ISAP Training Program



Current Trainees

Aaron Lim, MA

Aaron Lim, MA
Training Period: September 2016 – present (Predoc)
Primary Mentor: Lara Ray, PhD – UCLA Department of Psychology
Current Position: PhD Candidate in Clinical Area, Psychology, UCLA

Summary of Research Conducted during Fellowship:
Aaron’s research interests are in understanding individual differences factors that also serve as risk factors for addiction and moderators of treatment response. He recently submitted his master’s thesis to the Department of Psychology, a study on the effects of alcohol dependence severity on neural correlates of delay discounting.

Publications in preparation or under review (past year):
Dahne, J., Lim, A.C., Borges, A., & MacPherson, L. (in press). Risk taking propensity in older adolescents: Internalizing symptoms, gender, and negative reinforcement. Psychiatry: Interpersonal Biological Processes.

Lim, A.C., Cservenka, A., & Ray, L.A. (revise and resubmit). Effects of alcohol dependence severity on neural correlates of delay discounting.

Ninneman, A.L., Shadur, J., Lim, A.C., MacPherson, L., & Lejuez, C. (revise and resubmit). The prospective relationship between distress tolerance and cigarette expectancies.

Borges, A., Dahne, J., Lim, A.C., & MacPherson, L. (revise and resubmit). Change in negative affect mediates the relationship between negative urgency and distress tolerance.

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Seungyoun Kim

Seungyoun Kim, Ph.D.
Training Period:  July 2015 – present (postdoc)
Mentor(s): Christine Grella, PhD, UCLA ISAP, Alison Moore, MD, Department of Geriatrics, UCLA,
Yih-Ing Hser, PhD, UCLA

Summary of Research during Fellowship:
Dr. Kim’s research interests are in exploring protective factors for development of substance use among older adults, particularly looking at how negative attributions of stigma associated with alcohol use in the Korean Community may be a barrier to seeking treatment among older adults. She is also interested in studying the prevalence of anxiety disorders among older substance users and developing effective interventions for them. Dr. Kim is presenting working on publishing papers from her dissertation on the effects of psychosocial factors on caregivers' health - an application of the resilience model, as well as developing manuscripts from secondary analyses of survey data regarding substance misuse among the elderly.

Publications in preparation or under review (past year):
Kim S., Spilman S.L., Liao D. H., Sacco P., & Moore A.A. (in preparation). Social networks and alcohol use among late middle-aged and older adults.

Kim, S., & Knight, B. G. (2016). Caregiving subgroups differences in the associations between the resilience resources and life satisfaction. Journal of Applied Gerontology, DOI: 10.1177/0733464816669804. NIHMSID: 819577

Kim, S., & Knight, B. G. (2016). The effects of the MORE wisdom resources on spousal caregivers’ life satisfaction: An application of the resilience model. Clinical Gerontologist, 1-23.
NIHMSID: 819574

Knight, B.G., Kim, S., Rastegar, S., Jones, S., Jump, V., & Wong S. (2016). Influences on the perception of elder financial abuse among older adults in Southern California. International Psychogeriatrics, 28, pp 163-169. doi:10.1017/S1041610215000587.

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Tess Drazdowski, Ph.D.

Tess K. Drazdowski, Ph.D.
Training Period: September 2016 – Present (Postdoc)
Primary Mentors: Kate Wolitzky-Taylor, PhD, ISAP and Suzette Glasner-Edwards, PhD, ISAP
Secondary Mentor: Marya Schulte, PhD, ISAP

M.S., Ph.D. (2016) – Clinical & Developmental Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University
M.S. (2009) – Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Maryland

Primary Research Interests
Dr. Drazdowski is interested in at-risk populations and risky behaviors, with an emphasis on adolescents and longitudinal designs. She also focuses on preventative interventions. Dr. Drazdowski's recent work has concentrated on the non-medical use of prescription drugs.

Selected Publications:
Drazdowski, T. K. (2016). A systematic review of the motivations for the non-medical use of prescription drugs in young adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 162, 3-25. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.01.011

Drazdowski, T. K., Perrin, P., Trujillo, M., Sutter, M., Benotsch, E. G., & Snipes, D. J. (2016). Structural equation modeling of the effects of racism, LGBTQ discrimination, and internalized oppression on illicit drug use in LGBTQ people of color. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 159, 255-262. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.12.029

Drazdowski, T. K., Jäggi, L., Borre-Montealegre, A., & Kliewer, W. L. (2015). Use of prescription drugs and future delinquency among adolescent offenders. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 48, 28-36. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2014.07.008

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Stacy Calhoun, Ph.D.

