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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.

Assistant Professor

BRiTE Center

University of Washington 


Buck, Ph.D.


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.  

Assistant Professor 

University of Washington Tacoma

Cheng, Ph.D., RN


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.

Research Manager

DSHS Research and Data Analysis

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services


Hong, Ph.D.

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Dr. Liat Kriegel is an Assistant Research Professor in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. She is a social worker and social work researcher. Her research focuses on the intersection of the behavioral health and criminal legal systems, with a focus on the role of public space and public space interactions in supporting those impacted. Dr. Kriegel is also a co-lead on efforts to support opioid prevention, treatment, and recovery in rural Washington at the WSU PRISM Collaborative.

Assistant Research Professor

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Washington State University

Ph.D., MSW


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.

Program Research and Evaluation Section Chief

DSHS Research and Data Analysis Division

Washington State Department of Social & Health Services


Lucenko, Ph.D.


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.

Faculty Psychiatrist

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center


Murray, M.D.

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Cammie Perretta graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with her Masters in Social Work in 2015. She has a wide variety of clinical experience working with the homeless population in rural communities to Hospital Social Work, Crisis Services, and Psychiatric Inpatient Social Work. She has worked in Washington State's coordinated specialty care program, New Journeys, as an Individual Resiliency Training therapist and Director prior to moving the Washington Health Care Authority. In her current position she focuses on the legislation impacting coordinated specialty care programs and first episode psychosis.

First Episode Psychosis Program Manager

Washington Health Care Authority

Perretta, MSW, LICSW

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Dr. Vaswani-Bye is an Acting Assistant Professor and licensed psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She conducts training, provides clinical consultations and assessments, and participates in research related to supporting individuals, families, and communities impacted by psychosis. She is currently the Principal Investigator for developing a Mental Health Specialist Training Institute in Washington state and a Co-Investigator on a project to develop a Family Peer Program. Dr. Vaswani-Bye is also a member of SPIRIT (Supporting Psychosis Innovation through Research, Implementation and Training) lab at the University of Washington. She is particularly interested in projects focused on developing and implementing culturally responsive, evidence-informed, family-centered, and non-pathologizing interventions.

Acting Assistant Professor

University of Washington School of 


Vaswani-Bye, Ph.D.


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Fraser, MSc

Washington State University

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Stokes, BA

Washington State University


Tennison, BA

University of Washington


Smith, BS

Washington State University


Stokes, BA


Washington State University

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