SSET Program Staff

Lisa Jaycox, PhD, Intervention Developer

Dr. Jaycox is a senior behavioral scientist at RAND Corporation and a clinical psychologist. She has wide-ranging clinical and research expertise in the areas of child, adolescent, and adult mental health problems with a special emphasis on reactions to trauma exposure. Prior to joining RAND, Dr. Jaycox conducted clinical trials of psychotherapy treatment and prevention programs for post-traumatic stress disorder in adult female assault survivors and also developed and evaluated a depression prevention program for school children. At RAND, her work has focused on mental health services research as well as evaluations of clinical trials, with an emphasis on dissemination of proven treatments into community settings.

Her focus on the mental health consequences of traumatic life experiences includes work related to the September 11 terrorist attacks, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, California fire storms, recovery from traumatic injuries resulting in hospitalization, evaluation work related to young children’s exposure to violence, as well as work related to deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Audra Langley, PhD, Intervention Developer

Dr. Langley is an assistant clinical professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is also the director of training for the Trauma Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools and serves as chair of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network School Committee.

Dr. Langley is a clinician and researcher who specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatment for children and adolescents with PTSD, anxiety, and related disorders, and her work seeks to increase school-based access to evidence-based interventions for underserved populations of children. She received her PhD in clinical child psychology from Virginia Tech and went on to specialize in cognitive-behavioral therapy with children and adolescents during her internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and postdoctoral research fellowship in the clinical evaluation of evidence-based treatments for childhood anxiety disorders through the UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program, where she continues as a faculty member. Dr. Langley has served as investigator, trainer, clinician, and clinical supervisor on several clinic and school-based studies and trials treating ethnically and socioeconomically diverse children and adolescents with PTSD, anxiety, and OCD, and has presented and published treatment manuals and research papers on her work.

Kristin Dean, PhD, Intervention Developer

Dr. Dean is an adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation. She is interested in the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based interventions in community settings, particularly trauma-focused treatments for children and youth. In addition to her work at RAND, Dean is the director of children's health services at Cherokee Health Systems and is the project manager of the University of Tennessee-Cherokee Health Systems Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody. Dean earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Alliant International University.

Sharon Stephan, PhD, SSET Trainer

Dr. Stephan is an associate professor of psychiatry as well as the co-director of the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The mission of the CSMH is to “Strengthen policies and programs in school mental health to improve learning and promote success for America’s youth.” To achieve that goal, the center supports research, disseminates policy information, provides training, and works to integrate the efforts of schools, researchers, community organizations, and government organizations to improve awareness of mental health issues. Dr. Stephan is experienced in establishing empirically supported interventions in schools and has a particular interest in interventions targeted at youth who have experienced traumatic events. She leads and participates in a variety of state- and federally funded research projects aimed at assessing and improving school mental health services.