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Clifford Bersamira, PhD, AM
Assistant Professor

Gartley Hall Rm. 205C
Phone: 808.956.6245
Fax: 808.956.5964
E-mail: clifford.bersamira@hawaii.edu


Biographical Narrative

Cliff Bersamira is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. He received his Ph.D. and A.M. (M.S.W. equivalent) from the University of Chicago School Service Administration and B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. While at the University of Chicago, he received health services research training through an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded National Research Service Award T32 predoctoral program. Dr. Bersamira’s qualitative and mixed-methods research relates to addiction treatment and recovery support services, federal and state-level behavioral health policy reforms, and behavioral health disparities among Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations in the U.S. His recent projects include a study of state-level addiction service delivery and policy implementation as part of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded National Drug Abuse Treatment System Survey (NDATSS) State Case Studies Project and a study of policy-making stakeholder perspectives on recovery-oriented addiction policies and services. Previously, he has worked with recovering heroin users in San Francisco, served in the Peace Corps in West Africa, and provided technical assistance to state government agencies in Washington, DC at the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.

Education

Ph.D., University of Chicago
A.M., (M.S.W. equivalent), University of Chicago
B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • Addiction/Behavioral Health Policies and Service Delivery
  • Addiction/Behavioral Health Services and Healthcare Reform
  • Recovery Support Services and Mutual Aid
  • Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian Behavioral Health Disparities
  • Behavioral Health Systems and Services Integration

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CLIFFORD SIMON BERSAMIRA
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work
2430 Campus Road, Gartley Hall
Honolulu, HI 96822
email: clifford.bersamira@hawaii.edu
office: 808-956-6245

 

EDUCATION
Ph.D. August 2018
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
School of Social Service Administration

  • Dissertation: Stakeholder Perspectives on Conceptualizing Addiction Recovery in the Era of Healthcare Reform
  • Chair: Jeanne C. Marsh, Ph.D., The University of Chicago
  • Committee: Colleen M. Grogan, Ph.D., The University of Chicago
  • Keith Humphreys, Ph.D., Stanford University
  • Harold A. Pollack, Ph.D., The University of Chicago

A.M. June 2010
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
School of Social Service Administration

  • Concentration: Social Administration (M.S.W. Equivalent)

B.A. May 2003
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
College of Arts and Sciences

  • Major: Psychology
  • Minors: Asian American Studies and History

 

FACULTY APPOINTMENT
2018 – Assistant Professor
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI
Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work Department of Social Work

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Addiction/Behavioral Health Policies and Service Delivery
  • Addiction/Behavioral Health Services and Healthcare Reform
  • Recovery Support Services and Mutual Aid
  • Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian Behavioral Health Disparities
  • Behavioral Health Systems and Services Integration

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

  • Marsh, J. C., Park, K., Lin, Y., & Bersamira, C. (2018). Gender differences in trends for heroin use and nonmedical prescription opioid use, 2007–2014. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.
  • Bersamira, C.S., Lin, Y., Park, K., & Marsh, J.C. (2017). Drug Use Among Asian Americans: Differentiating Use by Acculturation Status and Gender. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 76-81.
  • Andrews, C., Abraham, A., Grogan, C. M., Pollack, H. A., Bersamira, C., Humphreys, K., & Friedmann, P. (2015). Despite Resources From The ACA, Most States Do Little To Help Addiction Treatment Programs Implement Health Care Reform. Health Affairs, 34(5), 828-835.

 

INVITED PUBLICATIONS

  • Andrews, C.M., Bersamira, C., & Westlake, W. (2017). The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Emerging Adults. In D.C. Smith (Ed.), Emerging Adults and Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Developmental Considerations and Innovative Approaches. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

 

