Meet the Founders
Kirk Strosahl, PhD, is a cofounder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a cognitive behavioral therapy that has gained widespread adoption in the mental health and substance abuse community. He is the author of numerous articles on the subjects of primary care behavioral health integration, using outcome assessment to guide practice and strategies for working with challenging, high-risk, and suicidal clients. He is well-known nationally for his innovative approach to the integration of behavioral health and primary care services.
DIRECTOR OF TRAINING and PROGRAM EVALUATION
Patricia Robinson, PhD, is a pioneer in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in primary care and other brief intervention settings. She participated in several of the initial studies documenting improved outcomes with integration of behavioral health services into primary care. She is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and books on primary care behavioral health integration and brief interventions. She has also authored several self-help books. She trains for health care systems, large and small, all over the world.
David Bauman, PsyD, is the Behavioral Health Education Director at Central Washington Family Medicine, where he also serves on the residency faculty and as a behavioral health consultant. He completed formal training in the Primary Care Behavioral Health model and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy during his pre and post-doctoral experiences. His training supervisors have included both Jeff Reiter and Kirk Strosahl and he has received formal training from Patricia Robinson. Dr. Bauman has presented at a number of national conferences and authored book chapters on working with behavioral concerns in primary care. He currently serves on the leadership team of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association’s PCBH Special Interest Group. He has experience in training medical providers and residents, as well as behavioral health consultants, regarding the integration of behavioral health care and implementation of ACT (and other behavioral approaches) within primary care and other medical settings.
Bridget Beachy, PsyD, is currently the Director of Behavioral Health at Community Health of Central Washington (CHCW) and leads a team of seven BHCS. She is also a behavioral health faculty member at CHCW’s Central Washington Family Medicine Residency and has duties working as a Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC). She has received supervision from Kirk Strosahl during her postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Beachy also completed her pre-doctoral training at HealthPoint, a federally qualified health center which is known for its robust Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) program and was developed by Jeff Reiter. Dr. Beachy has experience in training medical residents, medical students, and BHCs in PCBH as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Focused (ACT). Additionally, she has co-authored two book chapters addressing behavioral health in medical settings, and has given multiple presentations on integrated care both locally and nationally.
Jodi Polaha, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with particular expertise in behavioral pediatrics. She describes herself as a “pracademic” with one foot firmly planted in real-world clinical work and teaching and another in research and scholarly activity. Dr. Polaha has worked in primary care since the start of her career in 1998. She has directed integration efforts at over 30 practices, many of which served as training sites for students. During her tenure as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, she established and directed a network of 15 integrated clinics which were awarded the Nebraska Rural Health Integration Award in 2003. From 2006-2015 she was on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at East Tennessee State University where performed a central role in the development of the curriculum and training experiences for a novel clinical doctoral program with a special focus on rural primary care psychology. Presently, she is an Associate Professor in the Division of Primary Care Research in the Department of Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University. In addition to her clinic development and training work, she has maintained an active and federally funded research program around integrated care including over 30 publications. Dr. Polaha currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. She has expertise in behavioral pediatrics, ACT, prevention, implementation science, and rural care. She received her PhD in child clinical psychology from Auburn University.
Melissa Baker, PhD, is a Behavioral Health Consultant at HealthPoint, a network of federally qualified health centers near Seattle, WA. Dr. Baker has worked in integrated primary care since 2008. In 2014, she joined Seattle Pacific University’s PhD clinical psychology program as an Adjunct Professor in order to design and implement a yearly advanced graduate course in Integrated Primary Care. Dr. Baker has consulted to other graduate and undergraduate educational programs on integrated care courses and trainings for students. In addition to working with students, she has experience training medical providers and BHCs in the Primary Care Behavioral Health model and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Baker currently serves on the leadership team of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association’s Primary Care Behavioral Health Special Interest Group and has given multiple presentations on integrated care both locally and nationally.