Sandy Bailey, PhD, CFLE

Professor & Family & Human Development Specialist
Extension FCS State Program Leader, Montana State University

Research Interests
Dr. Sandy BaileyDr. Bailey is a nationally recognized Professor and Extension Specialist in Family and Human Development with MSU Extension. She brings over 15 years of experience working with Extension and outreach on issues related to children and families. She focuses on parenting in nontraditional family structures, family interactions, and individual and family stress. Recently, the MSU Family and Human Development Extension, led by Dr. Bailey, joined with the MSU CMHRR to implement extensive mental health literacy and suicide prevention programming throughout Montana. MSU Extension has more than 100 years of history working with individuals and families in 56 counties across Montana. MSU Extension Agents and Specialists continually plan programming based on the emerging needs of constituents. Mental health and suicide has become an issue that is of utmost concern across the state. Improved mental health knowledge will allow Extension faculty to more effectively engage stakeholders and residents about mental health issues.


 John Greist, MD  

Professor of Psychiatry - Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI
Distinguished Senior Scientist, Madison Institute of Medicine, Madison, WI
CEO, Healthcare Technology Systems, Madison, WI
Affiliate Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University

Dr. John GreistResearch Interests
Dr. Greist, a clinical research psychiatrist, has spent decades at the forefront of research studying anxiety and mood disorders, psychopharmacology, behavior therapy, and clinical applications of computing. He is a Co-Founder of Epic Systems, the most widely used electronic health record system in the USA, and the Lithium, Bipolar, and Obsessive Compulsive Information Centers, computer-based psychiatric information systems for care providers and patients. In addition to more than 300 articles in professional journals and book chapters, he has co-authored books such as the Lithium Encyclopedia for Clinical Practice, Depression and Its Treatment, and a variety of patient booklets in the Madison Institute of Medicine's Guide Series. His research interests continue to be providing state-of-the-art computer-based assessments and therapies for mental illnesses, consulting in his areas of expertise, and advancing access to mental health information to patients and their families.


Frances Lefcort, PhD

Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State UniversityDr. Frances Lefcort

Research Interests
Dr. Lefcort is working to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive the formation of the nervous system, and how disruptions in these pathways can lead to neural developmental disorders.  The major focus of her group's work is the human hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy disorder, Familial Dysautonomia (FD), using various models. FD is a fatal, developmental and progressive neurogenetic disorder and affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. Their goal is to determine the function of the gene Ikbkap, which is mutated in the human disorder, and to identify potential therapeutics to treat the progressive visual impairment in FD.


Mark Schure, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Development, Montana State UniversityDr. Mark Schure

Research Interests
Dr. Schure is engaged in developing and promoting mental health interventions tailored to meet the needs of rural communities and populations at-risk for poor mental health outcomes. He specializes in community-based research and has worked in several Montana and Oregon rural communities for over a decade.  Currently, he is conducting research on the effects of a digital cognitive behavior therapy program for rural Montanans.  He is also developing and testing a specialized chronic illness management program that addresses mental health issues related to historical trauma among the Apsaalooke nation in Montana.