The Advisory Board, with members recruited outside of Yale, consists of a diverse panel of experts (from various disciplines and community members), with collective international and national experience in both addiction education and reducing behavioral health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations. Through these partnerships, the REACH program creates a support network specifically designed to increase capacity of culturally-informed physicians, while also increasing the recruitment of trainees from URM backgrounds, who are able to meet the unique needs of Underrepresented Minority (URM) patients with substance use disorders (SUDs).
Adina E. Bowe, MD
Adina E. Bowe is currently an Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University Charleston Division. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Her special interests reside in treating medically complexed, dually diagnosed individuals with addiction disorders in rural communities. She is an advocate for the integrated care model of health delivery. Dr. Bowe is an active member of American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, the American Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association. In her spare time she enjoys visiting her family in the Bahamas, hiking and kayaking.
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.
Andrew Danzo is Director of Fellowship Development for The Addiction Medicine Foundation (TAMF). He has been involved in developing fellowship training programs since 2010 as part of the successful effort to build a graduate medical education infrastructure for Addiction Medicne and achieve its formal recognition by the American Board of Medical Specialties and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Based in the Department of Family Medicine at the University at Buffalo Jacob School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Mr. Danzo has also worked on a variety of projects, including faculty development the New York State Rural Health Research Center and New York State Area Health Education Center. From 2000-2009, he served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Rural Health, the premiere peer-reviewed publication focused on healthcare access and related issues for the nation’s nonmetropolitan population. He earned a BA in economics and political science from Rutgers University and previously worked for a number of years as a journalist.
Patrick Dowling, MD, MPH
Dr. Patrick Dowling is Kaiser Endowed Professor of Community Medicine and Chair of the UCLA Department of Family Medicine (UDFM). A graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, he completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and earned an MPH at Michigan. He is board certified in Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine/Public Health. The UDFM sponsors a Family Medicine residency as well as fellowships in Sports Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Further, UDFM operates a large NIH- funded program in partnership with universities in S. Africa and Vietnam to address substance abuse and HIV, and is assisting the health ministry of Mozambique in developing Family Medicine.
After completing training in Chicago, he served as medical director at migrant health centers for three years with Cesar Chavez on the rural Mexican-Californian border. He then returned to Cook County Hospital and for seven years, served as Associate Chair of Family Medicine, followed by three years as Program Director at Brown University. Prior to joining UCLA as chair of the UDFM in 1998, he served as Chair of Family Medicine at Harbor-UCLA for nine years.
His professional interests include health policy, the provision of care to under-resourced communities and the linkage of graduate medical education to underserved communities as a means to improve access and reduce health outcomes disparities. Moreover, his research interests include cross cultural and bi-national medicine and the integration of behavioral medicine and substance abuse treatment within primary care.
Michelle P. Durham, MD, MPH
Michelle P. Durham, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and practices clinically at Boston Medical Center (BMC). She is board certified in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry and addiction medicine. Dr. Durham’s public health and clinical roles have always been in underserved and underresourced communities. She is dedicated to health equity and advocacy for equitable mental health treatment globally and locally. Dr. Durham’s research focuses on workforce development that reflects underrepresented groups, training and education for both the pediatric workforce and mental health professionals. She is the Director of Clinical Training for the BMC Transforming and Expanding Access to Mental Health in Urban Pediatrics (TEAM UP) grant funded Initiative to bring integrated care to pediatrics in urban based federally qualified community health centers. Through the TEAM UP initiative she developed an e-course for the pediatric care team to build foundational skills in working with children and adolescents with behavioral health concerns. She is the PI for two federally funded HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) grants: Maternal and Child Health Collaborative Office Rounds and the Achieving Culturally Competent and Equitable Substance use Services (ACCESS) Training Program.
Dr. Durham is the Training Director for the BMC general psychiatry residency program, the Associate Director for the BMC Global and Local Center for Mental Health Disparities and the Medical Director for the BMC collaboration with the Boston Public Health Commission School based Mental Health Services. She received her MD from Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA, completed her residency training at BMC and her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut. She received her Master’s in Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the Emory Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, GA. Prior to completing her medical education, she worked as the Assistant Director for the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She is involved at the state and national level in the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to improve the standard of care for children and adolescents.
