Dan Romer has conducted research at the Annenberg School and Policy Center since 1990, focusing on media and social influences on adolescent health with particular attention to the social transmission of risky behavior. He has studied the effects of local television news on race relations and inter-group tension. In addition, he has studied the role of education on the civic and political engagement of adolescents. He recently coordinated a four-city intervention using mass media to reduce unprotected sex in high-risk adolescents, a project done in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health.
He is currently studying a cohort of adolescents in Philadelphia to understand the risk factors that underlie early use of drugs and other threats to healthy development, a project supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He is also studying the effects of pictorial warning labels for cigarettes, a project supported by the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. E. Steven Moriconi was born in New York City and educated at Fordham University, where he received a BS in Biology in 1973. He completed his Doctor of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1978, and went on to complete his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at Penn in 1983. He has been a practicing oral surgeon in Jenkintown since that time. He was chosen to lead the General Practice Dental Residency Training Program at Abington Hospital in 1987, and has been Program Director and Chief of the Dental Division since then. He is also currently President of the Montgomery Bucks Dental Society.
Dr. Moriconi has been an advocate for safe and appropriate opioid prescribing for most of his career, having lectured to students and residents on this topic as well as organizing the recent Symposium on Opioid Use and Abuse at Abington/Jefferson Hospitals this past year. His editorials on this problem have appeared in a number of publications.
Nationally and internationally known for advancing the science of understanding and treating pain, Rosemary C. Polomano’s research has always been informed and inspired by her clinical practice and the patients she cared for as an advanced practice registered nurse. In the mid-1990s, while a pain clinical nurse specialist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Polomano promised a patient with cancer experiencing painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy that she would do all she could to research the woman’s complaints of burning hands and feet, a common condition associated with chemotherapy.
In 2014, in recognition of her career-long work to advance pain science, Dr. Polomano received Penn Nursing’s Norma M. Lang Award for Scholarly Practice and Policy. She has published over 85 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 30 chapters in nursing and medical textbooks.
Jose A. Benitez, Executive Director, Prevention Point Philadelphia
• Jose has a long history of working in Philadelphia with underserved populations providing varied social and administrative services to both active drug users as well as those seeking treatment.
• Jose received his undergraduate degree in social work from SUNY College at Brockport where he was co-chair of the Student Social Work Association. He received his Masters of Social Work from Temple University in Philadelphia.
• Jose currently serves as the Executive Director of Prevention Point Philadelphia, a nonprofit public health organization providing syringe exchange services, HIV testing and counseling, case management, food and housing to some of Philadelphia’s most venerable populations. He serves as Principal Investigator on a number of research projects in partnerships with various Universities.
• He also is an adjunct faculty member at Temple University’s School of Public Health
Lunch & Panel
Behavioral Health Professions: Current and Future Trends
• Alyssa Schatz – Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA, SP2 Alumnus
• Chad Dion Lassiter – Red Cross House, SP2 Alumnus
• Dr. Charles Johnson – Lecturer, Penn SP2 MSW program
• Dr. Brian Work, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
• David Dorschu, Lighthouse at Mays Landing, Recovery Centers of America
Dr. Brenda Curtis is a Research Associate at the Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania. She received a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Illinois and her Doctoral degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Curtis also completed a fellowship at the Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute. Her principal research focuses on “big data” generated from social networking sites; technology based interventions that target substance use disorders and related issues; and Internet research ethics.
Dr. Curtis is the recipient of a research project grant (R01) awarded from the Collaborative Research on Addiction at NIH (CRAN) in which she is using social media data to predict alcohol and other drug relapse and treatment completion among patients who have recently entered community outpatient treatment programs. She is also currently serving as an investigator on several R01 grants funded by NIAAA, NCI, and NIDA including a placebo-controlled trial of bupropion for smoking cessation in pregnant women using SMS text messaging to promote medication adherence and a trial examining the impact of a smart-phone based continuing care “app” for alcohol dependence.
Understanding techniques people use to gather information online and how that information is processed has influenced her development of a web-based smoking cessation intervention; an online adolescent screening, brief information, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) program; and an adolescent safer sex and pregnancy prevention intervention CD-ROM. Her research has led her to examine the ethical implications raised by the use of the Internet, social media, and apps to recruit and retain subjects into HIV- and substance use-related studies.
Jillian Bauer is an assistant professor of instruction in the Lew Klein College of Media & Communication at Temple University where she teaches courses in multimedia storytelling, information design, data journalism, and solutions-driven reporting. Her creative work focuses on capturing personal audiovisual narratives of substance use recovery in an attempt to challenge the public’s perception of addiction.
Steven Belenko, Ph.D. has been Professor in the Temple University Department of Criminal Justice since 2006, with prior positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. With funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse over more than 20 years, as well as additional grants from the U.S Department of Justice and various foundations, Dr. Belenko’s research interests focus on the implementation of evidence-based drug treatment and other health services into the adult and juvenile justice systems; the impact of substance abuse, HIV, and other health problems on the adult and juvenile justice systems; and developing and testing organizational change strategies to improve implementation of drug treatment and HIV health services for adult and juvenile offenders.
