June 19, 2023
CTiBS Early Career Telehealth and Technology Grant Co-Recipients
CTiBS proudly awarded the first annual CTiBS Early Career Telehealth and Technology Grant to two deserving early career professionals. Congratulations to Brittany J. Bice-Urbach, PhD and Brittany G. Suggs, PhD, MPH, LPC. Please see more details below regarding their early career efforts in advancing competent telebehavioral health practices.
Brittany J. Bice-Urbach, PhD
Brittany Bice-Urbach, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Pediatric Psychologist at the Child Development Center of Children’s Wisconsin. Her primary clinical caseload involves psychoeducational assessments and therapy for children with various developmental, academic, attention, and social-emotional concerns. She graduated with her doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Specific interests include the assessment and treatment of children with Selective Mutism and the promotion of competent telebehavioral health practice.
Dr. Bice-Urbach has developed programming for children with Selective Mutism at Children’s Wisconsin, including incorporating various technologies to enhance treatment and support. She is a board member of the Selective Mutism Association and has completed various national speaking events on this topic.
Her dissertation, which focused on providing teleconsultation services within rural schools for children with behavioral concerns, was awarded the Ron Edwards Dissertation Award by the National Association of School Psychologists Behavioral School Psychology Interest Group. A paper based on this study was also awarded the runner-up prize for most influential paper of the year by the Journal of School Psychology. Dr. Bice-Urbach has continued to emphasize telebehavioral health services in her career, writing book chapters and ongoing journal articles on the topic. Most recently, she was highly involved with training all mental and behavioral health staff at Children’s Wisconsin for the rapid transition to telebehavioral health services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and continues ongoing quality improvement projects around telehealth services as a Telehealth Champion for her division. Dr. Bice-Urbach acts as a reviewer for the Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science and has taken an active role on the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Technology in Behavioral Science (CTiBS). Dr. Bice-Urbach is a third-generation telehealth pioneer emphasizing competent telebehavioral health services within training, supervision, and clinical practice.
Bice-Urbach, B. J. (2015). Teleconsultation: The Use of Technology to Improve Evidence-Based Practices in Rural Communities (Publication No. 3718132) [Doctoral dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison]. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.
Articles and Book Chapters
Bice-Urbach, B., Mission, P., Fuhrmann, M., & Martin, M. (2013). Advancing school psychology training through connected and virtual university collaboration. The School Psychologist, 67(1), 56-62.
Bice-Urbach, B. & Kratochwill, T. R. (2016). Teleconsultation: The use of technology to improve evidence based practices in rural communities. Journal of School Psychology, 56, 27-43.
Bice-Urbach, B., Kratochwill, T., & Fischer, A. J. (2018). Teleconsultation: Application to provision of consultation services for school consultants. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 28(3), 255-278. doi:10.1080/10474412.2017.1389651
Bice-Urbach, B. (2019). Practical Issues when Using Technology During Consultation, Supervision, and Professional Training. In Fischer, A. J., Collins, T., Dart, E.H., & Radley, K. C., Technology applications in school consultation, supervision, and school psychology training. New York, NY: Routledge.
Kroll, K., Brosig Soto, C., Malkoff, A., & Bice-Urbach, B. (2021). Evaluation of a systems-wide telebehavioral health training implementation in response to COVID-19. Journal of Patient Experience.
Goertz, M., Brosig Soto, C., Bice-Urbach, B., Malkoff, A., & Kroll, K. (2021). Development of a telepsychology program for parents of pediatric patients. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology.
Bice-Urbach, B. (2023) Technology Guidelines and Applications in Luiselli, J. Applied Behavior Analysis Advanced Guidebook: A Manual for Professional Practice, Second Edition. Cambridge, MA: Elsevier.
Bice-Urbach, B., Mission, P., Altschaefl, M., & McGivern, J., Consultation: Using technology to deliver services and monitor treatment integrity, National Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, 02/2013
Bice-Urbach, B. & Kratochwill, T., Teleconsultation: The use of technology to improve evidence based practices in rural communities, National Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, 02/2015
Bice-Urbach, B. & Kratochwill, T., Teleconsultation in the schools: Understanding important guidelines for applied practice, American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Toronto, ON, 08/2015 Voted highest rated paper proposal for APA Division 16 at the conference.
