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  1. 1. INTERCAMHS SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012Caroline Claus-Ehlers, Ph.D., Director & U.S. Liaison Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers is an associate professor of counseling psychology and school counseling at Rutgers University. Having grown up in the United States and Venezuela, her research largely focuses on understanding resilience within a cross-cultural context. As a licensed psychologist, she advocates for the provision of culturally and linguistically responsive mental health services for children and their families.Dr. Clauss-Ehlers is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling andDevelopment and the author or editor of such books as the Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology and Diversity Training for Classroom Teaching: A Manualfor Students and Educators. She is also a print and broadcast journalist who hasworked with Spanish and English media outlets. She received a Rosalynn CarterFellowship for Mental Health Journalism, and serves on the Advisory Board of theFellowship program.During her 2012 sabbatical, Dr. Clauss-Ehlers has a dual appointment as VisitingSpecial Assistant to the President of Mount Holyoke College and Special Assistant tothe Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. She is in her second termas president of the New York State Psychological Association’s Division of Culture,Race, and Ethnicity, and is on the advisory boards of the Center for School MentalHealth, the REACH Institute, and the International Alliance for Child and AdolescentMental Health in Schools Society. She is Director of the Mental Health Advisory Boardat the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and on the board of trustees of ColumbiaGreenhouse Nursery School.Dr. Clauss-Ehlers received her AB in government from Oberlin College and her Ph.D. incounseling psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She lives with herhusband Julian and their two daughters, Isabel (Izzy) and Sabrina (Beanie) in New YorkCity.Michael Murray, BA, MSc, DMA, Chartered Fellow FCIPD. Director, Liaison to CliffordBeers Foundation Dr. Murray’s special area of interest has been in management and health promotion, served on international and national committees, provided consultancy services in a number of countries and was a university lecturer in the UK. Dr. Murray is the co-founder and Chief Executive of the Clifford Beers Foundation. He has over 20 years experience of senior management in the British National Health Service where he managed a number ofgeneral hospitals and latterly mental health hospital and community facilities, and actedas a member of the Experts Committee of the European Commission. 1
  2. 2. INTERCAMHS SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012He is the editor of the International Journal of Mental Health Promotion and ManagingEditor of the Advances in School Mental Health Promotion. Throughout his careerMichael has been recognised for his work and was awarded the Graham Day Award forOutstanding Management in Mental Health Services and the Economist Prize at theLondon Business School for his work on designing mental health services. He haspublished on both general management and mental health and wellbeing issues andpresented at international and world conferences.In 2010 Michael was responsible for the commissioning of the Asia Pacific Centre forMental Health Promotion and Wellbeing.Peter Paulus, Ph. D., Director and European Liaison From 2002 to 2008, Peter Paulus was the head of research of the initiative “ – Allianz für nachhaltige Schulgesundheit und Bildung” (“Alliance for sustainable school health and education in Germany“) of the Bertelsmann-Foundation. Since 2009, he has been the head of the scientific advisory council of the association “”. He has also been the head of the nationwide school program “MindMatters – mit psychischer Gesundheit gute Schule machen”. (“MindMatters – to make good school through mental health”) since 2002.Dr. Paulus is Co-Head of research of the nationwide school program “Gemeinsamgesunde Schule entwickeln” (“To develop healthy schools together”) and also a memberof the steering committee of the Lower Saxony program “die Initiative – Gesundheit –Bildung –Entwicklung” (“The initiative – Health – Education – Development”) since2007. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Partnership for Children(London/Kingston) since 2006. He has been a Board Member of“Intercamhs” (“International Alliance of Children and Adolescent Mental health andSchools”) since 2005.The foci of Dr. Paulus’ work and research include Educational Psychology, FamilyPsychology, Health Psychology, Education, Counseling and Health Promotion. Hisoverarching interest is in the research and promotion of good education in differenteducational, socio-pedagogical and social work areas, especially family, kindergarden,school, college, university and community settings focussed on the preservation andpromotion of health (e.g. “Good healthy school”). 2
