ISAP Training Program

Trainees


 






Current Postdoctoral Trainees

Kaston D. Anderson-Carpenter, Ph.D., BCBA

Kaston D. Anderson-Carpenter, Ph.D., BCBA

Email: kacarpenter@ucla.edu
Admitted: August 2014
Mentor(s): Christine Grella; Cathy Reback, Friends Research Institute

Education:
Ph.D. (2014) – Behavioral Psychology, University of Kansas
M.P.H. (2012) – Public Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine

Primary Research Interests:
Dr. Anderson-Carpenter is a postdoctoral trainee whose research is focused on co-occurring disorders of substance abuse and mental illness. He is also interested in the relationship  of substance abuse to the health and well-being of gay, bisexual men, and trans* men and women. Dr. Anderson-Carpenter is working on a grant proposal on stigma and social support and services utilization among HIV positive MSM as the basis for developing interventions for this population.

Selected Publications:
Anderson-Carpenter, K. D., Watson-Thompson, J., Jones, M., & Chaney, L. (2014). Using communities of practice to support implementation of evidence-based prevention strategies. Journal of Community Practice, 22(1-2), 176-188.

Anderson-Carpenter, K. D., Collie-Akers, V., Colvin, J. D., & Cronin, K. (2013). The role of advocacy in occasioning community and organizational change in a medical–legal partnership. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 41(3), 167-175.

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Mekeila Cook, Ph.D.

Mekeila Cook, Ph.D.

Email: mcook01@ucla.edu
Admitted: September 2014
Mentor(s): Debra Murphy and Christine Grella

Education:
Ph.D. (2014) – Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UCLA
M.S. (2004) – Counseling Psychology, Tennessee State University

Primary Research Interests:
Dr. Cook is a postdoctoral trainee whose research interests center on sexual victimization, substance use, and HIV risk behaviors. Dr. Cook is also interested in the use of translational research in substance use prevention and interventions.

Selected Publications:
Ernst, F. A., Hogan, B., Vallas, M. A., Cook, M., & Fuller, D. (2009). Superior self-regulatory skills in African American college students: Evidence from alcohol and tobacco use. Journal of Black Studies, 40(2), 337-346.

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Seungyoun Kim, Ph.D.

Seungyoun Kim, Ph.D.

Email: syounkim@ucla.edu
Admitted: July 2015
Mentor(s): Christine Grella and Alison Moore

Education:
Ph.D. (August 2015) – Gerontology, USC
M.A. (2006) – Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Korea University 

Primary Research Interests:
Dr. Kim is interested in exploring protective factors for development of substance use 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 working on publishing papers from her dissertation on the effects of psychosocial factors on caregivers' health - an application of the resilience model.

Selected Publications:
 Kim, S., &Knight, B.G. (2015). Adaptation of the Three-dimensional Wisdom Scale (3D-WS) for the Korean Cultural Context. International Psychogeriatrics, 27(2), 267-278.

Kim, S., Geren, J.L., & Knight, B.G. (in press). Age Differences in the Complexity of Emotion Perception. Experimental Aging Research.
Knight, B.G., Kim, S., Rastegar, S., Jones, S., & Jump, V. (2015). Influences on Perceptions of Financial Abuse among Older Adults. International Psychogeriatrics.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1041610215000587

Knight, B.G., Rastegar, S. & Kim, S. (2015). Age Differences in the Connection of Mood and Cognition: Evidence from Studies of Mood Congruent Effects. Handbook of Psychology of Aging, 8th Edition.

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June Lim, Ph.D. 

June Lim, Ph.D.

Email: junelim@ucla.edu
Admitted: June 2014
Mentor(s): Christine Grella

Education:
Ph.D. (2014) – Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UCLA
M.S.W. (2004) – Social Work, Columbia University

Primary Research Interests:
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 on social relationships and violence trajectories from adolescence through adulthood. 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.

Selected Publications:

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Current Predoctoral Trainees

 

Emily Hartwell, M.A.

Emily Hartwell, M.A.

Email: ehartwell@ucla.edu 
Admitted: July 2013
Mentor(s): Lara Ray, Department of Psychology, and Suzette Glasner-Edwards

Education:
Ph.D. (expected 2017) – Clinical Psychology, UCLA
M.A. (2014) – Clinical Psychology, UCLA 

Primary Research Interests:
Emily is interested in studying the etiological and genetic underpinnings of substance use disorders. Her master’s thesis examined genetic predictors of medication response in heavy drinking smokers. Currently, Emily is studying the role that sleep disturbance and stress reactivity play in the etiology of alcohol use disorders and drinking behaviors both in the community and in the laboratory.

