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KatyDondanville

Katy Dondanville, PsyD, ABPP

Program Director

Dr. Katy Dondanville, PsyD, ABPP, is a psychologist dedicated to enhancing mental health care accessibility and quality. As an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, she collaborates with researchers, clinicians, and systems to achieve this goal. Leading the STRONG STAR Training Initiative, Dr. Dondanville has trained over 3000 clinicians globally, reaching 10,000 individuals with evidence-based treatments for PTSD, suicide, and related areas. Additionally, she serves as Chief Scientific Advisor for Face the Fight, guiding the initiative to reduce veteran suicide rates. With expertise in PTSD treatments and a commitment to research-driven solutions, she strives to improve therapy access and effectiveness for all. Beyond her leadership roles, Dr. Dondanville mentors junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows, sharing her knowledge and experience to foster the next generation of mental health professionals. She has contributed significantly to the field with over 100 scientific papers and over 150 presentations at research conferences, emphasizing her dedication to advancing mental health care through research, training, and advocacy.

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Brooke Fina, LCSW, BCD

Director of Behavioral Health Training Initiatives

Brooke A. Fina, LCSW, BCD, is an Associate Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UT Health San Antonio and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is the Director of Behavioral Health Training Initiatives for the STRONG STAR Training Initiative. She is a clinician, trainer, and facilitates the implementation of PTSD and suicide clinical and non-clinical programs. She provides training and consultation in Prolonged Exposure and Written Exposure Therapy for PTSD, and Crisis Response Planning for suicide prevention. She has consulted with 100s of mental health providers and community organizations regarding the successful implementation of PTSD treatment programs, consulted with managed care entities, and published outcomes in peer-reviewed journals.

BrittanyHall-Clark

Brittany Hall-Clark, PhD

Director of Inclusive Behavioral Health Advancement

Dr. Brittany N. Hall-Clark is a Texas-licensed Clinical Psychologist. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Hall-Clark completed a 2-year fellowship with STRONG STAR, a multidisciplinary PTSD research consortium. She then became an Assistant Professor within the Division of Behavioral Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. For 8 years, she worked at the Ft. Hood site of STRONG STAR as a cognitive-behavioral research therapist for several randomized clinical trials focused on PTSD and related conditions in active-duty military personnel and veterans. Currently, she works with the STRONG STAR Training Initiative as Director of Inclusive Behavioral Health Advancement. She is also a Prolonged Exposure therapy consultant and a part of the National Center for PTSD Consultation team. Dr. Hall-Clark is passionate about diversity and cultural sensitivity, evidenced by her focus on cultural factors in treatment, provision of diversity training to graduate students and continuing education for professionals, and culturally oriented publications and presentations. Her professional interests include translational research, cultural factors related to PTSD and other mental health issues, and racial trauma. Additional clinical specialties include trauma nightmares, insomnia, sleep, and anxiety.  Dr. Hall-Clark also practices privately at InSight Psychology and Behavioral Health Services in Pflugerville, TX.

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Stefanie T. LoSavio, PhD, ABPP

Director of Research and Innovation

Stefanie T. LoSavio, PhD, ABPP, is a psychologist working to ensure individuals affected by trauma have access to treatments that work. Dr. LoSavio is an expert in effective PTSD treatments, including cognitive processing therapy (CPT), prolonged exposure (PE), and written exposure therapy (WET). As a CPT and WET trainer, she helps mental health providers build mastery in these proven interventions so that more patients can process their traumatic experiences and experience recovery. Dr. LoSavio is also the co-author of CPT self-help book, Getting Unstuck from PTSD: Using Cognitive Processing Therapy to Guide Your Recovery. Finally, Dr. LoSavio is a research investigator who studies adaptations to treatments and training to increase the quality, efficiency, and reach of PTSD care.

DavidRozek

David Rozek, PhD, ABPP

Director of Strategy and Evaluation

David Rozek, PhD, ABPP, is an Associate Professor and a clinical psychologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He serves as the Director of Strategy and Evaluation for the STRONG STAR Training Initiative and the Senior Scientific Advisor for Face the Fight. He received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame and completed his residency at the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Prior to joining the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Rozek held positions at the University of Central Florida as the Director of the National Center of Excellence for First Responder Behavioral Health at UCF RESTORES and at the University of Utah in the Department of Psychiatry with a secondary appointment as the Director of Training at the National Center for Veterans Studies. Dr. Rozek’s research and clinical expertise are in cognitive and behavioral therapies for suicide, depression, and PTSD. He regularly provides training to clinicians, medical professionals, peers support specialist, and mental health allies on best practices when working with individuals who are at risk for suicide and is an active researcher focusing on how to best improve clinical care.

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