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MBHCP-LA Project Leadership

Leadership Team

Howard J. Osofsky

Howard J. Osofsky, M.D., Ph.D., Project Co-Leader

Kathleen and John Bricker Chair and Professor of Psychiatry

  • Howard J. Osofsky, M.D., Ph.D., is the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). He is nationally and internationally recognized as a leader for his efforts to help children, families, and communities impacted by disasters, violence, and terrorism. He has received numerous honors including the American Psychiatric Association Gold Achievement Award for university-community collaboration and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s first award for the Best Chair of a Department of Psychiatry because of his numerous efforts on behalf of children and adolescents.

 

Joy D. Osofsky

Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D., Project Co-Leader

Barbara Lemann Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Head of Pediatric Mental Health

  • Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D. is a clinical and developmental psychologist and is nationally and internationally recognized for her work with children impacted by disasters and trauma. She is the Director of the Harris Program for Infant Mental Health. She is the editor of Children in a Violent Society (1997), Young Children and Trauma: Intervention and Treatment (2004), Clinical Work with Traumatized Young Children (2011), and co-editor of the four volume WAIMH Handbook of Infant Mental Health. She is the past-President of ZERO TO THREE and President of World Association for Infant Mental Health. She has received numerous awards including the Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence in trauma work and recognition by Family Services of Greater New Orleans for outstanding service to the community.

avatar-narrowKristin L. Callahan, Ph.D., Project Coordinator for Supportive Services

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry

  • Kristin L. Callahan, Ph.D. is a developmental psychologist at the LSU Health Sciences Center. Dr. Callahan oversees the Developmental Disorder Clinic through LSUHSC’s assessment clinic, supervises trainees conducting assessments, and routinely presents on the assessment of pervasive developmental disorders and handling challenging childhood behavior problems. She was an Irving B. Harris Foundation Fellow and specializes in working with families with very young children (0-5) with and without developmental disabilities. She is the Mental Wellness Coordinator for the Orleans Parish Head Start Program and the child psychologist for the Child Development Center on the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Belle Chasse, Louisiana.

Erich Conrad, M.D.

Erich Conrad, M.D., Consultant for Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health Services including Tele-Psychiatry Services

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Program Director of LSU-Ochsner Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship

  • Erich J. Conrad M.D., F.A.P.M. is the Program Director for the LSU-Ochsner Psychiatry Residency Training Program and the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship. He also serves as the Director of Psychiatric Consultation and Liaison for the Interim LSU Hospital and the LSUHSC Epilepsy Center of Excellence. Dr. Erich Conrad is the head of the Spirit of Charity Level One Trauma Center Psychiatry Research Unit at the Interim LSU Hospital and has served as principle or sub-investigator in numerous clinical trials. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine.

avatar-narrowKristopher Kaliebe, M.D., Coordinator for Child and Adolescent Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health Services including Tele-Psychiatry Services

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

  • Kristopher Kaliebe, M.D. is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. He has advanced training in cognitive behavioral therapy. His clinical experience has been primarily working in juvenile corrections and in federally qualified health centers. Dr. Kaliebe has been evaluating and treating patients using telemedicine since 2005 and routinely gives educational presentations and telecasts via teleconferencing, as well as recently authoring The use of telepsychiatry in juvenile justice settings. He serves on the Media and Complementary Integrative Medicine Committees at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Since 2009 he has served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Louisiana Council for Child Psychiatry. He is a former Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program Director at LSU and has been a member of the LSU Academy for Academic Scholarship since 2008. He has been named a “Top Doctor” in New Orleans by New Orleans Magazine and Louisiana Life Magazine since 2007.

avatar-narrowErin T. Reuther, Ph.D., Coordinator for Evaluation

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry

  • Erin T. Reuther, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist at LSU Health Sciences Center and is the Coordinator of Program Evaluation for the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project. Dr. Reuther has extensive cognitive behavioral therapy training and specializes in working with children and adults with anxiety disorders. She supervises clinical psychology interns and teaches cognitive behavioral therapy to LSU medical students. She is an Irving B. Harris Foundation Fellow and specializes in working with families with very young children (0-5). Dr. Reuther also has extensive experience developing, implementing, and evaluating large-scale research projects and serves as the primary evaluator for the Mental and Behavioral Health Capacity Project.

avatar-narrowJohn H. Wells, M.D., Coordinator for Integrated Mental and Behavioral Health Services in Primary Care Clinics and Tele-Psychiatry Services

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

  • John H. Wells, M.D. is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry with the LSU Health Sciences Center. He is currently working closely with others in the department including child psychiatry and psychology to establish a program to integrate mental and behavioral health care into primary care practices across southern Louisiana, and in the future, across other states which face similar access-to-care challenges in remote coastal communities. Among other methods, Dr. Wells is utilizing a combination of on-site clinics, care coordinators, and pooled resource telemedicine clinics to facilitate robust communication between academic specialists and the often isolated and remote healthcare practices and patients which need them. This program also allows him to offer psychiatry residents unique training opportunities in clinical integration and telemedicine.