Meet The Team

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Steve Ondersma, PhD
Michigan State University

Dr. Ondersma is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Division of Public Health at Michigan State University. His primary interest is in population-level interventions promoting maternal and child health in underserved communities, particularly via technology-based brief interventions for substance use in the perinatal period. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 37), former Editor of the journal Child Maltreatment, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He currently co-chairs the Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome subgroup of the NIH’s Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) initiative. He has led multiple NIH and CDC studies focusing on the development, validation, and implementation of novel screening techniques and electronic/mobile (mHealth) interventions in healthcare settings. He is also the developer of the Computerized Intervention Authoring System (CIAS 3.0), an NIH-funded, free research resource facilitating development of interactive and sophisticated digital interventions for any platform.

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Shannon Lijewski, MBA, CHCEF
Everyday Life Consulting LLC & Rural CHW Network

Shannon is a mission-focused, technically savvy CEO, consultant, project management professional (PMP), and subject matter expert (SME) with proven track record designing state-of-the-art program initiatives to transform healthcare landscapes for local, state, and national clients. She is the Principal at Everyday Life Consulting whose team brings vast experience designing and implementing screening tools. Shannon and her team will work alongside the High Touch-High Tech (HT2) team as the training consultants, supporting current and new practices. Shannon works with HT2 projects funded by  the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

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Jessica Beatty, PhD
Wayne State University

Dr. Beatty received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University in 2009. Her research focuses on how technology can help promote behavioral health changes in pregnant women and new parents. Dr. Beatty has been the Project Coordinator for several NIH and CDC funded studies. She is currently the Project Coordinator the project coordinator for HT2 projects funded by Michigan Health Endowment Fund. More specifically, her research focuses on using screening and brief interventions to decrease perinatal substance use & improve mental health and exploring new ways of measuring parent-child interactions.

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Jessie Spencer
Michigan State University

Jessie Spencer is a research assistant under Dr. Steve Ondersma in the Division of Public Health at Michigan State University. Jessie is the Project Coordinator for HT2 projects funded by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). She received her Bachelor's degree in International Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a concentration in Global Environment and Health. Post-graduation, Jessie completed an internship on the Maternal and Child Health Research and Development team at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. While at WHO, her work focused primarily on increasing community engagement in quality improvement for maternal, newborn, and child health, as well as on social protection policies affecting women working in the informal sector. Jessie began as a research assistant in MSU's division of Public Health in 2019 under Dr. Julia Felton, working on projects related to adolescent and adult substance use and mental health. Her interests include maternal, child, and adolescent health issues, particularly those affecting underserved and marginalized communities. 

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MC3/HT2 Integration Team
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Maria Muzik, MD, MSc
University of Michigan 

Dr. Maria Muzik, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan - Michigan Medicine, is the Co-Director of Michigan Medicine’s Zero to Thrive program, which combines research, treatment, training, and advocacy across communities to support well-being and resilience of families with infants and young children.  She is the medical director of Perinatal Psychiatry Services across Michigan Medicine, and also of MC3 Perinatal, a statewide psychiatry consultation service for primary care providers serving pregnant and postpartum women and their infants. Maria and her team are leading the MC3/HT2 Integration in select clinics to provide instant access to telecounseling.

Rena Menke, PhD, LP, IMH-E
University of Michigan 

Rena Menke, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who serves as a behavioral health consultant (BHC) for MC3/HT2 Integration. She provides telehealth, evidence-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavior Therapy, and Infant Mental Health depending on clients presenting needs. Her research and clinical interests focus on the intergenerational transmission of stress and psychopathology while specifically identifying mediating factors and identifying effective interventions to break this cycle.

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Lisa Anderson
University of Michigan 

Lisa Anderson is a clinical social worker who serves as a behavioral health consultant (BHC) for MC3/HT2 Integration. She provides telehealth, evidence-based treatments to women in the perinatal period.

Amy Scott, LMSW, IMH-E 
University of Michigan 

Amy Scott, LMSW, IMH-E is a clinical social worker and infant mental health specialist who serves as a behavioral health consultant (BHC) for MC3 Perinatal/HT2 Integration. She uses evidence-based practices to join with women in working toward improved mental wellness in the perinatal period. While partnering with clients in a telehealth setting, Amy strives to address barriers to mental health care. She is passionate about supporting parents from a relationship based, strengths focused, empowerment perspective that centers equity and inclusion. Amy holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan.

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Quantanise Williams, LLMSW
University of Michigan 

Quantanise Williams, LLMSW, is a clinical social worker who serves as a behavioral health consultant (BHC) for MC3/HT2 Integration. Via telehealth, she provides evidence-based and person-centered approaches to help guide women to their optimal state of mental wellness during perinatal stages. Quantanise is passionate about assisting women in healing from intergenerational trauma and managing chronic stressors, using anti-racist, strength-based and empowerment frameworks. She holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Family Community Services from Michigan State University.