Stacy Calhoun, Ph.D.
Training Period: October 2016 – Present (Postdoc)
Mentor(s): David Farabee, PhD, ISAP and Nena Messina, PhD, ISAP

Primary Research Interests:
Dr. Calhoun is a postdoctoral trainee whose research focuses on the relationship between criminal offending, substance use and mental illness over the life course, treatment decision-making among those involved in the criminal justice system, and integrating substance use disorder treatment with mental health treatment in various settings.  In addition, she is interested in developing and conducting field experiments of interventions designed to address behavioral health issues and offending behaviors. Dr. Calhoun recently received pilot funding from the UC Criminal Justice & Health Consortium to examine psychiatric treatment decision making in jail settings.

Publications in preparation or under review (past year):
Calhoun, S. & Epson, M. (2016). Integrating substance use disorder treatment with general mental health treatment in jail settings can improve mental health, treat drug use, and produce better criminal justice outcomes. UC Criminal Justice & Health Consortium, 1(5), 1-4. [Policy brief presented to the California State Senate Mental Health Caucus]

Calhoun, S. (2016). ‘That’s just the tip of it because it goes deeper than that’:  The role of mental illness in offending onset and subsequent offending behavior. Criminal Justice Policy Review. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0887403416633267

Farabee, D., Calhoun, S., & Veliz, R. (2016) An experimental comparison of telepsychiatry and conventional psychiatry for mentally ill parolees. Psychiatric Services, 67(5), 562-565

Calhoun, S., Conner, E., Miller, M., & Messina, N. (2015). Improving the outcomes of children affected by parental substance abuse: A review of randomized controlled trials. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, 6(1), 15-24

Messina, N., Calhoun, S., & Warda, U. (2012). Gender-responsive drug court treatment:  A randomized controlled trial. Criminal Justice & Behavior, 39(12), 1539-1558.

Ad Hoc Reviewer (past year):
Behavioral Sciences & the Law 
British Journal of Psychiatry Open
Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Grant Development (past year):

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Immediate Past Trainees

Jonathan Westman, MA
Training Period: June 2016 - present (Predoc)
Primary Mentor: Bruce Chorpita, PhD – UCLA Department of Psychology Current Position: PhD Candidate in Clinical Area, Psychology, UCLA

Summary of Research Conducted during Fellowship:
Jonathan is interested in understanding the etiology and treatments of alcohol and substance use disorders. Specifically, he wants to investigate how individual differences predict risk for alcohol use disorders and treatment response. Jonathan's master's thesis focuses on the effects of cigarette smoking on long-term drinking patterns in young adults.

Course Taught (Past Year):
Introduction to Psychology

Publications in preparation or under review (past year):
Westman, J.G., Bujarski, S., Ray, L.A. (in press). Impulsivity moderates subjective responses to alcohol in alcohol dependent individuals. Alcohol and Alcoholism.

Roche, D.O., Westman, J.G., Ray, L.A. (in preparation): Smoking status as a risk factor for elevated drinking consequences among heavy drinkers.

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Andrew Moskowitz, M.A., C.Phil
Training Period: 2014 - present (Predoc)
Primary Mentor: Jennifer Krull, PhD – UCLA Department of Psychology
Current Position: PhD Candidate in Quantitative Area, Psychology, UCLA

Summary of Research Conducted during Fellowship:
Andrew’s research interests focus on issues in longitudinal data analysis in multilevel models. Specifically, he is interested in optimal study design for detecting changes over time and dynamic group effects—how groups changing over time influence group effects and dis/similarity between group members. Additionally, he is examining methods to empirically test non-nested multilevel models.

Publications in preparation or under review (past year):
Park, A. L., Moskowitz, A. L., & Chorpita, B. F. (in press). Community-based providers’ selection of practices for children and adolescents with comorbid mental health problems. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. NIHMSID: 847937

Tsai, K. H., Moskowitz, A. L., Lynch, R. E., Daleiden, E., Mueller, C., Krull, J. L., & Chorpita, B. F. (in press). Do treatment plans matter? Moving from recommendations to action. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. NIHMSID: 847940

Hser, Y-I., Huang, D., Saxon, A. J., Woody, G., Moskowitz, A. L., Matthews, A. G., Ling, W. (in press). Distinctive trajectories of opiod use over an extended follow-up of patients in a multisite trial on buprenorphine+ naloxone and methadone. Journal of Addiction Medicine. PMCID: (not yet available)

Moskowitz, A. L., Krull, J. L., Trickey, K. A., & Chorpita, B. F. (under review). Capturing treatment effects over time: More power without more subjects. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.

