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The Bypassing the Blues study team is comprised of primary care physicians, mental health specialists, and other health services researchers and study staff. The Bypassing the Blues team includes:

Bruce L. Rollman, M.D., M.P.H. (Principal Investigator) is Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Biomedical Informatics, and Clinical and Translational Science, Center for Research on Health Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Rollman's research focuses on interventions to improve the quality of care for depression and anxiety disorders in non-psychiatric settings.

Bea Herbeck Belnap, Ph.D. (Project Coordinator) is Senior Research Associate, Center for Research on Health Care, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Herbeck-Belnap is a psychologist and senior coordinator for Bypassing the Blues and works closely with Dr. Rollman and the other investigators to supervise the research staff and oversee all parts of our trial to ensure the study aims are achieved.

Peter Counihan, M.D., (Senior Cardiologist Co-Investigator) is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and Cardiovascular Research Institute of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Counihan provided his input on matters of cardiovascular disease and subject recruitment, and served on our Key Event Endpoint Classification Committee.

Wishwa N. Kapoor, M.D., M.P.H. (Co-Investigator) is Falk Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Management; Director of the Center for Research on Health Care; and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Kapoor is an internationally recognized expert in health services research and clinical research education. He chaired our study's Key Event Endpoint Classification Committee which reviewed all discovered hospitalizationst and deaths.

Sati Mazumdar, Ph.D. (Senior Statistician) is Professor of Biostatistics, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She has extensive research experience in the conduct of clinical trials for treatment of mental health conditions, studies relating to cardiovascular health, and methodological issues pertaining to the analysis of health-related quality of life. Dr. Mazumdar has overseen the statistical issues and analyses related to this project since the initial submission of our grant application to NHLBI in 2001.

Charles F. Reynolds III, M.D. (Senior Psychiatrist Co-Investigator). Dr. Reynolds is the UPMC Endowed Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neuroscience, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is also a nationally recognized expert on the treatment of late-life depression and an accomplished geriatric mental health interventions/services researcher. Dr. Reynolds provided his key input and supervised discussions with our nurse care managers at their weekly intervention case review sessions where we formulated treatment recommendations for the nurses to convey back to their patients and their PCPs. His NIMH-funded Center for Interventions and Services Research in Late Life Mood Disorders (P30 MH71944) also served as a key training resource for our personnel, and he is participating in planning our analyses and production of manuscripts.

Herbert C. Schulberg, Ph.D. (Co-Investigator) is Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Weill Medical College, Cornell University, and Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Schulberg is an accomplished mental health services researcher. He and Dr. Rollman have worked closely over the past fourteen years, and Dr. Schulberg has contributed his health services expertise to the project and is assisting with analyses of our data.