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Expert Faculty - providing leadership for part of the June 2011 IRI

C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.
Dr. C. Hendricks Brown holds the rank of Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami and is Interim Director of the Prevention Science and Community Health Division in that department.  He is also Director of the Social Systems Informatics Program in the Center for Computational Science.  In addition, he holds adjunct professor positions in the Department of Biostatistics and the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Since 1985 he has received support from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and more recently from the National Institute on Drug Abuse  (NIDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop statistical methods for the design and analysis of preventive and early intervention field trials.  As director of the Prevention Science and Methodology Group (PSMG), Brown leads a national network of over 120 scientists and methodologists who are working on the design of preventive field trials and their analysis, particularly with advanced techniques for growth modeling, causal inference, and for missing data.  PSMG works closely with NIMH and NIDA funded Prevention Research Centers and collaborates on the design and analysis of many of the federally funded randomized trials in prevention of mental disorders and drug abuse.  This group has led the way in designing randomized implementation trials that test alternative strategies for implementing evidence based programs.  Recently, his work has focused on the prevention of drug abuse, conduct disorder, and depression, and particularly the prevention of suicide.  He has co-directed a randomized trial of 32 schools to evaluate the use of a gatekeeper training program to prevent suicide in middle and high schools, a randomized trial of the Sources of Strength suicide prevention program being conducted in three states, a randomized trial of a first-grade classroom behavior and curriculum intervention to prevent drug abuse, and a randomized trial of 52 counties in California and Ohio to test the dissemination of an evidence-based foster care program.  He co-directs a NIDA funded study to examine variation in preventive effects within and across sites from the United States and the European Union.  He also has funding from NIMH to evaluate the impact of antidepressants on suicide using multiple datasets. Brown has been a member of the recent National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine committee on prevention science, and serves on numerous federal panels, advisory boards, and editorial boards.

Mark Chaffin, Ph.D.
Mark Chaffin is a psychologist and director of research for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the OUSHC Center on Child Abuse and Neglect.  Much of his work has focused on developing, adapting and implementing evidence-based practices in non-specialty public sector service systems.  This has included work in parenting and home based service models.

David Chambers, Ph.D.
Chief, Dissemination Research Program
National Institute of Mental Health
Dr. David Chambers is Chief of the Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch (SRCEB) of the Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health.  He arrived at NIMH in 2001, where he continues to manage a portfolio of grants that study the integration of scientific findings and effective clinical practices in mental health within real-world service settings. Since 2006, David has also served as Associate Director for Dissemination and Implementation Research, leading NIH initiatives around the coordination of dissemination and implementation research in heatlh, and has served as Institute representative to the Federal Action Agenda Senior Partners Workgroup, which directs the Federal response to the President’s Freedom Commission Report on Mental Health. At the IRI, he will explore implementation research from the national perspective. He will also be discussing grant mechanisms with the Fellows.

