Cheng, RN, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor 

University of Washington Tacoma

Chieh (Sunny) Cheng, RN, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor of the Nursing and Healthcare Leadership program at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her clinical background is in psychiatric and mental health nursing. As a nursing scientist, her program of research is in the promoting the mental health of individuals, families, and communities through early prevention. She is a co-investigator on interdisciplinary research teams focusing on understanding the experiences of individuals and families living with first episode psychosis and to develop personalized approaches that maximize health and well-being for individuals across life span and diverse populations.  



Murray, M.D.

Faculty Psychiatrist

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

Dr. Samuel Murray attended Medical School at Creighton University School of Medicine. Upon graduating, he completed his Residency in General Psychiatry at the University of California, Davis. He then went on to complete a Fellowship in Public Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.



Buck, Ph.D.

Acting Instructor

BRiTE Center

University of Washington 

Ben Buck is the Clinical Training Lead in the Behavioral Research in Technology and Engineering (BRiTE) Center, as well as an Acting Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. His research is focused on developing mobile health (mHealth) assessments and interventions for individuals at risk for schizophrenia-spectrum disorders and specifically persecutory ideation. His work has a particular focus on developing mHealth interventions that can be delivered remotely to individuals at risk of psychosis and their family caregivers to promote treatment seeking and reduce duration of untreated illness. His work is supported by a 2019 NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23MH122504) from NIMH.



Lucenko, Ph.D.

Program Research and Evaluation Section Chief

DSHS Research and Data Analysis Division

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services

Barbara Lucenko is the Program Research and Evaluation Section Chief in the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA) of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services. She manages and oversees projects designed for policy and programmatic decision-making that address risk factors, interventions and outcomes for individuals receiving publicly funded services. As a clinical psychologist, she specializes in the use of administrative data for research and program evaluation relevant to behavioral health and other complex service populations.



Hong, Ph.D.

Research Manager

DSHS Research and Data Analysis

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services

Grace Hong is a research manager at the Division of Research and Data Analysis (RDA) of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). At RDA, her research portfolio includes evaluation studies, risk assessment, and research data analyses aimed at enhancing data-informed decision making in behavioral health public policy. Her current and past research projects are in the areas of substance use disorder treatment and prevention, mental health promotion, and first episode psychosis.


EF Photo.PNG


Fraser, MSc

Washington State University

Bry Photo.PNG


Stokes, BS

Washington State University

Professional Headshot_MC.png


Christiansen, MSc

University of Washington




University of Washington