Selected Publications:
Back, S. E., Killeen, T. K., Teer, A. P., Hartwell, E. E., Federline, A., Beylotte, F., & Cox, E. (2014). Substance use disorders and PTSD: An exploratory study of treatment preferences among military veterans. Addictive Behaviors, 39(2), 369-373.

Bujarski, S., Roche, D. J., Lunny, K., Moallem, N. R., Courtney, K. E., Allen, V., Hartwell, E.,... & Ray, L. A. (2014). The relationship between methamphetamine and alcohol use in a community sample of methamphetamine users. Drug and Alcohol Dependence142, 127-132.

Hartwell, E. E., Pfeifer, J. G., McCauley, J. L., Maria, M. M. S., & Back, S. E. (2014). Sleep disturbances and pain among individuals with prescription opioid dependence. Addictive Behaviors, 39(10), 1537-1542.

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Andrew Moskowitz, M.A.

Andrew Moskowitz, M.A.

Email: almoskowitz@ucla.edu 
Admitted: July 2014
Mentor(s): Jennifer Krull

Education:
Ph.D. (expected 2017) – Quantitative Area of Psychology, UCLA
M.A. (2013) – Quantitative Area of Psychology, UCLA

Primary Research Interests:
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.

Selected Publications:
Tsai, K. H., Moskowitz, A. L.. Brown, T. E., Park, A. L., & Chorpita, B. F. (under review). 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.

Fisher, M. H., Moskowitz, A. L., & Hodapp, R. M. (2013). Differences in social vulnerability among individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Williams Syndrome, and Down Syndrome. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7(8), 931-937.

Favazza, P. C., Siperstein, G. N., Zeisel, S., Odom, S. L., Sideris, J. H. & Moskowitz, A. L. (2013) Young athletes program: Impact on motor development. Adaptive Physical Activity Quarterly, 30(3), 235-253.

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Past Postdoctoral Trainees (2008 – 2014)

Angie Denisse Otiniano Verissimo, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Training Period: 2012 - 2014
Mentor(s): Christine Grella and Gilbert Gee, Department of Community Health Sciences

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Health Science and Human Ecology, California State University, San Bernardino

Education:
Ph.D. (2011) – Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UCLA
M.P.H. (2007) – Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UCLA

Selected Publications:
Otiniano Verissimo, A. D., Gee, G. C., Ford, C. L., & Iguchi, M. Y. (2014). Racial discrimination, gender discrimination, and substance abuse among Latina/os nationwide. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology20(1), 43-51.

Otiniano Verissimo, A.D., Gee, G.C., Iguchi, M.Y., Ford, C.L., & Friedman, S.R. (2013). Discrimination, drugs, and alcohol among Latina/os in Brooklyn, New York:  Differences by gender.  International Journal of Drug Policy, 24(4), 367-373.

Otiniano Verissimo, A. D., Grella, C. E., Amaro, H., & Gee, G. C. (2014). Discrimination and substance use disorders among Latinos: The role of gender, nativity, and ethnicity. American Journal of Public Health104(8), 1421-1428.

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Preeta Saxena, Ph.D.
Training Period: 2012 - 2014
Mentor(s): Nena Messina and Christine Grella

Current Position: Social and Behavioral Science Researcher, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA

Education:
Ph.D. (2012) – Sociology, University of California, Riverside
M.A. (2007) – Sociology, California State University, Northridge

Selected Publications:
Saxena, P., Grella, C.E., & Messina, N. (under review).  Continuing care and trauma in women offenders’ substance use, psychiatric status, and self-efficacy outcomes.

Saxena, P., Hall, E., & Prendergast, M. (in preparation). Incentivizing HIV-testing for parolees in community aftercare.

Saxena, P., Messina, N. P., & Grella, C. E. (2014). Who benefits from gender-responsive treatment?  Accounting for abuse history on longitudinal outcomes for women in prison. Criminal Justice and Behavior41(4), 417-432.

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H. Isabella Lanza, Ph.D.
Training Period: 2010 – 2012
Mentor(s): Debra Murphy, David Huang, and Christine Grella

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development, California State University, Long Beach

Education:
Ph.D. (2010) – Developmental Psychology, Temple University
M.A. (2005) – Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University

Selected Publications: 
Lanza, H. I., Grella, C. E., & Chung, P. J. (2014). Does adolescent weight status predict problematic substance use patterns? American Journal of Health Behavior, 38(5), 708-716.

