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Gregory A. Aarons, Ph.D.

CASRC Director and Professor, UC San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: The interface of organization/management theory and implementation of innovation and evidence-based practice in mental health, social service, and medical settings, translational science.

Mary Baker-Ericzen, Ph.D.

CASRC Operations Director and Research Scientist, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
Clinical Faculty at UC San Diego, Adjunct Faculty at University of San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: The study of services research and intervention development for community use for children through adults; Specialty populations include Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavior disorders, ADHD, executive functioning challenges, depression and anxiety.

Kya Barounis, Ph.D.

Senior Mental Health Researcher, UC San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: Improving children’s mental health service systems, supporting caregivers of children and youth with mental health challenges, foster care placement, preventive interventions.

Concepcion Barrio, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate Professor, University of Southern California
Research Interest/Specialization: Diversity and cross cultural populations; Mental health services research

Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Ph.D.

CASRC Associate Director and Professor, UC San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: Mental health services for children with autistic spectrum disorders and disruptive behavior problems; Parent training; Clinician training and supervision.

Sandra A. Brown, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor for Research and Distinguished Professor, UC San Diego Research Interest/Specialization: Emergence and remission of alcohol/drug problems during adolescence and young adulthood, impact of adolescent substance use on neurodevelopment, developmental implications for intervention.

Brandon L. Carlisle, Ph.D.

Senior Mental Health Researcher, UC San Diego Research Interest/Specialization: Barriers to seeking and receiving mental health care; Mental health of African Americans; Effects of uncertainty on cognition, attribution patterns, and behavior.

Denise Chavira, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, UC Los Angeles
Research Interest/Specialization: Latino mental health, anxiety, and treatment development.

Colby Chlebowski, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor, UC San Diego and Clinical Psychologist, Autism Discovery Institute at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego Research Interest/Specialization: Identification of children at risk-for autism spectrum disorders, interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions, and adaptation of evidence-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders served in community settings.

Cynthia D. Connelly, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Nursing Research, University of San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: Decreasing disparities and improving care for diverse populations; Improving intervention for co-occurring problems in community maternal child health settings using culturally appropriate early identification and intervention strategies.

Christina Corsello, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: Measurement of autism symptoms for diagnosis and assessing outcomes.

Inger P. Davis, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita SDSU & Senior CASRC Researcher
Research Interest/Specialization: Combinations of quantitative and qualitative research methods to uncover processes and outcomes of social and mental health services to vulnerable children, adolescents and their families, especially those already involved with the child welfare system, or in danger of becoming so.

Mark G. Ehrhart, Ph.D.

Professor, University of Central Florida
Research Interest/Specialization: Organizational climate and culture, leadership, organizational citizenship behavior, and work stress as applied across levels of analysis and in behavioral and mental health and service settings.

Danielle L. Fettes, Ph.D.

Assistant Project Scientist, UC San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: Child & adolescent mental health & substance use; Child welfare and at-risk populations; Implementation science; Medical sociology; Methods & Statistics.

Ann F. Garland, Ph.D.

Professor and Founding Chair, Department of School, Family & Mental Health Professions, University of San Diego
Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry, UC San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: Understanding and improving community-based “usual care” practice; identifying and defining common elements of evidence-based practice and training providers from multiple disciplines; measuring fidelity to evidence-based practices; building capacity for evidence-based practice dissemination and implementation through research-practice partnerships.

Amy E. Green, Ph.D.

Assistant Adjunct Professor, UC San Diego
Research Interests/Specialization: Implementation of evidence based practices; Mental health policy; Community-based prevention; Public sector services for youth and families.

Rachel Haine-Schlagel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
Research Interests/Specialization: Caregiver participation in services; Community-based child mental health services; Evidence-based practices; Dissemination & Implementation.

Andrea L. Hazen, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: Mental health needs and service use among children involved with child welfare services; Intimate partner violence among families involved with child welfare services.

Michael Hurlburt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, University of Southern California
Research Interest/Specialization: Organization/workplace; Children & families.

