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Project BE-AHEAD offers evidence-based training in the areas of behavioral health and integrated care to student trainees in three nationally renowned graduate-level behavioral health programs at the University of Georgia:

  • PhD in Counseling Psychology
  • MEd in Community Counseling
  • MEd in School Counseling

The project seeks to expand the behavioral health workforce in underserved communities throughout Northeast Georgia and to evaluate the effectiveness of the program's training of students in interprofessional services and behavioral health competency.

The Fellowship

Project BE-AHEAD provides the opportunity for students to receive training, supervision, and practicum experience in evidence-based interventions and integrative behavioral health-primary care services. The project offers a stipend to support internship work in specified integrative healthcare settings. We have developed collaborative relationships with integrative healthcare sites that welcome the opportunity to work with psychology/counselors in training.

Fellowship commitments include:

  • Attending seminars relevant to training in integrated healthcare services
  • Enrollment in a health psychology course offering training in evidence-based approaches effective in addressing mental and behavioral health concerns
  • Completing surveys at the start and end of the fellowship year, as well as post-graduation

As part of our program, group supervision further builds skills in case conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment planning, while individual supervision fosters skill development through exploration of your clinical cases. Fellows will attend case presentations in early December and present cases in the spring. The dates and times for these presentations will be announced.

Apply Today!

Fellows are selected based on applicants' fit with the program goal of training integrative healthcare professionals.

Download an application

Applications are due in mid-September with interviews taking place in mid-October. Email your completed application to Debra Alvis, project manager, at

Our Fellowship Sites

  • Advantage Behavioral Health Systems
  • Banyan Tree Center
  • Barrow County School System
  • Clarke County School District
  • Commerce City Schools
  • Elbert County School District
  • Foothills Education Charter High School
  • Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Greene County Schools
  • Jackson County School System
  • Jefferson City Schools
  • Live Forward
  • Madison County School District
  • Mercy Health Center
  • Northeast Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency
  • Oconee County Schools
  • Oglethorpe County School System
  • Rutland Academy
  • Social Circle City Schools
  • Treehouse
  • Walton County School District

Research Assistants

Alexandria Rogers

Rogers is a second-year counseling psychology PhD student. She obtained her master of family therapy degree from Drexel University. She is researching the link between chronic migraines and trauma history. She is seeing patients at Mercy Health Center.

JungSu Oh

Oh is a fourth-year counseling psychology PhD student. He received his master's degree in education counseling from Seoul National University. Prior to this project, he participated in the LIHNKS (Linking Integrated Health Networks for Kids in Schools) project as a research assistant.

Jeffrey Okun

Okun is a fourth-year counseling psychology PhD student. He received his master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Marquette University. Okun is the program coordinator for Project LIHNKS. His research interests are with the Deaf population and health.

Former Team Members

James McDonald

McDonald joined the team as a counseling psychology PhD student in the fall of 2017. He received a master's in clinical mental health counseling from Marquette University and a bachelor's in health psychology from Bastyr University. His research and clinical interests are with underserved populations in an integrated care setting.

Katherine Crosby Gross

Gross joined the team as a counseling psychology student in the spring of 2018 with a background in community counseling. Her clinical work has focused on working with traditionally marginalized and underserved populations across the lifespan in community-based mental health and interdisciplinary settings.

Contact Us

PI: Bernadette Davantes Heckman

427F Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton St. Athens, GA 30602