He has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, and is the author of four books: Crack and the Evolution of Antidrug Policy (winner of the American Library Association’s Choice Magazine academic book of the year award), Drugs and Drug Policy in America: A Documentary History, Implementing Evidence Based Addiction Treatment in Community Corrections (with Dr. Faye Taxman), and Drugs, Crime and Justice (with Dr. Cassia Spohn). Dr. Belenko received his B.S. in applied mathematics and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology.
Dr. Caroline Watts is the Director of School and Community Engagement at Penn GSE, and works to facilitate and support partnerships with schools and communities in order to improve the educational outcomes and overall wellbeing of children and youth in Philadelphia.
As a psychologist, program administrator, practicing child therapist and university educator, she has devoted her career to developing healthy educational environments for children and youth, focusing on building capacity in mental health and educational systems to serve the complex needs of urban children, youth, and families through creating innovative institutional partnerships among schools, universities, and community health organizations. Before coming to Penn GSE in 2008, Dr. Watts was the founding director of the Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Program (CHNP), the community mental health outreach program of the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Watts was also a lecturer on education in the Risk and Prevention Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Watts has over 20 years of experience working in community and school settings to develop models for prevention and intervention services provided in a tripartite university-community agency-public school collaborative structure. In addition to her school- and community-based work, Dr. Watts coordinates the internship program for students in the Professional Counseling Program at Penn GSE.
Mary L. Harper is the Manager of Faith and Spiritual Affairs for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) and adjunct faculty at Community College of Philadelphia. She has a BA in Psychology, from LaSalle University. She is on the board of Mothers in Charge, a member of the Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists, one of two Co-Chairs for Philadelphia Fights’ 2013 Aids Education Month, member of the American Cancer Society, Asian Advisory Board.
In 2011 Harper was instrumental in bringing the White House’s Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships to Philadelphia, two day conference. In 2012 she implemented “Mental Health First Aid” in Philadelphia and communities of faith. Harper was recently(2014) invited to the White House and recognized for her work in the faith community on the healthcare law, known as the Affordable Care Act.
She has a strong commitment to working in the community and with individuals affected by trauma. In September of 2006 she and several of her colleagues went to New Orleans to help rebuild homes affected by hurricane Katrina. Harpers efforts are far reaching she has been dispatched by the department to fatal shootings involving children, to assist the in healing from the untimely loss of a love one and to prevent retaliation. Harper has well over 30 years of experience in working in Special Education, probation, behavioral health services and treatment, training and education in the Philadelphia area.
Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone is the Director of the Division of Medical Toxicology and is a Professor of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania with secondary appointments in Pediatrics and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She spends her clinical time caring for patients in the Emergency Department and is a consultant toxicologist for the Philadelphia Poison Center. She has won numerous teaching and mentoring awards for her role with students and residents in emergency medicine.
Recently, she has dedicated her efforts to addressing the Prescription Drug Epidemic and studying the impact of opioid prescribing on patients and the community. She has lectured nationally and internationally and published in NEJM and JAMA on strategies to combat opioid misuse. She collaborated on a special CDC sponsored project with the National Association of Medical Examiners and the American College of Medical Toxicology to improve death certification in the setting of drug overdose fatalities. She has served on several pivotal FDA Drug Safety advisory committees identifying efforts to limit the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
John R. Kimberly is the Henry Bower Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Professor of Management and of Health Care Management and Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. From 1998-2002 he was also the Novartis Professor of Healthcare Management at INSEAD, and was responsible for designing and launching INSEAD’s Healthcare Management Initiative. From 2001-2014 he was Executive Director of Wharton’s Global Alliance with INSEAD and is currently a Visiting Scholar there.
Dr. Kimberly’s research areas include organizational design, organizational change, institutional creation, health policy, and managerial innovation. His current projects deal with the content and consequences of firm identity; competition and collaboration among health care organizations in local markets; the business of addiction treatment, and competition and change in the world of business education. His most recent book, The Globalization of Managerial Innovation in Health Care, with Gérard de Pouvourville and Thomas D’Aunno, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008. His recent article, “Making Mergers Work”, written with Hamid Bouchikhi and published in the Sloan Management Review in 2012, won the 2014 SMR Richard Beckhard memorial prize.
Adam C. Brooks, Ph.D. is Senior Vice President of Research and a Senior Scientist working on continuous care and adaptive treatment protocols, along with performance-based contracting strategies. Dr. Brooks has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialization in marital and family therapy from St. John’s University. Prior to joining TRI, he was at the Columbia University Division on Substance Abuse where he treated substance abusing patients using a variety of empirically validated treatments. He is an expert supervisor in Motivational Interviewing, and part of a team at Columbia developing a teleconferenced form of supervision for distance learning of the technique. His research interests include computer-assisted treatment and training interventions, use of phone technology in treatment and recovery monitoring, and workforce development in the use of evidence-based practices.