Sigrid James, Ph.D., MSW

Guest Professor, University of Kassel, Germany and Professor, Loma Linda University, CA
Research Interest/Specialization: Services research at the intersect of child welfare and mental health, residential care / inpatient psychiatric care, evidence-based interventions for at-risk youth and families, evidence-based practice in social work, implementation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Melissa M. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist, Rady Children's Hospital San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: Behavioral sleep medicine; couples therapy, partner-assisted interventions, evidence-based practice, childhood mood disorders, and family systems.

Katina M. Lambros, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
Research Interest/Specialization: Mental health prevention and intervention services for young, at-risk children with emotional and behavioral difficulties; Promoting the use of evidence-based practices and data-based decision making in schools; Increasing access to culturally responsive school-based services for diverse learners and their families.

John A. Landsverk, Ph.D.

CASRC Founding Director; Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University; Senior Research Scientist, Oregon Social Learning Center
Research Interest/Specialization: Mental health care for children involved in the child welfare system; Implementation of evidence-based interventions in the child mental health and child welfare service sectors.

Madeline Y. Lee, MSSW, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, CSU San Marcos
Research Interest/Specialization: Special education involvement and physical health of crossover youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems; increasing inter-systemic collaboration; accreditation and its relationship with quality and the financial health of nonprofit human service organizations

Kristen McCabe, Ph.D.

Professor, University of San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: Reducing youth mental health disparities; Improving engagement and outcomes in psychotherapy for ethnic minority families, and personalization of evidence based parent-training interventions for young children with externalizing behavior problems.

Joanna C. Moullin, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia 
Research Interest/Specialization: Implementation science; Measurement development; Integration of pharmacists into healthcare teams; Substance use treatment disorder; Evidence-based practices

Katherine Nguyen-Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor, UC San Diego

Ijeoma Nwabuzor Ogbonnaya, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
Research Interest/Specialization: Child welfare; Domestic violence/intimate partner violence; Mental health; Racial/ethnic disparities.

Lawrence A. Palinkas, Ph.D.

Professor, University of Southern California
Research Interest/Specialization: Child welfare and child mental health; Sociocultural determinants of health, health behavior, and health services utilization; Translational and implementation science.

Joseph Price, Ph.D.

Professor, San Diego State University
Research Interest/Specialization: Understanding the developmental processes associated with the etiology and maintenance of behavior and social problems of children and adolescents exposed to maltreatment experiences, and the development and implementation of evidence-based interventions for addressing children’s behavior problems within child welfare systems of care.

Laura Proctor, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
Research Interest/Specialization: The impact of maltreatment and other adverse childhood experiences on socioemotional and behavioral development across the lifespan.

Sarah Rieth, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
Research Interest/Specialization: Early intervention for infants and toddlers with and at-risk for autism spectrum disorders; Implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings, training community providers in evidence based practices, longitudinal social, behavioral, and educational outcomes of early intervention.

Scott Roesch, Ph.D.

Professor, San Diego State University
Research Interest/Specialization: Trait-state models of stress and coping; Cross-ethnic measurement equivalence; Structural equation modeling, Meta-analysis.

David Sommerfeld, Ph.D.

Assistant Project Scientist, UC San Diego

Fernando Soriano, Ph.D.

Professor, CSU San Marcos

Nicole Stadnick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, UC San Diego, Department of Psychiatry
Research Interest/Specialization: Caregiver-mediated interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder; Implementation of evidence-based practices in children’s mental health services; Pediatric integrated care.

Aubyn Stahmer, Ph.D.

Professor, UC Davis
Research Interest/Specialization: Adaptation and implementation of evidence-based intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families in community settings; Community-based participatory research; Implementation science.

Jessica Suhrheinrich, Ph.D.

Assistant Adjunct Professor, UC San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: Autism services; Implementation science.

Emily Trask, Ph.D.

Research Associate, UC San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: The implementation of evidence-based practice in large mental health service systems; The effectiveness of using a common elements of evidence-based practice approach.

V. Robin Weersing, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, San Diego State University
Research Interest/Specialization: Psychotherapy effectiveness, anxiety and depression, developmental psychopathology.

May Yeh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, San Diego State University
Research Interest/Specialization: Mental health services delivery for children, with particular interests in cultural issues, cultural competence, and adapting efficacious treatments for culturally diverse populations.