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Staff Biographies

Senior staff biographies

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse’s leadership comprises a diverse group of individuals with expertise in a broad range of fields including: addiction, business, communications, epidemiology, government, law, marketing, psychology, public administration, public health, public policy, social work, sociology and statistics.

Staff Bios

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Ball is the President and Chief Executive Officer for The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine where he serves as Assistant Chair for Education and Career Development and the Research Director for Yale’s Women’s Health and Addictive Behaviors Scholars Program, Psychotherapy Development Center and The APT Foundation. Dr. Ball has been principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded research or training grants. In addition, he has directed various clinical and research programs within The APT Foundation, a non-profit agency serving addicted persons in Connecticut. He has served on numerous National Institutes of Health (NIH) study sections and journal editorial boards. Dr. Ball received his B.A. in Psychology and English from Colgate University and his M.A and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware. After completing his internship at Yale, he joined the faculty and worked in several training and research leadership positions in addiction psychiatry and psychology.

Research Topics: Cognitive behavioral, motivational, and reinforcement-based therapies for the addictions; technology-assisted interventions for addictive behaviors; assessment, treatment process and outcome for personality dysfunction and addiction

Affiliations: Yale School of Medicine; The APT Foundation

Selected Publications:
  • Carroll, K.M., Kiluk, B.D., Nich, C., Gordon, M.A., Portnoy, G., Marino, D., & Ball, S.A. (in press). Computer-assisted delivery of cognitive-behavioral therapy: Efficacy and durability of CBT4CBT among cocaine-dependent individuals maintained on methadone. American Journal of Psychiatry.
  • Samuel D.B., Miller, J.D., Widiger, T.A., Lynam, D.R., Pilkonis, P.A., & Ball, S.A. (2012). Conceptual changes to the definition of borderline personality disorder proposed for DSM-5. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121,467-476.
  • Ball, S.A., Maccarelli, L.M, LaPaglia, D.M., & Ostrowski, M.J. (2011). Randomized trial of dual-focused therapy versus single-focused individual therapy for personality disorders and substance dependence. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 199, 319-328.
  • Sindelar, J.L. & Ball, S.A. (2010). Evaluating the costs of evidence based treatments. Addiction Science and Clinical Practice, 5, 44-50.
  • Nunes, E.V., Ball, S., Booth, R., Brigham, G., Calsyn, D.A., Carroll, K., Feaster, D.J., Hien, D., Hubbard, R.L., Ling, W., Petry, N., Rotrosen, J., Selzer, J., Stitzer, M., Tross, S., Wakim, P., Winhusen, T., & Woody, G. (2010). Multi-site effectiveness trials of treatment for substance abuse and co-occurring problems: Have we chosen the best designs? Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 38, 97-112.
  • Ball, S.A., Martino, S., Nich, C., Frankforter, T.L., van Horn, D., Crits-Christoph, P., Woody, G.E., Obert, J.L., Farentinos, C., & Carroll, K.M. (2007). Site matters: Multisite randomized trial of motivational enhancement therapy in community drug abuse clinics. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 556-567.
  • Ball, S.A., Nich, C., Rounsaville, B.J., Eagan, D., & Carroll, K.M. (2004). Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III subtypes of opioid dependence: Validity and matching to behavioral therapies. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 698-711.
  • Ball, S.A., Rounsaville, B.J., Tennen, H., & Kranzler, H.R. (2001). Reliability of personality disorder symptoms and personality traits in substance dependent inpatients. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 110, 341-352.

Vice President and Director of Finance and Administration and Secretary-Treasurer

Ms. Brown is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the Center's office, including financial management, grants and contracts administration, payroll, benefits, accounts payable and library and computer systems. In addition, she acts as liaison to the board of directors and the board’s audit and investment committees. Ms. Brown served as Director of Administration for the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Dewey Ballantine for 9 years prior to joining the Center. She has also been Director of Administration for the law firms of Califano, Ross & Heineman and Cohen and Uretz. Ms. Brown received her B.S. in education from The George Washington University.  

Director of Health Law and Policy

Ms. Feinstein leads the development and implementation of new tools, products and initiatives aimed at increasing public awareness about addiction and substance abuse. This includes translating knowledge about these health concerns into public policy and health care practice. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Feinstein practiced health care law at a leading global law firm. She has also worked as a research/policy analyst for institutions such as President Clinton’s National Bioethics Advisory Commission, the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics and The Hastings Center. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law and her B.A. in bioethics from Brown University.

Research Topics: Adolescent substance use prevention; addiction treatment; teen culture; engaged parenting; health care reform; health policy

Selected Publications:

  • Feinstein, E. C., Richter, L., & Foster, S. E. (2012). Addressing the critical health problem of adolescent substance use through health care, research, and public policy. Journal of Adolescent Health, 50(5), 431-436.

