Introducing 2016 Panel II Speakers:

Young Women, Adolescents, and Transgender Individuals

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Speaker IV: Dr. Felicia Browne, ScD, MPH, is a Research Public Health Analyst at RTI International, in the Substance Use, Gender and Applied Research program.

Presentation Title: Outcomes from a Pilot Test for Out-of-School, Substance-Using At-Risk Female Adolescents in South Africa

Bio: Dr. Felicia Browne, ScD, MPH, is a Research Public Health Analyst at RTI International, in the Substance Use, Gender and Applied Research program. After receiving her MPH from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, she served as a study coordinator/associate project director on several NIH- and CDC-funded HIV behavioral intervention studies involving substance-using populations in the U.S. and South Africa. She completed her Doctor of Science in Social Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Currently, she serves as a Project Director of a NIDA-funded study (PI: Wechsberg) that is adapting and testing delivery methods of an HIV behavioral intervention for young African-American women in North Carolina in clinics. She also serves as Co-Project Director of another NIDA-funded study (PI: Wechsberg) that is adapting and testing an HIV behavioral intervention program in Cape Town, South Africa for 15- to 19-year-old female adolescents who are out of school. She is interested in developing and evaluating community-level HIV behavioral interventions for adolescents and young adults, and understanding and addressing socioeconomic status as it relates to HIV risk.

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Speaker V: Dr. Sandra Springer, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases

Presentation Title: Drug Treatment as HIV Prevention Among Women and Girls Who Inject Drugs from a Global Perspective: Progress, Gaps, and Future Directions

Bio: Sandra Springer, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, section of Infectious Diseases at the Yale School of Medicine. She is the Director of the Infectious Disease clinic in Newington CT, a site of the VA CT Healthcare system.  Dr. Springer is an NIH-funded researcher who has expertise in the development and implementation of medication-assisted-therapy interventions involving persons living with HIV disease with drug and alcohol use disorders, and in particular those involved with the criminal justice setting. She has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, educational materials, and book chapters and has presented her work nationally and internationally. 

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Speaker VII: Claudia Powell, MEd, Associate Research Social Scientist, Director of Evaluation, University of Arizona, Southwest Institute for Research on Women

Presentation Title: Women in Crisis: Addressing Substance Use Disparities and Risks Facing Transgender Women

Bio: Claudia Powell, M.Ed. is a Social Research Scientist and the Director of Evaluation with the University of Arizona-Southwest Institute for Research on Women (UA-SIROW).  Claudia has worked in the field of program evaluation and services for substance abuse prevention and treatment, HIV prevention, health promotion and domestic violence for the past 13 years. Claudia is the Project Director for the recently funded ANCHOR project which provides a trauma-informed system of care that includes linkages to housing, health care, case management, substance abuse and mental health treatment and a wide array of support services.  Claudia has served as the local evaluator for several SAMHSA-CSAT projects over the last several years, including the iTEAM project serving homeless LGBTQ youth and young adults, the Step Forward project that provides sexual health curriculum and substance abuse and mental health treatment to at-risk youth, and the MOMs project serving pregnant and post-partum women in substance abuse treatment.  Additionally, Claudia works with the Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s Sewa Uusim team as the evaluator for their SAMHSA-CMHS projects that provide health promotion and treatment services children of all ages and their families.  As a long time evaluator, Claudia is committed to engaging in culturally-competent, community-based participatory action research that is done in conjunction with communities and with a true spirit of collaboration.  Claudia serves on the Pima County Recovery Oriented System of Care Consortium, SIROW’s Community Advisory Board, the Pima County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board and the Pima County Domestic Violence Multi-Agency Steering Committee.

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Speaker VIII: Dr. Sharon Rabinovitz, PhD, Associate Professor of Criminology, University of Haifa, Israel; Director of the Unit for Excellence in Research & Study of Addiction (ERSA); Senior Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Society

Presentation Title: Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for At-Risk Adolescents in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment in Israel

Bio: Sharon Rabinovitz, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Haifa, Israel. She is a licensed psychologist and psychopharmacologist. Dr. Rabinovitz is the Director of the Unit for Excellence in Research & Study of Addiction (ERSA) and also a Senior Research Fellow at The Center for the Study of Society (former Principal Investigator, Psychopharmacology Laboratory, Bar-Ilan University). Dr. Rabinovitz is founder and Head of the Graduate Program in Addiction Studies, School of Criminology, University of Haifa. Her research combines neuroscience, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of substance use disorders, with a special focus on craving in treatment and relapse prevention. 

 

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