School Based Mental Health

ECHO Clinics

Second and Fourth Wednesday of each month • 12–1 p.m.
Next: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

School Based Mental Health ECHO flyer, with text new ECHO clinic launching soon and sign ups open todayThis ECHO clinic aims to provide school based mental health professionals and primary care providers a forum to collaborate on the treatment of students with mental and behavioral health disorders. Through trainings focused on early assessment, identification, triage, and proper referral procedures this clinic will help to improve management of mental health disorders in the school setting. Additionally, by bringing together multi-disciplinary teams of primary care providers and school staff, we can facilitate cross-system collaboration to provide these students with the most appropriate care.

For those who wish to participate, we are asking for a commitment of attending two clinics per month (one-hour each) over a nine-month period from September, 2017 through May, 2018. These one-hour clinics will be scheduled twice per month based on preferences indicated by the most people on our Project ECHO School-Based Mental Health Interest Survey.

This clinic team consists of: Erika Ryst, MD, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities at the University of Nevada, Reno. She currently serves as the Interdisciplinary Training Director for the Nevada Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NvLEND) program. Dr. Ryst has been on the faculty at the University of Nevada since 2004 and was one of the founders of the first Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training program in Nevada. In addition to her training roles, Dr. Ryst has served as a consultant to the Washoe County School District and the Washoe County Department of Social Services. She serves as a member of the Schools Committee for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has special interests in autism spectrum disorders, school psychiatry and the effects of childhood trauma.

Mark E. Swanson, MD, MPH is a developmental pediatrician providing clinical care to children with disabilities and teaching to students, residents and fellows at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. His research interests include long-term follow-up of high risk children, nutritional issues in high-risk children and using a Life Course Model to assess functional outcomes. A graduate of Princeton University, University of Colorado School of Medicine, and University of North Carolina School of Public Health, he has been board-certified in Pediatrics and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics during his 40 year career. He has been a faculty member at health science centers in North Carolina, Texas and Arkansas. He worked for 8 years at the CDC on disability programs. He has a career-long commitment to full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities and chronic conditions in all aspects of life.

Brighid Fronapfel, PhD, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the State of Nevada with expertise in early intervention, autism, and related disabilities, behavioral gerontology, teacher training, and school-based behavior analysis. She earned her PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University. While studying at Western Michigan Dr. Fronapfel served as the Practicum Coordinator for the Behavior Analysis Training System, a Supervisor at WoodsEdge Learning Center, a Graduate Therapist for the Community Mental Health Psychological Consultation Team, and Temporary-Limited-Licensed-Psychologist at Neuropsychology Associates. During her time with the University of Nevada, Reno's Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities, Dr. Fronapfel has held positions as Project Coordinator for the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children Project (PTR-YC), a supervisor and advisor for the Certified Behavior Analysts in Nevada Schools (CBANS) Project, a consultant for the Washoe and Mineral County School Districts, and a trainer for the Positive Behavior Supports-Nevada Aging Project.

Melanie Crawford, PhD, is a Nevada Licensed Psychologist specializing in the neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents. She received her doctorate in Child Clinical Psychology and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Denver. While at the University of Denver, she worked for several years at the Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic conducting learning disability and neuropsychological evaluations of children and adolescents. She was also a member of a nationally known neuropsychology research laboratory that studied children and families who have problems with dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism.

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