  3. 3. INTERCAMHS SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012 A/Professor Louise Rowling, Ph.D., Director and Australia Liaison (Inaugural President) Louise Rowling has been a teacher, school psychologist, academic and consultant. She has established over a 35 year period a National and International reputation for work on health promotion particularly school health. Her areas of expertise include drug and alcohol education, healthpromoting schools, mental health and wellbeing, and loss and grief. She has worked forthe World Health Organisation on various school health areas and contributed to thedevelopment of materials for the WHO Global School Health Initiative and guidelines forhealth promoting schools in WHO South Western Pacific region. She has also co-ordinated a child mental health promotion and prevention capacity mapping project inthis Region.Louise was the inaugural President of Intercamhs for five years. In this role she led acollaboration with the International Confederation of Principals mapping globally for thefirst time the perspectives of principals about their needs in the area of school mentalhealth. In Australia she was co-director of the research and development phase ofMindMatters, a mental health promotion project that has been disseminated nationallyfor over a decade. In the dissemination phase of MindMatters she chaired theEvaluation Committee that had oversight of 5 commissioned evaluation projects onmental health and wellbeing in schools. Louise is frequently invited as a keynotespeaker at state, national and international conferences. She has published widely andconducted research in a number of health areas. Louise is an editor of the publicationMental Health Promotion and Young People: Concepts and Practice. Louise’s PhDresearch in schools in the loss and grief field articulated for the first time, thedisenfranchised grief of teachers. A subsequent book Grief in school communitiesdescribed a new orientation to loss and grief in schools, a perspective taken up in otherparts of the world.Louise is currently a Senior Editor for the World School Health Encyclopedia theme onImplementation, Sustainability and Capacity Building as well as co-editing a book thatexplores quality implementation for health promoting schools.Kathy Short, Ph.D., Director and Canada Liaiaon Dr. Short’s career has focused in two broad areas: (1) the delivery of school mental health promotion and prevention services, and (2) the development of school district capacity for research use and the high- quality implementation of evidence-based practice across curriculum domains. Most recently, these areas have merged as she has the opportunity to explore vehicles for bridging research and practice in school mental health at the local, provincial and national level. 3
  4. 4. INTERCAMHS SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012Positioned within a school district setting, she has had the fortunate latitude to reachinto the research literature, select interesting strategies for enhancing school districtcapacity for effective mental health implementation, and evaluate the impact of theseinnovations “on the ground” through her work in the Knowledge Mobilization Lab atHamilton Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) in Ontario, Canada. This role hasoffered a unique think-tank environment through which to explore deeply the relationaland contextual influences on implementation and district scale up. The HWDSB DistrictMental Health Strategy has been introduced with attention to empirical work in the areaof organizational readiness and implementation science, and has allowed forconsideration of the role of infrastructure, differentiated capacity-building, and tieredintervention supports.More broadly, she has worked with the national School-Based Mental Health andSubstance Abuse Consortium, funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada,which has provided opportunity to examine strategies for mobilizing knowledge foreducators across provinces with a team of researchers, educators and knowledgebrokers. As lead of the Knowledge Translation and Exchange Team, she has workedwith others to develop a suite of early engagement tools and strategies that work toready the field for new knowledge currently being collated at a national level (via a scanof best practices in districts, survey of the practice landscape and systematic review ofthe literature). This team has created an interactive web space for national dialoguethat will lead into a live/virtual symposium in spring 2012 where all of the CanadianSBMHSA findings will be released.Currently, much of her work is focused at the provincial level in Ontario. In 2010, asmajor collaborator on the policy-ready paper, Taking Mental Health to School, provideda synthesis of the research and practice landscape in school mental health in Ontario.The practice scan embedded in this paper, which was based on the International Surveyof Principals Concerning Emotional and Mental Health and Well-Being( , has stimulated considerable interest amongst educationprofessionals, resulting in a number of opportunities to join with school districts, policyofficials, and stakeholder organizations in strategic planning about next steps.As well, she has recently been very active in the recent development of the US/CanadaAlliance for School Mental Health,Cheryl Vince Whitman, M.A., Director and Past President Cheryl Vince Whitman is a senior vice president at the American Institutes for Research and directs the new program Human and Social Development Program (HSD). HSD conducts and applies research to promote overall well-being, reduce disparities and improve outcomes for children, youth and families. This work takes place with the education, juvenile justice, child welfare, and mental health systems. Several HSD projects work with mental health and 4
