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Core Faculty

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
Enola Proctor has a Ph.D. in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. She is currently the Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor of Social Work 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. She is particularly interested in advancing knowledge about implementation strategies. 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
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
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, Washington University in St. Louis
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
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.
Senior Scientist, Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and Kaiser Permanente Department of Research and Evaluation
Brian Mittman has a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He is affiliated with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (Quality Enhancement Research Initiative) and Kaiser Permanente Department of Research and Evaluation (Care Improvement Research Team), and is Co-Lead of the UCLA CTSI’s Implementation and Improvement Science Initiative. We brought Dr. Mittman to the IRI to teach the Fellows about implementation science in large integrated health care delivery systems, the relationship between implementation science and improvement science, and to confront the challenges of designing and conducting implementation research to simultaneously meet the needs and standards of the research, policy and practice communities. Learn More

Mark McGovern 
Dr. McGovern is a Professor of Psychiatry and of Community & Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Lebanon New Hampshire. He practices at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and his research program is based at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center. His clinical and research focus is integrated treatment for persons with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders. Dr. McGovern has received a NIDA career development award and R01 grant funding to translate evidence-based therapies for co-occurring disorders into routine clinical settings. He has also received awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to advance a series of organizational measures of integrated service capacity. These measures, the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT), Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment (DDCMHT) and Dual Diagnosis Capability in Health Care Settings (DDCHCS), have been widely adopted and are being used to implement evidence-based treatments in community settings throughout the United States. Dr. McGovern has been actively involved in the education of medical students, psychiatric residents and fellows, and clinical psychology interns at Dartmouth and previously at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. Since 2009, he has been the Editor-In-Chief for the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (JSAT), the leading scientific journal dedicated to addiction treatment research and implementation.   

Sarah Hunter
Sarah Hunter, PhD is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at the RAND Corporation and Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Dr. Hunter has over a decade of experience in implementation research. Her interests are mainly in improving the quality of substance use prevention and treatment. One line of her research has examined strategies to improve access and treatment for mental health concerns in addiction treatment settings. Another line of her research is in the development and testing of an implementation support system called Getting To Outcomes® that is designed to improve practitioner capacity to better plan, implement and evaluate programming. Currently she is supported by NIAAA to examine the sustainment of an evidence-based treatment for adolescent substance use among a cohort of 80+ community-based organizations initially funded by the federal government. In addition, NIDA supports a treatment development trial that is designed to enhance outcomes in addiction treatment through the use of a practitioner-initiated continuous quality improvement approach.