The CATIE Center's team standing in a group on the steps of a building.

      About Catie

      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

      Project Staff

      LaTanya E. Jones

      LaTanya E. Jones

      MSM, NIC, Director

      LaTanya is an interpreter with thirteen years of interpreting experience. She has worked in a plethora of professional and video relay settings, but specializes 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 the Community College of Philadelphia, 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. Currently, LaTanya is a graduate student at Widener University in a dual degree program pursuing an MSW and an MEd in Human Sexuality.

      LaTanya enjoys giving back by volunteering her time and talents. At present, LaTanya sits on the board of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf as the Member at Large, is the Immediate Past Region I Representative and serves as the Immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.

      In her free time, LaTanya enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

      Richard Laurion

      Richard Laurion

      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.

      Anaya Mitra

      Anaya Mitra

      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 Olson

      Andrea Olson

      Ph.D., Evaluator

      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 Philippi

      Taryn Philippi

      Program Specialist

      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! 

      Bridget Sabatke

      Bridget Sabatke

      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.  

      Laurie Swabey

      Laurie Swabey

      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).

      The CATIE Center's team standing in a group on the steps of a building.

      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