Institute for Translational Research Education in Adolescent Drug Abuse (ITRE)

Faculty & Staff


Contact Information

For additional information please contact:

Co-Investigator, Donna Burton, 813-974-3241
Project Director, Ercilia Calcano, 813-974-8578

 

Tom Massey, PhD

Oliver Tom Massey, PhD

Multiple Principal Investigator & Evaluation Director

Dr. Massey is associate professor and co-director of the Division of Child and Family Behavioral Health in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. He specializes in the organization, implementation and evaluation of mental health services for adolescents in schools and the community. He has expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodology and has conducted research and evaluation projects on the delivery of mental and behavioral health services in K-12, the sustainability of mental health services, and adolescent engagement in effective services. He is the author of Evaluation Human Research Development Programs: A Practical Guide for Public Agencies and numerous publications and book chapters devoted to evaluation in the applied sector.

Bruce Lubotsky Levin, DrPH

Bruce Lubotsky Levin, DrPH

Multiple Principal Investigator & Curriculum Director

Dr. Levin is an associate professor in both the University of South Florida's Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences and the Department of Community and Family Health, College of Public Health. He is head of the Graduate Studies in Behavioral Health Program. Dr. Levin currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. He has teaching and research interests in mental health and substance abuse services delivery, behavioral health policy, mental health informatics, managed behavioral health care, and translational research. He is senior editor of Mental Health Services: A Public Health Perspective, 3rd Edition, A Public Health Perspective of Women's Mental Health, and Introduction to Public Health in Pharmacy. He is also co-author of Mental Health Informatics.

Julie Baldwin, PhD

Julie Baldwin, PhD

Director of the Center for Health Equity Research/NAU

Multiple Principal Investigator & Health Equity Director

Dr. Baldwin is a professor at Northern Arizona University's College of Health and Human Services. Her research has focused on alcohol and drug abuse prevention in youth and young adults, utilizing community-based participatory research approaches, working with underserved and/or marginalized populations (particularly Native Americans), and addressing health disparities by developing and implementing culturally competent public health interventions. As an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, she has made a life-long commitment to serving diverse communities and to advocating for health promotion programs for children, adolescents and families.

Donna Burton, PhD

Donna Burton, PhD

Co-Investigator

Dr. Burton is a research assistant professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. She earned her PhD from the Department of Community and Family Health in the USF College of Public Health. She has served in a range of positions from practitioner to clinical director and executive director for both private non-profit and public sector entities. She has provided specialized curricula to drug abuse and mental health practitioners and administrators on multiple occasions at four state-level schools of addiction studies. Dr. Burton has participated in the implementation of evidence-based practices for adolescents through federal level grant-funded mechanisms.

 Ercilia Calcano, MPH

Ercilia Calcano, MPH

Project Director

Ercilia Calcano brings 20 years of public health experience in program planning and development, community engagement, budgeting, program management and evaluation, research administration, and teaching. Her previous leadership roles brought about policy and system changes. She has worked with local coalitions to implement teen substance abuse best practices in communities and schools and has served in state and national workgroups to tackle public health priorities. She has conducted international public health programs, is bilingual, and is experienced in recruitment and implementation of programs for diverse populations. She has provided students with service-learning opportunities focused on the needs of underserved populations and root causes of health disparities.

 Enya Vroom

Enya Vroom, M.S.

Research Assistant

Enya Vroom, M.S. - Enya Vroom is a former Institute Scholar and graduate of the Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health program. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Behavioral and Community Sciences. Her research interests are rooted in the translation and implementation of evidence-based practices focused on substance use prevention and social and emotional learning among child and adolescent populations.

 


 ITRE Consultants and Academic Mentors

ITRE Consultants and Academic Mentors play an important role in the success of the Institute. Paired with local and national experts, students and professionals work together in developing an applied research study and then presenting the results at the Annual National Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, & Young Adult Behavioral Health held in Tampa, FL.

ITRE Consultants

Ardis Hanson, PhD  is an Assistant Director of Research and Education at the University of South Florida. Her research interests include language and social interaction, health informatics, and behavioral health policy and delivery systems. She received her PhD in Philosophy with a concentration in Health and Organizational Communication and her MLS in Library and Information Science from USF

Wei Wang, PhD is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of South Florida, Dr. Wei Wang has been involved as the leading statistician in multiple prevention trails, including classroom and family-based programs focused on reducing substance use and increasing academic performance. He has been a long term member of the Prevention Science & Methodology group, and currently he serves as the USF subcontract PI for three federal funded grants.

Svetlana Yampolskaya, PhD is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Child & Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida. Dr. Yampolskaya's research focuses on prevention of violence against children and improving outcomes for youth involved with the child welfare system. Her current research interests include prevention adverse outcomes for children in the child welfare system as well as advanced analytical and methodological approaches.