Graham A. Colditz, MD, Dr.P.H.
Niess-Gain Professor of Surgery, Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery
Associate Director, Prevention and Control, Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center
Deputy Director, Institute for Public Health, Washington University in St. Louis Member, Institute of Medicine
Dr. Colditz is an internationally-known epidemiologist and public health
expert with a longstanding interest in the causes and prevention of chronic disease, particularly among women. His work with large population cohorts is exemplary. From 1996 to 2006, Dr. Colditz was the principle investigator of the Nurses’ Health Study, one of the largest and longest running investigations of factors that influence women’s health. He continues to pursue approaches to the translation of epidemiologic data to improve risk stratification and tailor prevention messages and screening strategies.  With a commitment to identifying preventable causes of chronic disease among women and adolescents, Dr. Colditz continues to study benign breast disease and other markers for risk of breast cancer. Other areas of his expertise include tobacco and obesity in relation to cancer and other chronic diseases. Dr. Colditz developed the award-winning Your Disease Risk website ( which communicates tailored prevention messages to the public. He has published over 850 peer-reviewed publications, six books and six reports for the Institute of Medicine, National Academies of Health, and contributed to size reports form the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Bradley N. Doebbeling, M.D., M.Sc., is Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), adjunct professor of epidemiology at University of Iowa College of Public Health, adjunct professor of informatics at Indiana University and of biomedical engineering at Purdue University. He is Senior Scientist at the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Center of Excellence in Implementing Evidence-based Practice at the Indianapolis VA Medical Center, serving as founding director from 2004-2009, and Senior Scientist at Regenstrief Institute, Inc. He and colleagues at VACO and Purdue jointly developed and secured funding for the VA Engineering Resource Centers (VERC) program. He serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, and on the editorial board of Implementation Science and Journal of Healthcare Engineering. He directs the Indiana Transforming Healthcare Research Initiative (IN-THRI, He is an experienced research methodologist, and mentor. He is an experienced health services and informatics researcher, with a well-funded program of research. His work emphasizes integration of health information, systems engineering and organizational change. He served as PI on VA fellowships in health services research, patient safety and informatics, and PI on University of Iowa's successful K30 and K12 grants ($7.5M).

Douglas Luke, Ph.D.
Professor Douglas Luke is a leading researcher in the areas of health behavior, organizations, policy, and tobacco control. A top biostatistician and social science methodologist, Professor Luke has made significant contributions to the evaluation of public health programs, tobacco control and prevention policy, and the application of new methods to community health interventions. His recent work has focused on the diffusion of evidence-based policies in public health systems, developing network models of dissemination in public health, and the development of a concepts and methods for studying the sustainability of public health programs and policies. He has expanded the repertoire of statistical methods, particularly the use of social network analysis and hierarchical linear models, in the field of public health. He directs the Center for Tobacco Policy Research, has led the doctoral program at St. Louis University School of Public Health, and has long served on the key Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB) study section at National Institutes of Health.

Curtis McMillen, Ph.D., is a Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. His professional mission is to improve the mental health services of children and youth in foster care. This mission has led him to examine the quality of mental health services received by child welfare clients, quality improvement and monitoring in mental health organizations, and develop new service models for youth in foster care. In the dissemination and implementation science arena, he co-founded a practice based research network of Missouri therapists as a mechanism for dissemination, is studying ways to disseminate evidence-based mental health interventions without in-person training or consultation, and has examined strategies for implementing clinical innovations. Recently, he co-founded the Scholar Network Addressing Quality in the Social Services (SNAQS), affiliated with the Center for Health Administration Studies at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the Services Research Nonspeciality Services review panel at the NIMH. For the past 15 years, his research has been affiliated with the Center for Mental Health Services at Washington University.

Byron Powell, A.M., is a doctoral student and NIMH Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests include implementation science, quality improvement, child and adolescent mental health, child welfare services, and evidence-based practice. Specifically, he is interested in evaluating the use and effectiveness of implementation strategies that can be used to integrate evidence-based treatments into routine care. Byron works as a research assistant at the Center for Mental Health Services Research. Prior to coming to the Brown School, he received a B.A. in psychology from Taylor University and an A.M. in social service administration from the University of Chicago. Byron has experience conducting individual, family, group, and milieu therapy with children and adolescents in number of different treatment settings.

Sonja K. Schoenwald, Ph.D., has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duke University and is Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she was Associate Director of the Family Services Research Center from 1994 - 2004. Dr. Schoenwald pioneered the development, refinement, and empirical testing of the quality assurance protocols used to transport Multisystemic Therapy (MST) for juvenile offenders and their families to diverse communities. She collaborates with leading treatment and services researchers and community stakeholders on research and taking to scale a variety of evidence-based treatments for youth and families in the mental health, education, and child welfare service sectors. Dr. Schoenwald has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and has co-authored three books and several treatment manuals and monographs for diverse stakeholder groups focused on supporting the implementation of effective treatments in communities nationally and internationally.