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David J. Kolko, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Pediatrics, and Clinical and Translational Science

Dr. Kolko is a licensed and Board certified Clinical Psychologist, and Director of the Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic (WPIC) Special Services Unit, a treatment research program for delinquent youth. He has directed inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization programs serving children with behavior disorders/problems at WPIC, and has developed, implemented, and evaluated procedures for the assessment and treatment of firesetting and other antisocial behaviors in psychiatrically disturbed children, most of whom have received a diagnosis of Conduct Disorder and/or Attention Deficit Disorder. He has conducted treatment and research in the area of childhood behavior problems for more than 30 years, and has served as a consultant to the National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Fire Administration, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, regarding treatments for offending and victimized children.

Amy Laughlin, MS, NCC, LPC

Trainer and Consultant

Mrs. Laughlin has successfully worked in Dr. Kolko’s primary care outcome study (SKIP2) navigating the bridge of physical and behavioral health over the past 8 years. She has extensive care management training and skills in the context of primary care practices.

Mrs. Laughlin's duties include helping to coordinate and complete practice readiness assessments, and assisting in the recruitment of family participants. Most significantly, she trains participants on the use of the DOCC intervention and serves as a DOCC Facilitator by conducting consultation for trainees.

John (Jack) Rozel, MD, MSL

Medical Director

Dr. Rozel is the Medical Director for Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC's re:Solve Crisis Network, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Teaching Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and Affiliate Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law.

Eunice Torres, MS

Program Coordinator

Ms. Torres is the Program Coordinator for Dr. Kolko's programs with advanced clinical training and experience in diagnostic assessment and in the treatment of child and adolescent sex offenders and other behavior problems as well as affective symptoms including ADHD, ODD, CD, Depression and Anxiety. Eunice is from Puerto Rico and is fully bilingual (Spanish/English). She provides a vital service by translating Spanish treatment audio submitted by trainees during their consultation period.

Kevin Rumbarger, BA

Research Project Coordinator

Mr. Rumbarger is the Research Project Coordinator for Dr. Kolko's various programs. He provides administrative support to the trainers by drafting agreements, processing payments, and designing the visual media used to advertise and present SKIP to the public. He also assists with data collection, drafting publications, and updating the SKIP website.

Jeff Rounds, BS

Research Systems Specialist

Mr. Rounds is the Research Systems Specialist for Dr. Kolko's programs. He maintains a variety of program websites and provides the data infrastructure necessary to track SKIP trainees' progress.

Abbey Friedman, BS

Research Associate

Abbey is a recent graduate from the University of Pittsburgh receiving a Bachelor of Science honors degree in psychology. Throughout her time there, she completed 2 and a half years of research in externalizing disorders through the Pitt Parents and Children lab and an honors thesis entitled, Individual and Contextual Factors that Predict Juvenile Engagement in Violent Antisocial Behavior, under the advisement of Dr. Daniel Shaw. She also previously interned through Dr. David Kolko’s Safe and Safety program, associated with Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) Special Services Unit. Additionally, Abbey worked with the Newham Youth Offending Team in London helping service juveniles convicted of various offenses through co-leading group discussions about victims, empathy, and the children’s individual crimes.

Abbey’s duties include communicating with providers and caregivers and assisting and supporting the creation of different materials utilized in the pilot study.

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