Office of Mental Health Promotion

CPDA Past Winners

In 2010, we began to incorporate future clinical innovations or interventions in the joint academic-community generated proposals to strengthen the mental health of community members.

2010 - Ellen Poleshuck Ph.D.

Please join us in congratulating the partnership of Ellen Poleshuck, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology along with Catherine Mazzotta, LCSW, Executive Director of Alternatives for Battered Women, Catherine Cerulli, J.D., Ph., D, Nancy Chin, M. P.H., Ph.D., and Carly Wise, Coordinator of Survivors Advocating for Effective Reform as recipients of the Department of Psychiatry's fourth Community Partnership Development Award from its Office of Mental Health Promotion.

The goal of Seeking Health: Using Community Based Participatory Research to Create an Intimate Partner Violence-Informed Intervention is. to develop a personalized treatment program designed to meet the needs of interpersonal violence survivors with depression and pain or other medical concerns. 

2009 - Rob Weisman, M.D.

Please join us in congratulating the partnership of Rob Weisman, M.D., Medical Director of Strong Ties along with Lieutenant John Kennedy & Major John Cacesi, of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, as recipients of the Department of Psychiatry's third Community Partnership Development Award from its Office of Mental Health Promotion.

The goal of Correctional Mental Health Training Partnership: A Case-Based Multimedia Educational Program for Front-Line Correctional Officers is to improve, through development of an online educational training program, the performance of Sheriff’s Deputies, and the wellbeing of mentally disordered inmates located within the Monroe County Jail and Facility.

2008 - Bob Pollard, Ph.D.

Please join us in congratulating the partnership of Bob Pollard, PhD, Director of the Deaf Wellness Center and Mary Mowl, Executive Director of Advocacy Services for Abused Deaf Victims (ASADV), as recipients of the Department of Psychiatry's second Community Partnership Development Award (CPDA) from its Office of Mental Health Promotion. ASADV is a Rochester organization of Deaf individuals specially trained on partner violence.

The goal of Addressing Partner Violence in the Deaf Community: Adapting an Evidence-based Curriculum for Use by Deaf Service Providers is to produce a multimedia training curriculum on partner violence for Deaf service providers. The source curriculum for the 60 minute DVD in American Sign Language (ASL) was developed by Psychiatry's Partner Violence Intervention Project, with input from the Psychiatry's Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV). Evaluation, training, and research activities regarding partner violence in the Deaf population are planned.

This project has many key collaborators, including Vicki Hurwitz, ASADV Board President, Susan Horwitz, PhD of the Wynne Center for Family Research, Catherine Cerulli, JD, PhD (LIVV) and Sharon Haynes, MSW of the Deaf Wellness Center.

2007 - Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D.

Please join us in congratulating the partnership of Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D, Director of Monroe County Children's Center along with Linda Kurtz, MS. , Regional Director for the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, as recipients of the Department of Psychiatry's first Community Partnership Development Award from its Office of Mental Health Promotion.

The goal of Family Advocates: Changing Outcomes in Child Welfare through Parental Engagement is to design a family-friendly, strengths-based program to empower and engage families in the child welfare system.