The leadership committee for the Family Therapists in Healthcare Topical Interest Network consists of the Chair, Chair-elect, Treasurer, Secretary and Graduate Student Rep. The leadership committee is responsible for the functioning of the network and associated activities as well as the strategic plan and managing the budget. The TIN also receives support from Staff with overall guidance, structure, policies, and offerings. The TIN reports to the AAMFT Board and the Component Evaluation Committee.
As Founder of Live Well Counseling LLC, Dr. Ruth N. Faucette is a passionate, collaborative, and innovative clinician committed to driving positive mental health outcomes. Her background includes clinical training, program development and evaluation, and elevating clinical offerings for a national integrated behavioral health vendor. Additionally, she has been a leading voice in behavioral health integration as an expert at equipping and empowering practitioners, launching an integrated behavioral health program within primary and pediatric care settings, implementing trauma informed care and screening of ACES, and developing and evaluating physician well-being programs. Currently, Dr. Faucette is Co-Chair of the 2023 Collaborative Family Healthcare Association’s annual conference.
Clinical and Research Interests: Integrated Behavioral Health, Trauma Informed Care, and Provider Well-being
Max Zubatsky is an Associate Professor and Program Director in the Medical Family Therapy Program at Saint Louis University. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. He is the Associate Director of the Geriatric Education Center at SLU and the founder of the SLU Aging and Memory Clinic. He co-authored a book with Jackie Williams-Reade titled "Self of the Therapist in Medical Settings: A Sociocultural and Systemic Perspective."
Clinical and Research Interests: Geriatrics, Caregiving, Integrated Behavioral Health, Couples Therapy, Residency Education
Tai Mendenhall is a Medical Family Therapist and Professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota (UMN) in the Department of Family Social Science. He is an adjunct professor in the UMN’s Department of Family Medicine & Community Health, an Associate Director for the UMN’s Citizen Professional Center, and the Director of the UMN’s Medical Reserve Corps’ Mental Health Disaster-Response Teams. Dr. Mendenhall has published over 140 journal articles and book chapters and has secured over 3 million dollars in external funding as a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI.
Clinical and Research Interests: Medical Family Therapy, Trauma-informed Interventions, Chronic Illness, and Community-based participatory research.
Alex Hulst works for Rocky Mountain Health Plans as a Clinical Program Manager specializing in integrated behavioral health, where she has coached over 40 practices across Western Colorado in best practices to support integrated care. Since 2012, she has provided therapy for individuals, couples, and families in various primary and specialty care settings, including a pediatric intensive care unit and an adult neuromuscular clinic. Dr. Hulst’s background includes training resident physicians and mental health clinicians in integrated behavioral health practices, leading multidisciplinary consultation groups in care management, and assisting with grant management supporting integrated behavioral health in rural practices in western Colorado. She co-chaired the 2019 annual conference for the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association and has authored a book titled Contextual Therapy for Family Health: Clinical Applications.
Clinical and Research Interests: Medical Family Therapy, Operational and Financial supports for Integrated Care, Medication for Opioid Use Disorders, Diabetes, Rural and Frontier Health Care
Brittany Huelett-Lyons is an Assistant Professor at Texas Woman's University within the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She has previous experience working in integrated primary healthcare settings in both family and internal medicine. In her current role, she works to supervise and train Marriage and Family Therapy Master's students who work in integrated healthcare settings. A published author, her most recent work, co-authored with Jackie Williams-Reade, focused on the sociocultural context of medicine and the influence it has on BHP identity development.
Clinical Interests: Medical Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, Chronic Illness Experiences and Family Functioning
Soyoul Song is a third year doctoral student in the Couple and Family Therapy Specialized program of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. In research, she is passionate about learning in-depth about Korean immigrants and international students' cultural context and protective factors of mental health and family relationships.
Clinical and Research Interests: Mental Health, Acculturative Stress, and Intergenerational Connections in Immigrant Families