  5. 5. INTERCAMHS SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012community=based agencies delivering training and technical assistance or evaluatinginitiatives, such as Wraparound services to poor school districts. Prior to joining AIR,Cheryl led mental health initiative at Education Development Center, Inc. She was thePrincipal Investigator of the national Safe Schools/Healthy Students Training andTechnical Assistance Center, working with hundreds of school districts across the UnitedStates in their efforts to being together education, mental health and law enforcementagencies to implement evidence-based programs to promote positive mental health. Asthe Director of the WHO Collaborating Center at WHO, she authored severalpublications on ways to integrate comprehensive mental health programs into schools.As former president of INTERCAMHS, she worked with colleagues to offer a variety ofinternal workshops on school-based mental health and to integrate a focus on schoolsinto international conferences.Mark Weist, Ph. D., Director, U.S. Liaison and Journal of Advances in SchoolMental Health Liaison Mark D. Weist received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech in 1991 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina. He was on the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSM) for 19 years where he helped to found and direct the Center for School Mental Health (, one of two national centers providing leadership to the advancement of school mental health (SMH) policies and programs in the United States. He has led a number of federally funded research grants, has advised nationalresearch and policy oriented committees, has testified before Congress, and presentedto the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He helped to found theInternational Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Schools(INTERCAMHS). Dr Weist has edited four books and has published and presentedwidely in the SMH field and in the areas of trauma, violence and youth, evidence-basedpractice, and cognitive behavioral therapy. With colleagues from the Clifford BeersFoundation and the UMSM, he has started the new journal - Advances in School MentalHealth Promotion (see, Gloria B.A., B.Ed., M.A. (Human Services in Education). President Gloria has had an extensive career as an educator and senior administrator in the Education and Human Services/Health sectors in Alberta, Canada. She served for fifteen years until 2010 as the Director of Collaborative Initiatives in Rocky View School Division in Alberta, Canada, where she led the design, development, implementation and management of a wide range of programs and services aimed at reducing nonacademic 5
  6. 6. INTERCAMHS SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012barriers to learning for students in the K-12 system. These efforts included, but were notlimited to, school based health and mental health initiatives across the service provisioncontinuum, and were often focussed on initiating and managing system change tofacilitate cross-sectoral collaboration within the Education, Health and Human Servicessectors regionally and provincially. Gloria has also served in the Human Service sectorfor ten years as a Supervisor in the Youth/Family and Community Education Servicesdivisions of the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, where she obtained herAddictions Counsellor designation and expertise in community based mental healthpromotion. During both of these roles, along with initiating and implementing directservice programs for youth, their families, allied professionals in schools, serviceorganizations and the community at large, she has worked extensively in the initiationand supervision of work in the area of collaborative service delivery design andimplementation with other governmental departments, community organizations andN.G.O. service providers.She has been the Canadian representative to the Board of the International Alliance forChild and Adolescent Mental Health in Schools,(INTERCAMHS), since 2001, and is thecurrent President of the newly formed Society. She was instrumental in the recentestablishment of the Canada/US School Mental Health Alliance. As well, she is one oftwo former inaugural co-chairs of the Canadian Community of Practice in School MentalHealth under the auspices of the Canadian Association for School Health, and she is aretired member of the College of Alberta School Superintendents, for whom she servedas the provincial delegate to a new K-12 Alberta Health Curriculum developmentcommittee. She consults nationally in Canada and internationally on her interests inschool health, school mental health promotion, and educational leadership developmentto support cross-sectoral collaboration through her consulting firm, WellspringsEducation and Human Service Consulting.Don Zoellner, M.Ed., Doctoral Candidate. Secretary-Treasurer and AustraliaLiaison Mr Don Zoellner has worked in the school, vocational and higher education sectors in the Northern Territory since 1973. Mr Zoellner has held appointments in both Alice Springs and Darwin including acting principal at Darwin High School, principal Alice Springs High School and Executive Director of the former Centralian College in Alice Springs. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Enterprise and Career Education Foundation and Chairperson of the Australian Principals’ Associations Professional Development Council.Mr Zoellner is currently a Director on the Board of Group Training Northern Territory anda former member of the Board of the National Advisory Council in Suicide Prevention.He was also the Chairperson of the National Reference Group for the secondaryschools mental health resource Mind Matters. 6
  7. 7. INTERCAMHS SOCIETY BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2012Mr Zoellner is a Fellow of the Australian College of Education and member of theAustralian Council of Educational Leaders. His formal qualifications include a Bachelorof Science in Education, Masters Degree in Educational Administration and a GraduateDiploma in Senior Executive Public Sector Management. He is also a graduate of theAustralian Institute of Company Directors Course.Prior to retirement in early 2010, Mr Zoellner provided senior leadership at CharlesDarwin University for training in the VET field for some 14 000 students spread overnearly one-sixth of Australia. The delivery was achieved through use of technology,mobile units and fixed assets including a cattle station. About 35% of the studentsidentify as being Australian Indigenous persons.As a University Fellow and full time Doctoral student, Mr Zoellner has maintained hislinks with CDU and is based in Alice Springs studying how governments go aboutimplementing policy. 7