About the Author
Dr. Blau is a clinical psychologist and chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services. In this role, he provides national leadership for children's mental health and for creating systems of care across the country. Prior to this, Dr. Blau was Bureau Chief of Quality Management and Director of Mental Health at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families and Director of Clinical Services at the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut. He also holds a clinical faculty appointment at the Yale Child Study Center.
Dr. Blau was formerly a member of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Director’s Division of Children, Youth and Families, and from July 1, 1998, through June 30, 2000, he was the division’s Chairperson. Dr. Blau has received several awards, including the prestigious Pro Humanitate Literary Award for “literary works that best exemplify the intellectual integrity and moral courage required to transcend political and social barriers to promote best practice in the field of child welfare,” the Connecticut Governor’s Service Award, the Phoebe Bennet Award for outstanding contribution to children’s mental health in Connecticut, and the Making a Difference Award presented by Connecticut’s Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. Most recently, he was the recipient of the 2009 Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Meritorious Service for his national leadership in children’s mental health.
Dr. Blau has numerous journal publications and has been the editor of several books, including the recently published Handbook of Childhood Behavioral Issues: Evidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2008), Family Influences on Childhood Behavior and Development (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2008), and The System of Care Handbook: Transforming Mental Health Services for Children, Youth, and Families (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2008). He received his Ph.D. from Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama) in 1988.
Dr. Fisher has consistently served the American public throughout more than 15 years of federal service. As Director of the Office of Research and Evaluation in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Dr. Fisher manages evaluations to assess the effectiveness of federal health programs throughout the nation. Previously, as a research psychologist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Survey Methods Research, she specialized in the application of cognitive methods to improve the quality of large government surveys. Dr. Fisher was the director of evaluation in the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch at SAMHSA from 2004 to 2010, and was project officer for the national evaluation of the systems of care program. She also coordinated program activities in the areas of suicide prevention, improving conditions for youth in residential care, and addressing the needs of LGBT children and youth. Dr. Fisher has worked extensively throughout her career to improve the health and well-being of children and youth and LGBT populations. Among other activities, she has launched and served as chair of a national workgroup to address the needs of youth in systems of care who are LGBT and their families and is currently a member of both the Healthy People 2020 Committee on LGBT populations and the National Action Alliance on Suicide Prevention LGBT Task Force.
Ms. Mallery is currently Research Assistant for the American Institute of Research and is working at the Child, Adolescent, and Family Branch in the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She is a doctoral candidate and adjunct faculty member in Counseling at the George Washington University. Ms. Mallery’s primary research and clinical int