degrees from Tulane University. He received residency training at Harvard, Tulane, the University of London, and the University of Pennsylvania in internal medicine, neurology, and psychiatry and is board certified in both neurology and psychiatry.
Hortensia D. Amaro, Ph.D., is associate vice provost for community research initiatives and dean’s professor of social work and preventive medicine at the University of Southern California. For the past 10 years, she served as associate dean and distinguished professor of health sciences and of counseling psychology in the Bouve College of Health Sciences, and director of the Institute on Urban Health Research at Northeastern University. Her research has focused on alcohol and drug use and addiction among adolescents and adults, the development and testing of behavioral interventions for HIV/AIDS prevention, substance abuse and mental health treatment for Latinos and African Americans, alcohol and drug use among college populations, behavioral interventions for adherence to HIV medications, and integration of behavioral health care into the pediatric medical home. She has authored more than 135 publications on these topics. Dr. Amaro has served on the editorial boards of the American Psychologist, American Journal of Public Health, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and other leading publications. She was elected to the IOM of the National Academies in 2011 and has received numerous awards from professional, government and community organizations and honorary degrees from Simmons College and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Additionally, she has served on review and advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Amaro founded five substance abuse treatment programs for women in Boston and served on the board of the Boston Public Health Commission for 14 years. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Rhonda Robinson Beale, M.D., is chief medical officer for OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions, a leading provider of solutions for mental health and substance use disorders in California. Dr. Robinson Beale develops quality initiatives and clinical systems for OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions. She has more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health and quality management and is an active member of the behavioral health community. Dr. Robinson Beale has been involved with the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a surveyor; a member of the Review Oversite Committee, which makes accreditation decisions; and a member of advisory panels that developed the managed behavioral health care organization