Dr. Jim Hudziak

M.D., Director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families at the University of Vermont Medical Center and University of Vermont’s College of Medicine

Dr. Jim HudziakJim is also Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics, and Communication Sciences & Disorders at UVM, and the Thomas M Achenbach Chair of Developmental Psychopathology. In addition he holds Professorships at Washington University in St. Louis MO, Dartmouth in Lebanon, NH, and Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is known internationally for his work in genetic and environmental influences on developmental psychopathology and Wellness (and has a book by that title).  He is also known for his work in developmental neuroimaging of adversity and wellness outcomes. Dr. Hudziak has created a number of clinical and health strategies aimed at developing healthy brains, so that healthy bodies will follow.  He is the creator of the Vermont Family Based Approach, an innovative health promotion and illness prevention model for children and families.  In addition, he created the innovative Wellness Environment (WE) program at the University of Vermont ( which has garnered national and international attention for the approach of incentivizing young adults to pursue healthy lifestyle choices related to their physical and emotional health. He has been identified as being a member of the top 1% of Doctors in the United States, has published over 240 peer-reviewed publications and is considered by many to be a thought leader in the field of promoting brain health as a strategy to deal with the stress of life.

Jeffrey Rettew, Ph.D.

Jeffrey RettewJeff is the Associate Director of the Wellness Environment at the University of Vermont. He trained as a counseling psychologist at the University of Kansas, completing his clinical internship at the University of New Hampshire Counseling Center before coming to UVM. He has worn many hats in higher education including health education and promotion, mental health counselor, career counselor, and course instructor. His research and teaching interests include positive psychology, counseling, teaching, college student development, motivational interviewing, and substance use.

William (Bill) E Copeland, Ph.D.

William (Bill) E Copeland, Ph.D.Bill was trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Vermont and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at Duke University Medical Center. As part of a NIMH K23 award and a NARSAD early-career investigator award, he received supplemental training in psychiatric genetics and biomarker analysis. Since then, Bill has been the PI or Co-I on grants from NIMH, NIDA, NICHD and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to support my work on the longitudinal, representative Great Smoky Mountains Study. He also is an investigator on the Duke Preschool Anxiety Study, the Fast Track Intervention Trial, the University of Vermont Wellness Study, and Project RAISE. Across all of these studies, his research program has focused on understanding the development of emotional and behavior health across the lifespan. This work includes understanding the interplay between early adverse experiences and genetic vulnerability with other individual, family, and contextual characteristics. The program of research has led to over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts including publications in JAMA, JAMA: Pediatrics, JAMA: Psychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry, American Journal of Public Health, Biological Psychiatry, Molecular Psychiatry, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Vinay Devadanam

Associate Director of the Wellness Environment at the University of Vermont

Vinay DevadanamVinay is the Associate Director for External Affairs and Technology in the Wellness Environment. Vinay taught experiential education in coastal Maine and led events for Ben and Jerry’s Vermont company stores before moving to Boston and New York He has worked for nearly a decade in community engagement, marketing and in innovative roles at Harvard and NYU. He supports the Wellness Environment team on app development & technology, marketing, research and external affairs.