Cuthbertson and Dellifield Named Program Fellows for the Behavioral Health Impact Collaborative

Contact the fellows: Jami Dellifield – and Courtney Cuthbertson –

Courtney Cuthbertson

Dr. Courtney Cuthbertson is a Community Behavioral Health Specialist for Michigan State University Extension.  Trained as a sociologist of mental health, Dr. Cuthbertson conducts research and provides programming in the areas of mental health and substance use.  She earned her BS in Psychology and Sociology, MA in Sociology, and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois.

Before working for MSU Extension, she served as a postdoctoral fellow for the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development on the CAPE Project to better understand and develop ways for communities to use behavioral health data to inform timely interventions. She is a certified instructor for adult and youth Mental Health First Aid, and does volunteer therapy dog work with her Newfoundland, Onyxx, in her spare time.

“I am excited for the opportunity through eXtension and the Impact Collaborative process to work with Extension colleagues around the country to develop more projects and programs for behavioral health.  The Cooperative Extension system is well-situated to be responsive to communities facing increasing rates of youth suicide, opioid overdoses, and other behavioral health issues, and I look forward to seeing how Extension can continue impactful work by expanding efforts in this emerging area.”

Jami Dellifield

Jami Dellifield is an Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences, at Ohio State University, Hardin County. Her specialty areas are “Healthy Relationships” and “Healthy People”.  She has presented at the local, state, and national levels on Mental Health Awareness. Jami is a co-author of the 2018 Ohio 4-H Project Book, “Your Thoughts Matter, Navigating Mental Health”.

She is currently the co-Leader for the Ohio State University Extension’s Healthy Relationships Team. She is also a graduate of the 2017 North Central Region NELD (National Extension Leadership Development). She is a member of the Live Healthy, Live Well team (including writer/reviewer for the Live Healthy OSU blog and text message challenges), a writer/reviewer for the Live Smart Ohio blog, a member of the Dining with Diabetes team, teaches Successful Co-Parenting and Active Parenting, is a co-superintendent for the Ohio State Fair 4-H Clothing Judging, is a member of the OSU Extension Opioid Work Group, and was a part of the “WeGrill” CYFAR grant team. She was a member of the NCRCRD pilot program for CAPE training and one of the instructors for the Ohio CAPE project.

Jami has BA in Psychology with a minor in Communication from Ohio Northern University and an MA in Christian Education with a specialization in Youth Ministry from the Methodist Theological School of Ohio.

“I am thrilled to work with eXtension and Courtney as we further the efforts around Behavioral Health in the USA and in Extension.  Being chosen to do this work and to support others who are working within their communities is a great honor and opportunity.  I look forward to hearing about the amazing strides Extension Professionals are making to work with community partners and to help change the way each of us works in Extension locally, regionally, and nationally as our work applies to behavioral health needs.”