Leadership

  • Sheila Fine, Chair
  • Ann McGuinn, Vice Chair
  • Joanie Kamin, Secretary
  • Mark Laskow, Treasurer
  • Pam Levy, Assistant Secretary
  • Helene Conway-Long
  • Bill Garrison
  • Sara Kyles-Royster
  • Jacqui Morby
  • Kate Rush
  • Barbara Shapira
  • Susan Zelicoff
  • Nikki Nordenberg
  • Judith Roscow
  • Cindy Shapira
  • Craig Esterly
  • Keith Kanel
  • LaVar McCline
  • Johanna O’Loughlin
  • Ruth Schachter
  • Margot Curran
  • Cynthia Ingram
  • Antonia Macpherson
  • Joni Schwager

Kathleen Moss, M.A., Executive Director

With seven years of experience in Higher Education as an undergraduate advisor, Kathleen brings counseling, programming, events, and assessment experience to her current role as Executive Director.

Kathleen is also proud to have served on the LEAD Pittsburgh Board prior to becoming Executive Director. Previous positions have included Summer Programs Administrator at Barnard College; Student Activities Advisor at Columbia University; and Academic Advisor at Duquesne University’s McAnulty College of Liberal Arts. Kathleen earned a Master of Arts in Student Personnel Administration from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from The Pennsylvania State University.

Emma Thompson, Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Emma Thompson earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Ohio University. She discovered a passion for nonprofit work at a young age and is very excited to be a part of LEAD Pittsburgh. She brings experience in event coordination, fundraising, and media to her role as Communications and Outreach Coordinator.

Ellen Frank, PhD

Ellen Frank is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the former director of the Depression and Manic Depression Prevention program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

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Ellen Frank, PhD

For more than 30 years Prof. Frank and her colleagues studied interventions for mood disorders and the pathophysiology underlying response to those interventions. These studies are notable for their emphasis on sleep and circadian rhythms as mediators and moderators of treatment response. Her 1990 study of maintenance therapies in recurrent unipolar depression, in which both EEG sleep and 24-hour cortisol were evaluated as treatment moderators and mediators, is now considered a classic in the field. She and her colleagues then developed interpersonal and social rhythm therapy (IPSRT), a treatment for bipolar disorder that is based on a specific hypothesis regarding the impact of social routines, as measured by the Social Rhythm Metric (SRM) on circadian function and mood in this illness.

They demonstrated the preventive efficacy of IPSRT and, consistent with their social zeitgeber hypothesis, found that the prophylactic efficacy of IPSRT was significantly related to the degree to which participants increased the regularity of their social routines. IPSRT has now been validated in several other studies of bipolar disorder in both adults and youth. Given the centrality of the social rhythm regularity to this intervention approach, Prof. Frank and colleagues in the Cornell University Department of Information Science are working on the development of a smartphone app based on the Social Rhythm Metric (SRM) that includes both self-reported and automatically sensed data relevant to regularity of social routines. An expert in mood disorders and their treatment, Prof. Frank was Chair of the Food and Drug Administration Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Panel.

She is a former member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council. She served on the Mood Disorders Workgroup of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on DSM-5 and is an Honorary Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In 1999, Prof. Frank was elected to the National Academy Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).

Diane P. Holder

Diane P. Holder is the President of the UPMC Insurance Services Division and President of the UPMC Health Plan. The Insurance Services Division includes the UPMC Health Plan, UPMC Health Benefits, UMPC Health Network, UPMC for You and Community Care Behavioral Health Organization. These health benefits companies, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, manage benefits for over 700,000 commercial, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare +Choice and behavioral health programs.

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Diane P. Holder

Ms. Holder has held a number of leadership positions in the health care arena. Most recently, she served as President of UPMC Behavioral Health and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, one of the largest and most distinguished psychiatric clinical and research centers in the nation.

She was also the founding Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Community Care Behavioral Health, which is one of the largest academically affiliated, behavioral health managed care organizations in the country. Ms. Holder is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and has participated in several federally funded grant initiatives. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from Columbia University, with additional postgraduate training at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

David J. Kupfer, MD

David J. Kupfer, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, received his bachelor’s (magna cum laude) and M.D. degrees from Yale University. Following completion of an internship, Dr. Kupfer continued his postgraduate clinical and research training at the Yale New Haven Hospital and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In 1970, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Kupfer joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 1973 as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Research and Research Training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. He was promoted to Professor of Psychiatry in 1975.

