Ali received his MBA in international finance from Helsinki School of Economics and has been working in academic medicine for over eleven years in strategic financial and administration roles. He has been with the UW and department for four years and partners with Department Chair, Dr. Unützer and the department leadership team to provide a wide array of administrative services to our stakeholders. He is passionate about the department’s goal of improving access to behavioral health services to our community and UW Medicine’s mission to improve the health of the public. In his spare time, Ali enjoys winter sports ranging from XC skiing, splitboarding and snowboarding and on long summer days he can be found hiking in the Goat Rock Wilderness and Gifford Pinchot National Forest with his wife and dog.
Mollie received her MSW at the UW School of Social Work and joined the Department in June 2019. Prior to that, she was part of the Social Work Department at Harborview Medical Center for 19 years, starting on inpatient psychiatry and then as an Associate Director of Social Work for the second half of her career.
As the Director of Patient and Family Experience, Mollie works directly with patients and families who are either currently receiving mental health care at one of our UW Medicine hospitals or clinics or may be looking to do so. She helps patients and families connect with appropriate mental health providers and offers information and resources as well as specialized navigation assistance. Mollie also manages our team of Mental Health Navigators who are part of our provider and patient consultation lines, including PAL for Moms, the Psychiatry Consultation Line and the Mental Health CareConnect programs. When she is not at work, Mollie enjoys live music, travel, gardening and spending time with her husband, Dave, and their dog, Louis.
Heather received her MBA from the University of Washington and has been in the Department for six years. As Associate Director of Clinical Finance & Analytics, Heather’s main role is to support the Department’s clinical operations and finances at UWMC, HMC, UWNC, SCCA and SCH as well as through various state and community clinical contracts. She also supports faculty clinical incentives and process improvement initiatives. In her spare time, Heather, her husband Nate and their dog Fiddler enjoy traveling, experiencing various cuisines both locally and abroad, and reading epic fantasy series (she is always open to reading suggestions!).
Maureen has been in the department for six years and at the University for nine. She graduated from Seattle University and spent more than 20 years at Fred Hutch before coming to UW. Maureen and her team support the full cycle of Human Resources functions for the department’s faculty, staff, trainees, and students. This support includes staff hiring, faculty appointments and promotions, compensation, employee relations, Workday & payroll management, and time and leave reporting. Maureen participates in strategic planning with departmental leadership and provides day-to-day management of the Chair’s office.
When not at the office, Maureen can be found enjoying Seattle sporting events or watching a movie with her husband Warren, playing golf, kayaking, or reading a good book. Maureen and Warren enjoy spending as much time as possible with their two twenty-something sons, Andy and Peter.
Nadia joined the University of Washington in 2001 and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in 2016. Her current role includes oversight of centralized financial services, compliance management, process improvement initiatives and management of Department funds. Nadia supervises a team of financial experts providing support in these areas. Prior to her current role, Nadia held roles at the School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Medical Education and Foster School of Business. In her free time, Nadia enjoys kayaking, attending Comicons, and vacationing at a variety of warm and sunny locations.
Dr. Kurtz-Nelson is a research scientist, licensed psychologist, and clinical director of the Research in Autism and the Brain Lab (RAB Lab). Her research and clinical interests center on improving medical and behavioral outcomes for individuals with rare genetic differences associated with autism. Dr. Kurtz-Nelson received her PhD in school psychology and MS in special education from the University of Oregon. She completed her clinical internship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center and her postdoctoral training at the University of Washington.
Alison grew up in China speaking Mandarin and received her BA from the University of Washington. She has been in the department for five years and has been in her current role since June 2019. In her role, Alison supports our diverse research portfolio and works to ensure the successful running of our research operations. She partners closely with the Assistant Director for Research Operations, Pam Collins, as well as the research operations team. She also provides oversight for department pre-award and works closely with UW School of Medicine ABC services. In her free time, she enjoys what the Pacific Northwest has to offer and traveling when and where she can.
Suzanne Meller, MPH, MSW received Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Michigan. Suzanne holds an Associate Independent Clinical Social Work License in the State of Washington. Prior to her work at the University of Washington, Suzanne contributed over many years to behavioral health research studies at the University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the University of Georgia. Suzanne is interested in bridging the research to practice gap in behavioral healthcare and behavioral health equity. Suzanne serves in the BRiTE Center as a Research Coordinator of multiple studies and also serves as the mHealth Support Specialist for an implementation study of the mhealth tool FOCUS in community mental health centers across the state of Washington. Suzanne serves as the Principal Investigator of a department-funded project, along with Professor Dror Ben-Zeev, titled “Attitudes, readiness, and adoption of digital health in community mental health centers during COVID-19 pandemic.”
Diane has 30 years’ experience managing a wide range of public health and health services research, evaluation, and implementation projects and programs. She co-founded the AIMS Center in 2004, and currently serves as Co-Director. Prior to joining the University of Washington, Diane managed a large research program focused on diverse behavioral interventions for cancer prevention at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Diane is trained as a behavioral health provider and delivered mental health services in both inpatient and outpatient settings for over eight years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English Literature from Gonzaga University, a master’s degree in Psychology from Seattle University, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Washington.
Becky received a Master’s in Science Journalism from Boston University and has more than fifteen years’ experience in marketing and communications, public relations, and advancement with particular expertise in the fields of medicine and mental health. She has led our department communication efforts for the past six years and before that, led communications in the department’s AIMS Center.
In addition to managing the department’s day-to-day, internal and external communication needs, Becky oversees marketing strategies for large, department-wide initiatives. Becky also is partnering with the department to help launch the new UW Medicine Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions. Outside of work, Becky enjoys getting outside, spending time with her family and collecting eggs from her chickens.
Rosemary is a UW graduate and has been in the department since February 2012. As the Associate Director of Operations and IT, Rosemary’s role is to provide oversight, direction and leadership of all the administrative operations and information technology resources for the Department. Rosemary provides strategic leadership and management of departmental infrastructure projects to include defining and managing scope of schedules, budgets and status reports. In her free time, Rosemary and her family enjoy vacationing and touring Napa and Sonoma wine country.