RESEARCH TEAM & COLLABORATORS
Julia Godzikovskaya was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, where she originally studied Russian philology. After moving to the US, she initially worked as a translator and graphic designer. She lived in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles before settling in San Francisco, where she attended graduate school at San Francisco State University, graduating with a Master’s in Psychological Research with an emphasis on quantitative methods and survey development. As a grad student, Godzikovskaya completed several independent research projects on impact of childhood socioeconomic factors on adult economic and psychological well-being. During the last year of graduate school, Godzikovskaya served as the Lab Manager for the Personality and Well-Being Lab and was also a part of the interdisciplinary team that collaborated with the Seattle Happiness Initiative on development of the Gross National Happiness survey.
Godzikovskaya has a strong sense of social justice and experience in data analyses, research project management, and team leadership. In her current role, Godzikovskaya supervises a team of research assistants and provides oversight within Felton’s early psychosis programs over data collection, data management, analysis and reporting. Her research interest include impact of socioeconomic factors and cultural perceptions on engagement in community mental health and the impact of staff turn-over. In her spare time, Godzikovskaya enjoys reading, volunteering, running, and spending quality time with family and friends.
As the Director of Business Development, Dr. Robin S. Ortiz’s, responsibilities at Felton Institute include management of grant submissions, fund development, and the incubation of new programs and services. Dr. Ortiz holds a Ph.D. in child development and a Master’s in counseling. She has over 25 years of experience designing, managing, and evaluated social service programs specific to children’s mental health, juvenile justice, and child welfare.
Previously, Dr. Ortiz directed the first Community Umbrella Agency for child welfare in Philadelphia for the NET Community Care. Prior to that, she lectured in Applied Psychology in the Human Development Division for the University of Pennsylvania, and served as an Evaluation Consultant for Navin Associates. Dr. Ortiz’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Tulsa, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA, and a Ph.D. from the Eliot-Pearson School of Child Development at Tufts University in Massachusetts.
Debra Collins, is the Coach, Trainer and Consulting Educator for the Training and Research Division at Felton Institute. She draws on more than a decade of experience providing treatment, behavioral health consultation, coaching, training, and clinical supervision, to primary and mental health care programs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Collins brings her diverse experience as a former Clinical and Program Director in community based organizations, to her approach of integrating and tailoring Motivational Interviewing and other evidence based models to best fit an organization’s model of care. In addition, to helping providers (both clinical and non-clinical) best serve their clients, she also considers the challenges of managers in meeting their funding and documentation objectives. She is passionate about exploring how training can best serve those providers working with clients in community based organizations.