Huang, D. Y. C., Lanza, H. I., Wright-Volel, K., & Anglin, M. D. (2013). Developmental trajectories of childhood obesity and risk behaviors in adolescence. Journal of Adolescence, 36(1), 139-148.

Lanza, H. I., Echols, L., & Graham, S. (2013). Deviating from the norm: Body mass index (BMI) differences and psychosocial adjustment among early adolescent girls. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(4):376-86.

Lanza, H., Huang, D., Murphy, D., & Hser, Y. (2013). A latent class analysis of maternal responsiveness and autonomy-granting in early adolescence: Prediction to later adolescent sexual risk-taking. Journal of Early Adolescence 33(3), 404-428. 

Huang, D. Y., Lanza, H. I., & Anglin, M. D. (2013). Trajectory of adolescent obesity: Exploring the impact of prenatal to childhood experiences. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1-12.

Grant Obtained:
Obesity and substance use: Identifying pathways and processes in adolescence [1RO3DA033497]

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Howard Padwa, Ph.D.
Training Period: 2010 – 2012
Mentor(s): Richard Rawson, Lillian Gelberg, and Christine Grella

Current Position: Associate Project Scientist, Clinical and Translational Science Institute Translational Research Fellow, UCLA

Education:
Ph.D. (2008) – History, UCLA
M.A. (2000) – History, University of Delaware

Selected Publications:
Padwa, H., Ni, Y. M., Barth-Rogers, Y., Arangua, L., Andersen, R., & Gelberg, L. (2014). Barriers to drug use behavior change among primary care patients in urban United States community health centers. Substance Use & Misuse, 49(6), 743-751.

Padwa, H., Larkins, S., Crevecoeur-MacPhail, D., & Grella, C. (2013). Dual diagnosis capability of mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs in Southern California.  Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 9(2), 179-186. 

Padwa, H., Urada, D., Antonini, V. P., Ober, A., Crevecoeur-MacPhail, D. A., & Rawson, R. A. (2012).  Integrating substance use disorder services with primary care: The experience in California. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 44(4), 299-306.

Padwa, H. (2012). Social Poison: The Culture and Politics of Opiate Control in Britain and France, 1821-1926. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

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Catherine (Domier) Canamar, Ph.D.
Training Period: 2008 – 2011  
Mentor(s):  Richard Rawson, Walter Ling, and Yih-Ing Hser

Current Position: Project Director, Department of Neurology, UCLA

Education:
Ph.D. (2008) – Cognitive Psychology, Claremont Graduate University
M.A. (2002) – Psychology, Claremont Graduate University

Selected Publications: 
Hillhouse, M., Canamar, C. P., & Ling, W. (2013). Predictors of outcome after short-term stabilization with buprenorphine. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44(3), 336-342.

Potter, J. S., Marino, E. N., Hillhouse, M. P., Nielsen, S., Wiest, K., Canamar, C. P., ... & Ling, W. (2013). Buprenorphine/naloxone and methadone maintenance treatment outcomes for opioid analgesic, heroin, and combined users: findings from starting treatment with agonist replacement therapies (START). Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 74(4), 605-613.

Canamar, C. P., & London, E. (2012). Acute cigarette smoking reduces latencies on a smoking Stroop test. Addictive Behaviors, 37(5), 627-631.

Compton, P., Canamar, C. P., Hillhouse, M., & Ling, W. (2012). Hyperalgesia in heroin dependent patients and the effects of opioid substitution therapy. Journal of Pain, 13(4), 401-409.

Domier Canamar, C., Ling, W., Kittirattanapaiboon, P., & Srisukho, T. (2012). Impairment of current memory and executive function in former methamphetamine-induced psychotic patients. Journal of Mental Health of Thailand, 20(1), 37-45.

Hillhouse, M., Canamar, C.P., Doraimani, G., Thomas, C., Hasson, A., & Ling, W. (2011). Participant characteristics and buprenorphine dose. American Journal of Drug & Alcohol Abuse, 37(5), 453-459

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Ruthlyn (Sodano) Fox, Ph.D.  
Training Period: 2008 – 2010
Mentor(s): Richard Rawson

Current Position: Assistant Clinical Professor, UC San Diego and Staff Psychologist, VA San Diego Healthcare Systems

Education:
Ph.D. (2008) – Clinical Psychology, University of Albany, State University of New York
M.A. (2006) – Clinical Psychology, University of Albany, State University of New York

Selected Publications: 
Rawson, R. A., Rataemane, S., Rataemane, L., Ntlhe, N., Fox, R. S., McCuller, J., & Brecht, M. L. (2013). Dissemination and implementation of cognitive behavioral therapy for stimulant dependence: A randomized trial comparison of 3 approaches. Substance Abuse, 34(2), 108-117.