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION

  • Abraham A.J., Smith, B.T., Bersamira, C.S., Andrews, A.J., Grogan, C.M., Pollack, H.A., Friedmann, P.D. Single State Agencies Respond to ACA Implementation.
    Andrews, C.M., Pollack, H.A., Abraham, A.J., Grogan, C.M., Bersamira, C.S., & Friedmann, P.D. Medicaid Expands Role in Addiction Treatment After the Affordable Care Act.
  • Bersamira, C. Stakeholder Perspectives on Conceptualizing Addiction Recovery in the Era of Health Reform.
  • Bersamira, C.S., Grogan, C.M., Andrews, C., Pollack, H.A., Abraham, A.J, & Friedmann, P.D., Medicaid Policy in Addiction Treatment: Understanding State Waiver Innovations.
  • Bersamira, C., Grogan, C.M., Abraham, A.J., Smith, B.T., Westlake, M.M., Andrews, C., Friedmann, P.D., & Pollack, H.A. Stakeholder Perspectives on the Opioid Epidemic and the Implementation of Addiction Treatment Under State-Level Health Policy Reforms.

 

TRADE, POLICY, AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

  • Wurzburg, S., Zentgraf, K., Russell, C. Bersamira, C., Morrison, R., & Harwood, H. (2014). State Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Practice Guide. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.
  • Bersamira, C., Wurzburg, S., Zentgraf, K., Harwood, H., Morrison, R., Diehl, A., Trick, M., & Buchanan, K. (2013). State Substance Abuse Agencies, Program Management, and Data Utilization: Case Studies of Eleven States. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.
  • Bersamira, C., Harwood, H., Morrison, R., Beardsley, E., Wurzburg, S., Trick, M., & Carmona, J. (2013). State Progress Toward Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and Abt Associates, Inc.
  • Bersamira, C., Wurzburg, S., Zentgraf, K., Harwood, H., et al. (2013). Approaches to Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale: Case Studies from Four States. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. Unpublished manuscript.
  • Mandell, K., Wurzburg, S., Bersamira, C., Carmona, J., Trick, M., Buchanan, K., Zentgraf, Z., & Harwood, H. (2012). State Regulations on Substance Use Disorder Programs and Counselors: An Overview. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.
  • Bersamira, C. & Harwood, H. (2012). Changes in State Substance Abuse Agency Funding: FY2007 to FY2012. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. Unpublished manuscript.
  • Bersamira, C., Wurzburg, S., Harwood, H., Zentgraf., K., Buchanan, K., Trick, M., & Russell, C. (2012). Substance Use Disorder and Primary Care Services Integration: State Assessment and Planning through the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Application. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.
  • Bersamira, C., Harwood, C., Diehl, A., Wurzburg, S., et al. (2012). State Substance Abuse Agencies and Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse: Results from a NASADAD Membership Inquiry. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.
  • Bersamira, C., Beardsley, E. & Harwood, H. (2011). State Substance Abuse Agency and Substance Abuse Program Efforts Towards Healthcare Integration: An Environmental Scan. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors.
  • Bersamira, C., Wurzburg, S. & Harwood, H. (2011). State Primary Prevention: An Overview of Funding, Service Types, and Persons Served. National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors. Unpublished manuscript.
  • Paduano, D., Drown, D., Bersamira, C. (2005). Finding a middle ground: An exploration of abstinence, harm reduction and a goal-directed approach. Addictions Newsletter: American Psychological Association, Division 50, Vol. 12(2).
  • Ecker, A.J., Maislin, G., Bersamira, C., Price, N.J., Powell, J.W., Rogers, N.L., Mallis, M.M., Dinges, D.F. (2003). Correlation between PERCLOS (Percentage of Eyelid Closure) and auditory vigilance lapses during 42 hours of sustained wakefulness. Sleep 26 (Abstract Suppl.): A206.

 

PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS
(Presenting Author*)

