In 2016, the CATIE Center was awarded a U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration grant to increase the number and diversity of certified interpreters available to work in behavioral health settings. The CATIE Center is partnering with the Alabama Department of Mental Health to support interpreters attending the Mental Health Interpreter Training (MHIT) program, and increase the number of interpreters who hold the Qualified Mental Health Interpreter (QMHI) credential for the behavioral health specialization.
Meet our project staff
This site is maintained by the CATIE Center, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, grant #H160D160003. Although the contents were developed under a grant from the Department of Education, these contents do not necessarily represent the policies of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.
For more information about St. Catherine University CATIE Center, visit the CATIE Center website at stkate.edu/catie
LaTanya E. Jones
MSM, NIC, Assistant Director
LaTanya is an interpreter with nearly ten years professional experience in a plethora of professional and video relay settings, specializing in healthcare interpreting. LaTanya is also an adjunct professor at both the Community College of Philadelphia and Camden County College. A staunch lifelong advocate for education, LaTanya earned an Associate in Applied Science in American Sign Language/English interpreting from CCP, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Fox School of Business at Temple University; continued her studies in ASL linguistics at Gallaudet University; and earned a Master of Science in Management from Rosemont College.
Nothing is more important to LaTanya than mentoring tomorrow’s interpreters, today! LaTanya enjoys giving back by volunteering her time and talents with NAOBI-DC as chapter liaison, bylaws chairperson, and volunteer coordinator. LaTanya is also president of the Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and serves as the Region I Representative for the Interpreters in Healthcare Members Section for the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
In her free time, LaTanya enjoys reading, cooking, and watching her son compete in short sprints and relays in track and field.
MA, CI & CT, NIC Advanced, Director
Richard has 30 years of experience as an interpreter, mentor and educator. He has served on boards of directors, state commissions of the Deaf, non-profit and for profit agencies. Richard’s career has focused on the needs of interpreters living in rural areas. He has developed a reputation for leadership within the field and for supporting innovative and creative products and programs as resources for interpreters working in the healthcare setting. Richard is also an instructor for the Introduction to Health Care Interpreting course at St. Catherine University and works as an on-call emergency medical interpreter in Minnesota.
MPH, Ph.D., Evaluator
Anaya is associate professor of psychology at St. Catherine University. Her area of specialization is biological psychology and she received her doctorate from the University of Florida. Her doctoral work examined the impact of maternal obesity on fetal development, using a rodent model. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Florida. Her master’s thesis examined smoking cessation outcomes at the local public health department, following dissemination of information regarding the adverse effects of smoking on one’s health and on one’s wallet. Following her doctoral work, she did a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. She has been on the faculty at St. Catherine University since 2011, and she joined the CATIE Center in 2017. Anaya’s research interests include neural regulation of energy intake and expenditure and understanding the sociocultural and environmental factors which influence food intake and physical activity. She is also interested in, and learning more about, factors which influence maternal health, especially as they pertain to malnutrition, obesity, and infertility.
Andrea is professor of psychology at St. Catherine University and an evaluator for the CATIE Center. Her specialty is industrial/organizational psychology and she earned her master’s degree and doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota. Andrea joined St. Catherine University in 2001 and has worked with the CATIE Center since 2005. Prior to joining St. Kate’s, Andrea worked at a survey research organization and management consulting firms. At St. Kate’s, she teaches industrial/organizational psychology, statistics, and research methods. She serves on the University Institutional Review Board and she served as Chair of the Psychology Department for five years. Her research interests include team member performance, job performance, and work/life/school balance of college students. She is also interested in cross-disciplinary topics, including understanding the work of healthcare interpreters and designated healthcare interpreters.
Taryn works as a program specialist for the CATIE Center’s BHI program grant. She graduated from Gallaudet University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Taryn has 5 years of experience working in the mental health field serving Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing. She is happy to be a part of the CATIE Center team and its mission to diversify and increase the number of interpreters in the mental and behavioral health field!
Rosa, detail-wrangler extraordinaire, brings 27 years of experience in budget management, event planning, communications, and program management to her work at the CATIE Center. Mainstreamed throughout her education, Rosa has worked with interpreters for most of her life. Rosa is also an editor with T.S. Writing Services and Savory Words Publishing where she enjoys working on an amazing variety of projects. Among Rosa’s many hobbies, do-it-yourself projects, reading, spending time with family, and sitting in the sunshine top the current list.
MS, NIC Master, EIPA 4.0, QMHI, Curriculum Developer
As an interpreter in the field since 2005, Bridget earned a master’s degree in interpreting pedagogy in 2014. Since that time she has been developing effective face-to-face and online education for interpreting students and working interpreters. She specializes in facilitating education in K-12 and Medical interpreting, with a growing specialization in mental and behavioral health. Outside of education, Bridget enjoys supporting the community by founding community-building organizations and serving on local committees and boards in the interpreting and deaf communities. She interprets in a variety of areas including medical, behavioral health and performing arts. Beyond work, Bridget enjoys spending time with her wonderful family of four.
Ph.D., Principal Investigator and Executive Director
Dr. Swabey is Professor of Interpreting and Executive Director of the CATIE Center at St. Catherine University. Her doctorate is in linguistics from the University of Minnesota. Her current research interests include interpreting in the healthcare context and interpreting pedagogy. Dr. Swabey’s research has been published in several journals, most recently in Sign Language Studies (2017); International Journal of Research and Practice in Interpreting (2016); Journal of Interpreting (2016); International Journal of Interpreter Education (2016, 2015); Journal of Healthcare Quality (2016); and the International Journal of Translation and Interpreting (2014). Dr. Swabey is also the co-editor of two books: Advances in Interpreting Research (Benjamins, 2011) and Educating Healthcare Interpreters (Gallaudet University Press, 2012). She has served as an advisor to the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters, as well as on the board of directors for Conference of Interpreter Trainers and American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association. Dr. Swabey’s most recent national and international conference presentations include Critical Link in Edinburgh, Scotland (2016); the 6th International Conference on Public Service Interpreting and Translating in Madrid, Spain (2017); and the International Symposium on Signed Language Interpreting Research in Washington, DC (2017).
Minnesota DHS, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division
The CATIE Center is grateful for the support from the Minnesota DHS, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division. DHHSD provided support for the initial development of this website as well as other resources for Minnesotans who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing.
17th Annual Mental Health Interpreter Training @ Interpreter Institute
August 5th - August 9th, 2019
Troy University: Montgomery, Alabama