Nathaniel Israel

Policy Fellow

Dr. Nathaniel Israel is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall. Based on the West coast, Israel facilitates the uptake and full implementation of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM). He currently works with multiple states to provide multilevel, in-time feedback on their processes and outcomes of care. Israel has a strong interest in helping to develop systems which reflect the priorities and design features valued by the children, youth, and families who use these systems. Strengths-based practice and user-based design are values which thread through all of his work. These values led to a series of experiences culminating in work with Dr. John Lyons to update the TCOM approach.

Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, these values drove initiatives with numerous systems to identify child and family strengths and design supports to build on those strengths. These initiatives included work at Wayne State University identifying the strengths of Detroit’s children and families without housing and building out academic and literacy supports for these children and families in homeless shelters. Previous work on faculty at the University of South Florida included a series of projects with the federal government to optimize supports for sustaining effective systems of care. Immediately before coming to Chapin Hall, Israel was the Director of the Evidence-based Training Academy for San Francisco County’s Department of Public Health’s Division of Child Behavioral Health. There, he worked with families, youth, and providers to define and implement family- and youth-focused practices, and provide performance feedback on those practices. He was awarded a Praed Foundation Outcomes Champion Award in 2011 for his work in this regard.

Dr. Israel holds a PhD and an MA in Clinical/Community Psychology from Wayne State University, Michigan and a BA in Psychology from Harding University, Arkansas.

PhD in Clinical/Community Psychology, Wayne State University

MA in Clinical/Community Psychology, Wayne State University

BA in Psychology, Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas

Israel, N., Lardner, M., & Mader, N. (2017, October). Guerrilla reporting: Leveraging free and existing resources to rapidly disseminate TCOM information. Workshop conducted at the 13th annual TCOM Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Israel, N., & Mader, N. (2017, October). Data for systems: Community based development of fast TCOM feedback for all system stakeholders. Workshop conducted at the 13th annual TCOM Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Burrell, T., Smith-DiJulio, K., & Israel, N. (2017, October). Using a QSR to focus system service improvements for youth with SED. Workshop conducted at the 13th annual TCOM Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Israel, N. (2017, May). Using algorithms in a clinical, social, and organizational context. Presentation delivered at the 1st Regional CANS Conference, Milan, Italy.

Israel, N., & Warner, D. (2016, November). Communimetrics and analysis. Workshop conducted at the 12th annual TCOM Conference, Princeton, NJ.

Israel, N. (2016, November). Tools for collaborative TCOM implementation. Workshop conducted at the 12th annual TCOM Conference, Princeton, NJ.

Israel, N., & Mader, N. (2016, November). Guerrilla reports: Low-cost tools to scale feedback and innovation. Workshop conducted at the 12th annual TCOM Conference, Princeton, NJ.

TCOM Founders Award. (2017, October) Awarded at the 13th Annual TCOM Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Israel, N., Accomazzo, S., Romney, S., & Zlatevski, D. (2015). Segregated care: Local area tests of distinctiveness and discharge criteria. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth,32(3), 233-250. doi: 10.1080/0886571X.2015.1108090

Accomazzo, S., Israel, N., & Romney, S. (2015). Exposure to traumatic events, resources, and the behavioral health of youth in a public system. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(11), 3180-3191. doi: 10.1007/s10826-015-0121-y

Romney, S., Israel, N., & Zlatevski, D. (2014). Effect of exploration-stage implementation variation on the cost-effectiveness of an evidence-based parenting program. Zeitschritft fur Psychologie, 222, 37-48. doi: 10.1027/2151-2604/a000164

Hodges, S., Ferreira, K., & Israel, N. (2012).“If we’re going to change things, it has to be systemic:” Systems change in children’s mental health. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49(3-4), 526-537. doi: 10.1007/s10464-012-9491-0

Israel, N., & Wolf-Branigin, M. (2011). Nonlinearity in human service evaluation: A primer on agent based modeling. Social Work Research35(1), 20-24.

Israel, N., & Toro, P. A. (2010). Changes in the composition of the homeless population: 1992 to 2002. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46, 49-59.

Israel, N., & Jozefowicz-Simbeni, D. (2009). Perceived strengths of urban girls and boys experiencing homelessness. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 19, 156-164.

LeRoy, B., Wolf-Branigin, M., Wolf-Branigin, K., Israel, N., & Kulik, N. (2007). Challenges to the systematic adoption of person-centered planning. Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal, 3(1), 16-25.

Friedman, R. F. & Israel, N. (2008). Research and evaluation implications: Using research and evaluation to strengthen Systems of Care. In B. A. Stroul and G. M. Blau (Eds.), The System of Care Handbook: Transforming Mental Health Services for Children, Youth and Families (pp. 689-705). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.