Collaborators

Richard Catalano Ph.D Richard Catalano, Ph.D. is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the TRI Parents Translational Research Center. Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Director of the Social Development Research Group, School of Social Work, and adjunct professor of Education and Sociology at the University of Washington, Dr. Catalano’s work has focused on discovering risk and protective factors for positive and problem behavior in youth and designing and evaluating prevention programs to address these factors.
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Doreen Cavanaugh Ph.D Doreen Cavanaugh, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor at the Health Policy Institute, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University where she is responsible for a program of research and policy analysis in the areas of child and adolescent mental health and substance abuse treatment. Her many accomplishments include National Program Director of a 16 state CSAT grant initiative to improve delivery of treatment for adolescents with substance use and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Cavanaugh's work addresses the financing, organization and quality of treatment and recovery services for youth with substance use or mental health disorders. Currently she is collaborating on a number of initiatives supporting the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Dr. Cavanaugh is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Parents’ Translational Research Center at TRI.
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Ronald E. Dahl M.D Ronald E. Dahl, M.D. is a pediatrician and Professor, Community Health and Human Development & Joint Medical Program in the School of Public Health UC Berkeley, is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Parents’ Translational Research Center at TRI. His research focuses on neuro-maturational changes at puberty and more broadly the developmental period of adolescence as a time of unique opportunities for early intervention in relation to a wide range of behavioral and emotional health problems.
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Gayle Dakof Ph.D Gayle Dakof, Ph.D is a clinical psychologist licensed in two States. She is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Miami, and also is the Director of MDFT International, a non-profit organization devoted to training counselors and community based organizations in Multidimensional Family Therapy. A member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Parents Translational Research Center at TRI, Dr. Dakof's research interests include testing the effectiveness of MDFT, family-based interventions within the dependency drug court context, and adaptation and adoption of empirically-supported adolescent treatment in community settings.
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Richard Dembo Ph.D. Richard Dembo, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida. Collaborating with TRI on several studies to improve prospects for offender youth, Dr. Dembo’s research interests include interventions for high-risk youth and issues in juvenile justice and juvenile delinquency.
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University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Psychiatry Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School: Ken C. Winters, Ph.D. is Professor in this University as well as Principal Investigator of several NIDA-funded research studies on prevention and treatment of adolescent substance abuse. Dr. Winters is a Senior Scientist at TRI and Associate Director of the Parents’ Translational Research Center.
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Drug Strategies Drug Strategies is a non-profit research institute based in Washington, D.C. that identifies and promotes more effective approaches to drug abuse prevention and treatment. Mathea Falco, founder and President of Drug Strategies, is a principal collaborator with TRI on projects related to adolescent drug treatment, including A Parents Guide to Adolescent Treatment and the availability of drugs on the Internet.
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Marc Fishman M.D. Marc Fishman, M.D. is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Parents’ Translational Research Center at TRI. Dr. Fishman is an addiction psychiatrist, faculty member at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and co-editor of the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria (ASAM PPC2-R). As the head of the Mountain Manor Treatment Center in Baltimore, he has extensive experience in the treatment of substance using and dually diagnosed adolescents and their families. He is Chair of the Adolescent Committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), and serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) representing the Mid-Atlantic Node. He is currently serving a term as the President of the Maryland Society of Addiction Medicine.
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Michael French Ph.D. Michael French, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Departments of Sociology, Economics, Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Miami and is Director of its Health Economics Group. Dr. French collaborates on TRI research projects, adding cost-benefit and other financial study components. He has also presented on cost and financing issues to the Mutual Assistance Program for the States.
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David P. Friedman Ph.D. David P. Friedman, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist who studies addiction. He is a professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and the Associate Dean for Research at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. TRI is a collaborator on the NIDA-funded Addiction Studies Program (ASP) for the States, a project directed by Dr. Friedman to provide science-based educational material to legislators and Executive branch policy makers at the State level.
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John Knight M.D. John Knight, M.D. is Director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Children's Hospital Boston and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Widely recognized as an expert on adolescent substance use issues, Dr. Knight’s research is directed at developing an effective brief intervention for drug abuse that could be widely implemented in settings where adolescents receive routine healthcare. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to TRI’s Parents’ Translational Research Center.
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Robert J. Meyers Ph.D. Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. is a collaborator on PTRC Project 3 adapting the CRAFT intervention for parents trying to motivate adolescents to enter and stay in treatment, including the aftercare process. Dr. Meyers has been in the addiction field for 34 years with 23 of those years being at the University of New Mexico. He is currently the director of Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D. & Associates and is a Research Associate Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the University of New Mexico's Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addiction.
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National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP): Douglas Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D. is NADCP Director of Policy and Science along with Senior Scientist at the Treatment Research Institute where he works with investigators from the TRI Section on Law & Ethics to conduct research and translate findings into tools for the drug court field. NADCP is a national organization dedicated to improving the justice system through judicial monitoring of and effective treatment for drug involved offenders.
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National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL): TRI and this organization collaborate on educational workshops for state legislators providing science-based information to assist in developing effective public policy response to issues of addiction and substance use. Along with Project Director David Friedman, Ph.D. from Wake Forest, and co-director Sue Rusche from the National Families in Action, TRI and NCSL, in the person of Allison Colker, J.D., are partners on the Addiction Studies Program (ASP) for the States.
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Partnership at Drugfree.org Partnership at Drugfree.org: (formerly the Partnership for a Drug Free America) is a non-profit organization helping parents prevent, intervene in or seek treatment when their children are using or abusing drugs or alcohol. The Partnership at Drugfree.org creates and promotes online and offline educational tools for parents, sometimes with TRI involvement (ie, A Parents Guide to the Teen Brain and Time to Act!), and is a translation/dissemination collaborator on the Parents’ Translational Research Center at TRI.
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Sue Rusche Sue Rusche is the co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Families in Action (NFIA), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1977 and dedicated to helping parents prevent children from using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Ms. Rusche is co-Director of the NIDA-funded Addiction Studies Program for the States, providing (with TRI collaboration) science-based information to legislators and executive branch policy makers at the State level. She created and directed the Parent Corps pilot program and is directing the But What about the Children? campaign, calling for protecting children’s health through provisions in any law legalizing marijuana.
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Daniel A. Santisteban Ph.D. Daniel A. Santisteban, Ph.D., a recognized leader in blending adolescent research and practice at the national and state levels, Dr. Santisteban is Research Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies Center of Excellence in Health Disparities Research at the University of Miami. Published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, his many areas of expertise include family relations and family therapy, adolescent behavior problems, treatment development, cultural competence in working with minority families, and drug use treatment and prevention. Dr. Santisteban is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Parents’ Translational Research Center at TRI.
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Catherine Stanger Ph.D. Catherine Stanger, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas and Research Scientist at the Center for Addiction Research, University of Arkansas School of Medicine. Her research interests include parenting interventions, substance abusing families, and adolescent substance abuse. Principal Investigator of the NIDA-funded Family Based Contingency-Management for Adolescent Alcohol Abuse, Dr. Stanger is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Parents’ Translational Research Center at TRI.
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Laurence Steinberg Ph.D. Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D.: At Temple University, Dr. Steinberg is the Laura H. Cornell Professor of Psychology and Distinguished University Professor. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Parents’ Translational Research Center at TRI; researcher and expert on adolescent development and parenting issues, and is extensively published on adolescent parenting and adolescent risk taking issues.
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University of Maryland School of Public Health University of Maryland School of Public Health: Amelia Arria, PhD. is a Senior Scientist at the Treatment Research Institute and also the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in College Park, Maryland.
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