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Liza Tupa is the Director of Education and Research for the WICHE Mental Health Program. A licensed clinical psychologist, her career has focused on public behavioral health service delivery. She has expertise in behavioral health service delivery systems in Colorado and other western states, program evaluation, behavioral health policy, management and leadership, and a variety of clinical issues. She has worked in a variety of public behavioral health systems, including community mental health center, Department of Corrections, and a state psychiatric institute. Prior to joining WICHE, Dr. Tupa served as Deputy Director of Colorado’s Office of Behavioral Health, providing leadership in community behavioral health programming and public services planning, procurement, and regulation. Her work there included developing budget requests and proposed legislation, performance improvement, supporting homelessness and institutional transition initiatives for individuals with behavioral health issues, and working closely with the legislative branch of Colorado’s state government as well as with a range of other state departments and agencies. Earlier in her career she served in several leadership roles at a state psychiatric inpatient hospital, including as a unit psychologist, APA-Accredited Psychology Internship Training Director, quality assurance researcher, and ultimately as Associate Director. Dr. Tupa’s graduate training had a dual focus on clinical work and research, with research specialization in program and assessment tool evaluation. She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Public Psychology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, studying public mental health service delivery and mental health case law. Her professional experience includes numerous clinical trainings, teaching college level psychology, and local and national presentations in the areas of behavioral health systems, communication skills training and assessment, critical incident stress debriefings, and recovery- focused mental health service delivery.