Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD, Project/Medical Director
Dr. Jordan completed an MD, PhD program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. She completed a general adult psychiatric residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship at Yale University, where she served as Program-Wide Chief. Currently, Dr. Jordan is an assistant professor at Yale and a physician attending at Connecticut Mental Health Center. She is committed to increasing access to addiction services within minority communities, both nationally and abroad. Dr. Jordan has done research in Sierra Leone, West Africa examining the link between, mental illness, substance use and stigma, and has served as an expert witness discussing these issues. In Connecticut, Dr. Jordan is working with Black churches to offer evidenced based interventions for substance use. Dr. Jordan is the proud recipient of various clinical and research awards and was recently inducted into the Top 40 under 40 Society by her undergraduate alma mater.
Jeanette M. Tetrault, MD, FACP, FASAM, Assistant Medical Director
Dr. Tetrault is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of General Internal Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. She is the founding Program Director for the Yale’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship. She is a primary care physician and addiction medicine specialist at the APT Foundation, where she provides primary care services, chronic disease management, including HIV and Hepatitis C treatment; and addiction specialty care including methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone treatment. She co-directs the Addiction Recovery Clinic, a specialty clinic embedded within the residency continuity practice, which serves a dual clinical and educational mission. She is on the Board of Directors of the Addiction Medicine Foundation and the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Director’s Association. She is co-chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine’s (SGIM) Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use Interest Group, and past- president for the New England Region of SGIM. Her academic interest focuses on improving care of patients with substance use and the chronic diseases associated with addiction. She is recognized as a Macy Foundation Faculty Scholar for her work expanding addiction medicine curricula for health professions students at Yale. Dr. Tetrault has published widely in the field of Addiction Medicine including epidemiologic investigation, investigation of unique delivery care models, examination of safety of addiction pharmocotherapies, and addiction medicine curriculum design, evaluation, and dissemination.
Kathryn Cates-Wessel, PI
Ms. Cates-Wessel has more than 30 years of background and experience in the substance use disorder field in administration, medical education, and policy. She is Chief Executive Officer of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and Principal Investigator and Project Director for both the PCSS and STR-TA grant. As Principal Investigator and Project Director of these projects, she oversees the overall administration of the projects staff; consultants and sub-awards; negotiating contracts and overseeing work of partner organizations, consultants and vendors; and ensuring that all aspects of this these projects are undertaken according to the project plans. Prior to her work at AAAP, she was Associate Director of Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies for over 19 years and Executive Director of Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy, a think tank of leaders from law and medicine advocating for prevention/treatment of addicts over incarceration. Prior to that she was Associate Director of a residential treatment center for adolescents for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders.
Dafna Paltin, Program Manager
Dafna received her BS from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where she majored in Neuroscience and double minored in Psychology and Art History. Both minors informed her major in that she was exploring how neuroscience is integrated into other social and cultural domains. Dafna is inspired by interdisciplinary approaches to complex health problems, and has had the privilege of working closely with several nationally recognized scientists and mentors known for innovations in their fields. It was while working in a neurorehabilitation laboratory at the University of Wisconsin that Dafna became aware of the complex patient-provider communication gaps that exist, particularly for underserved and marginalized populations (i.e. people of color, LGBTQ+, and individuals with disabilities). Her consistent desire to be at the vanguard of research and clinical interventions has lead Dafna to the work of Dr. Ayana Jordan at Yale University. As the REACH Project Manager, Dafna aims to draw attention to the unique medical and mental health needs of under-represented minority patients with substance use disorder. From this vantage point, Dafna intends to draw attention to the issues that are often overlooked in patient care, and create reform around clinical practices.