Who are we?
First and most important, we are a team of friendly, non-judgmental people that really want to help. Some of us even went to school for a really long time (maybe too long) to make sure we know how to help young people and their families.
Leslie Horton PhD, Director (effective January 1, 2020)
Leslie is interested in better understanding the root causes of why some people develop psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, and in helping young people affected by these disorders and their families. She earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2010 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Following her doctoral study, Leslie completed the Clinical Psychology Internship program and postdoctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry with support from a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award.
Leslie was appointed an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013, and she received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health to study stressors and social relationships in the daily lives of adolescents at risk for schizophrenia. In addition to her research activities, Leslie worked closely with Dr. Peter Bachman, HOPE TEAM founder, to establish the clinic. She is glad to be a part of HOPE Team and its goal of bringing treatment services to young people. Leslie’s recent personal achievements include surviving a close-up encounter with a bear she encountered while mountain biking, and being a proud member of the winning team at the Carnegie Library’s team trivia competition, the 2017 Battle of the Books (and runner-up team in 2019).
Tushita Mayanil MD, Medical Director
Lauren M Bylsma PhD, Assistant Director
Salsabil Gehan BS, Coordinator