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Staff Biographies

Senior staff biographies

Center on Addiction’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

Chief Executive Officer

Creighton brings decades of public service leadership to Center on Addiction. As CEO, he is positioning this storied research and policy organization to achieve even greater impact and influence in confronting the addiction epidemic. Building upon experiences and lessons learned during the course of his 30+ years as a nonprofit executive, government official, attorney and student-athlete, Creighton is focused on producing results through effective teamwork and partnership.

Since arriving in January 2018, Creighton has successfully negotiated and led the merger and integration with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, substantially deepening the organization’s capacity for direct services to families; he has initiated several strategic collaborations with private and public partners, focusing on measurable impact for youth and families; he has led efforts to re-brand the organization, strengthening and aligning its voice and messaging; and he has been appointed to serve as one of only two non-governmental representatives on the Federal Emerging Threats Committee, convened by White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Jim Carroll in order to identify and strategically respond to drug threats in the United States.  

Prior to Center on Addiction, Creighton pursued a path dedicated to providing life-changing services and opportunities for children and families. He served as Executive Director for Covenant House New York and Senior Vice President for Covenant House International; Assistant Attorney General and Director of Crime & Gang Prevention for the State of New Jersey under Governor Jon Corzine; Executive Vice President and later President for New Jersey Community Development Corporation; an attorney with the law firm of Lowenstein Sandler; and Assistant State Director for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley.

Among numerous contributions during the course of his career, Creighton has advocated for the civil and constitutional rights of children and homeless adults; helped to build and manage comprehensive nonprofit organizations providing millions of dollars in services annually; envisioned and founded a large urban charter school; spearheaded a statewide campaign to reduce school dropout rates; championed and implemented evidence-informed youth development programs and practices; and successfully negotiated the development of a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art residence and community center for at-risk youth in midtown Manhattan.       

Creighton received his B.A. in history and political science from Rutgers University, where he was a Henry Rutgers Scholar and captain of the men’s basketball team, and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Most importantly, he is a proud husband and father of three.


Fred Muench, Ph.D. is the President of Center on Addiction, and formerly was President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. He is a clinical psychologist who specializes in developing remote coaching and digital interventions to help individuals and families prevent and intervene with problem substance use. Before joining Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Fred focused on developing, researching and managing technology based addiction applications for private, nonprofit and academic sectors. He has held faculty appointments at NYU, Columbia University Medical Center and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. He founded Mobile Health Interventions in 2009, a company that delivered digital behavioral health interventions for substance use continuing care and behavioral health care management directly to consumers.

Fred has worked in the addiction field for more than 20 years as a clinician and implementation scientist pushing the boundaries of bringing addiction treatment directly to individuals and families. He has received funding to build and test digital interventions from NIDA, NIAAA and the Robert Wood Johnson Pioneer Portfolio, among others. In addition, Fred has written numerous publications on using technology to extend interventions beyond brief encounters.

Chief Operating Officer

Emily Feinstein leads the development and implementation of new tools, products and initiatives aimed at increasing public awareness about addiction. Motivated by a desire to seek justice on behalf of those whom she has known and loved impacted by this disease, Ms. Feinstein is determined to eliminate the barriers to treatment people suffering from addiction regularly face. Prior to joining Center on Addiction, 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.

Executive Vice President, External and Government Relations

Marcia Lee Taylor is the Executive Vice President, External and Government Relations at Center on Addiction, and formerly served as President and CEO at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

In her current role, Marcia oversees the Center’s relationships with government agencies, elected officials and key stakeholder groups as well as all fundraising and development efforts. She also helps to lead the organization’s public affairs, marketing and communication teams.

Previously, she served as the Senior Advisor for Drug Policy and Research for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs as well as the Democratic Staff Director of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, working for then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. In that capacity, she worked on a wide variety of drug policy bills aimed at curbing the proliferation of methamphetamine, ecstasy and GHB as well as drug treatment, prevention and enforcement initiatives. She has also worked for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York and served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as a community organizer in Baltimore.

Marcia is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University, where she has served as an Adjunct Professor. She serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Anti-Doping Agency as well as several community groups. She and her husband Jeff are the proud parents of two daughters.

Chief Financial Officer

Gina oversees financial management at Center on Addiction, including budgeting reporting, and compliance, as well as partnering with teams across the organization on strategic planning and operations. She formerly served as the CFO for The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and has held financial management positions at McCann-Erickson, Foote Cone & Belding and the Ad Council. 

Gina holds a B.S. in accounting from St. John’s University and an M.B.A. in finance from Fordham University. She is active in local community and arts organizations. Gina resides with her family in Flushing, NY.

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 Center on Addiction 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 Center on Addiction.  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, vaping

Selected Publications:

  • Richter, L., Vuolo, L., & Salmassi, M. S. (2019). Stigma and addiction treatment. In J. D. Avery and J. J. Avery (Eds.), The stigma of addiction: An essential guide. Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-02580-9 (
  • Richter, L., Pugh, B. S., Smith, P. H., & Ball, S. A.  (2017). The co-occurrence of nicotine and other substance use and addiction among youth and adults in the United States: Implications for research, practice, and policy. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 43(2), 132-145. doi: 10.1080/00952990.2016.1193511.
  • Richter, L., Pugh, B. S., & Ball, S. A.  (2016). Assessing the risk of marijuana use disorder among adolescents and adults who use marijuana. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 43(3), 247-260. doi: 10.3109/00952990.2016.1164711.
  • 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. (2015, August 6). Addiction: Protect the young from e-cigarettes. Nature, 524(35), 7563. 
  • 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.

Director of Digital Communications

Andrea Roley leads the strategic development, implementation and management of Center on Addiction's digital and traditional communication channels. She is also responsible for media relations. Prior to joining Center on Addiction, 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.

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