Committee for Assessment and Training in Recovery (CATR)
The Committee for Assessment and Training in Recovery (CATR) serves in an advisory and facilitative capacity for the Recovery to Practice project. Members of the CATR will assist with collecting and assessing related information; reviewing documents produced for the project and developing, testing, marketing and disseminating training materials for psychologists.
Ronald Bassman, PhD
Ronald Bassman, PhD, earned his doctorate in counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi. Bassman currently works as a psychotherapist with Behavioral Health Specialists (BHS), a private psychotherapy group. He also teaches Community Mental Health in the graduate school at Sage Colleges. Prior to joining BHS, he worked for nine years at the New York State Office of Mental Health Bureau of Recipient Affairs doing self-help project development, education and technical assistance. Bassman is a former two-term president of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He has been an elected member of the American Psychological Association's Expert Taskforce on Serious Mental Illness. With other ex-patients and allies, Bassman co-founded the International Network Towards Alternatives for Recovery (INTAR), which held its first meeting of alternative practitioners and psychiatric survivors in 2004.
Arthur Cantos, PhD
Arthur Cantos, PhD, is director of clinical training in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, Illinois. He directs a training clinic serving the mental health needs of the uninsured/underserved in Lake County, Ill. and provides treatment for people with anxiety disorders. His previous experience includes substantial clinical work with the severely and persistently mentally ill population, child abuse, domestic violence, court mandated treatment for perpetrators of domestic violence, forensic assessment, diagnostic evaluations with court placed adolescents and cognitive behavioral treatment of affective and anxiety disorders including exposure and response prevention programs in obsessive compulsive disorder. Prior to that he was Professional Head of Psychology and Counseling and Director of Mental Health Services in Gibraltar, a British dependent territory, where he was tasked with steering a multidisciplinary mental health team in developing and implementing a comprehensive mental health strategy for the Citizens of Gibraltar. During this time he worked with a group dedicated to helping people in recovery.
Jay L. Cohen, PhD
Jay L. Cohen, PhD, currently serves as the associate chief of staff (ACOS) for Mental Health at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center in Battle Creek, Mich. Cohen is responsible for all elements of a VA mental health service, in a facility that is committed to providing recovery-oriented mental health care in both inpatient, residential rehabilitation and outpatient mental health settings. Prior to that, he served (2007-2011) as a staff psychologist and local recovery coordinator at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit. Cohen partners with staff, Veteran consumers and other stakeholders in the implementation of recovery-oriented mental health care. Cohen is currently the associate chair of APA Division of Psychotherapy's (Div. 29) Early-Career Psychologist Committee. He works closely with staff in the development of recovery-oriented practices and works closely with veterans in the development of educational materials and classes that are peer-facilitated and emphasize a strengths-based solution-focused approach. Cohen has authored and co-authored numerous empirical articles, review papers and conference presentations on topics ranging from social support to pain and affect regulation to peer support and mental health recovery.
Zachary Corcoran is currently a manager at Recover Resources, a web-based consumer micro-enterprise that offers recovery-oriented products and services. Corcoran is a recovery advocate who presents at workshops and at mental health conferences across the U.S. as a keynote speaker. Corcoran has undergone Wellness Recovery Action Planning training, Peer Support Specialist training and numerous other trainings on mental health recovery. He describes spreading the message of recovery to all involved with mental health services (including providers) as one of his primary passion.
Drew Horn, who has suffered from homelessness, three failed businesses, two failed marriages, multiple stays in psychiatric wards and two suicide attempts considers himself the luckiest bipolar man alive. In line with Drew’s favorite saying, "let the manure of your past fertilize your present and you’re guaranteed a great crop for the future," Drew co-founded the Turn a Frown Around foundation and has won ten awards including two from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Courage to Overcome Award from the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies (NJAMHA), the Significance of Excellence Award from the National Council of Behavioral Health, the Governors’ Ambassador Award and several others. This past year, Drew’s life and work were portrayed in the ‘Voice’ award winning documentary entitled, “Crazy Enough to Care.” Drew believes that friendship is the missing link in wellness and recovery and that ending loneliness is an achievable goal.