  • Bersamira, C.S.,* Grogan, C.M., Abraham, A.J., Smith, B.T., Westlake, M.M., Andrews, C.M., & Friedmann, P.D. Pollack, H.A., (2018 June). The Opioid Epidemic and the Politics of Implementation of Addiction Treatment Under State-Level Policy Reforms. Opening Plenary paper presentation at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Research Service Award (NRSA) Trainee Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Bersamira, C.S.,* Grogan, C.M., Abraham, A.J., Smith, B.T., Westlake, M.M., Andrews, C.M., & Friedmann, P.D. Pollack, H.A., (2018 June). The Opioid Epidemic and the Politics of Implementation of Addiction Treatment Under State-Level Policy Reforms. Poster presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting (ARM), Seattle, WA.
  • Pollack, H.A.,* Bersamira, C.S., Grogan, C.M., Abraham, A.J., Smith, B.T., Westlake, M.M., Andrews, C.M., & Friedmann, P.D. (2018 May). The Opioid Epidemic and the Politics of Implementation of Addiction Treatment Under State-Level Policy Reforms. Paper presentation at the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP), Vancouver, BC, Canada.
  • Bersamira, C.S,* Pollack, H.A., Grogan, C.M., Abraham, A.J., Tran Smith, B., Westlake, M., Andrews, C., & Friedman, P.D. (2018 January). Understanding Stakeholder Perspectives and the Implementation of Substance Use Disorder Services Under State-Level Health Policy Reforms. Paper presentation at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR), Washington, DC.
  • Lin, Y.,* Park, K., Bersamira, C. Marsh, J. (2018 January). Integrated Service Delivery for Substance-Involved Parents in the Child Welfare System. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR), Washington, DC.
  • Bersamira, C.S, Pollack, H.A.,* Grogan, C.M., Abraham, A.J., Tran Smith, B., Andrews, C., & Friedman, P.D. (2017 October). Understanding Stakeholder Perspectives and the Implementation of Substance Use Disorder Services Under State-Level Health Policy Reforms. Paper presentation at the Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference, Madison, WI.
  • Bersamira, C.* (2017 June). Defining Addiction Recovery and Conceptualizing a Recovery-Oriented System of Care in the Era of Healthcare Reform. Poster presentation at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Research Service Award (NRSA) Trainee Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Bersamira, C.,* Lin, Y.,* Park, K., & Marsh, J.C. (2017 January). Substance Use Among Asian Americans: Differentiating Use by Acculturation Status and Gender. Paper presentation at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA.
  • Tran Smith, B.,* Bersamira, C.,* & Grogan, C. (2017 January). Agenda-Setting the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Epidemics: Comparing State Media Salience and Overdose Deaths. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA.
  • Park, K.,* Marsh, J.C., Bersamira, C., & Lin, Y. (2017 January). Gender Differences in Prevalence Trends for Heroin and Opioid Painkillers, 2007-2013. Paper presentation at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA.
  • Tran Smith, B.,* Bersamira, C.,* & Grogan, C. (2016 November). Agenda-Setting the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Epidemics: Comparing State Media Salience and Overdose Deaths. Poster presentation at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), Washington, DC.
  • Marsh, J.C.,* Bersamira, C. Lin, Y., & Park, K. (2016 October). Substance Use Among Asian Americans: Differentiating Use by Acculturation Status and Gender. Paper presentation at the Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Park, K.,* Marsh, J.C., & Bersamira, C. (2015 October). Gender and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Opioid Drug Use: Gender Gap Narrowing Over Time in U.S., Findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) 2017-2013. Paper presentation at the Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference, Marina del Rey, CA.
  • Bersamira, C.S.,* Lin, Y.* & Marsh, J.C. (2015 January). Substance Abuse Among Asian Pacific Islander Americans: Results from the National Latino and Asian American Study Related to Ethnicity, Native-Born Status, English Proficiency, and Gender. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR), New Orleans, LA.
  • Andrews, C.M.,* Grogan, C.M., Bersamira, C.S. Pollack, H.A. & Friedmann, P.D. (2014 October). State and Treatment Program Responses to Health Reform: Preliminary Findings from the National Drug Abuse Treatment System Survey (NDATSS) – Single State Agencies, the ACA, and SAPT Block Grant Reallocation. Paper presentation at the Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference, Boston, MA.

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

  • Morrison, R.* & Bersamira, C. (2012 November). Addiction Recovery and the States: Working with the State Substance Abuse Agencies. Panel presentation at the Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) Executive Director Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Bersamira, C.* & Harwood, H. (2012 April). State Substance Abuse Agencies and Prescription Drug Abuse: Initial Results from a NASADAD Membership Inquiry. Webinar paper presentation to the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors’ National Treatment Network, Washington, DC.
  • Bersamira, C.* (2011 February). State Transformations Toward Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care. Webinar paper presentation to the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors’ National Treatment Network, Washington, DC.

