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Amy Mezulis, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology

Dr. Mezulis is a tenured associate professor in the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Seattle Pacific University; she is also a licensed clinical psychologist in WA state. Dr. Mezulis received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, completed her internship at the Seattle VA and postdoctoral training at the University of Washington. Dr. Mezulis’ research focuses on how emotional, biological, and cognitive responses to stress cause depression in adolescents from ages 10 to 21, and she has published more than 20 articles and book chapters on this topic. She also runs the Women ROCK program at SPU, which teaches emotion regulation, relaxation, and mindfulness skills to freshmen women to prevent and treat depression in the first year of college. Most recently, Dr. Mezulis received a $400,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study risk for depression in youth ages 10-14. When not teaching or doing research here at SPU, Dr. Mezulis consults to local private and public middle and high schools on stress, depression, suicide, and self-injury in adolescence and how parents, teachers, and school staff can identify and intervene with at-risk youth.



Dave Stewart, PhD

Chair, Associate Professor Clinical Psychology

Director of Clinical Training

Dr. David Stewart is the Chair, Director of Clinical Training, and an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Seattle Pacific University, and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Stewart received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, San Diego and completed his internship and post-doctoral training at the University of Washington. He specializes in co-occurring mental health, behavioral and substance use disorders in adolescents. Dr. Stewart has been an investigator on two National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grants looking at the effectiveness of interventions for youth with co-occurring disorders in the juvenile justice system. He serves as a consultant to state and local juvenile justice agencies and courts throughout the United States. 



Stephen Mandler, DO
Medical Director
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch

Dr. Mandler went to medical school at the University of North Texas State Health Sciences Center. He completed his medical internship at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. He then went on to complete his general psychiatry residency and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Menninger Clinic.

After completing his child psychiatry training, he served as a clinical researcher at Menninger's Child and Family Study Center. Dr. Mandler worked with such mentors thereas Martin Maldonado MD and Peter Fonagy PhD. After moving to Portland, Oregon and opening a private practice in child psychiatry, Dr. Mandler served on the faculty of Oregon Health and Science University Medical School and Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Mandler was one of the founders and also served on the faculty of Portland State University’s Infant Mental Health Graduate Training Program.

Prior to becoming Medical Director at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, Dr. Mandler served as a Regional Medical Officer/Psychiatrist for the US Department of State. He served diplomats and their families in Mexico, Ghana, Nigeria and numerous West African countries. He also served our diplomats in various provinces of Afghanistan during late 2010 and 2011.

Dr. Mandler’s clinical interests have been in the areas of infant mental health, the role of the father in children's personality development and the treatment of autism spectrum disorders and early childhood trauma. Dr. Mandler enjoys living in Billings with his family and in his free time enjoys playing basketball, hiking and climbing.

Dr. Mandler has double board certification in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.



Glenn McFarlane
Chief Executive Officer
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch

Employed at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch since September 1990, Glenn has been CEO since October 2006. Headquartered in Billings, Montana YBGR has been providing services to  youth and their families since 1957.  YBGR has 400 employees and provides services to 800 youth on a daily basis.  YBGR provides a comprehensive continuum of services that meet the emotional, educational, physical and spiritual needs of youth and families.

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Glenn graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1972 with a degree in business administration. Prior to moving back to Billings in 1980, he lived in the Seattle area and was employed by two banking companies, serving as a commercial lender and auditor.  Glenn is passionate about creating dynamic community partnerships that assist youth and families to “Discover Life, Hope, Opportunity”.

Married 41 years to Anne.  4 children and 5 grandchildren.