The people who make ACORN
Jeb earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Duke University in 1978. Before founding the ACORN Collaboration, Jeb worked as Executive Director for The Center for Family Development, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Systems at United Health Care, and Director of Clinical Programs for Aetna Health Plans. In 1998 Jeb founded the Center for Clinical Informatics and began work on the ALERT System for PacifiCare Behavioral Health. The ALERT system survived the transition of ownership to United Health Care and is still in use today. In 2007 Jeb and Takuya Minami founded the ACORN Collaboration and began work on a next generation clinical information system with a goal of creating a system with greatly expanded capabilities compared to older systems. The ACORN clinical information system is the culmination of lessons learned in managed care: If you improve patient outcomes, you shorten treatment times, you prevent drop out, and you increase the value of care.
Tak leads the psychometric research and development of advanced statistical methods at ACORN. Over his academic career, he has focused on psychotherapy process and outcome measurement, particularly with regards to the effectiveness of psychotherapy practiced in clinical service settings (e.g., mental health clinics, university/college counseling centers). In 2007 Tak and Jeb founded the ACORN Collaboration and began work on a next generation clinical information system with a goal of creating a system with greatly expanded capabilities compared to older systems. He is a member of APA Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) and the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Tak is currently Associate Dean in the College of Education and Human Development at University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Over his seven years at ACORN, Justin has had roles ranging from coordinating customer service and clinician training, database management, IT support, employee oversight to developing all of ACORN's tutorial videos. As our current Operations Manager, he continues to keep the data center up and running. In his free time, Justin is designing and programming a single player video game and enjoys part time gigs as a voice actor.
Ashley began working in clinical Psychology labs as an undergraduate at the University of Utah before leaving the field briefly to obtain a Master's degree in Middle East Studies and Linguistics. Over her 6 years at ACORN, Ashley has worked as the head of Risk Assessment, QA, has coauthored on the collaboration's psychometric research, and now directs ACORN's content and training initiative. She enjoys making sour dough bread and is a retired beekeeper.
The newest addition to the team, Kyle oversees all form creation processes, including utilizing the existing ACORN item inventory to meet the needs of specialized populations and programs (such as eating disorder and substance use recovery centers). Kyle completed his Bachelor's degree in Economics at the University of Utah in 2017.