Shape of the Solution
April 17, 2013, 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. EDT
Frances 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., 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., 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., 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