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
2017 – 2018

T32 Health Services Research Training Program Predoctoral Trainee
The University of Chicago and Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

  • Principal Investigator: Kathleen Cagney, Ph.D.
  • Mentors: Jeanne C. Marsh, Ph.D., Colleen M. Grogan, Ph.D. & Harold A. Pollack, Ph.D.
  • National Research Service Award (NRSA) Health Services Research Training Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded (T32 HS000084)
  • Participate in peer- and mentor-led workshops with other T32 trainees to present ongoing dissertation and other research projects. Begin exploring Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX) claims data and the availability of substance use disorder (SUD) service utilization and cost data, particularly as related to peer-delivered recovery support services.

2015 – 2018

Project Coordinator
The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL

  • Principal Investigator: Peter D. Friedmann, M.D.
  • Co-Investigators: Colleen M. Grogan, Ph.D. Harold A. Pollack, Ph.D., Christina Andrews, Ph.D., & Amanda Abraham, Ph.D.
  • National Drug Abuse Treatment System Survey (NDATSS) State Case Studies, NIDA-funded (R01DA034634)
  • Coordinate case studies of 8 states to better understand progress with implementation of state-level ACA requirements pertaining to SUDs. Identify states for case study through examination of salience as related to media coverage, political priority, and SUD prevalence. Develop study protocol, IRB proposal, and interview guide. Identify key informants, conduct qualitative, in- depth interviews with more than 70 participants, and co-code and analyze data.

2015 – 2018

Principal Investigator, Dissertation Research
The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL

  • Mentors: Jeanne C. Marsh, Ph.D. Colleen M. Grogan, Ph.D., Harold A. Pollack, Ph.D., & Keith Humphreys, Ph.D.
  • Conceptualizing Addiction Recovery and Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care in the Era of Healthcare Reform
    In conjunction with the NDATSS State Case Studies qualitative interviews, coordinate qualitative, in-depth interviews with stake holders in the SUD service delivery system including policymakers, funders, treatment and recovery support service providers, and advocacy groups Develop study protocol, IRB proposal, and interview guide. Identify key informants, conduct interviews with more than 20 participants, and code and analyze data.

2013 – 2018

Doctoral Research Assistant
The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL

  • Principal Investigator: Jeanne C. Marsh, Ph.D.
  • Addiction Health Services Research Lab
  • Participate in projects pertaining to the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration, including the development of an IRB proposal to evaluate client satisfaction for child welfare and SUD services. Develop a study examining substance use among Asian Pacific Islander Americans using the National Latino and Asian American Study epidemiological data. Contribute to the study of gender differences in heroin and prescription opioid use.

2013 – 2015

Doctoral Research Assistant
The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL

  • Principal Investigator: Peter D. Friedmann, M.D.
  • Co-Investigators: Colleen M. Grogan, Ph.D., Harold A. Pollack, Ph.D., Christina Andrews, Ph.D., & Amanda Abraham, Ph.D.
  • National Drug Abuse Treatment System Survey (NDATSS) State Surveys, NIDA- funded (R01DA034634)
  • Collected survey data from state substance abuse, Medicaid, and insurance exchange agency directors pertaining to SUD systems and service preparations for Affordable Care Act (ACA) policies. Contributed to the analysis of survey data, literature review, and manuscript preparation of findings.

2010 – 2013

Research Analyst – Alcohol and Other Drugs
National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, Washington, DC

  • Developed surveys, collected and analyzed results, and prepared policy reports and trade publications on topics such as prescription drug abuse, recovery support services, primary care services integration, and state funding and organization of SUD services. Analyzed Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant information to understand state policies, planning, and. Compiled inventories of state agency documents on program accreditation, workforce licensure and certification, and strategic planning for services. Coordinated technical assistance for state opioid treatment authorities, National Prevention Network, and Program Management Workgroup.

2004 – 2005

Research Assistant
Principal Investigator: Valerie Gruber, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco

  • Clinical Trial Network: Baclofen Clinical Trial for Cocaine Dependence, NIDA- Funded
  • Interviewed 50 cocaine dependent treatment clients, measuring vital signs, discussing current health and psychosocial issues, and reviewing medication and illicit drug use.