Moreno, P. I., Moskowitz, A. L., Ganz, P. A., & Bower, J. E. (2016). Positive affect and inflammatory activity in breast cancer survivors: Examining the role of affective arousal. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78(5), 532-541. PMCID: PMC4920470

Tsai, K. H., Moskowitz, A. L., Brown, T. E., Park, A. L., & Chorpita, B. F. (2016). Interpreting progress feedback to guide clinical decision-making in children’s mental health services. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 43(2), 199-206. NIHMSID: 847923

Presentations (past year):
Moskowitz, A. L. (2016, June). Gender Differences in the effects of concurrent drug use on the risk of heroin relapse. Poster presented at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. Palm Springs, CA.

Ad Hoc Reviewer (past year):
Multivariate Behavioral Research
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

Technical Reviewer:
Apress Publishing

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Trainee Name: Kaston Anderson-Carpenter, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Training Period: 2014 - 2016 (Postdoc)
Primary Mentor: Cathy Reback, PhD – Friends Research Institute
Secondary Mentor: Christine Grella, PhD - ISAP

Summary of Research during Fellowship:
Dr. Anderson-Carpenter was a postdoctoral trainee whose past research focused on community-based interventions for prevention of alcohol misuse among young adults, including measurement of community-based indicators and outcomes. He developed a line of research on the relationship of substance abuse to the health and well-being of gay, bisexual men, and trans* men and women; he is interested in intervention-development that will address stigma as a barrier to treatment seeking among this population. Dr. Anderson-Carpenter accepted a position as a tenure-track assistant professor of Ecological-Community Psychology at Michigan State University, beginning August 16, 2016.

Publications in preparation or under review (past year):
Anderson-Carpenter, K. D., Watson-Thompson, J., Jones, M., Chaney, L., Collie-Akers, V.
(revise and resubmit). Measuring the intensity of community efforts to reduce underage drinking in Kansas.

Anderson-Carpenter, K. D., Fletcher, J. B., & Reback, C. J. (under review). Associations
between social cofactors, housing, incarceration rates, and methamphetamine use among
men who have sex with men and transgender women.

Anderson-Carpenter, K. D., Watson‐Thompson, J., Jones, M. D., & Chaney, L. (2017). Improving community readiness for change through coalition capacity building: Evidence from a multisite intervention. Journal of Community Psychology. NIHMSID: 809867

Anderson-Carpenter, K. D., Watson‐Thompson, J., Chaney, L., & Jones, M. (2016). Reducing binge drinking in adolescents through implementation of the strategic prevention framework. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57(1-2), 36-46. PMC4880411

Colvin, J. D., Bettenhausen, J. L., Anderson-Carpenter, K. D., Collie-Akers, V., & Chung, P. J. (2016). Caregiver opinion of in-hospital screening for unmet social needs by pediatric residents. Academic Pediatrics16(2), 161-167. PMCID: PMC4794116

Colvin, J. D., Bettenhausen, J. L., Anderson-Carpenter, K. D., Collie-Akers, V., Plencner, L., Krager, M., ... & Chung, P. J. (2016). Multiple behavior change intervention to improve detection of unmet social needs and resulting resource referrals. Academic Pediatrics16(2), 168-174. PMCID: 47112125

Ad Hoc Reviews (past year):
American Journal of Public Health Journal of Adolescence International Journal of Drug Policy Addiction

Presentations (past year):
Anderson-Carpenter, K. Associations between Intervention Intensity and Underage Drinking Outcomes: A Methodological Approach from the Kansas SPF-SIG. Abstract submitted to the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Palm Springs, CA

Anderson-Carpenter, K. Utilizing the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) to Prevent Underage Drinking in the State of Kansas. Abstract submitted to the Society for Prevention Research, San Francisco, CA.

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Trainee Name: Mekeila Cook, Ph.D.
Training Period: 2014 - 2016 (Postdoc)
Primary Mentor: David Farabee, PhD - ISAP
Secondary Mentor: Christine Grella, PhD – ISAP and Debra Murphy, PhD - ISAP

Summary of Research during Fellowship:
Dr. Cook researched understanding the relationships among sexual victimization, substance use, and HIV risk behaviors. Her primary research focused on working with commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) in the juvenile justice system. She worked with Eraka Bath, MD, and Dr. David Farabee to develop a plan for evaluating the juvenile court servicing CSEC as well as the local police department that sends juveniles to the specialized court within Los Angeles County.

Through her work with Drs. Bath and Farabee, the group secured funding from the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute with a collaborator, Elizabeth Barnhart (PI). They published an article in Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America describing the characteristics of youth who participate in the juvenile court. They are currently completing another paper that is expected to be submitted to the American Journal of Public Health in February, on which Dr. Cook will be first author. Additionally, they have a qualitative paper in development based on focus groups conducted with court participants. Preliminary findings from the focus groups have also been submitted to the Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting for a poster session.

