Resource Development Associates

Roberta Chambers, Psy.D.

Practice Director

Roberta is committed to strengthening individual, program, and systems’ capacities to work together in service of their communities. The majority of Roberta’s work focuses on participatory processes that bring together people with a diversity of experiences and backgrounds, in partnership with public and nonprofit organizations, to consider how to address community needs, use research and data to inform decision-making, maximize available resources, and measure the impact of the work.

With a background in direct service provision, Roberta has worked extensively throughout California and nationally to design and implement programs that support people with serious mental illness and/or developmental disabilities to remain in or transition back to the community from institutional settings, such as jails and hospitals. Clinically, her experience is based in the public sector with a focus on people with serious mental illness, substance use, forensic involvement, and/or an intellectual disability. In addition, she has presented nationally on promising practices in participatory planning and evaluation as well as issues related to deinstitutionalization.


  • Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) with an emphasis on serving diverse populations – John F. Kennedy University, Pleasant Hill, CA

Select Projects

  • Assisted Outpatient Treatment Evaluation (Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services, Orange County, Ventura County)
  • Mental Health Services Act Innovation Program Evaluation (Lake County, Marin County, Kings County, San Joaquin County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County)
  • Participatory Action Research/Community Based Participatory Research (Kings County Be the Change, Marin County Growing Roots, San Mateo Youth Health Ambassadors Program)
  • SB 82 Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act Grant Writing and Evaluation (Alameda County, Kings County, Orange County, Yolo County)
  • Mental Health Services Act Community Program Planning Statewide Evaluation
  • Systems-Level Assessment and Implementation Technical Assistance (Alameda County, Humboldt County, Santa Clara County)