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David J. Kupfer, MD

Between 1983 and 2009, Dr. Kupfer served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Director of Research at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. During that time, he facilitated the coordination and expansion of investigations among the department’s 200 faculty. He promoted widespread collaborations between clinical investigators in psychiatry and those in the basic neurosciences. These studies are not limited to depression and other mood disorders, but encompass virtually every psychiatric disorder and every age group, from infants to the “oldest old.” Under Dr. Kupfer’s direction, WPIC has become one of the nation’s preeminent university-based psychiatric research centers as evidenced by the quality and number of publications as well as the amount of peer-reviewed federal funding for mental health research.

A prolific writer, Dr. Kupfer has authored or co-authored a combination of more than 1,000 articles, books, and book chapters. Dr. Kupfer’s own research has focused primarily on long-term treatment strategies for recurrent mood disorders, the pathogenesis of depression, and the relationship between biomarkers and depression. In recognition of his contributions to the field, Dr. Kupfer has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the A.E. Bennett Research Award in Clinical Science (1975), the Anna-Monika Foundation Prize (1977), the Daniel H. Efron Award (1979), the Twenty-Sixth Annual Award of the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital in Memory of Edward A. Strecker,M.D. (1989), the William R. McAlpin, Jr, Research Achievement Award (1990), the 1993 American Psychiatric Association Award for Research in Psychiatry, the First Isaac Ray Decade of Excellence Award (1994), the Twelfth Annual Edward J. Sachar Award (1996), the 1996 Gerald L. Klerman Lifetime Research Award (jointly with Dr. Ellen Frank), the Institute of Medicine’s 1998 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health, and the American Psychopathological Association’s 1999 Joseph Zubin Award (jointly with Dr. Ellen Frank), and the 2009 C. Charles Burlingame Award. Dr. Kupfer was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1990.

He is the Founding President of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders. Dr. Kupfer chaired the American Psychiatric Association Task Force for DSM-5.

David Lewis, MD

Dr. Lewis is the Thomas Detre Endowed Chair in Academic Psychiatry and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh; Director of the Translational Neuroscience Program; and Medical Director and Director of Research, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. He also serves as Director of an NIMH Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research, which is focused on understanding the mechanisms that link the pathology, pathophysiology, and clinical features of schizophrenia.

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David Lewis, MD

Dr. Lewis’s research activities focus on the following three areas: 1) the neural circuitry of the prefrontal cortex and related brain regions and the alterations of this circuitry in schizophrenia; 2) the postnatal development of prefrontal cortical circuitry, with special emphasis on maturational events during adolescence; and 3) the influence of cannabis use during adolescence of these neural circuits.

He received his medical degree from Ohio State University, completed residencies in both internal medicine and psychiatry at the University of Iowa, and received his research training at the Research Institute of the Scripps Clinic. His research findings have been published in more than 400 scientific articles. Dr. Lewis serves as Deputy Editor of both The American Journal of Psychiatry and Neurobiology of Disease. Recognition of Dr. Lewis’ research accomplishments has included the Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research from NARSAD, the William K. Warren Award from the International Congress of Schizophrenia Research, the Stanley Dean Research Award from the American College of Psychiatrists, the American Psychiatric Association’s Research Award, and NIMH Senior Scientist and MERIT Awards.

In addition, he has twice received the APIRE/Kempf award for mentorship from the American Psychiatric Association. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and of the Association of American Physicians, and he currently serves on the Scientific Councils for the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the Simons Foundation, and the One Mind Institute. He previously served as a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council and as President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Claudia M. Roth, PhD

Dr. Claudia Roth was President of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and Vice President of UPMC Behavioral Health. Her background is steeped in psychiatry and psychology studies. She has been involved with Services for Teens at Risk (STAR), child and adolescent psychiatry and has published many articles.

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Claudia M. Roth, PhD

Dr. Roth serves as Director of the American Red Cross in Pittsburgh, the President of Mon Yough Community MH/MR Services and Director of the National Association for the Mentally Ill in Pittsburgh.

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