MFP MHSAS Training Advisory Committee

The MFP Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) Training Advisory Committee (TAC) is composed of outstanding psychologists who provide leadership, sound advice, professional judgment and extraordinary commitment to the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Fellowship. The TAC meets twice a year. They read and evaluate applications of hundreds of candidates for our various programs. Other functions of the committee include tracking the progress of Fellows, offering student advisement and shaping the policies of the MHSAS Fellowship. These successful and dedicated advisors serve as role models and mentors to MHSAS Fellows. TAC members welcome your interest in their work and are open to sharing ideas related to research and training. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of their experience, wisdom and openness.

Andrew T. Austin-Dailey, MDiv, MS

Andrew T. Austin-Dailey, MDiv, MS Andrew T. Austin-Dailey, MDiv, MS, is the director of the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) at the American Psychological Association. Before joining the MFP, he completed an MS in psychology at Palo Alto University. He received a BS in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MDiv in pastoral psychology at the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has been active in the community through developing counseling, training and support programs for ethnic minorities for over 20 years.

Beth Boyd, PhD (2014 Chair)

Beth Boyd, PhD Beth Boyd, PhD, is the director of the Psychology Service Center at the University of South Dakota (USD). She is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Since completing her PhD in 1992, she has taught in the clinical psychology graduate program at the USD. She is involved in a number of projects seeking to train culturally competent clinical psychologists and develop culturally responsive mental health services for Native American member in the USD Disaster Mental Health Institute and has responded to a number of disaster and crisis situations, particularly in Native communities. Boyd has served on a number of APA governance groups and was the 1998 recipient of the APA Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Clinical Psychology, as well as the 1999 recipient of the Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) Distinguished Career Contributions to Service Award. She is the immediate past president of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues.

Élida M. Bautista, PhD

Elida M. Bautista, PhD Élida M. Bautista, PhD, is an associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the director of clinical training of the Child and Adolescent Services' Multicultural Clinical Training Program. Bautista earned her BA in psychology and Chicano studies from Claremont McKenna College. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan and completed her internships at the University of Michigan's Center for the Child and Family and Counseling and Psychological Services. In addition, she received a one-year dissertation fellowship from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she taught psychology in the chicano studies department. She completed her postdoctoral training at UCSF/SFGH Child and Adolescent Services, where she specialized in working with Spanish-Speaking Latino clients, primarily victims of crime. Her research, teaching and clinical work have focused on multicultural mental health issues, primarily issues of class, violence and Latino acculturation.

Jesus Felizzola, MD, MHSA, MA

Jesus Felizzola, MD, MHSA, MA Jesus Felizzola, MD, MHSA, MA, is currently a research professor at the Columbia School of Arts & Sciences, department of psychology at the George Washington University and serves as principal investigator of a five-year HRSA/HAB-funded Special Project of National Significance, Building a Medical Home for HIV Homeless Individuals in rural North Carolina. He has more than 25 years of experience in HIV/AIDS clinical practice, cultural competency and research and evaluation. Felizzola has also worked as senior director of Research and Evaluation and project director of the AIDS Education and Training Center, National Center for HIV Care in Minority Communities at HealthHIV in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining HealthHIV, Felizzola was the director of two NIDA-funded randomized clinical trials in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. One of the trials (STRIDE) is a RCT of Buprenorphine among HIV positive opioid dependent pretrial detainees in D.C. and the other (CURB CTN 0048) is a RCT of Buprenorphine and Vivitrol among Cocaine Users. During his tenure with Howard University, he also served as associate director of the NIH-funded Research Program in the Epidemiology and Prevention of Drug Abuse and AIDS, project director of the Minority Institutions Drug Abuse Research Development Program and cultural competency manager for Howard University's National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center. Felizzola currently consults CommWell Health in the capacity of Lead Evaluator of a five-year SAMHSA-funded TCE/HIV project and project director for CommWell Health Latino REACH Project, an AIDS United-funded comprehensive needs assessment of HIV/AIDS advocacy efforts on behalf of Latinos in nine states of the southern U.S. Other work experience of Felizzola includes serving as principal investigator of a HRSA/SPNS multi-site outreach demonstration project in Miami, Fla., associate director of the NIH-funded Latino HIV/AIDS Behavioral Sciences Center at Florida International University and coordinator of the North Carolina Statewide Latino HIV/AIDS Initiative.

