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Faculty / Staff

CEI Faculty / Staff

Suzanne Kerns


Executive Director
Craig Hall, Room 148F
[email protected]

Suzanne Kerns is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned her Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2006. Before becoming the director of CEI, she was on faculty at the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences for the past 10 years. Her clinical and research interests focus on enhancing the wellbeing of children and families through ensuring access to proven-effective treatment approaches, including examining the acquisition, implementation, adaptation and sustainability of evidence-based practices. In addition to being trained as an MST therapist in 2005, she was a clinical consultant for Family Integrated Transitions (MST-FIT), an adaptation of MST for youth returning home from secure incarceration. Suzanne is clinically trained in a number of other evidenced-based treatments for children, including Triple P Positive Parenting Program (also a National trainer since 2001), Helping the Noncompliant Child, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT+ (a components based model for delivery of CBT for anxiety, depression, traumatic stress and behavior problems), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is a member of the International Evidence-Based Practices Consortium and the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC).

Dana Garofalini


Multisystemic Therapy Expert
Wawarsing, NY
[email protected]

Dana Garofalini assists teams in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas in delivering MST and meeting the formidable challenge of implementing the model with fidelity. She has more than 10 years' experience in MST and other home-based therapy models, most recently as an MST supervisor in Kingston, NY, where her teams have won international awards for their performance. She has an MSc in counseling psychology from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Chris Mason


Multisystemic Therapy Expert
Portland, OR
[email protected]

Chris Mason joined the Center for Effective Interventions in August of 2013. Prior to joining CEI, he spent five years as an MST therapist, supervisor and program manager. He received his Bachelors degree in social work from New Mexico State University in 2003 and his Masters degree in 2004 from the same institution. Mason is independently licensed in the state of New Mexico.

Desiree Ramirez


Administrative Assistant
Craig Hall, Room 148E
Email: [email protected]

Desiree Ramirez graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2011 with a Bachelors degree in business administration with an emphasis in operations management.

CEI Contracted MST Experts


Multisystemic Therapy Expert
Denver, CO