Kate Cordell, PhD, MPH
Dr. Kate Cordell’s is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall. Her research focuses on behavioral health related policy impacts in the lives of vulnerable populations. Dr. Cordell considers ecological, system and temporal influences on individuals and families, identifying ways to identify whether kids and families are indeed ‘getting better’ from the care they receive. More specifically, she is especially interested in what works for whom. Every person and family have a story, often complex but also sewn with common thread. Dr. Cordell uses machine learning and longitudinal analysis methods to model the threads of these complex tapestries, hoping to identify the common elements of design. Dr. Cordell developed a method to apply growth curve analysis to model trajectories of recovery across children’s development. She also developed a machine learning technique since employed at local system levels to identify patterns and priorities of need within service populations. Dr. Cordell creates tools to empower federal, state, county, and local agencies to make data-informed decisions, hoping to improve the availability, accessibility and adequacy of behavioral health care.
In Dr. Cordell’s prior work, she developed research based on a framework of factors influencing families to recognize need, seek treatment and find accessible care for their children. The framework 40 factors related to child/caregiver(s) characteristics, family systems, natural support systems, community organizations systems, social and political pressures, and policy. She investigated whether policies improved access to care as intended. She investigated system level influences related to enrolling greater proportions of children into intensive programming and investigated impact of the Affordable Care Act on ethnic/racial disparities.
Dr. Cordell holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, an M.P.H. in Biometry from the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University and a Ph.D. from the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.
Laura Hosier is a Project Coordinator and Research Assistant for Mental Health Data Alliance. She has been serving children, youth, adults, and their families in the mental health and social welfare sphere since 2009, working to turn data points into meaningful tools for line staff and management alike, through research projects, outcomes and evaluation reporting, and continuous quality improvement initiatives. Laura oversees many of our evaluation and research projects, using software such as Microsoft Access, SAS, and Tableau to support the data analysis and data visualization goals of our clients.
Melina Tessier is a Project Assistant at MHDATA and a recent UC Davis graduate with a B.S. in Global Disease Biology and an emphasis in Health Policy. Melina is especially interested in integrating social justice movements into health interventions to reduce health disparities and is a strong advocate for women’s health, queer health, environmental justice, mental health services, access to health, sexual health programs, and much more. Melina also has experience in marketing, communications, outreach, and data analysis.
Ken Knecht is Creative Director of MHDATA. Ken has over 20 years of experience in leading complex web and application development projects as well as spearheading a variety of successful digital marketing campaigns for clients throughout the country. As Creative Director Ken oversees all aspects of design and development for the company and has an essential role in the marketing, creative, communications and digital media. Ken is responsible for developing creative guidelines and directing creative work, including print collateral, websites, email campaigns, software, and many related tasks.
Stephen is an experienced Program Manager and ICF-credentialed Executive Coach with the overall mission of empowering growth in leaders and organizations. After graduating from UC Berkeley as an engineer, Stephen spent time working and leading at some of the world’s largest and most innovative companies. He later founded Consult to Thrive, Inc. and continues to serve his clients in new and exciting ways through exploration and collaboration. At MHDATA, Stephen is in charge of managing execution of project deliverables; keeping things on track and clearing roadblocks for his amazing team to create value for the mental health industry.