Even when disJane Timmons-Mitchell Profilecussing relatively heavy topics – suicide prevention, teenage bullying, the mental health challenges of youth dealing with epilepsy – Jane Timmons-Mitchell, Ph.D radiates a light, can-do confidence in our ability to discover and identify new, evidence-based interventions and treatments that might help young people navigate the various terrains of mental health, substance use, and behavioral recovery.

Listening to her explain initiatives and innovations, you feel like you’re in on potential solutions to some of our most serious problems.

“It’s all the process of how you get people to move,” says the clinical psychologist, noting that this applies not only to individuals embarking on a journey of recovery, but also about affecting changes in the organizational systems and the clinicians within them who are facilitating that recovery as well. “What we know from trying lots of things is that you can’t get people to move just by saying to them, ‘Do this.’”

Much in the way she lends her voice as a 15-year second soprano with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus – where she met her husband and where her children have by turns joined in song – Jane’s academic and professional voice are likewise sought in leading practitioners and care givers toward new ways of thinking, new ways of approaching their work, new ways of facilitating recovery. In many ways, hers is a world of seeking and finding harmony.

This mission of identification, evaluation, and dissemination has made the Begun Center Senior Research Associate a much sought-after speaker at conferences and symposia nationwide. She recently appeared on WCPN’s Sound of Ideas on the Ohio Campaign for Hope: Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative (listen below). She also recently presented at the Ohio Urban Minority Alcoholism and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP) Conference in Toledo on “Evidence Based Practice and Evaluation: How to Get Credit for What You Do”.

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