Paris, J. J., Franco, C., Sodano, R., Frye, C. A., & Wulfert, E. (2010). Gambling pathology is associated with dampened cortisol response among men and women. Physiology and Behavior, 99(2), 230-233.

Sodano, R., Watson, D. W., Rataemane, S., Rataemane, L., Ntlhe, N., & Rawson, R. (2010). The substance abuse treatment workforce of South Africa. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 8(4), 608-615.

Sodano, R., & Wulfert, E. (2010). Cue reactivity in active pathological, abstinent pathological, and regular gamblers. Journal of Gambling Studies, 26(1), 53-65.

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David Chim, D.O.  
Training Period: 2008 – 2009
Mentor(s): Walter Ling

Current Position: Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Primary Care, Community Medicine, and School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong

Education:
D.O. (2003) – Osteopathic Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences 

Selected Publications: 
Tong, H. H., & Chim, D. (2013). The relationship between casino proximity and problem gambling. Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health, 3(1), 1-17.

Sobowale, K., Zhou, A. N., Van Voorhees, B. W., Stewart, S., Tsang, A., Ip, P., ... & Chim, D. (2013). Adaptation of an internet-based depression prevention intervention for Chinese adolescents: from “CATCH-IT” to “grasp the opportunity”. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 25(2), 127-137.

Ling, W., Shoptaw, S., Hillhouse, M., Bholat, M. A., Charuvastra, C., Heinzerling, K., Chim, D . . Doraimani, G. (2012). Double-blind placebo-controlled evaluation of the PROMETA protocol for methamphetamine dependence. Addiction, 107(2), 361-369.

Hillhouse, M., Domier, C. P., Chim, D., & Ling, W. (2010). Provision of ancillary medications during buprenorphine detoxification does not improve treatment outcomes. Journal of Addictive Disease, 29(1), 23-29.

Weiss, R. D., Potter, J. S., Copersino, M. L., Prather, K., Jacobs, P., Provost, S., Chim, D.. . . Ling, W. (2010). Conducting clinical research with prescription opioid dependence: Defining the population. American Journal of Addiction, 19(2), 141-146.

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Past Predoctoral Trainees (2008 - 2014)

Catherine Branson, M.P.H.
Training Period: 2012 - 2014
Mentor(s):  Dawn Upchurch, Department of Community Health Sciences, and Christine Grella

Current Position: Graduate Student and Prevention Fellow, SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, at Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control Program.

Education:
Ph.D. (expected 2015) – Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UCLA
M.P.H. (2006) – Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UCLA

Selected Publications:
Nyamathi, A., Reback, C. J., Salem, B. E., Zhang, S., Shoptaw, S., Branson, C. M., & Leake, B. (2014). Correlates of self-reported incarceration among homeless gay and bisexual stimulant-using young adults. Western Journal of Nursing Research. [Epub ahead of print] doi 10.1177/0193945914530521.

Nyamathi, A., Salem, B., Reback, C. J., Shoptaw, S., Branson, C. M., Idemundia, F. E., ... & Liu, Y. (2013). Correlates of hepatitis B virus and HIV knowledge among gay and bisexual homeless young adults in Hollywood. American Journal of Men's Health7(1), 18-26.

Nyamathi, A., Kennedy, B., Branson, C., Salem, B., Khalilifard, F., Marfisee, M., ... & Leake, B. (2013). Impact of nursing intervention on improving HIV, hepatitis knowledge and mental health among homeless young adults. Community Mental Health Journal49(2), 178-184.

Bowers, J.R., Branson, C.M., Fletcher, J.B., & Reback, C.J. (2012). Predictors of HIV sexual risk behavior among men who have sex with men, men who have sex with men and women, and transgender women.  International Journal of Sexual Health, 24(4), 290-302.

Reback, C.J., Grant, D.L., Fletcher, J.B., Branson, C.M., Shoptaw, S., Bowers, J.R., Charania, M., & Mansergh, G.  (2012). Text messaging reduces HIV risk behaviors among methamphetamine-using men who have sex with men.  AIDS & Behavior, 16(7), 1993-2002.

