Key Collaborators and Associates
Bill Bryan, PhD
Dr. Bryan is the founder and Executive Director of One Montana, a statewide program designed to connect rural and urban Montanans for sustainable, collaborative projects and community development endeavors. He has over 40 years of experience in nonprofit and for-profit business development, including a premier travel planning service for the entire Western Hemisphere (Off the Beaten Path). He serves on the Presidential Advisory Councils for Montana State University and the University of Montana as well as the boards for the Center for Responsible Travel, Resource Renewal Institute, Clean Air-Clean Planet, the Museum of the Rockies, the Yellowstone Business Partnership, and the Eisenhower World Affairs Institute.
Jason DeShaw, BS
Mr. DeShaw is a gifted musician and songwriter who is also a national award-winning mental health advocate. He has produced six original albums and has performed across North America and Europe. His work includes Serenity in the Storm, his personal depiction of recovery and living with bipolar disease and alcoholism. Mr. DeShaw performs and speaks, always inspiring, educating, and advocating for all individuals who struggle with mental illnesses. He contributes to an essential piece of the CMHRR mission, reducing the stigma associated with mental illnesses and educating individuals about these diseases.
Paul Gatzemeier, BE
Mr. Gatzemeier is currently the President and acting Executive Director of Horses Spirits Healing, Inc., is an owner of several small businesses, is an independent director of WyoBen, and serves on a wide variety of corporate and non-profit advisory boards, including the Montana State Workforce Innovation Board, Montana State University’s President’s Advisory Council and First Interstate Bank. Before retiring from his work in the energy and natural resources industry in 2007, he held multiple senior executive positions: President and CEO of Centennial Energy Resources, LLC, Vice Present of Coal Operations for Montana Power Company and Entech, Inc., and President for Western Energy Company. Mr. Gatzemeier has been lauded at each of his executive positions for his ability to increase productivity while also creating positive work environments.
Matt Kuntz, JD
Mr. Kuntz, an attorney, is the Executive Director of National Alliance on Mental Illness for Montana (NAMI-MT). He has been a determined advocate for individuals with mental illness in Montana and the US. He was instrumental in passing Senate Bill 711, part of the Defense Authorization Act of 2010, which requires effective screening and treatment of post-traumatic stress injuries for returning military service members. He was recognized for his efforts on behalf of returning service members by President Obama, People Magazine, and Major League Baseball. He also has successfully led efforts to establish mental health peer services in Montana, prevent incarceration of individuals with severe mental illness, and countless other activities aiding Montanan individuals struggling with mental illness. Finally, he was one of the founding members of the Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery and continues to play an integral role in the mission of the Center.
Gary Popiel, CLU, ChFC
Mr. Popiel and his wife lost both of their daughters to serious mental illness – one by suicide. Because of these tragedies he has been a tireless advocate for individuals with mental illness and their families. He has served on the Montana Governor's youth and young adult suicide task force and the Montana Mental Health Oversight and Advisory Council. For the last 2 years he has served on the MSU's College of Letters & Science Advisory council. He has been President of the National Alliance for Mental Illness for Montana (NAMI-MT) for the past 8 years. NAMI-MT supports, educates, and advocates for Montanans suffering from mental illness and their families. Many mental health system improvements within Montana have had ties to NAMI-MT’s efforts. Mr. Popiel was also one of the founding members of the CMHRR.
A. John Rush, MD
Professor Emeritus, Duke-National University of Singapore (Duke-NUS)
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical School, NC
CEO and Founder, Curbstone Consultant LLC
Dr. Rush has spent his career focusing on the development and testing of innovative treatments for depressive and bipolar disorders including medication combinations, somatic treatments, psychotherapy, and disease management protocols. His internationally renowned work, which includes more than 800 professional papers, book chapters, and books, has received numerous awards: the American College of Psychiatrists, American Psychopathological Association, the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders, and the American Psychiatric Association and the Society for Biological Psychiatry. In 2014, Thomson Reuters recognized Dr. Rush as one of the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds”. His most recent passion aims to assist medical and surgical patients in achieving the best health outcomes by reducing the conceptual and communication barriers between patients and their health care providers. He also provides consultation to individuals as well as academic, governmental and industrial organizations in research design, as well as career and organizational development.