2003 – 2005

Research Assistant
Principal Investigator: James Sorensen, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco

  • Therapeutic Communities and Opioid Replacement Therapy, NIDA-funded
  • Administered psychological and public health measures such as the Addiction Severity Index and C-DIS IV (Computerized Diagnostic Interview Schedule). Served as a case manager to 50 opioid-dependent research participants, providing linkages to social and health services.

 

TEACHING INTERESTS

  • Social Welfare Policy and History
  • Behavioral Health (Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health) Policy
  • Policy Processes in Social Welfare
  • Human Service Organizations and Management
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Social Work Issues and Asian Pacific Islander Americans

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Winter 2017 Lecturer
The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL

  • Course: Social Intervention: Research and Evaluation (SSAD 30200)
  • Instructed 26 master’s students in this course focused on the collection, analysis, and use of data related to fundamental aspects of social work practice: problem assessment and definition; intervention formulation, implementation, and refinement; and evaluation. The course covered specification and measurement of various practice and social science concepts, sampling methods, data collection strategies, statistical and graphical approaches to analysis, and research ethics.

Spring 2016 Grader
The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL

  • Instructor: Harold A. Pollack, Ph.D.
  • Course: Economics for Social Welfare (SSAD 45400)
  • Graded all assignments and exams for 65 master’s students in this course focused on economic concepts and theory and their use in analyzing social welfare policies. Economic concepts and models relating to preferences, costs, and choices were developed and used to analyze markets and issues that arise in the design and assessment of social welfare policies.
  • Coursework included problem sets, policy memos, essays, and other written assignments.

Winter 2016 Lab Instructor, Teaching Assistant, and Guest Lecturer
The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL

  • Instructor: Dana A. Weiner, Ph.D.
  • Course: Data for Policy Analysis and Management (SSAD 48500)
  • Instructed weekly lab sessions for 25 master’s students in this course focused on the generation, analysis, and use of data and information relevant to decision- making at the case, program, and policy levels. Students learned and developed skills in collecting, analyzing, and using data. Lab sessions covered the measurement of various practice and social science concepts, sampling methods, data collection strategies, and calculation and interpretation of descriptive and inferential statistics using SPSS.
  • Guest lectured on the Overview of Epidemiological Concepts, including its purpose, methods, and background on psychiatric epidemiology.

 

PROFESSIONAL AND PRACTICE EXPERIENCE
2016 Evaluation Consultant
Branch Associates, Inc. Chicago, IL

  • Subsidized and Transitional Employment Demonstration (STED) Project – Bridges to Pathways
  • Conducted in-depth, qualitative interviews with 9 Chicago-area STED program participants exiting juvenile and criminal justice settings, developed case summaries, and developed an evaluation report.

2015 – 2016 Peer Education Graduate Assistant, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
The University of Chicago, Center for Identity and Inclusion, Chicago, IL

  • Developed curricula and trained student and staff facilitators in programming pertaining to self-reflection, diversity, and inclusion. Trained on the principles of diversity and inclusion and facilitated intergroup dialogues and restorative justice peacemaking circles.

2013 Policy Academy Facilitator, State of Arkansas
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Advisory Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) State Policy Academy, Little Rock, AR

  • As NASADAD staff, co-facilitated a 6-month state policy academy for a team of state behavioral health agency, Medicaid, treatment, and advocacy representatives reforming state policies to include peer support specialists.

2009 – 2010 Graduate Program Assistant
George M. Pullman Educational Foundation, Chicago, IL

  • Developed a research report about trends in higher education attainment, tuition costs, and the availability of scholarships and grants, which was included in the 2010 Foundation Annual Report. Managed 75 scholarship application cases through the evaluation application materials.

2009 – 2010 Administrative Social Work Graduate Intern
Asian Human Services – Mental Health Program, Chicago, IL

  • Analyzed quantitative data on treatment effectiveness, wrote grant proposals for culturally and linguistically competent case management, prepared for auditing review, and revised quality assurance procedures.

