Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Ph.D.
Gulf Coast Behavioral Health & Resiliency Center Director
Professor Psychology Department
Adjunct Professor Psychiatry
Dr. L-R obtained her undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1984 and her doctorate in Psychology from the University of Oregon in 1990. She has 25 years as a licensed Clinical Psychologist and has amassed over 120 peer reviewed publications in her role as a scientist and professor. The majority of these publications focus on her longstanding interests in relationship and family violence (e.g., stalking, rape, physical abuse, and the intergenerational transmission of relationship behaviors), and adolescent risky, unhealthy, suicidal, and/or life-diminishing behaviors. Her most recent research is community-based, focused on under-served and disadvantaged populations, and occurs while integrating mental and behavioral health care into primary care and school settings. In particular, implementing, evaluating, and educating others to provide evidence-based, solution-focused and resiliency-enhancing interventions is a priority for Dr. L-R.
Prior to Dr. L-R initiating and establishing the Gulf Coast Behavioral Health and Resiliency Center which she currently directs, Dr. L-R served as the Head of USA’s Youth Violence Prevention Program. She is an active member of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program which was funded by a class action lawsuit resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Dr. L-R also participates on the Health Disparities Research Group-Community Based Participatory Research Dissemination Team which is located in USA’s Center for Healthy Communities.
Ishara Ramkissoon, Ph.D., CCC-A
Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology
Dr. Ramkissoon received her doctorate from the University of Illinois in 2005. She has been a licensed audiologist and speech therapist since 1989, having practiced in South Africa and the United States. Her research focuses on factors that impact human hearing and communication skills, including aging, smoking, and language background. In 2013, Dr. Ramkissoon was awarded two extramural grants addressing multicultural issues and a third grant focusing on environmental literacy and the health impact of pollution from the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program. She has 3 active research projects in her laboratory. Dr. Ramkissoon is a reviewer for national and international journals, and serves as Vice-President of the Board of Trustees for Mercy Medical in Alabama.
Phillip N. Smith, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Dr. Smith received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University under the mentorship of Dr. Kelly C. Cukrowicz. Dr. Smith received his BA from Gettysburg College, an MS degree in experimental psychology from Villanova University, and most recently completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Smith's research interests center on the understanding, assessment, and treatment of suicidal patients. In pursuit of this goal, his current research focuses on elucidating the interpersonal, psychological, and social risk factors for suicide and related behaviors with an emphasis on social, cognitive, and behavioral methods that more adequately address the complexity of human behavior compared to self-report measures alone. Although he is theoretically integrative in his approach, much of his research has been conducted within the framework provided by Thomas Joiner’s Interpersonal Theory of Suicide. Dr. Smith's long-term goals include the development of theoretically based, empirically supported assessment, prevention, and intervention programs for patients at risk for suicide.
Susan G. Williams MSN, RN
Instructor, USA College of Nursing
Community Mental Health Nursing Department
Susan G. Williams is a Registered Nurse (BSN) with a Master’s Degree in Community/Mental Health from the University of South Alabama and is a full time faculty member at the USA College of Nursing. She is also working towards a PhD in Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a focus on Adolescent Mental Health, specifically Perceived Stress, Bullying, Salivary Cortisol and Depressive Symptoms in 9th grade high school students. She began working with Dr. Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling after learning of common interests in Adolescent Mental Health. Together with other PhD Psychology students at USA and Dr. L-R, Susan helped to develop a School Climate Survey that is now being used in Baldwin County, AL to assess the overall climate of the high schools. The outcomes of this survey may help to develop interventions that will provide mental health support to this adolescent population. Susan received funding from Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society for a pilot study of 31 ninth graders in a high school setting examining “Perceived stress, bullying, pubertal status, salivary cortisol and depressive symptoms”. This pilot study is a precursor to her larger dissertation study.