Research Team

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Michelle Kees, PhD
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Dr. Michelle Kees is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She holds a Clinical Without Compensation (WOC) appointment at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA), and an Adjunct Appointment in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kees’ expertise centers on risk and resilience in women and families, including female veterans and military spouses; peer programs supporting veterans in the community and on college campuses; and large-scale implementation and evaluation of evidence-based programs. She is the Principal Investigator for HomeFront Strong, a Department of Defense funded resiliency intervention for military and veteran spouses and their children. Together with colleagues, Dr. Kees leads a resiliency program for women veterans, After Her Service, that focuses on the intersection of mental health and professional success. She also oversees the program evaluation of Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE), a national peer mentorship program for student veterans returning to college on the Post 9-11 GI Bill, and Buddy-to-Buddy, a statewide peer support program for service members and veterans throughout Michigan.  Dr. Kees received her PhD in Clinical Psychology at SUNY Stony Brook, completed a clinical internship at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL, and completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Center on Child Abuse & Neglect at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has been at the University of Michigan for 16 years, and was a founding member of M-SPAN in 2008.  She is also the spouse of a former National Guard soldier.

Marcia Valenstein, MD, MS

Marcia Valenstein, MD, MS
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Dr. Valenstein is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and a senior research scientist at the VA Health Services Research and Development service and the Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research and Evaluation Center (SMITREC). She has extensive clinical experience treating veterans in the VA health system. She is a national expert on peer-to-peer programs and was a key member in the collaborative Michigan Army National Guard and University development team that conceptualized and implemented the Buddy-to-Buddy program in the Michigan National Guard. Her areas of research focus are medication adherence, depression management strategies, quality of depression care and suicide.

Adrienne Lapidos, PhD

Adrienne Lapidos, PhD
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Dr. Adrienne Lapidos is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She directs the Certificate in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care. Her clinical practice background includes community-based primary care and recovery-oriented psychosocial rehabilitation through the Veterans Health Administration. Her clinical and research interests include integrated primary care, recovery-oriented systems of care, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has expertise in peer programs, program design for underserved populations and program evaluation.