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Core Faculty - providing leadership for the duration of the 5-year IRI

Enola K. Proctor, Ph.D.
Implementation Research Institute Director
Frank J. Bruno Professor of Social Work Research, Associate Dean for Faculty, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
ekp@wustl.edu
Enola Proctor has a Ph.D. in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. She is currently the Frank J. Bruno Professor of Social Work Research at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, the Associate Dean for Faculty, as well as the Director of the Implementation Research Institute. As Director of the IRI, Dr. Proctor will be giving the Fellows an overview of the program as well as leading the Institute. Dr. Proctor’s research interests include the implementation of evidence based practice in mental health and social work, mental health services in community care, sectors of care, and social services, services for the elderly, and quality of care in social work and mental health. Her teaching interests include mental health services and research methodology, particularly implementation research methods. Learn More

John A. Landsverk, Ph.D. 
Implementation Research Institute Associate Director
Professor Emeritus, Director, Child & Adolescent Research Center, San Diego State University School of Social Work
jlandsverk@aol.com
John Landsverk has a Ph.D. in Sociology and he is currently a Senior Scholar at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University School of Social Work, and Director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC). Dr. Landsverk is also the Associate Director of the Implementation Research Institute. We brought him to the IRI to teach the Fellows about launching pilot work for implementation research, research methods challenges, and to facilitate the Fellows’ presentations. He has a long history of research and publication on issues concerning children, youth, and families with a specific expertise in the implementation and evaluation of innovative early interventions for families at risk for child abuse and neglect. Specifically his research interests include child maltreatment, children's mental health and mental health services, research on the implementation and maintenance of evidence based, parent mediated interventions in child welfare settings for the treatment of disruptive behavior disorders and externalizing behavior problems in children and adolescents.

Gregory A. Aarons, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego
Child & Adolescent Research Center
gaarons@ucsd.edu
Gregory Aarons has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida. Dr. Aarons currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. We brought him to the IRI to teach the Fellows about how to approach the challenge of finding funding as well as to discuss implementation research applications. Dr. Aarons has considerable expertise in the fields of substance abuse and child and adolescent psychology.

Ross C. Brownson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Community Health in Epidemiology
Co-Director, Prevention Research Center, School of Public Health, St. Louis University
rbrownson@wustl.edu
Ross Brownson has a Ph.D. in Environmental Health and Epidemiology from Colorado State University. He is currently a Professor of Epidemiology at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. Dr. Brownson co-directs the Prevention Research Center, a major, CDC funded center jointly led by Washington University and Saint Louis University that develops innovative approaches to chronic disease prevention. We brought Dr. Brownson to the IRI to teach the Fellows about the differences between implementation research and dissemination research, methods for implementation research including research designs, and stakeholders for implementation research. His primary research interests are in chronic disease epidemiology, promotion of physical activity, tobacco use prevention, and evaluation of community-level interventions. Learn More

Charles A. Glisson, Ph.D.
Distinguished University Professor
Director, Children's Mental Health Services Research Center, College of Social Work, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
cglisson@utk.edu
Charles Glisson has a Ph.D. in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. He is a University Distinguished Research Professor and Director at the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center in the College of Social Work at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We brought Dr. Glisson to the IRI to teach the Fellows about his work with the Availability, Responsiveness and Continuity, (ARC) intervention as an implementation strategy. Dr. Glisson's research focuses on the organization and delivery of social and mental health services to children and families. He has been principal investigator on multiple major research projects concerned with children's services funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has written numerous articles in major social work, mental health, and organizational research journals, and has made presentations throughout the country on the organizational context of social and mental health services. Learn More

Brian S. Mittman, Ph.D.
Director, Veterans Affairs, Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
brian.mittman@va.gov
Brian Mittman, Ph.D. is Director of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support and Senior Social Scientist at the VA/UCLA/RAND Center for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, both at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. We brought Dr. Mittman to the IRI to teach the Fellows about “bounded” systems as well as the history and language of implementation research and dissemination research. Dr. Mittman’s research interests include implementation science, healthcare quality improvement and healthcare management. Learn More