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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
Ashley Alspaugh, JD, MSN, CRNP, PMHNP-BC – 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 behavioralhealthecho@childrensal.org or 205-638-5674.


Project ECHO: Behavioral Health Curriculum

Session 1

Lions and Tigers and COVID, Oh My!: Helping Kids Cope with COVID Related Anxiety
Arista Rayfield, PhD


Session 2
Comorbid ADHD: Assessment and Treatment Considerations
Tom Vaughan, MD
William Ford, PhD

Session 3

Anxiety: What’s Attachment Got to Do with It?
Carin Kiser, MD, Director, Adoption Clinic
Heather Schuck, LICSW, PIP
Session 4
Child in Crisis: What’s the Next Step?
Cindy Jones, LPC, Director of PIRC
Courtney Reeves, CRNP
Session 5
Self-Compassion and Resiliency
Lou Lacey, LPC, Director of Emotional Wellness
Stacey Daugherty, LICSW, IEC Mental Health Consultant


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 behavioralhealthecho@childrensal.org 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.