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The Collaborative Family Healthcare Association

is pleased to announce

our 2017 CFHA Award Winners. 


We are honored to recognize the exceptional achievements in patient and family-centered integrated collaborative health care modeled by each of our award winners.  We will be celebrating each individual and organization at our 2017 conference, To Integration and Beyond in Houston, Texas October 19-21, 2017. Please plan to join us! 

Conference Registration Information HERE



Mary Talen, PhD


Mary R. Talen, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the Director of Primary Care Behavioral Health at Northwestern University’s Family Medicine Residency Program, Chicago, IL.    She graduated with her masters and doctoral degree from Columbia University in psychology and she is certified in Family Therapy from Philadelphia Child Guidance Center.   Her teaching over the past 33 years includes didactic and clinical training with family medicine residents, medical students, family nurse practitioners and doctoral clinical psychology students in behavioral health and multi-professional teams. Dr. Talen has focused her research, teaching and clinical practice in systems-based healthcare.  She has published and presented at national and international conferences in primary care psychology and collaborative behavioral health.   Her current research projects are in physician wellness, training in challenging conversations; complexity team-based practice,  and family medical visits.  




Jerica Berge, PhD

  Jerica M. Berge, Ph.D., MPH, LMFT, CFLE is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Berge is both a behavioral medicine clinician and researcher. Dr. Berge is a licensed marriage and family therapist and supervisor who specializes in integrated care and community-based partnerships to address family health issues. She supervises both doctoral-level medical family therapists and medical residents in family medicine settings. She has developed and evaluated several family-focused models of care within family medicine clinics including, group prenatal care for high risk pregnant mothers, integrated care clinic, and childhood obesity prevention and treatment interventions via well-child visits. Dr. Berge is one of the most cited authors on family dynamics and childhood health with over 100 publications and book chapters and 300 presentations. She has an impressive funding trajectory including K12, R21, R03, R56, and R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health.


Patricia Robinson, PhD



Patti Robinson, PhD, is currently the Director of Training and Program Evaluation for Mountainview Consulting Group ( This company was founded in 1998 and won the APA Presidential Innovative Practice Award in 2009. Current projects include consulting, training and writing. Clients at this time include Multnomah County Public Health Department in Portland, OR; Indiana Health Clinics; Primary Care Association of DC; Community Health Care of Pierce County, and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. Dr. Robinson provides trainings in primary care behavioral health and Focused Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (FACT) all over the world, including Hong Kong, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the US. She is committed to healthcare transformation and to improving care to all patients, particularly medically underserved. Her interests also include prevention science and use of contextual behavioral science and principles of pro-social group design to enhancing clinician resiliency and primary care team effectiveness. Earlier in her career, she worked as a researcher and clinician for Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, WA and as a Behavioral Health Consultant for Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, WA. She has 50 professional publications, including 10 books. 



Jennifer Carty, PhD


Jennifer Carty, PhD

 Undergraduate Institution & Degree: Bachelors of Arts, Wayne State University

Graduate Education: PhD in Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University


Increasing concern has risen over the rates of burnout experienced by physicians, particularly in physicians in training. Burnout, or feeling significant emotional exhaustion, loss of empathy towards patients, and feeling unaccomplished, can impact a physician's mental and physical health, as well as their impact their ability to care for their patients. Despite this concern, we know very little about how to prevent or treat burnout in physicians. The goal of this study is to test whether we can improve wellness and burnout in family medicine residents through writing about either a traumatic or difficult medical experience or a positive medical experience. 



Max Zubatsky, PhD, LMFT 


  Max Zubatsky, PhD, LMFT, is an Assistant Professor in the Medical Family Therapy Program at Saint Louis University.  He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Approved Supervisor.  Max completed his PhD at the University of Minnesota and Post-Doctorate at the Chicago Center for Family Health.  He is a co-investigator on a HRSA Primary Care Training Enhancement Grant, facilitating cross-training opportunities between the MedFT and residency programs.  Max is also the director of the Memory Clinic at Saint Louis University, offering comprehensive clinical services to older adults with dementia and their families. He has published a number of articles, book chapters and media briefs on MedFT, integrated care and dementia.  His research interests include geriatrics, caregiving, integrated behavioral health, residency education and couples therapy.  Recently, Max was the conference co-chair of the first CFHA Intensive Conference last Spring, held in St. Louis.  


Eboni Winford, Ph.D.
Eboni Winford, Ph.D.

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