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Social and Behavioral Health Data Scientist

Kate Cordell, PhD

Dr. Kate Cordell is a Social and Behavioral Health Data Scientist and Researcher. Dr. Cordell works to identify how individuals and families improve during care. She is especially interested in what works for whom. Every person and family have a story, often complex but also sewn with common thread. Dr. Cordell uses longitudinal analysis methods to model the changing patterns in these complex tapestries, hoping to identify the common elements of design.

Dr. Cordell integrates data systems to support a whole-person, success-focused approach to care, building solutions to put the person at the center. She converts information into visualizations to track progress for a person and their care team in ways that are meaningful at the point of care. She empowers real-time outcomes monitoring for programs and populations, identifying who is being served well and for whom additional services and supports are indicated. And, she unifies person-centered information across community agencies and provider networks to support joint care planning across a system of care. Dr. Cordell holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, an M.P.H. in Biometry from the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University and a Ph.D. from the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.
Integrated Human Services Group

Richard Knecht, M.S.

Richard Knecht has delivered program operations, leadership, strategic planning and training services to public and private healthcare and human service systems for nearly thirty years. He presently serves as a consultant to CDSS and its partners, providing guidance and cross-system statewide technical assistance toward shared management and service delivery processes for children and families. Richard is the former Chief Operating Officer at Olympus View Hospital. He served in Placer County for nearly a decade, directing its highly regarded children's system. He is past Chair of the Board of Directors at, and presently sits on the advisory board at the California Children’s Trust and OPEEKA, a unique software development company
Applied Research and Evaluation Specialist

Gregory Robinson, Ph.D.

As the former director of a university-based research center and Senior Research Associate with Children and Family Futures, as an SPI Associate and the Director of Applied Research and Evaluation at the Strategies Center California, Dr. Robinson has extensive experience assisting public sector and nonprofit organizations to articulate their information needs, transform them to research objectives, specify research designs, and select or develop measures appropriate to cultural-linguistic context of the region in which the project is developing. He is a skilled quantitative and qualitative analyst, producing reports in a variety of formats tailored to the information needs of multiple audiences from academics to practitioners to neighborhood residents.

An accomplished trainer and technical assistance provider, Dr. Robinson works with diverse populations and with agencies and organizations across the spectrum of technical sophistication. He served as primary quantitative analyst reporting to Congress on a 53-site HHS Children’s Bureau program evaluation and has directed numerous project evaluations at state and local levels. Greg has moderated over 200 focused group discussions and successfully completed over 140 applied research and evaluation projects. Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, U.C. Berkeley, Masters and Ph.D. in Social Ecology (a multi-disciplinary, applied social problems-focused program), U.C. Irvine.
Principal, Judi Sherman & Associates

Judi Sherman

Through facilitation, strategy building, and partnership development, Judi supports groups and organizations to advance their mission, enhance programs, develop policy, engage constituents, and build strong neighborhoods and communities. Her role with SPI involves contributing to research and publications, and curriculum design and development. Master’s Degree in Education; Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.

Rochelle Trochtenberg

Rochelle is a passionate advocate for social justice and has 15 years of experience engaging system-involved youth in policy setting and decision-making tables at local, state, and national venues. Rochelle is committed to working alongside marginalized people and communities to resist oppression and to create hopeful and creative ways of responding to hardship and suffering. Rochelle most recently served as the first former foster youth to be appointed as the California Foster Care Ombudsperson. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, camping, and reading.

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Lianne A. Urada

Lianne A. Urada, PhD, MSW, LCSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at San Diego State University and of Global Public Health at UC San Diego. She is core faculty for the SDSU-UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Research on Substance Use. Dr. Urada has been a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on several federally and privately funded grants and has over 35 peer reviewed publications.
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