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Nancy Kepple, M.S.W.
Training Period: 2011 - 2013
Mentor (s): Bridget Freisthler, Department of Social Welfare, and Christine Grella

Current Position: Graduate Student, Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA

Education:
Ph.D. (expected 2015) – Social Welfare, UCLA
M.S.W. (2007) – Social Welfare, UCLA

Selected Publications:
Kepple, N. J., Freisthler, B., & Johnson-Motoyama, M. (2014). Bias in child maltreatment self-reports using interactive voice response (IVR). Child Abuse & Neglect 38(10), 1694-1705.

Freisthler, B., Johnson-Motoyama, M., & Kepple, N. J. (2014). Inadequate child supervision: The role of alcohol outlet density, parent drinking behaviors, and social support. Children and Youth Services Review, 43, 75-84.

Freisthler, B., Kepple, N. J., Sims, R., & Martin, S. E. (2013). Evaluating medical marijuana dispensary policies: Spatial methods for the study of environmentally-based interventions. American Journal of Community Psychology, 51(1-2), 278-288.

Freisthler, B., Kepple, N. J., & Holmes, M. R. (2012). The geography of drug market activities and child maltreatment. Child Maltreatment, 17(2), 144-152.

Kepple, N. J., & Freisthler, B. (2012). Exploring the ecological association between crime and medical marijuana dispensaries. Journal of Study of Alcohol and Drugs, 73(4), 523-530.

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Camillia Lui, Ph.D.
Training Period: 2010 – 2012
Mentor(s): Steve Wallace

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute

Education:
Ph.D. (2012) – Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UCLA
M.P.H. (2003) – Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UCLA
M.A. (2003) – Asian Studies, UCLA

Selected Publications: 
Lui, C.K., Chung, P.J., Ford, C.L., Grella, C.E., & Mulia, N. (2015).  Drinking behaviors and life course socioeconomic status during the transition from adolescence to adulthood among whites and blacks.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol Drugs, 76(1), 68-79.

Chung, P. J., Lui, C. K., Cowgill, B. O., Hoffman, G., Elijah, J., & Schuster, M. A. (2012). Employment, family leave, and parents of newborns or seriously ill children. Academy of Pediatrics, 12(3), 181-188.

Lui, C. K., & Wallace, S. P. (2011). A common denominator: Calculating hospitalization rates for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions in California. Prevention of Chronic Disease, 8(5), A102.

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Suzanne Spear, Ph.D.
Training Period:  2008 –  2011                                             
Mentor(s): Richard Rawson, Martin Iguchi, and Christine Grella

Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Public Health, California State University, Northridge

Education:
Ph.D. (2012) – Department of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UCLA
M.S. (1996) – Urban Studies, University of New Orleans

Selected Publications: 
Spear, S. E. (2014). Reducing readmissions to detoxification: An interorganizational network perspective. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 137, 76-82.

Spear, S. E., Crevecoeur-MacPhail, D., Denering, L., Dickerson, D., & Brecht, M. L. (2013). Determinants of successful treatment outcomes among a sample of urban American Indians/Alaska Natives: The role of social environments. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 40(3), 330-341.

Denering, L. L., & Spear, S. E. (2012). Routine use of screening and brief intervention for college students in a university counseling center. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 44(4), 318-324.

Spear, S. E., & Iguchi, M. Y. (2012). Intercepting binge drinkers in medical settings: A view from California. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 44(4), 334-341.

Dickerson, D. L., Spear, S., Marinelli-Casey, P., Rawson, R., Li, L., & Hser, Y. I. (2011). American Indians/Alaska Natives and substance abuse treatment outcomes: Positive signs and continuing challenges. Journal of Addictive Disease, 30(1), 63-74.

Grant Obtained: 
Substance Abuse Treatment Systems: An interorganizational network perspective [F31DA031509]

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Motoaki Hara, Ph.D. 
Training Period: June 2008 – June 2010
Mentor(s): Michael Seltzer and Yih-Ing Hser

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, Portland State University

Education:
Ph.D. (2010) – Education, UCLA
M.A. (2003) – Education, UCLA

Selected Publications: 
Hara, M., Huang, D. Y., Weiss, R. E., & Hser, Y. I. (2013). Concurrent life-course trajectories of employment and marijuana use: Exploring interdependence of longitudinal outcomes. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 45(5), 426-432.

Huang, D. Y., Evans, E., Hara, M., Weiss, R. E., & Hser, Y. I. (2011). Employment trajectories: Exploring gender differences and impacts of drug use. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79(1), 277-289.

Huang, D., Brecht, M. L., Hara, M., & Hser, Y. I. (2010). Influences of a covariate on growth mixture modeling. Journal of Drug Issues, 40(1), 173-194.

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