Monica Landers, MA, MSW  is currently employed with the Department of Child and Family Studies at the USF College of Behavioral & Community Sciences. She completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of South Florida as well as a Master's degree from the Criminology program at USF. Monica has previously held positions at a juvenile detention facility, juvenile residential facility, and an alternative school and is now employed as a Social and Behavioral Researcher. She endeavors to utilize her educational background and experiences in order to positively affect the lives of adolescents involved in, or who are at risk of involvement in, the juvenile justice system.

Claudia X. Aguado Loi, PhD, MPH, CPH, CHES works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Health Sciences & Human Performance at the University of Tampa. She specializes in public health education and promotion, program planning and evaluation, mixed-methods, community-based participatory research methods, epidemiology including study design and analysis, and project management of large research studies. She brings extensive experience working with Latino populations in cancer survivorship (e.g., quality of life of Latina breast cancer survivors), chronic disease self-management and cancer health disparities.

Jaime Reddish, MP is a Research Compliance Administrator (RCA) at the University of South Florida Institutional Review Board (IRB). In addition to reviewing protocols for human subject research, she also serves as the Education Coordinator. Jamie provides education and support to all students, faculty and staff at USF and affiliates. She graduated from USF with a Master's degree in Public Health and has been with the USF IRB since 2014.

 

Academic Mentors

Julie Baldwin, Ph.D. is a professor at Northern Arizona University's College of Health and Human Services. Her research has focused on alcohol and drug abuse prevention in youth and young adults, utilizing community-based participatory research approaches, working with underserved and/or marginalized populations (particularly American Indian), and addressing health disparities by developing and implementing culturally competent public health interventions. As an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, she has made a life-long commitment to serving diverse communities and to advocating for health promotion programs for children, adolescents and families.

Donna L. Burton, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. Dr. Burton is a faculty member and member of the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health's Executive Committee. Dr. Burton's areas of research specialization include implementation science and translational research respective to school mental health and youth and adolescent behavioral health generally. She brings to her current position over 20 years of experience in the delivery of drug abuse and mental health services, including specialty services to address co-occurring disorders for adolescents, adults, and families through integrated community-based behavioral health programming.

Brooke De Heer, Ph.D. is a lecturer in the field of criminology and previously worked as an Intelligence Analyst for the FBI. She received her B.S. from Northern Arizona University and Ph.D in experimental psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her research primarily focuses on sexual violence as a public health issue, with a recent focus on environmental factors associated with campus sexual assault. Her current work considers vulnerable populations experiences of sexual assault and how to address resources available to those populations. She currently teaches courses on violent crime, forensics, and the American court system at NAU.

Amy Green, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida. She received her Ph.D. in public health with a concentration in behavioral health from the USF College of Public Health. She also holds a Master's degree in psychological sciences from James Madison University and a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Stetson University. Dr. Green's research interests include the provision of support services to promote parent engagement in education and mental health services, caregiver strain and mental health services utilization, and effective measurement of parent engagement in school-based mental health services.

Bruce Lubotsky Levin, DrPH is an Associate Professor in both the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences and the Department of Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health. Dr. Levin is the Co-Investigator and Curriculum Director at the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health and Program Director for the Masters of Science in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health. He is Head of the Graduate Studies in Behavioral Health Program. Dr. Levin currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. He is Senior Editor of Mental Health Services: A Public Health Perspective, 3rd Edition; A Public Health Perspective of Women's Mental Health; and Introduction to Public Health in Pharmacy. He is also Co-Author of Mental Health Informatics.

Tom Massey, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of the Policy Division in the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. Dr. Massey is a Co-Investigator and Evaluation Director at the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health and Concentration Director for the Translational Research and Evaluation specialty track in the Masters of Science in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health program. He specializes in the organization, implementation, and evaluation of mental health services for adolescents in schools and the community. He has expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodology and has conducted research and evaluation projects on the delivery of mental and behavioral health services in K-12, the sustainability of mental health services, and adolescent engagement in effective services. He is the author of Evaluation Human Research Development Programs: A Practical Guide for Public Agencies and numerous publications and book chapters devoted to evaluation in the applied sector.

Kathleen Moore, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Mental Health, Law, and Policy at the University of South Florida, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. For the past ten years, she has collaborated with community based agencies on numerous projects at the local, state, and national level focused on substance abuse and mental health. Her emphasis has been on project evaluation, bridging the gap between research and practice, and social policy issues such as co-occurring disorders, homelessness, and jail diversion.

Heather J. Williamson, DrPH is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Occupational Therapy at Northern Arizona University on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. Clinically, she worked for ten years providing occupational therapy services for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In her role as Associate Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay, she was responsible for overseeing programs providing supports for both children and adults with IDD including early intervention, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, supported employment, supported living, and respite services. Her primary research interests include: addressing health and other disparities experienced by individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD); understanding best practices or policies supporting health equity for individuals with IDD and their family caregivers; and utilizing community-based participatory research methods to increase participation of communities, including the IDD community, in research.

 

 

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The Institute for Translational Research Education in Adolescent Drug Abuse is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health under award number R25DA031103.