Publications in preparation or under review (past year):
Ford, CL, Cook, M., and Heck, E. (under review).  State of the Evidence Linking Racism, HIV Prevention Outcomes and HIV/AIDS Disparities among US Blacks: A Systematic Review.

Murphy, D. A., Marelich, W. D., Herbeck, D. M., & Cook, M. (2016). Career readiness and externalizing behaviors of children affected by maternal HIV/AIDS: 15-year outcomes of the PACT study. Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies11(3), 223-237.

Cook, M. C., Morisky, D. E., Williams, J. K., Ford, C. L., & Gee, G. C. (2016). Sexual Risk Behaviors and Substance Use Among Men Sexually Victimized by Women. American Journal of Public Health106(7), 1263-1269. PMCID: PMC4984784

Ijadi-Maghsoodi, R., Cook, M., Barnert, E. S., Gaboian, S., & Bath, E. (2016). Understanding and responding to the needs of commercially sexually exploited youth: recommendations for the mental health provider. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America25(1), 107-122. PMCID: PMC4725731

Presentations (past year):
Ijadi-Maghsoodi R, Textor L, Barnert E, Cook M, Gaboian S, Bath E. Understanding Commercially Sexually Exploited Youths' Mental Health Needs and Experiences with Accessing Mental Health Care. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado; October 2016.

Cook, M, Morisky, D, William, JK, Ford, CL, and Gee, G. Timing of Sexual Abuse, Sexual Risk Behaviors and Substance Use among US Women. Poster presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the College on Problem of Drug Dependence, Palm Springs, CA; June, 2016.

Barnert, E, Ijadi-Maghsoodi, R, Cook M, Textor L, Gaboian S, Bath E. Commercially Sexually Exploited Youths’ Perspectives on Health Needs and Use of Health Services: A Qualitative Analysis. Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD; May 2016.

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Trainee Name: June Lim, Ph.D.
Training Period: 2014 - 2016 (Postdoc)
Primary Mentor: Christine Grella, PhD., ISAP
Secondary Mentor: Darren Urada, PhD., ISAP

Summary of Research during Fellowship:
Dr. Lim’s research interests are in the intersection of violence and substance use and the causal influences that contribute to the initiation, persistence, and desistance of these behaviors over the life course. She is particularly interested in how these issues affect adolescents, young adults, and women. Dr. Lim is currently working on publishing articles from her dissertation, which examined social relationships and violence trajectories from adolescence through adulthood using a population-based longitudinal survey.

She is also exploring ways to integrate substance use into her existing research on violence and to better understand how substance use may escalate situations that lead to violent behaviors. During the past year, Dr. Lim joined the UC Criminal Justice and Health Consortium and is a member of the juvenile justice and health policy workgroup. She is drafting a policy brief that reviews juvenile justice and health issues. Additionally, Dr. Lim continues to work with the ISAP study team that is evaluating the implementation of the Drug Medi-Cal waiver in California, led by Dr. Urada; she has assisted in is developing questionnaires and other data collection tools, and conducting analyses.

Publications in preparation or under review (past year):
LIM, J. Y., & LUI, C. K. (2016). Longitudinal Associations Between Substance Use and Violence in Adolescence Through Adulthood. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions16(1-2), 72–92. PMCID: PMC4924616.

Presentations (past year):
Lim, J. (2016, June). Gender and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Referrals for SUD Treatment among Adolescents and Young Adults in California (2009-2014). Poster presentation at the College of Problems of Drug Dependence, Palm Desert, CA.

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Current Position of Former Trainees for 2011 - 2015

Training Period
Current Position
Predoctoral Trainees
Catherine Branson
UCLA Graduate Student, PhD Expected Spring 2017
Nancy Jo Kepple
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Welfare , Kansas University
Camillia Lui
Consultant Evaluator, Asian American Drug Abuse Program; Associate Scientist, Public Health Institute, Alcohol Research Group
Suzanne Spear
Assistant Professor of Public Health at California State University, Northridge
Postdoctoral Trainees
Catherine Canamar
Clinical Research Program Manager, UCLA Health System
Haydee Isabella Lanza
Assistant Professor of Human Development at California State University, Long Beach 
Angie Denisse Otiniano
Assistant Professor California State University, San Bernardino Department of Health Science and Human Ecology
Howard Padwa
Associate Project Scientist, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
Preeta Saxena
Adjunct, Mixed Methods Researcher, RAND Corporation; Senior Research Analyst & Adjunct Faculty, College of the Canyons


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