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Shape of the Solution

April 17, 2013, 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. EDT

Frances M. HardingFrances M. Harding serves as director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), and she is recognized as one of the Nation’s leading experts in the field of alcohol and drug policy. She also serves as the lead for SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiative on the Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, which will create prevention-prepared communities where individuals, families, schools, faith-based organizations, workplaces, and communities take action to promote emotional health and reduce the likelihood of mental illness, substance abuse including tobacco, and suicide. Prior to Federal service, Director Harding served as associate commissioner of the Division of Prevention and Recovery at the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, where she was responsible for the development of policy and guidelines for alcohol and drug abuse and gambling prevention, treatment, and recovery programming. In 2004, she became the first nonresearcher to receive the prestigious Science to Practice Award from the International Society for Prevention Research.

Kelli Komro, Ph.D., M.P.H. Kelli Komro, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a Professor of Health Outcomes and Policy in the College of Medicine, Associate Director of the Institute for Child Health Policy, and Research Foundation Professor at the University of Florida. Her worked has focused on developing complex communitywide preventive interventions to reduce child and adolescent health risks and disparities, both in the United States and internationally. Her large National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded trials have focused on specific underserved populations of youth: (1) urban central-city African-Americans; (2) urban central-city Hispanics/Latinos; (3) Native Americans, specifically Cherokee Indians; and (4) rural, largely white, poor populations. Dr. Komro is the author of more than 85 publications on issues including child health disparities, theory and intervention design, community trial and longitudinal research designs, and measurement. NIH has continually funded her research since the 1990s. She is the recipient of two national mentoring awards and a University of Florida College of Medicine teaching award. Dr. Komro is an epidemiologist and a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Robert Saltz, Ph.D. Robert Saltz, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist at the Prevention Research Center, a unit of Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation in Berkeley, California. The Center is one of the national research centers funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Dr. Saltz’s work has centered on ways in which drinking contexts may influence the risk of subsequent injury or death, with special emphasis on drinking in licensed commercial outlets and on college campuses. His research topics have included alcohol-impaired driving, responsible beverage service in retail businesses, and the design and implementation of comprehensive community prevention interventions to reduce alcohol-involved trauma. He is currently the Principal Investigator of a multi-campus college prevention randomized trial funded by NIAAA, and another community-level randomized trial funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration aimed at reducing excessive drinking among youth and young adults. Among his professional activities, Dr. Saltz has served on several review committees for the National Institutes of Health, NIAAA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; as a board member for the Society for Prevention Research; and on several committees for the Research Society on Alcoholism. He also served on the Surgeon General’s Workshop on Drunk Driving as well as on NIAAA’s Task Force on College Drinking. He has twice served on the advisory board of the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention.

Richard Spoth, Ph.D. Richard Spoth, Ph.D., is the F. Wendell Miller Senior Prevention Scientist and the Director of the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University. He provides oversight for an interrelated set of projects addressing a range of research questions on prevention program engagement, program effectiveness, culturally competent programming, and dissemination of evidence-based programs via community–university partnerships. Among his National Institute of Health-funded projects, Dr. Spoth received a MERIT Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for a large-scale study evaluating combined family- and school-based interventions. Dr. Spoth has served on numerous federally sponsored expert and technical review panels addressing issues in prevention research and research–practice integration. He has been invited to testify before and brief Congress and to represent the prevention field in panels sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. With this work, Dr. Spoth received the Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research for “outstanding contributions to advancing the field of prevention science.”