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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.


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.


Dean Fixsen, PhD

Dean Fixsen, PhD is Co-Director of the National Implementation Research Network and Co-Director of the State Implementation and Scaling Up Evidence-based Practices Center. For the past several decades, he and his colleagues have been working to expand the science and practice of implementation 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 (Chair)

Junius J. Gonzales, MD, MBA (Chair) is the Interim President of 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.


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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