Lacresha Hall, MD, FAPA, FASAM, ABAM
Dr. Hall is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Addiction medicine. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Hall is currently in private practice in Vancouver, British Columbia where she uses pharmacotherapy and psychodymanic psychotherapy to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders. She has a special interest in treating individuals with eating disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and trauma. She is also interested in the impact of nutrition and exercise on mental health and co-hosts a weekly audio-based program on nutrition and exercise.
Dionne Hart, MD
Dr. Dionne Hart is a Chicago native. She earned her undergraduate degree at The College of the University Chicago then worked as a social worker at a community mental health center. She was a social worker until she entered medical school. After earning her medical degree, she completed a residency in psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic
College of Graduate Medicine in Rochester, MN.
Dr. Hart is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine. She practices community and public psychiatry at multiple sites. She’s held multiple leadership positions in national, state, and local medical organizations including serving as the first chair of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Minority Affairs Section and the first African American woman elected to the Minnesota Medical Association's Board of Trustees. She currently serves as the Minnesota Psychiatric Society's delegate to the American Psychiatric Association, delegate of the Minority Affairs Section to the AMA House of Delegates, co-president of the Zumbro Valley Medical Soceity, and President of the Minnesota Association of African American Physicians.
Captain Karen Hearod
CAPT. Karen Hearod is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Prior to accepting her new role as Regional Administrator, CAPT. Hearod served as the Indian Health Service Oklahoma City Area Acting Behavioral Health Consultant. In this position CAPT. Hearod had oversight over behavioral health and substance abuse programs across Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas providing services impacting 410,00 Native Americans. In addition to providing leadership as Chair for the IHS National Zero Suicide Advisory Committee, she served as a member of the National Suicide Crisis Policy Committee working to establish the first IHS national suicide care policy.
During her federal career, CAPT. Hearod has served as the Chief Behavioral Health Officer for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. In this role, Hearod oversaw a behavioral health system which spanned the area equivalent to the size of Vermont including 13 facilities and 90 staff. She was successful in seeking out and implementing multiple grants addressing substance abuse and suicide prevention, sexual assault forensic treatment and prevention, HIV and teen pregnancy prevention, and cardiovascular disease prevention. She led the creation of the Choctaw Nation Wind Horse Treatment Center providing family centered substance abuse prevention and treatment services for high risk families in an area with little access to care. She also facilitated the transition to a fully integrated Electronic Health Record for Behavioral Health with Choctaw Nation Health programs greatly improving continuity of care.
Sylvia, Na Young, Kang, MSN, PMHNP
Sylvia, Na Young, Kang is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Sylvia received her Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology at Vassar College, worked for several years in case management and advocacy at various intersections of domestic violence, criminal legal system and homelessness. She has obtained her Master’s in Nursing at Yale University, where she was involved in Yale Street Medicine and Yale Addiction Medicine group. She is currently working at a community health center and a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, under NYU Langone.
Rosalind de Lisser, MS, FNP, PMHNP
Rosalind de Lisser is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF School of Nursing. She is a Family and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and specializes in trauma informed integrated primary and behavioral health care. She is the clinical lead for behavioral health in the Women’s HIV Clinic at UCSF Health and a national advocate for trauma informed care. Her research is individual and system level factors associated with burnout and resilience in healthcare providers.
Paula Lum, MD, MPH
Paula J. Lum, MD MPH is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Program Director of the UCSF Primary Care Addiction Medicine Fellowship. She has been a faculty member in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine at San Francisco General Hospital since 1999. Board certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine, Dr. Lum practices at the place where HIV, addiction, and poverty collide. Her research and clinical activities are grounded in evidence-based, patient-centered care to improve health outcomes and life quality of the urban poor. Her current areas of focus include: (1) HIV and viral hepatitis prevention and treatment in persons who inject drugs, (2) evidence-based interventions in primary care and non-traditional settings for substance use disorders and their complications, and (3) curricular interventions to provide health care professionals with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to offer effective patient-centered care to persons who use drugs.
