Meet the team
Dr. Sean Kidd is a clinical psychologist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and a clinician scientist in CAMH’s Complex Care and Recovery Program. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Kidd’s career has focused on research to improve services for people who are marginalized, particularly homeless youth and people with severe mental illness. He has been recognized internationally for his research into youth homelessness and for his extensive work in developing and testing psychiatric rehabilitation interventions for psychosis.
Dr. Dawn Velligan is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and chief of the Division of Community Recovery, Research and Training at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Velligan’s internationally recognized research program focuses on developing and testing psychosocial treatments to improve functional outcomes in schizophrenia. She developed Cognitive Adaptation Training (CAT) as a unique form of treatment designed to help people with schizophrenia bypass the cognitive impairments associated with their illness and improve their overall functioning. Dr. Velligan has received grant funding from the National Institute of Health, from The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, and from industry and private foundations.
Natalie Maples is a faculty specialist in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Community Recovery, Research and Training at UT Health San Antonio. She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology and is currently completing her doctoral degree in public health. Ms. Maples is principal investigator on multiple projects that focus on implementing more than 15 evidence-based practices. She has implemented CAT for people leaving an institutional setting and has trained thousands of clinicians around the world. She also adapts psychosocial treatments developed within their division to special populations (e.g., medically fragile, elderly, people frequently hospitalized for mental illness) and has supervised therapists for nearly two decades.
Ms. Maples is recognized as an expert in structured interviewing and rating for clinical research, and has produced many training tapes in this area. She is author and co-author on numerous publications, abstracts and presentations.