Julie Berrett-Abebe, Ph.D., MSW, LICSW
IBHC Training Coordinator
Julie’s teaching and research interests include cancer survivorship, quality of life for vulnerable populations in the health system, and interprofessional education and practice. These interests are informed by extensive clinical experience in elder community care, hospice, and oncology social work. Most recently she worked for 10 years as an Oncology Social Worker in the Gillette Center for Breast Cancer at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where she provided direct clinical services to patients and families. She also collaborated extensively across professions and served as both a supervisor and lecturer in MSW student training programs. Julie’s dissertation research was a mixed methods project to train interprofessional primary care providers to identify and intervene on long-term emotional distress in cancer survivorship. Julie currently teaches clinical, integrative field, and research courses in masters and bachelor’s of social work programs across several institutions. Her educational background, clinical experience, and recent dissertation research make her particularly well-suited to be in the position of Training Coordinator for the IBHC Project.
Terri J. Haven, MSW, LICSW
IBHC Field Education Director
Terri J. Haven has several academic, clinical, and leadership strengths that provide her with the demonstrated skill set needed to directly influence this project. Since 2012, she has served as the Field Education Director for the Department of Social Work at Westfield State University (WSU). Under her leadership, almost 1000 social work field placements have been developed with a disruption rate of under 3 percent. She has created and taught graduate level social work courses for 22 years, including courses in advanced practice, human behavior in the social environment, policy, research, as well as developing and teaching an elective in trauma. Currently she teaches foundation and advanced integrated field seminar courses at WSU. Her areas of social work practice are in mental health and trauma. She also provides evidence-based treatment within her private therapy practice as well as consultation and training to individuals and organizations regarding the far-reaching impact of psychological trauma, including vicarious traumatization and the development of trauma-informed practice. Parallel to her service in academia, she has served in clinical leadership and direct service roles nationally and internationally.
Nora Padykula, Ph.D., MSW, LICSW
IBHC Project Director
Nora Padykula is the IBHC Principal Investigator and oversees the Project. Before entering academia, she provided collaborative behavioral healthcare services in various medically underserved settings while working with adults with chronic mental illness and addiction. Her scholarship and research has focused on topics related to addiction and recovery issues, program evaluation, the attainment of social work competencies, and scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL). Formerly, the director of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program, she continues to teach both undergraduate and graduate social work students, primarily in the practice sequence. Currently, she also serves as Chair of the Department of Social Work. Dr. Padykula has received several grants from Westfield State University to promote her work in SOTL, the current HRSA-BHWET award is her first federal grant.
Ryan Zenevitch, BS
IBHC Graduate Assistant
Ryan is a Master of Social Work student in Westfield State University’s Worcester program. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has worked in the health care field in varying capacities for the past several years. He began his career working as an emergency department technician. He later transitioned to mental health services and has worked in supervisory roles and as a mental health counselor in community-based programs, a crisis assessment unit, and an inpatient psychiatric treatment center. Ryan’s experiences in multiple roles and in various settings have led to a passion for providing effective, integrated care to individuals served by the health care system, particularly to those in underserved or vulnerable populations.