Courtney Benjamin Wolk, PhD
Courtney Benjamin Wolk is an Assistant Professor at the Penn Center for Mental Health in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BA in Psychology from The Ohio State University. She completed both her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Temple University where she focused on the development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) for child and adolescent anxiety. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
The long-term goal of her research is to develop and evaluate strategies to promote the uptake of evidence-based care into routine practice, with the ultimate goal of improving the effectiveness of mental health services for children and adults in non-specialty mental health settings. Previous completed research has included a long-term follow-up of youth treated with CBT for anxiety in childhood (F31 MH 086954) and the development and evaluation of an implementation strategy to improve team functioning among mental health teams in schools (F32 MH 103955).
Clinically, Dr. Wolk’s expertise is in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders in youth and she is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania. She has experience training community and school-based therapists to conduct CBT for a variety of presenting problems and populations.
Adapting and Implementing TeamSTEPPS in School Mental Health
Description: This project aims to improve the quality collocated school mental health services in Philadelphia using a participatory approach. Incorporating the feedback of stakeholders, solutions to challenges in collocated school-based mental health services will be identified collaboratively. Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS), an evidence-based approach for teams designed to build competencies in the areas of leadership, situation monitoring, mutual support, and communication, will be implemented to promote the collaboration of mental health and school personnel.
An advisory board of stakeholder will address inter-organizational challenges and the required components of TeamSTEPPS to adapt for school-based mental health services. Following implementation, the adapted TeamSTEPPS will be assessed for feasibility, acceptability, and utility and its effect on inter-professional collaboration, teamwork, and student outcomes. The project, grounded in the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR), has the potential to improve school culture and climate, which in turn may improve student outcomes, and ready collocated systems for EBP implementation.
Role: Principal Investigator
Penn Integrated Care
Our team is engaged in a number of program evaluation activities to inform scale up of integrated behavioral health services in primary care clinics implementing the Collaborative Care model in Penn Medicine. We have conducted qualitative interviews with primary care and behavioral health providers and leaders to understand biases and contextual factors that may impact use of integrated behavioral health services, observed providers in clinics integrating behavioral health services, and are conducting ongoing quantitative evaluations of program utilization and implementation success.
Mechanism: This work was supported by the University of Pennsylvania through a P50 ALACRITY Pilot Funding Award and a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Pilot Award