Celeste Liebrech head shot

Celeste Liebrecht, LMSW

Program Manager


Celeste Liebrecht is a Program Manager and has assisted Amy Kilbourne, PhD, MPH in the research and facilitation of evidence-based practices into community settings since 2009. She worked within the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry and the Ann Arbor VA’s Center for Clinical Management Research for over ten years before coming to the Department of Learning Health Sciences.

She began her career as a research assistant during graduate school before taking on a more clinical research role which involved delivering an evidence based intervention to a community primary care clinic and providing program assistance nationally for the evidence based practice being implemented across multiple states. She transitioned to the role as Program Manager in 2016, where she coordinates multiple multi-year implementation studies. Additionally, Ms. Liebrecht has an interest in mHealth technologies and leads the development of the Life Goals Collaborative Care smartphone app. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Michigan.

Areas of Interest

Celeste has experience managing multi-year implementation research projects including financial administration, project execution, supervision of personnel, and project planning; she serves as a liaison between investigators, community-based sites, funders, consultants, IRB, and other stakeholders as part of these projects. Additionally, she has an interest in mHealth technologies and leads the development of the Life Goals Collaborative Care smartphone app.

Published Articles or Reviews

Kilbourne AM, Goodrich DE, Nord KM, VanPoppelen C, Kyle J, Bauer MS, Waxmonsky JA, Lai Z, Kim HM, Eisenberg D, Thomas MR. Long-Term Clinical Outcomes from a Randomized Controlled Trial of Two Implementation Strategies to Promote Collaborative Care Attendance in Community Practices.  Adm Policy Ment Health. 2014 Oct 16. PMID: 25315181 

Kilbourne AM, Nord KM, Kyle J, VanPoppelen C, Goodrich DE, Kim HM, Eisenberg D, Un H, Bauer MS. Randomized controlled trial of a health plan-level mood disorders psychosocial intervention for solo or small practices. BMC Psychol. 2014 Nov 13;2(1):48. doi: 10.1186/s40359-014-0048-x. eCollection 2014. PMID: 25520807

Smith SN, Almirall D, Prenovost K, Goodrich DE, Abraham KM, Liebrecht C, Kilbourne AM. Organizational culture and climate as moderators of enhanced outreach for persons with serious mental illness: results from a cluster-randomized trial of adaptive implementation strategies. Implement Sci. 2018 Jul 9;13(1):93. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0787-9. PMID: 29986765

Kilbourne, AM, Smith SN, Choi S, Koschmann E, Liebrecht C, Rusch A, Abelson JL, Eisenberg D, Himle JA, Fitzgerald K, Almirall D. Adaptive School-based Implementation of CBT (ASIC): clustered-SMART for building an optimized adaptive implementation intervention to improve uptake of mental health interventions in schools, Implementation Science 2018. 13:119. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0808-8

Kilbourne AM, Prenovost KM, Liebrecht C, Eisenberg D, Kim HM, Un H, Bauer MS. Randomized Controlled Trial of a Collaborative Care Intervention for Mood Disorders by a National Commercial Health Plan, Psychiatr Serv 2019. PMID:201800336

Smith SN, Almirall D, Prenovost K, Liebrecht C, Kyle J, Eisenberg D, Bauer MS, Kilbourne AM. Change in Patient Outcomes After Augmenting a Low-level Implementation Strategy in Community Practices That Are Slow to Adopt a Collaborative Chronic Care Model: A Cluster Randomized Implementation Trial. Med Care. 2019 Jul;57(7):503-511. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001138.

Smith SN, Liebrecht CM, Bauer MS, Kilbourne AM. Comparative effectiveness of external vs blended facilitation on collaborative care model implementation in slow-implementer community practices. Health Serv Res. 2020 Oct 30. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.13583. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33125166.