Project ECHO: Behavioral Health

Why Project ECHO?

The prevalence of behavioral health conditions among children and adolescents is increasing each year. Alabama’s mental health workforce currently has 1,200 individuals to every one provider.

Children’s Project ECHO: Behavioral Health is specifically designed to enhance the primary care provider’s ability to assess, diagnose and manage behavioral health needs for their patients within their own practice.

How will the Children’s of Alabama Project ECHO: Behavioral Health help me?

By participating in this ECHO program, you will be able to:

  • Increase your knowledge of evidence-based practices for the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health conditions in children and adolescents
  • Gain confidence in treating patients with behavioral health needs within your own practice
  • Present cases from your practice and receive specialist feedback from our behavioral health ECHO hub team
  • More readily recognize behavioral health concerns among your patients and initiate effective treatment earlier for those patients who need care
  • Become more knowledgeable about resources that are available to assist your patients with behavioral health needs

Meet Our Team

Tom Vaughan, MD – Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Children’s of Alabama; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry/Child Psychiatry, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Courtney Reeves, CRNP – Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Children’s of Alabama
Nina Reynolds, PhD – Licensed Pediatric Psychologist, Children’s of Alabama
Staci Smith, LICSW – Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Care Coordinator, Children’s of Alabama
Stacey Daugherty, LICSW – Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant, Adjunct Instructor, School of Social Work, The University of Alabama
Kristin Adams – Project ECHO Coordinator, Children’s of Alabama
Susan Griffin, LICSW – Director of Pediatric Telemental Health Network Project, Children’s of Alabama

For more information, contact our Project ECHO Coordinator, Kristin Adams at or 205-638-5674.

Project ECHO: Behavioral Health Curriculum

Session 1

Behavioral Health Screening Tools: What You Need to Know
Arista Rayfield, PhD
Stacey Daugherty, LICSW, IEC Mental Health Consultant

Session 2
Management of Patients with Chronic Health Conditions
Nina Reynolds, PhD
Daniel Marullo, PhD

Session 3

Treating Patients Who Are Passively Suicidal and/or Engage in Self-Injurious Behaviors
Jesse Martinez, MD,
Cindy Jones, LPC, Director of PIRC
Courtney Reeves, CRNP

Session 4
Management of ADHD in Preschool Children
Tom Vaughan, MD
Ashley Alspaugh, CRNP
Stacey Daugherty, LICSW

Session 5
Practical Tips for Anxiety Management in Children/Adolescents
Donna Barnes, PhD
Jodene Brooks, PhD

Session 6
Anger Management & Aggressive Behavior in Children/Adolescents
James Wagner, LPC
Ashley Alspaugh, CRNP
Tom Vaughan, MD

Session 7
Youth and Trauma Exposure: The Effects on Mental Health and Treatment Options
Therese Bouvier, LPC, CHIPS Center Supervisor and Vikki Vodosia, BSN, RN, CHIPS Center Nurse Coordinator, SANE-A

Session 8

How to Submit a Case for Project ECHO: Behavioral Health

If you are a participant in our ECHO series and wish to submit a case, please complete our Case Presentation Form and email it to Kristin Adams at or fax to 205-638-2036.

Through a contract with the Alabama Department of Mental Health, this work is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2.09 million, with 20% financed with non-governmental sources.  The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official view of, nor an endorsement by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.