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Karyn Dresser, Ph. D.

Karyn Dresser has been the Director of Research and Program Practices at SBHG for 6 years. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley (BA Psychology), UC Santa Cruz (Ph.D. Social Psychology) and UC San Francisco (Post Doc Clinical Services Research). Her graduate focus was on organizational studies and institutional analyses. She has worked on large scale funded research grants and contributed expert testimony on the need for children’s mental health systems of care to the U.S. Congress. Over a professional career spanning thirty years, Dr. Dresser has worked primarily at organizational and institutional levels to affect the overall policies, quality and outcomes of human services. Her style is to build integrative approaches to organizational leadership of effective service delivery by coupling quality improvement with program evaluation and consumer outcomes using facilitative methods of participatory decision-making. In her work with the STARS Academy for TIP, Dr. Dresser helps with developing fidelity and evaluation methodologies and conducting program reviews for site certification.