Director of Adolescent and Family Research

Dr. Hogue directs a federally funded research program focused on adoption and sustainability of empirically supported behavioral treatments for adolescent substance use in routine care, treatment fidelity and process-outcome research on evidence-based practices for adolescent behavioral health problems, and addressing adolescent service needs across various sectors of care. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. He received his B.A. in philosophy and psychology from Columbia University and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University.

Research Topics: Development of family-based interventions for adolescent substance use and delinquency; treatment fidelity research on family intervention models; combined behavioral and pharmacological interventions for teens with co-occurring ADHD and substance use disorder; neurodevelopmental processes that influence risky adolescent behavior

Selected Publications:

  • Hogue, A., Lichvar, E., & Bobek, M. (in press). Pilot evaluation of the Medication Integration Protocol for adolescents with ADHD in behavioral care: Treatment fidelity, acceptability, and utilization. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.
  • Hogue, A., Dauber, S., Henderson, C. E., Bobek, M., Johnson, C., Lichvar, E., & Morgenstern, J. (2015). Randomized trial of family therapy versus non-family treatment for adolescent behavior problems in usual care.  Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44, 954-969.
  • Hogue, A., Bobek, M., & Evans, S. W. (2014). Changing academic support in the home for adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A family-based clinical protocol for improving school performance. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
  • Hogue, A., Henderson, C. E., Ozechowski, T. J., & Robbins, M. S. (2014). Evidence base on outpatient behavioral treatments for adolescent substance use: Updates and recommendations 2007-2013.  Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 43, 697-720.
  • Hogue, A., Dauber, S., Lichvar, E., Bobek, M., & Henderson, C. E. (2015).  Validity of therapist self-report ratings of fidelity to evidence-based practices for adolescent behavior problems: Correspondence between therapists and observers. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 42, 229-243.
  • Hogue, A., Dauber, S., & Henderson, C. E. (2014).  Therapist self-report of evidence-based practices in usual care for adolescent behavior problems: Factor and construct validity.  Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 41, 126-139.
  • Hogue, A., Ozechowski, T, J., Robbins, M. S., & Waldron, H. B. (2013). Making fidelity an intramural game: Localizing quality assurance procedures to promote sustainability of evidence-based practices in usual care.  Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 20, 60-77.
  • Hogue, A., & Dauber, S. (2013). Assessing fidelity to evidence-based practices in usual care: The example of family therapy for adolescent behavior problems.  Evaluation and Program Planning, 37, 21-30.
  • Hogue, A., & Dauber, S. (2013).  Diagnostic profiles among urban adolescents with unmet treatment needs:  Comorbidity and perceived need for treatment.  Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 21, 18-32.
  • Hogue, A. (2010). When technology fails: Getting back to nature.  Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 17, 77-81.

Director of Health Services Research

Dr. Neighbors oversees research on treatment system change and integration with health care. He came to the Center from Brown Medical School where he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a Research Fellow. Prior to that, he was a Financial Analyst at Kraft-General Foods in White Plains, New York. He received his B.A. in history and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis, his M.B.A. in finance from Indiana University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Rutgers University.

Research Topics: Health care reform; treatment systems change; big data analytics; integration of behavioral health care into mainstream health care

Projects: Study of New York State implementation of Medicaid Health Homes impact on patients with substance use disorders, HIV/AIDS, severe mental illness, and other chronic health conditions; New York State Implementation of substance screening and interventions in healthcare settings; Development and validation study of New York State’s addiction treatment level of care determination tool; Addictions treatment provider technical assistance center for system transition under New York 
Medicaid reform

Selected Publications:

