Kate Cordell

Policy Fellow

Dr. Kate Cordell is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall. Cordell’s research focuses on how behavioral health-related policies impact the lives of vulnerable populations. Cordell considers ecological, system, and temporal influences on individuals and families, determines if kids and families are indeed “getting better” from the care they receive, and is especially interested in what works for whom. Cordell uses machine learning and longitudinal analysis methods to model the threads of these complex tapestries and hopes to identify the common elements of design. Cordell developed a method to apply growth curve analysis to model trajectories of recovery across children’s development and also developed a machine learning technique to identify patterns and priorities of need within service populations. Cordell creates tools to empower federal, state, county, and local agencies to make data-informed decisions, hoping to improve the availability, accessibility, and adequacy of behavioral health care.

In prior work, Cordell developed research based on a framework of factors influencing families to recognize need, seek treatment, and find accessible care for their children. The framework’s 40 factors relate to child/caregiver characteristics, family systems, natural support systems, community organizations systems, social and political pressures, and policy. Cordell investigated if policies improved access to care as intended, how system levels were influenced by enrolling greater proportions of children into intensive programming, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on ethnic/racial disparities.

Cordell holds a PhD from the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Public Health in Biometry from the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.

Doctor of Philosophy, the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley

Master of Public Health in Biometry, the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University

Bachelor’s degree, Rutgers University

Cordell, K., & Knecht, K. (2017, September). Empowering evaluation with Child Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment data. Presented at the California Alliance of Children and Families Services 2017 Fall Executives’ Conference, Palm Desert, CA.

Cordell, K. (2017, March). California’s policy-generated therapeutic behavioral services program: Reducing the need for crisis care by supporting the most troubled children with behavioral health disorders in the least restrictive environment. Presentation at the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL.

Cordell, K. (2016, November). Assessment to identify patterns and priorities of need within a service population. Keynote speaker at the Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM) Conference by the Praed Foundation, Princeton, NJ.

Steinberg Institute. (2016, May). California’s Mental Health Services Act changes lives, saves money. Speaker at press release, Sacramento, CA

Cordell, K. (2016, March). Utilizing the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment to identify patterns and priorities of need within a service population. Presentation at the 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL.

Cordell, K. (2015, June). Mental Health Services Act: Full service partnerships for children. Presentation to the Evaluation Committee of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), Sacramento, CA.

Cordell, K. (2015, March). Reducing the need for mental health emergency services for youth served through California’s Full Service Partnership Program. Presentation at the 28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL.

Cordell, K. (2014, July). Mental Health Services Act: Data quality improvement projects summary. Presentation to the Commissioners of the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), Sacramento, CA.

Cordell, K., & Dickerson, S. (2014, March). Emotional Regulation and Youth Mental Health Crisis Events. Presentation at the 27th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, Tampa, FL.

Cordell, K., & Dickerson, S. (2014, January). A method to analyze initial CANS assessments to identify profiles of high need youth served through a family-based intervention. Presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research 18th Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Cordell, K., & Needell, B. (2011, December). Data mining project for in- and out-of-county foster care placements and receipt of mental health services. Presentation to the Child Welfare Council, San Francisco, CA.

Cordell, K. (2011, October). Statistical methods for social sciences. Guest Lecturer. Academia at Criminal Justice 200 (Research Methods in Criminal Justice), California State University, Sacramento, CA.

Cordell, K., Needell, B., Williams, D., Yee, H., Putnam-Hornstein, E., Gardner, P., . . . Pizzini, S. (2011, October). In- and out-of-county foster care placements and receipt of mental health services. Presentation to the Child Welfare Council, San Francisco, CA.

Cordell, K. (2009, September). When is a case a case?: Using classification trees to identify true cases of gastroschisis. Presentation to the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research, Salt Lake City, UT.

James and Khadija Midgley Doctoral Dissertation Award, University of California, Berkeley, May 2016

Cordell, K. D., & Snowden, L. R. (2017). Reducing mental health emergency services for children served through California’s full service partnerships. Medical Care, 55(3), 299-305.

Snowden, L., Wallace, N., Cordell, K., & Graaf, G. (2016). Increased medicaid financing and equalization of African Americans’ and Whites’ outpatient and emergency treatment expenditures. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 19(3), 167-174.

Cordell, K., & Snowden, L. (2016). Population targeting amid complex mental health programming: Are California’s full service partnerships reaching underserved children? American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 87(4), 384-391. doi:10.1037/ort0000194

Cordell, K., & Snowden, L. (2017). Embracing comprehensive mental health and social services programs to serve children under California’s Mental Health Services Act. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 44(2), 233-242. doi:10.1007/s10488-016-0717-6

Cordell, K., & Snowden, L. (2016). Patterns and priorities of service need identified through the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment. Children and Youth Services Review, 60, 129-135. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.11.020

Cordell, K., & Snowden, L. (2015). Emotional distress dispositions and crisis intervention for children treated for mental illness. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24, 2699–2709. doi:10.1007/s10826-014-0072-8

Weiner, D. M., Goodman, M. W., Colpitts, T. M., Feddock, M. A., Duggento, K. L., Nash, N. R., Levey, A. I., & Brann, M. R. (2004). Functional screening of drug target genes: M1 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor phenotypes in degenerative dementias. American Journal of Pharmacogenomics, 4(2), 119-128.