GBG+MTP Biographies


PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Patrick Tolan, Ph.D.

CO-INVESTIGATORS
Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D.

Jason Downer, Ph.D.

Nicholas Ialongo, Ph.D.
Nick Ialongo is currently a Professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH). He was trained as a child and family clinical psychologist at Michigan State University. In addition to his academic duties at the JHBSPH, Nick directs a National Institutes on Mental Health and Drug Abuse funded Advanced Center for Intervention and Services Research and is the Principal Investigator on the 20-year follow-up of the 2nd generation Johns Hopkins Preventive Intervention Research Center (JHU PIRC) trial. He is one of the Investigators on the Good Behavior Game+My Teaching Partner Project (GBG+MTP project).

Robert Pianta, Ph.D.

Amanda Williford, Ph.D.

 

INTERVENTION TEAM (Coaches)

Jennifer P. Keperling, M.A., LCPC
Jenn Keperling is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Maryland and a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health. She earned her Masters of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology in May 2004 and her LCPC in January 2006. Jenn is a Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she gained experience implementing both parent and child group evidence-based interventions within the school setting, coaching teachers in implementing evidence-based techniques within their classrooms, and leading other evidence based groups and counseling interventions with children, adolescents, families, and classrooms in the Maryland Public Schools. She has held many leadership roles in the schools in which she’s worked, has taken the lead on further developing a distance learning course for a classroom-based behavior management and social emotional learning intervention, and coordinates several projects in the Center for Prevention and Early Intervention aimed at reducing the risk for mental health disorders across multiple Maryland Public Schools. Currently, Jenn is a Research Associate and Coach for the Good Behavior Game + My Teaching Partner Project (GBG+MTP project). jpitchfo@jhsph.edu

Dana Darney, Ph.D.
Dana Darney earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of Missouri. She completed her predoctoral training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and with the University of Maryland Center for School Mental Health. Dana earned her B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Towson University and her M.S. in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to obtaining her PhD, she worked for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Prevention and Early Intervention coordinating and implementing evidence-based interventions with children and families in Baltimore City schools. She has experience coaching and consulting with teachers to increase implementation of evidence-based practices in the classroom. Dana's dissertation work was to develop a series of modules on best practices in classroom management with elementary school classroom teachers. Currently, she is a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Research Associate/Coach for the Good Behavior Game and My Teaching Partner Project (GBG+MTP project). ddarney@jhsph.edu

Brenda C. Kelly, Ph.D. 
Brenda Kelly is a new faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She earned her B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Master of Education from Towson University.  Most recently, Brenda served as the Program Director for Ready At Five, an affiliate of the Maryland Business Round Table of Education and the Maryland State Department of Education as a Race to the Top Specialist for the Office of School Innovations. Prior to her retirement, she directed the Office of Early Learning for the Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) from SY2000-2001 to SY2009-2010 where she was instrumental in building the early childhood programs in the district. Brenda's passion for education and student wellness has returned her to the field to support research work on school-based preventive and early treatment interventions for children and adolescents and to help disseminate the knowledge gained in order to improve prevention and treatment research and dissemination and training practices. Currently, Brenda is a Research Associate and Coach for the Good Behavior Game + My Teaching Partner Project (GBG+MTP project). bkelly@jhsph.edu

ASSESSMENT TEAM
Ethel Caspa has worked for the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health for the past four years as a Research Assistant and was just recently promoted to Research Coordinator on the current GBG+MTP project. She has experience working on several research projects within the Johns Hopkins, Center for Prevention and Early Intervention including, consent gathering, classroom observations and young adult interviewing for the prevention program. Ethel's role on the Good Behavior Game+My Teaching Partner Project (GBG+MTP project) will include scheduling classroom observations, overseeing consent gathering, and staff training of the assessment team members.

April L. Lawson, M.A., is a Research Associate in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public and Field Director for multiple NIH/IES-funded studies housed within the Department of Mental Health and the Center for Prevention and Early Intervention. She has over twelve years of experience in project oversight, protocol adherence, data management, and budget management for NIH/IES-funded research projects within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. April will be responsible for database development and management for the GBG+MTP project and will assist with the GBG+MTP project coordination, staff management, and participant tracking.

Additional Content

Back to GBG+MTP home page.