dr. William D. Spaulding. At this stage of her training, Elaina is completing her dissertation research and preparing for pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology. Her current research considers how cognitive-affective interactions are implicated in the development of psychosis and places significance on the context of young adulthood. She is primarily interested in using neuroimaging and advanced modeling approaches to ask “how?” individuals develop schizophrenia and “why?” some people demonstrate different trajectories of recovery from serious mental illness.

Kelsey Ludwig is a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) enrolled in the Clinical Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.  Kelsey currently works on several research projects with her advisor and mentor, Dr. David Penn, including Integrated Coping and Awareness Training (I-CAT), a mindfulness and positive psychology therapy intervention targeting stress reactivity in early episode psychosis, and Horyzons, an innovative social media platform designed to combat social withdrawal and enhance positive social relationships for individuals early in the course of illness.  She has been published on topics including the psychometric evaluation of social cognition measures for use in schizophrenia research and an effectiveness trial of a group- and home-based exercise program for persons diagnosed with chronic schizophrenia.

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, 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).