RESEARCH TEAM & COLLABORATORS
Felton Institute Division for Client-Centered Outcomes Research in Public Mental Health (CCOR-PMH)™
CCOR™ Team Bios
Julia Godzikovskaya M.A., Senior Research Manager, Early Psychosis Lead
Julia 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, Julia and 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, Julia 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. Julia has a strong sense of social justice and experience in data analyses, research project management, and team leadership. In her current role, Julia 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, Julia enjoys reading, volunteering, running, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Robert P. Mejia Ph.D, Clinical Research Scientist, Children, Youth & Families lead
Dr. Mejia was born and raised in Los Angeles and has spent his professional career in the Bay Area. He is currently a Clinical Research Scientist at the Felton Institute and is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist in California. Dr. Mejia completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Alliant International University, with a Child & Family emphasis. His clinical work specialized in providing family therapy for children and adolescents who experience emotional and behavioral difficulties. He has experience providing school-based therapy and therapy for adolescents on probation in Contra Costa, Marin, and San Francisco counties. He completed his post-doctoral position in Felton’s Full Circle Family Program and is now bringing his clinical experience to CCOR™. Dr. Mejia also has research experience at both UC Berkeley and UCSF, and his dissertation was awarded Alliant University’s inaugural “Paul Werner Dissertation Award for Innovation and Creativity in Research.” His research interests include outcomes associated with different parenting styles and attachment styles, as well as mediators of youth aggression. At CCOR™, Dr. Mejia is the lead for research and program evaluation within the Children, Youth and Families division.
Zhen Zhao M.D.P., Health Services Research Scientist, Technology Lead
is a Quantitative Research Scientist at CCOR. As an experienced data specialist, he investigated the effectiveness of California’s Hands Free Cell Phone Law (funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation), conducted a cost and benefit analysis of charter school system in the state of Hawaii, and delivered an impact evaluation of computer use in after-school programs in rural India with Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. Currently, he evaluates the impact of Shared Decision Making toolkit in a community setting via pragmatic clinical trials and implementation studies (funded by Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute). Additionally, Zhen is involved in early psychosis research and evaluation focusing on data management and statistical analyses. He is a trained Salesforce administrator and developer with expertise in Java development. He received his Master’s in Development Practice from University of California, Berkeley and BA in World Economics from Fudan University. In his spare time, Zhen loves hiking, climbing and learning new languages.
Anthony Vasquez M.A., Stakeholder Engagement Manager
Anthony is a Texas native and earned his BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, where he was a 2009 Haas Scholar, and his MA in Anthropology from UC Santa Cruz, where he received a Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship and CenTREAD research grant. Outside of the university, Anthony volunteered his time to provide mentorship for youth in navigating the college application process, grant writing, and developing essay narratives from lived experience.
In his current role, Anthony is responsible for the effective outreach and engagement of all stakeholders and community partners, conducting qualitative research, and providing technical assistance workshops in order to promote and cultivate Felton’s long-term commitment to innovation. Anthony is passionate about participating in cross-disciplinary collaborative research at Felton, and believes that this work is only possible when participants share a commitment to be authentic and reflexive partners.
Eugene Eusebio B.A., Research Assistant
Eugene Eusebio is a second-year master’s student in psychology at San Francisco State University. As an undergraduate student at SFSU, he spent two years as a research assistant for Dr. Seung Hee Yoo’s Social Interaction Lab where he became interested in how culture and emotions affect group dynamics. For his master’s thesis, he is currently examining whether regulating specific emotions can affect an individual’s perception and behavior towards an outgroup member. As a research assistant at Felton’s Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis Program, his research involves clients’ access to mental health services and implicit clinician bias. When he is not researching psychological phenomena, he is training for his first half-marathon.
Sarah Stewart B.A., Research Assistant
Sarah graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Simpson University in Redding, CA. At Simpson, she was awarded a scholarship for her work on “Self-Objectification Among Young Women” and was selected as Psychology Student of the Year. Following graduation, Sarah spent time interning as a Research Assistant for the Early Learning Lab at UC Berkeley assisting graduate students with a probabilistic reasoning research project involving children with autism. Sarah joined Felton’s early psychosis team in August 2016. Her current research interests include the intersections of gender, sexuality and psychosis. In her free time, Sarah enjoys yoga, throwing pottery, and jigsaw puzzles.
Patrick Kerwin B.A., Research Assistant
Patrick graduated from San Francisco State University, California. During his time at San Francisco State he spent over two years as a research assistant for Dr. Ryan Howell’s Personality and Well-Being Lab where he studied the effects of experiential and material spending on well-being. Patrick also assisted in researching and writing a paper on the effects of practicing gratitude on spending habits and well-being. After graduating Patrick joined Felton as a research assistant. Currently, he is interested in researching predictors of successful early psychosis treatment. In his time off, Patrick enjoys hiking and ultimate frisbee.