Hortensia D. Amaro (Member, Steering Committee) is associate vice provost for community research initiatives and dean’s professor of social work and preventive medicine at the University of Southern California. Previously, she served as associate dean and distinguished professor of health sciences and of counseling psychology in the Bouve College of Health Sciences and as director of the Institute on Urban Health Research at Northeastern University. Her research interests include alcohol and drug use and addiction among adolescents and adults, substance abuse and mental health treatment for Latinos and African Americans, and alcohol and drug use among college populations. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. She has received numerous awards from professional, government, and community organizations and honorary degrees from Simmons College and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She founded five substance abuse treatment programs for women in Boston and served for many years on the board of the Boston Public Health Commission. She received a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
John Boyle (Member, Steering Committee) is senior vice president and survey research line of business lead for ICF International. Previously, he was executive vice president of Abt SRBI, a senior partner of SRBI, and senior vice president of Louis Harris and Associates. His study areas include epidemiology, health care utilization and outcomes, violence and PTSD, service quality assessment, program evaluation, and policy analy-
sis. He has worked extensively in the design, execution, and analysis of surveys related to sexual assault and victimization and abuse, including both military and national civilian surveys. He directed the National Violence Against Women Survey and the National College Women Sexual Victimization Survey, among others. He has a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Evelyn J. Bromet (Member, Steering Committee) is distinguished professor of psychiatry and preventive medicine and director of the epidemiology research group at the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on the psychological aftermath of nuclear power plant disasters; the epidemiology, treatment, and epigenetic sequelae of PTSD; respiratory comorbidity in responders to the World Trade Center disaster; and the long-term course of illness in individuals hospitalized with schizophrenia and affective psychoses. She also directed the first psychiatric epidemiologic study in Ukraine as part of the World Mental Health Survey Consortium. She is a recipient of the Rema Lapouse award from the American Public Health Association, the Brigitte Prusoff Memorial Prize from the Department of Epidemiology at Yale University, and the Hamilton Award from the American Psychopathological Association. She is also an honorary fellow of the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association. She has served as an advisor or consultant on many national and international panels and studies. She has an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in epidemiology and public health from Yale University.
Rhonda Karg (Speaker) is senior research clinical psychologist at RTI International. At RTI, her primary roles have included designing, implementing, and analyzing results from studies designed to assess and reduce substance use and mental illnesses. She is also a licensed and practicing clinical psychologist and Certified Health Services Provider and maintains a part-time independent practice. She has extensive experience in designing and conducting mental and behavioral health research. She holds professional and community service positions for local, national, and international organizations. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Auburn University, with minors in behavioral pharmacology and substance abuse.
Terrence Keane (Speaker) is a professor and vice chair in psychiatry and professor of clinical psychology at Boston University. He is also the associate chief of staff for research and development at Boston Healthcare System of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and director of the Behavioral Science Division of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. He has conducted research for many years on psycho-
logical trauma. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science and past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Robert Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the Outstanding Researcher in Behavior Therapy Award from the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and the Outstanding Research Contributions Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Psychological Association. He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Binghamton University.
Dean G. Kilpatrick (Chair, Steering Committee) is distinguished university professor of clinical psychology and director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. His primary research interests include measuring the prevalence of rape, other violent crimes, and other types of potentially traumatic events, as well as assessing the mental health impact of such events. He has served as a board member and president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has provided invited testimony on the topics of rape, sexual harassment, and compensation for PTSD to committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. He was awarded the Allied Profession Award for promoting crime victims’ rights, services, and needs in the mental health field by the Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus. He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia.
D.E.B. Potter (Speaker) is program analyst with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). Previously she was a senior survey statistician at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She leads an ASPE, AHRQ, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services joint project to develop risk adjustment methods for quality measures for home and community-based services populations. Other responsibilities include managing the development of behavioral health quality measures and advancing quality measurement for the population with dementia. She serves on numerous technical expert panels and cross-agency work-groups. She has an M.S. in biostatistics from Georgetown University.
Robert Pynoos (Speaker) is director of outpatient trauma psychiatry and co-director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and professor in residence at the Semel Insti-
tute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He leads a nationwide network of academic and community-based centers dedicated to raising the standard of care and improving access to services for traumatized children and families throughout the United States. His research has focused on model building, multidimensional assessment, dose-of-exposure research methodology, empirically supported interventions, and public mental health policy regarding children, adolescents, and families in the field of child and adolescent traumatic stress. He has received numerous honors, including the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Award for his outstanding contribution on child witnesses to homicide; the American Psychiatric Association Bruno Lima Award for excellence in disaster psychiatry; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children’s Outstanding Professional Achievement Award; and the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Award for Contributions to the Field of Child Trauma. He has an M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.
Neil Russell (Speaker) is director of the Division of Surveillance and Data Collection in the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His areas of expertise include behavioral health statistics and epidemiology; basic and applied research in behavioral health data systems and statistical methodology; as well as surveillance and data collection. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from Arizona State University with a focus in survey research.
Benjamin Saunders (Speaker) is professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he also serves as the associate director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. His research, training, and clinical interests include the initial and long-term effects of violence and abuse on children and adolescents; the epidemiology of trauma, violence, and abuse; treatment approaches for abused children and their families; and effective methods for implementing evidence-supported interventions in community service agencies. He is a recipient of the Research Career Achievement Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and was the invited speaker for the society’s William Friedrich Memorial Lecture. He has a Ph.D. in clinical social work from Florida State University.
Terry L. Schell (Speaker) is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Much of his recent research has focused on PTSD among civilian
survivors of community violence as well as service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Previously, he conducted a number of investigations into basic psychosocial issues, such as effects of attitudes and norms on behavior and biases in social perception that lead to discrimination. At RAND, he has worked on a variety of projects as a social psychologist and psychometrician, including studies of the long-term effects of violence on mental health, the effects of advertising on adolescent drinking, the effectiveness of criminal rehabilitation programs, the effectiveness of terrorism security measures, the evaluation of drug treatment programs, the relationship between traumatic stress and substance use, and assessing racial equity in policing. He has a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Lisa Schwartz (Member, Steering Committee) is senior vice president for business practice at Mathematica Policy Research and a leading expert in health survey research with experience designing and managing qualitative and quantitative studies of vulnerable populations. Before joining Mathematica, Schwartz was a senior research scientist at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and associate program manager for the American Time Use Survey at the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. Her work has also included designing multimode surveys, one-on-one semi-structured interviews, cognitive interviews, focus group protocols, interviewer and respondent debriefings, split-ballot pre-tests, and usability testing. Her work has been recognized for exceptional achievement by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. She has a Ph.D. in cognitive developmental psychology from the University of Maryland.
Robert Ursano (Speaker) is professor of psychiatry and neuroscience and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is founding director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. Previously, he served in the U.S. Air Force medical corps, retiring as colonel, and he continues to serve as an adviser on psychological response to trauma to the U.S. Department of Defense. In the Air Force, he served as the U.S. Department of Defense representative to the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health. He is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. He was the first chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster. He has an M.D. from the Yale University School of Medicine.
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