  • Dauber, S., Neighbors, C. J., Dasaro, C., Riordan, A., & Morgenstern, J. (2012). Impact of intensive case management on child welfare system involvement for substance-dependent parenting women on public assistance. Child Youth Services Review, 34(7), 1359-1366.
  • Kuerbis, A., Neighbors, C. J., & Morgenstern, J. (2011). Depression's moderation of the effectiveness of intensive case management with substance-dependent women on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Outpatient substance use disorder treatment utilization and outcomes. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 72(2), 297-307.
  • Neighbors, C. J., Barnett, N. P., Rohsenow, D. J., Colby, S. M., & Monti, P. M. (2010). Cost effectiveness of a motivational intervention for alcohol-involved youth in a hospital emergency department. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71(3), 384-394.
  • Morgenstern, J., Neighbors, C. J., Kuerbis, A., Riordan, A., Blanchard, K. A., McVeigh, K. H., et al. (2009). Improving 24-month abstinence and employment outcomes for substance-dependent women receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families with intensive case management. American Journal of Public Health, 99(2), 328-333.
  • Neighbors, C. J., Marquez, D. X., & Marcus, B. H. (2008). Leisure-time physical activity disparities among Hispanic subgroups in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 98(8), 1460-1464.
  • Neighbors, C. J., Rogers, M. L., Shenassa, E. D., Sciamanna, C. N., Clark, M. A., & Novak, S. P. (2007). Ethnic/racial disparities in hospital procedure volume for lung resection for lung cancer. Medical Care, 45(7), 655-663.
  • Davidson, C., Neighbors, C.J., Hall, G., Hogue, A., Cho, R., Kutner, B., & Morgenstern, J. (2014). Association of Housing First Implementation with Key Outcomes among Substance Using Homeless Individual’s. Psychiatric Services, 65(11), 1318-1324.
  • Hall, G., Neighbors, C.J., Iheoma, J., Dauber, S., Adams, M., Culleton, R., Muench, F., Borys, S., McDonald, R., & Morgenstern, J. (2014). Mobile opioid agonist treatment and public funding expands treatment for disenfranchised opioid-dependent individuals. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 46 (4), 511-515.
  • Chung, H, Kim, A., Neighbors, C.J., Cummings, J., Ricketts, S, O’Grady, M.A., & Raum, D. (2013). Early experience of a pilot intervention for patients with depression and chronic medical illness in an urban ACO. General Hospital Psychiatry, 35, 468-471.
  • Neighbors, C., Sun, Y., Yerneni, R., Tesiny, E., Burke, C., Bardsley, L., McDonald, R., Morgenstern, J. (2013) Medicaid care management: Description of high-cost addictions treatment clients. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 45,280-286.

Director of Policy Research and Analysis

Dr. Richter oversees the policy-oriented research projects at the Center.  Her work focuses on integrating addiction care into mainstream medical practice, educating the public and health professionals about evidence-based addiction care, translating the science of addiction for lay audiences, understanding the substance-related attitudes and beliefs of both the general population and health care professionals, and improving substance use and addiction prevention and treatment, particularly among young people and women.  She received her B.A. in psychology from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Maryland.

Research Topics: The science of addiction; prevention; treatment; substance-related attitudes and beliefs; substance use in special populations; integrating addiction care into mainstream medicine

Selected Publications:

  • Richter, L., Pugh, B. S., Peters, E., & Vaughan, R. D., & Foster, S. E. (2015). Underage drinking: Prevalence and correlates of risky drinking measures among youth aged 12 -20.  American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 18, 1-10.
  • Richter, L., Kunz, K., & Foster, S. E. (2015). A public health approach to prevention: The health professional’s role. In A. Herron (Ed.), Principles of Addiction Medicine: The Essentials (2nd edition). American Society of Addiction Medicine. 
  • Richter, L., & Foster, S. E. (2014). Effectively addressing addiction requires changing the language of addiction.  Journal of Public Health Policy, 35(1), 60-64.
  • Richter, L., & Foster, S. E. (2013). The exclusion of nicotine: Closing the gap in addiction policy and practice. American Journal of Public Health, 103(8), 14-16.
  • Foster, S., & Richter, L. (2013). Substance use disorders. In R. T. Senie (Ed.),Epidemiology of women’s health (pp. 249-256). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • Sung, H.–E., Richter, L., Vaughan, R., & Foster, S. E. (2013). Substance use and addiction and American prison and jail inmates. In L. Gideon (Ed.), Special needs offenders in correctional institutions (pp. 459-493). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Feinstein, E. C., Richter, L., & Foster, S. E. (2012). Addressing the critical health problem of adolescent substance use through health care, research, and public policy. Journal of Adolescent Health, 50(5)431-436.
  • Johnson, P. B., Richter, L., Kleber, H. D., McLellan, A. T., & Carise, D. (2005). Telescoping of drinking-related behaviors: Gender, racial/ethnic, and age comparisons. Substance Use and Misuse, 40(8), 1139-1151.

Director of Digital Communications

Andrea Roley leads the strategic development, implementation and management of the Center's digital and traditional communication channels. She is also responsible for media relations. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Roley spent eight years writing and executing internal and external communications for several top tier health care clients, translating complex scientific and clinical information for a mass audience through a variety of communication materials. She holds a dual B.A. degree from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Newspaper and from the College of Arts and Sciences in Political Science.

General Counsel; Director of Grants, Contracts, and Legal Affairs

Ms. Woods-King is responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable laws, drafting and updating organizational documents and policies, oversight of federal government grants compliance and all contract review and negotiation. Prior to working at the Center, she worked for a large New York City law firm. She went on to work as in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 multinational company in Connecticut. Ms. Woods-King graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in chemistry. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

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