Lake Sherburne



Kelley Edwards, MS Ed

Program Manager

Kelley Edwards was born in Bozeman, MT and later moved to Denton, a small town in Central Montana, where she graduated from high school in 2000.  Kelley attended Rocky Mountain College to play women’s basketball (and go to school too!) and graduated with bachelor’s degrees in history secondary education and psychology.  She began her teaching career in Portland, Oregon but moved back to Denton for her first social studies job.  She moved to Helena in 2008 and began working at Helena High School. Kelley taught a wide array of classes to diverse learners ranging from students enrolled in remedial, regular and advanced placement social studies courses, to designing and implementing the district’s dropout prevention program. She also served as building learning coordinator and instructional coach at the middle school level. In 2013 she received her Master’s in Education, with emphasis on adolescent literacy. In addition, she coached volleyball and basketball and volunteered her time as an adviser for several youth programs, including Key Club, Mentoring Teens Against Drugs (MTAD), and Link Crew  Kelley was recipient the Helena Education Foundation Distinguished Educator Award in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. 

 In the summer of 2018, Kelley relocated to Bozeman, MT with her family and began working for the Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery as the Program Manager for YAM.

Contact: Phone: 406-994-1606



CMHRR Affiliated Faculty


Brandon Scott, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Montana State University

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Research Interests
Dr. Scott's research examines and separates the relations between anxiety and emotional regulation in youth on a multi-level analysis, including psychosocially and physiologically. His research questions aim to explore the ways the relationship changes over childhood and adolescent development, how different individual and environmental factors influence the relation, and how emotion regulation mechanisms related to anxiety affect health outcomes. 



Frances Lefcort, PhD

Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University

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 University

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.



Cara Palmer, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Montana State University 

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Dr. Cara Palmer is the director of the Sleep and Development Lab. Prior to coming to MSU, Dr. Palmer completed her Ph.D. in Life-Span Developmental Psychology at West Virginia University in 2014, and a postdoctoral research fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Houston. Dr. Palmer then served as research faculty at the University of Houston within the Department of Psychology and the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics. Dr. Palmer joined the MSU faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology in 2018.

Dr. Palmer's research is interdisciplinary, and incorporates methodology and theory from developmental psychology, clinical child psychology, social psychology, and behavioral sleep medicine. Research in the lab includes multiple methods to assess daytime emotional and social experiences (e.g., behavioral paradigms, psychophysiological and neural responses, ecological momentary assessment) and to assess sleep (EEG-based polysomnography, actigraphy).