J. Rock Johnson, JD
J. Rock Johnson, JD, earned her BA from Morningside College and her JD from DePaul University College of Law. She is currently at the Serious Mental Illness Research Group at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her interests are broad but focus primarily on the involvement of consumers throughout various systems of service and research. These different aspects of involvement include but are not limited to the recovery movement, self-directed care, consumer directed services, peer support and advocacy, advance directives and mental health reform. In addition, her interests include restraint & seclusion free environments, development of treatment programs/systems, mental health policy and legislation, and evaluation and outcome of treatment programs. Prior to formally joining the UNL Serious Mental Illness Research Group, Johnson collaborated with Will Spaulding on several local and national projects. In addition to collaborating on projects within the research group, she continues to work with local, state, regional and national organizations to promote recovery and consumer involvement.
Anne Klee, PhD
Anne Klee, PhD, serves as the Director of Education and Training of the Errera Community Care Center of VA Connecticut Healthcare System for which she oversees the Psychosocial Rehabilitation Residency Training Program which provides advanced training in psychosocial rehabilitation to mental health professionals from various disciplines (psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing and occupational therapy) over a yearlong (full-time) commitment. She is also the director of the Brownell House, a Compensated Work Therapy Transitional Residential program for veterans with mental illness returning to the workforce. Klee is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry of the Yale School of Medicine. Over the past several years, she has co-authored several clinical grants including one to establish the Wellness Center at the Errera Community Care Center with the mission of providing individualized health promotion services to individuals with serious mental illnesses. Klee contributes to psychology on a national level by serving as the VA Section Chair on the board of Div. 18 Psychologists in Public Service of the American Psychological Association.
Roberta L. Nutt, PhD, ABPP
Roberta L. Nutt, PhD, ABPP, is the training director of the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Houston. She was formerly the training director at Texas Woman’s University and has also served as the director of professional affairs at the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. Within governance in the American Psychological Association, she is currently serving on the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology which she earlier chaired. She has also served on and/or chaired the APA or APA-affiliated Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance, Council of Specialties in Professional Psychology, College of Professional Psychology, Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs and the Specialty Councils for both Counseling and Family Psychology. She is the Past-President of APA Div. 17, Society of Counseling Psychology, and Division 43, Society of Family Psychology, and holds Fellow status in APA and seven APA Divisions. Her scholarship has focused on gender issues in psychotherapy/counseling, licensure and regulation, training, and ethics/professional standards.
Lawrence S. Schoenfeld, PhD
Lawrence S. Schoenfeld, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and professor in the departments of psychiatry, anesthesiology and Rehabilitation Medicine (UTHSCSA). Schoenfeld received his PhD from the University of Florida after completing an internship at the J. Hillis Miller Health Science Center. After serving as a commissioned officer in the Indian Health Service of the United States Public Health Service on the Navajo Reservation he came to the UTHSCSA to help start the first mental health center in San Antonio. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology and currently directs both the Clinical Psychology Residency (Internship) and fellow programs and the Psychotherapy Training Program for psychiatry and psychology residents in the department of psychiatry. Recently he was named The Ellie Rucker Clinical Psychology Professor in Psychotherapy Training. Schoenfeld is nationally active and currently serves as treasurer of the Clinical Psychology Synarchy as well as a member the American Psychological Association Standing Ethics Hearing Panel and Commission on Accreditation.
Scott Spicer, MPH, CPSS
Scott Spicer, MPH, CPSS, is a public health professional and consultant who works with high-risk young adults in community-based clinical mental health programs and services. Spicer has a master's degree in public health with an emphasis in global health, and maintains three other certificates in the areas of peer services, supported employment and health coaching, along with a bachelor's degree in anthropology. As a consultant, Spicer works with local nonprofits on innovative healthy ways to fundraise and develop effective outreach strategies. He does strategic consulting, leadership development and grassroots organizing for a variety of agencies, which have included the Natural Resources Defense Council and other local nonprofits in the southwest Michigan area. By trade, Spicer is a prevention educator and community organizer. He has worked with a leader on the development of SAMHSA evidence based program adaptations and trained on this model. Prior to entering the recovery workforce, Spicer served as associate director of health promotion and education, alcohol risk reduction, at Western Michigan University. While managing his business, Scott currently works fulltime for Family & Children Services, a leading provider of clinical mental health, outpatient therapy, foster care and adoption and respite programs for children, youth and families in Kalamazoo and Calhoun, Mich. This project is a passion for Spicer in emphasizing the value of, and evidence behind, mental health recovery.