On the national front, mental health has become a priority with increased grant funding and the call for innovative educational programs—with the long-term aim of reducing health disparities and increasing overall health and mental health enhancing behaviors. Over time, a new reality has become apparent. Mental health cannot be addressed without a significant effort to create robust systems involving all fields and all disciplines.

IMPaCT promotes interdisciplinary mentoring partnerships between communities and educational settings as an innovative response to the behavioral health workforce shortage.

Team Biographies

Rebecca Weinbaum

Rebecca Weinbaum, Ph.D., LPC-S, CSC
IMPaCT Director and PI

Rebecca Weinbaum is Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Counseling and Special Populations, who will serve as Principal Investigator for IMPaCT. Dr. Weinbaum is a child play therapist and a Professional School Counselor who is activity engaged in research for mentoring and underrepresented populations. Dr. Weinbaum is also active in the training and supervision of mental health counselors for more than 15 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Texas and has had a private practice in the community setting with 10 years’ experience providing services to children and adolescents diagnosed or at risk of being diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

Belinda Lopez

Belinda Lopez, Ph.D., LPC-S, CSC
IMPaCT Program Coordinator

Belinda J. Lopez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Populations. She is a Certified School Counselor in Texas and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Texas. She is also a National Certified Counselor. Belinda Lopez has established her work through numerous Distinguished Service Awards through the Texas Counseling Association spanning the years of 2009 to 2016. As a bilingual counselor with experience in the school and clinical setting, Dr. Lopez provides cultural and linguistic diversity to the leadership team of IMPaCT.

Judy Morris

Judy Morris M.Ed.
Field Experience Coordinator

The Field Experience Coordinator works with IMPaCT program students and serves as a liaison for behavioral health agencies, schools, and local law enforcement agencies and behavioral healthcare sites. She works with the program coordinator to develop continuing education opportunities for inter-professional collaboration, insure cultural responsiveness, and collect data related to program operations.

Darren Anderson

Darren Anderson, Masters of Public Health Student
IMPaCT Research Assistant