Paul Leung, PhD

Paul Leung, PhD Paul Leung, PhD, is currently a professor at the University of North Texas. He has held academic and administrative appointments at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia); the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the University of Arizona. His area of interest has been disability and rehabilitation of underserved populations. He has written extensively in this area and has served as an advocate towards eliminating disparities related to minorities and disability. Leung is a past president of Div. 22, Rehabilitation Psychology, and was honored with their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He has served on APA's committee currently named the Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology and on the Committee on APA Division Relations. He has been an active site reviewer, as well as site reviewer chair, for accreditation visits.

Jeanne E. Manese, PhD

Jeanne E. Manese, PhD Jeanne E. Manese, PhD, is director of the Counseling Center at the University of California, Irvine. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a specialization in counseling psychology. She is a fellow of APA Divisions 17 and 45. Manese has published numerous articles and chapters related to training and practice with a focus on multicultural competency and social justice. She is currently conducting research and implementing programs focused on strength based interventions for academically at-risk populations. She has practiced around the world with an education abroad program and is interested in the global application of counseling psychology.

Micah McCreary, MDiv, PhD, LCP

Micah McCreary, MDiv, PhD, LCPMicah L. McCreary, MDiv, PhD, LCP, is a tenured associate professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. McCreary earned his BSE in engineering from the University of Michigan. He earned a Master of Divinity degree in pastoral theology from Virginia Union University, School of Theology in Richmond, Va. McCreary earned his MS and PhD in counseling psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and completed his clinical internship at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. McCreary is an alumnus of the APA Minority Fellow Program and The American Council on Education Fellows Program. McCreary has also worked as the assistant vice provost for diversity, the coordinator of the Quality Enhancement Plan for VCU, and co-director of the counseling psychology program at VCU. As an academician, McCreary’s current teaching, research and clinical focuses are in the area of family psychology, family counseling and faith-based organizations. McCreary and his research team are also conducting and evaluating interventions with adolescents, parents and families designed to reduce and prevent family violence prevention, while promoting prosocial skills. He has developed a family/parenting intervention entitled the I Must Pause Pray Analyze Chill and Take Action Program. Currently, McCreary teaches introduction to psychology, the psychology of African-Americans, multicultural counseling, child psychology and family therapy. As a licensed clinical psychologist, McCreary serves as a consultant, trainer and lectures to the Richmond community. As a joint-pastor with his wife, McCreary works very closely with the seminary and religious community in various capacities.

Veronique Thompson, PhD

Veronique Thompson, PhD Veronique Thompson, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and tenured faculty member of the Wright Institute in Berkeley, Calif. Thompson is also the director of clinical training at the Center for Family Counseling in East Oakland. She conducts training for the counseling staff that provides family therapy and community based prevention programs. Finally, she maintains a small private practice. Her advanced professional training has been in Narrative Therapy and Social Justice Therapy. As an African American woman, Thompson's personal history of experience complements her academic training in clinical psychology. Her practice of psychology is enriched by dual dimensions of culturally informed and gender related perspectives.

Aileen Torres, PhD

Aileen Torres, PhDAileen Torres, PhD, is the associate director of clinical services/internship director at Youth Consultation Services Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health. She is an instructor for Rutgers University and a licensed clinical psychologist in New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Her private practice specialization is in psychological testing assessments, mainly for immigration purposes. These evaluations are related to asylum, human trafficking, torture, family separation and domestic violence. Currently the president-elect of the Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey (LPANJ), in 2011, she represented LPANJ on New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families, Advisory Group on Child Abuse and Neglect Mental Health Evaluation. She was formerly the director of the grant-funded Bilingual Integrative Trauma Treatment Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Torres attended graduate school at Teacher's College, Columbia University and Carlos Albizu University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She also attended the marriage and family program at Seton Hall University.

Janeece Warfield, PsyD

Janeece Warfield, PsyD Janeece Warfield, PsyD, is an associate professor, director for the Center for Child & Adolescent Violence Prevention and principle investigator for the Parents Early Childhood Education — Positive Action Choices Training Program at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, Ohio. She completed an APA approved postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology with a specialization in working with chronic illness, infants and developmental disabilities at Georgetown University Hospital, D.C. As a pediatric psychologist she specializes in therapeutic services and assessment with infants and children, developmental disabilities and children with chronic illness. She also has expertise in play therapy, violence prevention, trauma and multicultural/diversity training, which are also her teaching and private practice interests. She has leadership and membership in professional organizations, such as the Association of Play Therapy, Ohio Association of Infant Mental Health, National Black Family Coalition and APA's Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, ACT and Effective Prevention Provider programs.