NateNathaniel Israel’s work focuses on improving service processes and outcomes for children and youth involved in the human service sector. Dr. Israel works with states, regions, and private agencies to develop collaborative performance management systems useful to families, front-line staff, supervisors, and administrators. Dr. Israel worked with Dr. Lyons to evolve the Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM) strategies to focus on specific collaborative processes at each level of a given system which lead to improved outcomes for children, youth and families. This includes bringing together appropriate stakeholders and identifying useful measures of key processes and outcomes, working with Information Technology (IT) partners to provide ongoing multi-level feedback for decision support, and using feedback at every level for practice change and improved effectiveness.

Dr. Israel was previously the director of the Evidence Based Training Academy for the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Child, Youth and Family System of Care (CYF-SOC). In this role he worked with caregivers and youth, practitioners, supervisors and administrators to identify and promote effective behavioral health assessment and treatment approaches. This included implementing a parent- training intervention, The Incredible Years, across six service sites and in three languages. He also implemented the CANS across behavioral health services. This work included the development of on- demand, online, feedback tools that allowed San Francisco’s behavioral health system to benchmark the effectiveness of services delivered, to identify the cost-effectiveness of programs, and identify leverage points for system improvement.

Prior to this work, Nathaniel served as faculty at the University of South Florida’s Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI). At FMHI, he was involved in a national study of effective system of care communities, and directed Medicaid-funded studies identifying effective system practices within Florida’s public mental health system. Dr. Israel graduated from Wayne State University with a PhD in clinical psychology.

Nathaniel Israel, PhD

Policy Fellow

Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago

1313 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL  60637