Bice-Urbach, B., Kroll, K. Telehealth Quick Reference Guide, Milwaukee, WI 05/01/2020
Bice-Urbach, B., Kroll, K. Strategies for Engaging Pediatric Patients During Telehealth Visits, Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Milwaukee, WI, 03/26/2021
Bice-Urbach, B., Kroll, K., Goertz, M, & Walczak, J., Best Practices for Telebehavioral Health Implementation, American Psychological Association, Virtual Conference, 08/12/2021
Bice-Urbach, B., Kroll, K., Goertz, M., & Walczak, J., Training Considerations for a System-Wide Implementation of Telebehavioral Health Services, American Psychological Association, Virtual Conference, 08/12/2021
Brittany G. Suggs, PhD, MPH, LPC
Brittany G. Suggs, Ph.D., MPH, LPC (VA), is a counselor educator, licensed professional counselor, clinical supervisor, and the incoming counseling clinical coordinator at Old Dominion University (ODU). Before joining the Counseling and Human Services faculty at ODU, Dr. Suggs worked as a core team member of a community-based counseling, wellness, consulting, and training center. In addition to her clinical and teaching roles, Dr. Suggs serves as a virtual research associate with intercollegiate colleagues across the United States. Her research emphasizes clinical technology competence, collaborative mental health care, multicultural competence, sociocultural advocacy, social determinants of health, race-based traumatic stressors, and emerging adulthood. Global mental health, spiritual integration, and technology in counseling extend into her professional paradigms, coupled with a passionate commitment to diversity, sociocultural advocacy, and equity promotion. Dr. Suggs’s extensive years of service and leadership with private, nonprofit, and community agencies fuel her zeal for mental health consultation and interdisciplinary organization development.
Dr. Suggs’s professional roles have included serving as an American Counseling Association (ACA) Human Rights Committee Member, Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Leadership Fellow, and a guest lecturer for graduate counseling courses at Regent University. Further, Dr. Suggs has contributed to the counseling profession as a reviewer for the Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision and the Journal of Mental Health Counseling special issue on social justice, liberation, and action. Most recently, Dr. Suggs serves as the President-Elect for the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES) and with the Coalition for Technology in Behavioral Science (CTiBS) Steering Committee. Dr. Suggs is a third-generation telehealth pioneer leading our current CTiBS manuscript on counseling telebehavioral health competencies.
* These authors or presenters contributed equally; + All authors or presenters contributed equally
Suggs, B. G. (2022). Enhancing counselor competence and collaborative care through emerging technology (Publication No. 29166478) [Doctoral dissertation, Regent University]. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global.
Suggs, B. G., Sanderfer Stull, M., Baker, S. R., Erwin, K. T.*, Savinsky, D. M.* (2022). A tide of technical trends: Technology competence among licensed counselors. Journal of Technology in Counselor Education and Supervision, 2(1), 10-19. https://digital.sandiego.edu/tces/vol2/iss1/2/
Robins, L. B., Cannedy, M., Kerrigan, R., & Suggs, B. G. (2021). Empowerment pathways: A mitigation approach to adolescent and youth racial stress in marginalized populations. Journal of Human Services, 40(2), 105-115. https://www.flipsnack.com/NOHS_Org/journal-of-human-services-fall-2021-special-edition.html
Suggs, B. G. (2022, September/October). Enhancing counselor competence and collaborative care through emerging technology [Research education session originally accepted for the American Counseling Association (ACA) 2022 Conference & Expo in Atlanta, GA]. ACA 2022 Fall Conference Experience, Virtual Conference, United States.
Suggs, B. G. (2022, March 25-26). A tide of technical trends: Technology utilization and perceived competence among licensed counselors [Conference educational session]. Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES) 2022 Graduate Student Conference, Richmond, VA, United States.
McKinney, C. C., & Suggs, B. G. (2022, March 18-19). The tinderization of counseling: Ethical decision-making in online therapy [Conference session]. Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) 2022 International Conference, Virtual Conference, United States.
Cannedy, M., Kerrigan, R., Suggs, B. G., & Robins, L. B. (2021, June 4-5). Acknowledge and empower: A prevention initiative for countering generational racial injustice and vicarious trauma [Poster presentation]. 2021 AHC Annual Conference, Virtual Conference, United States.
Suggs, B. G. (2019, February 23). The case for mobile technology in mental health collaborative systems [Conference educational session]. VACES 2019 Graduate Student Conference, Hampton, VA, United States.
Suggs, B. G. (Principal Investigator). (2021, February 27). Enhancing counselor competence and collaborative care through emerging technology [VACES Graduate Counseling Student Development Grant]. Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (VACES). Awarded: $500.00.