Ismene Petrakis, MD
Dr. Ismene Petrakis is Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and the Chief of Psychiatry and Mental Health Services at VA Connecticut Healthcare System. She is also the Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency at Yale University School of Medicine, the principal investigator of a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA-T32) training grant. She is involved in the education of medical students and residents at many stages of their training, particularly around clinical issues of addictive disorders. She is also a grant funded investigator (funding sources over the years have included NIH, VA, Department of Defense, NARSAD and the Stanley Foundation) whose research interests include developing an understanding of the neurobiology of alcohol dependence and in testing potentially effective treatments for individuals with alcohol dependence and comorbid Axis I psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Petrakis received her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and her medical training at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Yale University School of Medicine and then completed an Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, also at Yale University. Since completing her training, Dr. Petrakis has over 20 years of experience in the clinical treatment of addictive disorders, research in this field and in the education of residents, medical students, post-doctoral fellows and other mental health trainees in the assessment, accurate diagnosis and treatment of patients with addictive disorders.
Richard Schottenfeld, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Howard University College of Medicine: A leading clinical researcher, educator, and developer of clinical programs and services, Dr. Schottenfeld has played a key role in development and expansion of primary care-based treatments for opioid use disorder in the U.S. and internationally. He has directed training programs in Addiction Psychiatry and drug abuse clinical research and an interdisciplinary faculty development program for faculty in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry who have subsequently played major roles in developing drug abuse clinical research and training programs.
Olapeju Simoyan, MD, MPH, BDS, FAAFP, FASAM
Dr Simoyan is the Medical Director of Research and the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Research at Caron Treatment Centers. A full Professor in the department of psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine, she also holds an adjunct faculty position at Penn State University College of Medicine. Prior to her current position, she was the addiction medicine fellowship program director at Geisinger Marworth. She was a founding faculty member at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, where she held the rank of Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Epidemiology.
Dr Simoyan earned her medical degree from Penn State University College of Medicine, after which she completed an internship in psychiatry/family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Western Psychiatric Institute. She completed her family medicine residency at the Penn State/Good Samaritan Hospital Family and Community Medicine Residency program.
Prior to her medical training, Dr Simoyan received a dental degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is board certified in Family Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Dental Public Health and has contributed to international public health education as a Fulbright specialist in Nigeria and an Erasmus Mundus scholar in France and the U.K. She has also volunteered on medical mission projects in Nigeria and Haiti.
Dr Simoyan has several peer-reviewed publications and serves on the editorial board of Medical Education Online, an open access health education journal. She was the Founding Editor in Chief of Black Diamonds, a literary journal published by Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. She is a member of the Publications Council of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and serves on the addiction medicine sub-board of the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
A member of the American Medical Women Association’s music and medicine committee, Dr Simoyan has also curated a photographic exhibit featuring prominent women in medicine.
Dr Simoyan’s scholarships and awards include the Emerging Leader award from the Family Medicine Education Consortium (2010) and the American Association of Medical College’s Herbert Nickens Faculty Fellowship (2012). She was recognized by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal as one of the Top 25 Women in Business in 2015 and she was a second prize winner in the State Department’s Citizen Diplomacy Challenge in the same year.
Kimberly Sue, MD, PhD
Kimberly Sue, MD, PhD, is the Medical Director of the National Harm Reduction Coalition where she provides national training and technical assistance to improve the health and well-being of people who use drugs. She is a physician-anthropologist and instructor in the Program in Addiction Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Sue is a graduate of the Harvard Medical School’s Social Science MD-PhD program and completed her medical training at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, in Internal Medicine-Primary Care. Her new book, Getting Wrecked: Women, Incarceration, and the American Opioid Crisis (UC Press, 2019), uses a medical anthropology lens to examine the intersection of US prison systems, addiction policy, mental health, and treatment with women in Massachusetts. She has worked in diverse clinical environments, including syringe service programs, methadone clinics, and at the Rikers Island jail system in New York City. Follow on twitter @DrKimSue.