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

National Advisory Board

The purpose of the National Advisory Board will be to support the ITRE's progress to oversee the larger vision of the Institute. The NAB Members will serve as Content Experts for the graduate certificate coursework and help define and conduct curriculum that will expose our Scholars to national perspectives.

ITRE Board

ITRE National Advisory Members l to r: Michael Dennis, PhD; Richard Dembo, PhD; Mario Hernandez, PhD; John Lowe, PhD, RN; Ken Martinez PsyD; Roger Peters, PhD; and, Jennifer P. Wisdom, PhD, MPH

Michael Dennis, PhD

Michael Dennis, PhD is a Senior Research Psychologist and Director of the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) Coordinating Center at Chestnut Health Systems in Bloomington, IL. He was the coordinating center principal investigator of the largest adolescent treatment experiment to date, the Cannabis Youth Treatment (CYT) study. Over the past decade, he has been coordinating center director or Co-PI of over a dozen adolescent treatment research projects and grant programs funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Dr. Dennis is the primary developer of the GAIN: a standardized biopsychosocial to help make clinical decisions about diagnosis, placement, and treatment planning; it is a key piece of infrastructure to bridge the gap between clinical research and moving practice towards evidence based practice. Under his direction, the GAIN Coordinating Center has provided training and support to use GAIN for over 500 adolescent and adult research studies, demonstration grants, states, and agencies throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology, Methodology and Evaluation Research from Northwestern University.

Richard Dembo, PhD

Richard Dembo, PhD is Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida. Dr. Dembo has directed NIDA-funded projects addressing drug abuse, mental health, and related needs among youths having contact with the justice system. He has conducted extensive research on the relationship between drug use and delinquency, has published three books and over 180 articles, book chapters, and reports in the fields of criminology, substance use, mental health, and program evaluation. He is currently involved in a NIDA funded truancy intervention project, a Research Center as part of the NIDA National Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Research Studies Cooperative Agreement Initiative, and a NIDA-funded multidisciplinary Research Core Center focusing on research in co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders within the justice system. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University.

Mario Hernandez, PhD

Mario Hernandez, PhD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida. He provides leadership and management for a variety of research and technical assistance projects at the local, national, and international levels. He has almost 30 years of expertise, experience, and knowledge in child and adolescent behavioral health systems and services research. He has extensive knowledge in cultural competence, systems of care, and diversity in training and services delivery in children's mental health. His research interests include accessibility of mental health services for diverse children and families and identifying and measuring organizational factors associated with reducing mental health disparities. Models that have emerged from his research are used to promote the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents across the nation.

John Lowe, PhD, RN

John Lowe, PhD, RN is a McKenzie Professor in Health Disparities Research and Director of the Center for Indigenous Nursing Research for Health Equity (INRHE) at the Florida State University, College of Nursing. He is one of only 22 American Indian & Alaskan Native (AI/AN) doctoral prepared nurses within the USA. He has conducted NIH-funded intervention studies for the prevention of substance abuse and related risk behaviors for American Indian and Indigenous populations globally. He has significant expertise in cultural competence, health disparities, and evidence-based practices. Models that have emerged from his funded research are used to promote the health and well-being of Native Americans.

Ken Martinez, PsyD

Ken Martinez, PsyD is a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institute for Research (AIR) in Washington DC. In his current position, he provides technical assistance to over 70 federally funded children's mental health grantee sites. He has extensive clinical, administrative, and academic expertise in working with students and advanced trainees for more than 30 years. Dr. Martinez previously served as the children's behavioral health director for the State of New Mexico and past national chair of the Children, Youth, and Families Division of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. He earned his Doctorate of Psychology, Child Clinical Psychology and was a Ford Foundation Fellow at the University of Denver.

Roger Peters, PhD

Roger Peters, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) at the University of South Florida. Dr. Peters served as Chair of the department from 2004-2011 and as Associate Chair from 2002-2004. He has served as Principal Investigator and Director for numerous grant projects, including a NIDA P30 Research Core Center award to establish the USF Center on Co-Occurring Disorders, Justice, and Multidisciplinary Research (CJM Center). He also served as PI on the SAMHSA-funded Suncoast Practice and Research Collaborative (SPARC) project. He served from 1995-2004 as the lead consultant to the National GAINS Center for People with Co-occurring Disorders in the Justice System. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Florida State University, following completion of a pre-doctoral internship at the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine.

Jennifer P. Wisdom, PhD, MPH

Jennifer P. Wisdom, PhD, MPH is the director of Jennifer Wisdom Consulting, a full service firm to help executives and other leaders lead with wisdom, achieve clarity, and reach their greatest potential. She has developed an interest in how organizational perspectives can inform efforts to improve the quality of care, particularly in substance abuse and mental health treatment. She was involved in a national study to improve the quality of care of substance abuse treatment and is just completed a NIDA funded K23 career development award to study improving the quality of care for adolescents in substance abuse treatment. She is Co-I of "Developing Center for Innovation in Services and Intervention Research." This project advances knowledge about effective implementation strategies for improving the uptake of evidence-based practices in a state-funded public mental health system. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at George Washington University and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research along with an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Oregon Health and Science University.

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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.