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.
Current NAB Members
Richard Dembo, Ph.D.
Richard Dembo, Ph.D. is a Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida.
Dr. Dembo has directed a number of 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, delinquency,
and public health issues, has published three books and over 250 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, family intervention project
for Haitian youth having contact with the justice system in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University.
Michael L. Dennis, Ph.D. (Chair of National Advisory Board)
Michael L. Dennis, Ph.D. (Chair of National Advisory Board) 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.
John Lowe, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
John Lowe, Ph.D., RN, FAAN 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 23 American
Indian & Alaskan Native (AI/AN) doctoral prepared nurses within the USA. He has conducted
NIH-funded intervention studies for the prevention of substance use and related risk
behaviors for AI/AN 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 and Indigenous peoples globally. He was recently appointed to
the National Institutes of Nursing Research (NINR) Advisory Council.
Aaron R. Lyon, Ph.D.
Aaron R. Lyon, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the University
of Washington’s (UW) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is also
Director of the UW School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART)
Center. Dr. Lyon’s research focuses on improving the implementation and impact of
mental health interventions for children, adolescents, and families; delivered within
contexts (e.g., schools) that routinely provide care to chronically underserved populations
(e.g., low socioeconomic status and ethnic minority youth). Dr. Lyon is currently
principal investigator on grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, National
Institute of Justice, Institute of Education Sciences, and various local and national
foundations across the U.S. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology
at DePaul University.
Kenneth J. Martinez, Psy.D.
Kenneth J. Martinez, Psy.D. is a retired child psychologist and Adjunct Faculty in
the Department of Psychiatry at the Health Sciences Center, University of New Mexico
where he has been on the faculty in various capacities for over 40 years. Dr. Martinez
previously served as a Principal Research Analyst at the American Institute for Research
(AIR) in Washington DC., where he provided technical assistance to over 70 federally
funded children's mental health grantee sites. He has extensive clinical, policy,
administrative, and academic expertise. In addition, 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 Bachelors degree in Psychology
at Stanford University and his Doctorate of Psychology in Child Clinical Psychology
at the University of Denver where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow.
Rachel Shelton, ScD, MPH
Rachel Shelton, ScD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia
University’s Mailman School of Public Health and is a social and behavioral scientist
with expertise is in the areas of implementation science, health equity, and community-engaged
research.. Dr. Shelton has been funded as Principal Investigator for 10 years in implementation
science and health equity, with funding through American Cancer Society, National
Cancer Institute, NCATS, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities,
and National Institute on Aging. She has taught a course in implementation science
since 2013, and is currently leading a campus-wide Initiative on Implementation Science
at Columbia University through Columbia’s CTSA.
Charles Mendez, III
Past NAB Members
Dean L. Fixsen, PhD
Dean L. Fixsen, PhD is Founder (with Karen Blase) of the National Implementation Research
Network. He also serves as Senior Scientist at Frank Porter Graham Child Development
Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is Co-Director of
the National Implementation Research Network and Co-Director of the State Implementation
and Scaling Up Evidence-based Practices Center. He and his colleagues have been working
to expand the science and practice of implementation for several decades across nearly
all human services fields as well as education, community health, and public health
to increase the knowledge base for implementation. His research has been funded by
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), and the W.T. Grant Foundation. He earned
his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and completed a NIMH Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship
in Human Development from the University of Kansas.
Junius J. Gonzales, MD, MBA
Junius J. Gonzales, MD, MBA is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
at the New York Institute of Technology. Before then, he served as Senior Vice President
for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Gonzales
has extensive experience with mental health and drug abuse services research across
multiple sectors. Under his tenure at NIMH as Services Research Branch Chief and Division
Director, the Disparities Research Program was created. He also co-developed the only
joint Services Research-Basic Science Research Workshop, bringing together applied
researchers with basic behavioral and social scientists to better address the work
on provider decision-making. He is the PI of a NIDA funded R13 titled “Toward an Integrative
Behavioral Health Services Research Platform.” This project is a multi-disciplinary
scientific conference effort to develop a collaborative and strategic research agenda
to improve behavioral health services to people who suffer from drug use/abuse problems
and mental health problems, and to engage partnerships between researchers and other
stakeholders to contribute to and implement the strategic research agenda. He earned
his M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.B.A. at the Robert H. Smith School
of Business at the University of Maryland.
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.
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
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.
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.