Emily Matt Salois, MSW, ACSW
Mrs. Salois is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet tribes. She is committed to the well-being of American Indian communities. She has a diverse range of experiences including direct social work practice, teaching, training, and community organizing. Mrs. Salois has been an instrumental member of several research teams using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to study elder abuse, historical trauma, and unresolved grief. She has co-published articles describing American Indian Elders, Child Welfare with Native Families, and Research with American Indians. Through her role as a Community Research Associate in the MSU INBRE Community Engagement Core, Mrs. Salois builds partnerships between researchers and tribal communities.
Madhukar Trivedi, MD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
Director, Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
Director, Interventions in Humans Core, Center for Translational Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX
Dr. Trivedi, a research psychiatrist, is a leader in depression research. As the Director of the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, his work encompasses biomarker identification, development of new treatments for depression, and community projects to reduce risk for depression and improve depression outcomes in primary care. As part of the Center, he has developed a network of partners with community general practitioners and local school and youth organizations. He has served as the PI on the completed multicenter depression studies, Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression trial (STAR*D) and Combining Medications to Enhance Depression Outcomes trial (CO-MED), which focused on next-step treatments and treatment combinations for treatment-resistant depression, as well as the Texas Medication Algorithm Project in which the principles and implementation of Measurement Based Care were developed. Currently he is the coordinating PI conducting the Establishing Moderators and Biosignatures of Antidepressant Response in Clinical care (EMBARC) project, which is at the core of the NIMH’s initiative to identify a biosignature for depression. This work focuses on neuroimaging, EEG, clinical and behavioral phenotypes, and other blood based biological markers. He is also the PI of the Texas Node of the Clinical Trials Network (CTN) and was the lead investigator for the multisite Stimulant Reduction Intervention using Dosed Exercise (STRIDE) study. Dr. Trivedi continues to pursue his broad research interests to improve outcomes for individuals with depression.
Danuta Wasserman, MD, PhD
Director for the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research,
Methods Development and Training in Suicide Prevention
Senior Professor of Psychiatry and Suicidology, Karolinksa Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Director and Founder, National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill-Health, Karolinksa Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Dr. Wasserman is an internationally-recognized researcher in suicide prevention and mental health. In 1993, she founded the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental-Ill Health in Sweden and has served as an expert advisor and Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Research, Methods Development and Training in Suicide Prevention since 1995. She is the former President of the European Psychiatric Association, the International Academy of Suicide Research, and the Honorary President for the Estonian-Swedish Mental Health Institute. She has been the Principal Investigator for two large, suicide prevention and mental health-promoting cross-national programs: “Working in Europe to Stop Truancy Among Youth (WE-STAY)” and “Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe (SEYLE)”. Both programs are designed to promote mental health of adolescents. A Consortium of 12 European countries have participated in these studies. Dr. Wasserman is currently collaborating with the CMHRR to adapt the Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM), which demonstrated positive findings in the SEYLE study, for youth in Montana to attempt to reduce the high burden of suicide.
Western Montana Mental Health Center
The Western Montana Mental Health Center (WMMC) provides a variety of mental health services in 45 locations in 15 western/southwestern Montanan counties. WMMC services are provided on a sliding fee scale and anyone needing treatment is treated, regardless of ability to pay. The WMMC programs are designed to support youth and adults with serious mental illnesses or emotional disturbances, substance use problems, veterans who are eligible for mental health care, and individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Programs include prevention and treatment services for schools, case management, crisis response teams and stabilization facilities, group homes, day treatment facilities, drop-in centers, vocational services, medical outpatient, independent living, and chemical dependency outpatient treatment. Thus, the WMMC is an essential provider of community mental health services for individuals living in western Montana. WMMC is collaborating with the CMHRR on a treatment study of Alzheimer’s disease in Butte.