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CASRC Investigators

CASRC Council of Investigators 

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 Professor, San Diego State University, Department of Administration, Rehabilitation
Post-Secondary Education and Research Scientist, Interwork Institute
Clinical Faculty, UC San Diego
Director and Clinical Psychologist, Intricate Mind Institute
Research Interest/Specialization: The study of services research and intervention development for community use for children through adults with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions; Specialty populations include Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavior disorders, ADHD, executive functioning challenges, depression and anxiety.

Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Ph.D.
CASRC Associate Director and Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: children’s mental health services; autism services, implementation strategies, clinician training; community partnerships; implementation trials.

Colby Chlebowski, Ph.D.
Psychology Clinic Director, San Diego State University
Research Interest/Specialization: Therapist training and effective implementation of evidence-based interventions in community settings.

Erika Crable, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor, UC San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: Health policy dissemination and implementation science focused on improving access to evidence-based substance use treatment and harm reduction services for safety net populations.

Kelsey S. Dickson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
Research Interest/Specialization: Development, testing, and implementation of evidence-based interventions in community service settings; Examination and incorporation of mechanisms impacting the etiology and effective treatment of children’s behavioral health conditions; Reduce disparities in access to quality care.

Danielle L. Fettes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UC San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: Child & adolescent mental health & substance use; Child welfare and at-risk populations; Implementation science; Medical sociology; Methods & Statistics.

Rachel Haine-Schlagel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, San Diego State University
Research Interest/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.

Allison Jobin, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Assistant Professor, CSU San Marcos
Research Interest/Specialization: Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for autism in community settings; Treatment individualization; Naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions (NDBI).

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.

Kate McDonald, Dr.PH.
Senior Research Data Analyst, UC San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: Improving methods to measure and promote behavioral health equity; Population health and the social determinants of mental health; The development of data-driven service planning tools.

Sarah Rieth, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Associate 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.

Marisa Sklar, Ph.D.
Assistant Project Scientist, UC San Diego
Research Interest/Specialization: Implementation science; Mental health recovery; Integrated care; Patient-centered medical home; Quasi-experimental design.

David Sommerfeld, Ph.D.
Assistant Project Scientist, UC San Diego

Nicole Stadnick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UC San Diego
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.

Jessica Suhrheinrich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, San Diego State University
Research Interest/Specialization: Autism services; Implementation science.

Emily Trask, Ph.D.
Senior 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.

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.


CASRC Affiliate Investigators

Concepcion Barrio, Ph.D., LCSW
Associate Professor, University of Southern California
Research Interest/Specialization: Diversity and cross cultural populations; Mental health services research

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.

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

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.

Amy Drahota, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University
Research Interest/Specialization: Mental and behavioral health services research; dissemination and implementation science research; community-academic partnerships and the research of CAPs.

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.

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.
Head of Research, Hopelab
Research Interest/Specialization: Implementation of evidence based practices; Mental health policy; Community-based prevention; Public sector services for youth and families.

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

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

Jill Locke, Ph.D.
Co-Director, SMART Center
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
Research Interest/Specialization: Implementation Science; autism services; implementation of evidence-based practices in school-based settings

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.

Fernando Soriano, Ph.D.
Professor, CSU San Marcos

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.

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