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.



Student Outreach Coordinator: Rebecca Wolfe, B.A. (rebecca.wolfe763@gmail.com)

Rebecca Wolfe currently works on collaborative research with Dr. Neal Stolar of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior, Rebecca was a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. There she assisted with the dissemination and implementation of Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for individuals with serious mental illness and conducted research exploring the relationship between delusions, beliefs, and emotional mechanisms. During her undergraduate career at Temple University, Rebecca served as research assistant in Dr. Lauren Ellman’s lab studying cigarette smoking and attenuated positive psychotic symptoms in a nonclinical population, the secretary for Temple’s chapter of Psi Chi and Publicity Manager for the Undergraduate Neuroscience Society. 


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).