Our Team

The PREP Team is comprised of clinicians and researchers who hope to advance the field of early psychosis.

Stephan Taylor, M.D.

Director, PREP
Professor of Psychiatry

Stephan F. Taylor, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan.  He also serves as co-associate for Research and Research Regulatory Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry.  He directs the Program for Risk Evaluation and Prevention.  His research uses brain imaging, brain stimulation and behavioral techniques to study psychosis, particularly early psychosis, and to develop and improve treatments for psychiatric disorders.

Cynthia Burton, Ph.D., L.P.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Burton is a neuropsychologist with a particular research interest in cognitive training interventions for people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, to help people improve their thinking skills and ultimately everyday functioning. Clinically, she provides neuropsychological assessment to adults with a range of neurological and psychiatric concerns.

Tyler Grove, Ph.D., L.P.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Grove completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Science at the University of Michigan, his clinical internship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and joined the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan as a postdoctoral fellow in September 2018. In September 2020 he joined the Department of Psychiatry faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Grove has clinical expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy for psychosis, anxiety disorders, and sleep disorders, along with recovery-oriented and transdiagnostic psychosocial treatments. His research examines the impact of cognitive and affective factors on social functioning in people with a serious mental illness using behavioral and psychophysiological methods.

James Svensson, LMSW

Therapist / Case Manager

Jim Svensson is a licensed social worker for the Program for Risk Evaluation and Prevention (PREP) and a variety of other clinics in the Department of Psychiatry, including the Crisis Support Clinic. Jim provides family psychoeducation and other evidence-based Interventions to patients with psychosis.

Elizabeth Walters, MMS, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Elizabeth is a board certified Physician Assistant with an additional specialty board certification in Psychiatry.  She provides medication management for the Program for Risk Evaluation and Prevention (PREP) as well as a variety of other clinics in the Department of Psychiatry. 

Laura Stchur, M.S.W.

Research Manager

Laura Stchur, MSW, is a clinical research manager for Dr. Steve Taylor, MD, in the Department of Psychiatry. Laura has worked on numerous NIH clinical trials on bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety spectrum disorders, in addition to coordinating research teams in multiple pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical drug trials on schizophrenia and psychosis. Recently, her focus has been on the study of anxiety disorders, specifically OCD. Laura is currently managing a clinical trial led by Dr. Kate Fitzgerald, MD, investigating the treatment effects of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) on OCD in adolescents.

Kristen Ward, PharmD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Kristen Ward, PharmD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy who works with the PREP team on research projects. Her research interests include identifying mechanisms of, and risks for developing, medication side effects. The ultimate goal of her team’s research projects is to improve safe medication use for patients with serious mental illness.

Adrienne Lapidos, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Adrienne Lapidos is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Psychiatry. Her research focuses on innovations designed to improve access to care, especially interventions led by Peer Specialists and Community Health Workers that integrate physical, behavioral, and oral health. As a clinical psychologist with Michigan Medicine, she provides psychotherapy to individuals living with psychosis, depression, and anxiety disorders.

Lindsay A. Bornheimer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Dr. Bornheimer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on understanding and preventing suicide death among adults experiencing serious mental illness, with a specific focus among individuals with psychosis and schizophrenia. 

Alejandra Arango, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Arango is a licensed clinical child psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Science at the University of Michigan. Dr. Arango completed an internship in Integrated Behavioral Health at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology at Michigan Medicine. Clinically, she is interested in working with adolescents presenting with depression, anxiety, psychosis, and trauma, and for whom suicide-specific interventions are a core aspect of treatment. Dr. Arango is a member of the Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention Research Program. Her research interests are in interpersonal factors that impact suicide risk, as well as evidence-based practices for intervening with youth at elevated risk

Gabi Skinner