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The Bridge Editorial Board

Dr. Paul Roman
Editor-in-Chief

Paul RomanDr. Paul M. Roman, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, has been at the University of Georgia since 1986. He received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University in 1968. Dr. Roman's most recent work examines organizational change and adaptation in national samples of 900 public and private substance abuse treatment organizations; diffusion and adoption of innovations by substance abuse treatment organizations; organization and management in a national sample of 400 therapeutic communities; management of substance dependence in the workplace, macro and micro dynamics of the treatment of alcoholism, implementation of policies in workplaces. READ MORE...

Introducing The Bridge Editorial Board Members

Mike BoyleMichael Boyle
Michael Boyle is an Associate Researcher at the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was formerly President and CEO of Fayette Companies, a behavioral health organization located in Peoria, Illinois and is Director of the Behavioral Health Recovery Management project. Mike was a member of the National Task Force on Co-Occurring Disorders and was a founding member of the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx). He served as the coach to the State of Florida for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Advancing Recovery project and coached providers for the Accelerating Reform Initiative. His current activities include integrating mental health, addiction and primary care services, implementing evidence based clinical practices within recovery oriented systems of care and the development and use of electronic technologies to support behavioral health treatment and recovery.

Heather GothamHeather Gotham, PhD
Heather Gotham, Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor and Senior Manager of Evaluation at the Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Mid-America ATTC) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is a licensed psychologist. Gotham’s research focuses on implementation of evidence-based substance abuse and mental health treatments for adolescents and adults, including the longitudinal course of and factors affecting implementation. She serves as co-director of evaluation for Missouri’s COSIG – state infrastructure grant for co-occurring substance use and mental illness as well as for a multi-site evaluation of a privately-funded co-occurring disorders initiative in Missouri. Gotham assisted in the development of several measures of capability to provide services to clients with co-occurring disorders. She has served as co-investigator and evaluator on federally-funded substance abuse prevention and treatment grants. She has also provided technical assistance to several states and individual treatment providers to implement evidence-based practices and assessments. Gotham is a peer reviewer for several journals, and a grant reviewer for NIH and SAMHSA. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and the Research Society on Alcoholism.

Hannah KnudsenHannah Knudsen, PhD
Hannah K. Knudsen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science and a faculty member of the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on addiction treatment organizations and the counseling workforce. Much of her research has considered how organizational and environmental factors are related to the delivery of health services in addiction treatment organizations. Through support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Substance Abuse Policy Research Project (SAPRP), she recently completed a project that examined the quality of treatment services available in programs that serve adolescents with substance use disorders. Currently, she is the principal investigator on two research projects. The first project, newly funded by SAPRP, is examining organizational and state policy barriers to the adoption of pharmacotherapies in publicly-financed substance abuse treatment centers. The second project, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is examining the adoption and implementation of the Public Health Service’s clinical practice guidelines for smoking cessation in the context of addiction treatment as well as the attitudes of counselors toward smoking cessation. In addition to her work on innovation adoption, she has researched issues related to the addiction workforce. She has published several studies of counselor burnout and turnover in which she has examined how managerial practices, experiences with clinical research, and clinical supervision are associated with these outcomes. In addition, she has examined counselors’ attitudes toward evidence-based treatment practices, such as the use of buprenorphine for treating opiate dependence.

Dennis McCarty Dennis McCarty, PhD
Dennis McCarty, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.  He collaborates with policy makers in state and federal government and with community based programs to examine the organization, financing, and quality of publicly funded prevention and treatment services for alcohol and drug disorders. He is the Principal Investigator for the Oregon/Hawaii Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse) and the national evaluation for the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment.  Between 1989 and 1995, Dr. McCarty directed the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. His PhD in Social Psychology is from the University of Kentucky.

Steve MartinoSteve Martino, Ph.D.
Dr. Martino has specific expertise in research concerning the efficacy and effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing (MI). He has applied MI to patients with co-occurring substance use and major psychiatric disorders and has studied the effectiveness of MI when implemented in community treatment program settings. Within this work, Dr. Martino has developed adherence and competence rating systems to document clinician proficiency in rendering MI and has modified these materials for use as clinical supervision tools among substance abuse treatment providers. In addition, Dr. Martino is conducting evidence-based psychotherapy dissemination research in which he is studying different strategies for training clinicians in MI. Similarly, he collaborates on several cognitive behavioral clinician training studies. Finally, Dr. Martino is interested in curriculum development within the medical school and how to train students and professionals in behavior change counseling strategies.


Betsy WellsElizabeth Wells, PhD
Dr. Wells’ research interests include integrated approaches to prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, etiological theories and prevention of adolescent health risk behavior, and prevention of HIV risk behavior in adolescents and adults. Dr. Wells earned her BA in Psychology from New College in 1974 and her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Washington in 1984 and is a Research Professor at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. In this role, and through her affiliation with the University’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, Dr. Wells currently serves as a co-investigator for the Pacific Northwest Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN). As a member and former chair of the network’s Research Utilization Committee, Dr. Wells has an ongoing interest in implementation of evidence-based practices in community treatment. For the past 30 years, she has worked in collaboration with community treatment programs evaluating interventions for a variety of substance use disorders. Her studies have focused on a range of interventions, including Cognitive Behavioral Treatment, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, 12-Step Facilitation, and acupuncture. Dr. Wells has been a mentor to social work graduate students for more than 20 years and has chaired and served on doctoral committees in the School of Social Work and other units. She has also served as a mentor in the Pre-doctoral Research Training Program for Prevention Research in Mental Health Problems and Disorders at the University of Washington.

HaynesLouise Haynes, MSW
Louise Haynes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina and is Director of Research for the Lexington Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council. She has worked with the NIDA Clinical Trials Network for more than 12 years. In addition to her research experience, Ms Haynes has worked in both clinical and administrative roles in South Carolina. She was Director of Women’s Services for the Single State Authority (DAODAS) and Director of Morris Village, a 150 bed, publically-supported residential treatment program.

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