2009 Human Rights Summer Fellow
The University of Chicago, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights
Small Island Institute, The Seychelles – Indian Ocean

  • Consulted with national SUD center on the integration of harm reduction practices. Advised on NGO restructuring and design. Participated in EU/UNDP workshop facilitating the revision of national NGO governance laws.

2008 – 2009 Social Work Graduate Intern
SGA Youth and Family Services, Chicago, IL

  • Developed and implemented a juvenile justice curriculum emphasizing intercultural dialogue. Facilitated psycho-educational groups with middle school students on discipline, personal harm, and community development.

2008 – 2009 Graduate Student Coordinator – Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL

  • Researched peer institutions’ diversity initiatives and curriculum to improve program inclusiveness. Co-wrote a long-term action proposal with members of the Diversity Committee intended to institutionalize diversity-related learning components, data collection measures, and grievance processes.

2005 – 2008 Extension Agent – Girls’ Education and Empowerment Program
United States Peace Corps, Togo – West Africa

  • Organized mass-awareness events, taught lessons, and facilitated discussions regarding capacity building themes such as gender equity, self-confidence, HIV/AIDS awareness, nutrition, family health, child trafficking, and forced marriage. Prepared project proposals, managed a $25,000 budget, and compiled financial reports for a national youth camp funded by the U.S. Embassy and Population Services International. Developed and implemented a girls’ mentoring and tutoring program for USAID-funded scholarship recipients at seven regional sites.

 

PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC COMMUNITY SERVICE
2016 Board Member Emeritus

2010 – 2016 Member, Board of Directors

2011 – 2013 President, Board of Directors
The UNITE Foundation, Washington, DC
As President, led a volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks $30,000 funding annually for a youth development program in Togo, West Africa. As board member, developed monitoring and evaluation framework for assessing program outcomes and organizational performance.

2014 – 2015 Co-Chairperson, Doctoral Students Association
The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Chicago, IL
Served as a liaison between students and administration and advocated for the interests of doctoral students, including the development of a proposal for an academic and meeting space for current students.

2014 – 2015 Student Advisory Council, Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Advised Associate Dean of Students on issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion, particularly as related to graduate students and Asian Pacific Islander Americans.

2012 – 2013 Conference Planning Committee
National Prevention Network Research Conference, Oklahoma City, OK
Provided technical and logistical support for planning of this SUD prevention national conference.

2012 Expert Panel, Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment Programs
SAMHSA Division of Pharmacologic Therapies, Washington, DC
Participated in the expert panel providing revision to Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment Programs (March 2015).

2011 – 2012 Planning Partner
SAMHSA National Recovery Month, Washington, DC
Collaborated in the planning for SAMHSA-sponsored National Recovery Month.

2010 – 2011 Conference Planning Committee
National Prevention Network Research Conference, Atlanta, GA
Provided technical and logistical support for planning of this SUD prevention conference.

PEER REVIEW

2017 – Drug and Alcohol Dependence

2017 – Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy

2016 – American Journal of Public Health

 

FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

2017 – 2018 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), (T32 HS000084) National Research Service Award, The University of Chicago and Northwestern University Health Services Research Training Program, Predoctoral Fellowship

  • $41,844 fellowship and stipend for 2018
  • $41,376 fellowship and stipend for 2017

2017 – 2018 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), NRSA Conference Fellowship

  • $1,300 to support conference travel expenses for 2018
  • $1,300 to support conference travel expenses for 2017

2015 – 2017 The University of Chicago, Center for Health Administration Studies, Predoctoral Research Award

  • $3,000 award for academic year 2016-2017
  • $3,000 award for academic year 2015-2016

2014 – 2017 The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Doctoral Student Presenter Travel Grant

  • $300 per year to support conference travel expenses

2014 – 2016 The University of Chicago, Provost’s Graduate Aid Initiative, Summer Fellowship

  • $3,000 award for summer 2016
  • $3,000 award for summer 2015
  • $3,000 award for summer 2014

2013 – 2018 The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Predoctoral Fellowship

  • Full-tuition fellowship and stipend, up to five years

2013 National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), Service Award

2009 – 2010 The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Jeanne Jewett Scholarship

  • Partial tuition scholarship

2009 The University of Chicago, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, Summer Fellowship

  • $5,000 award to support internship travel expenses

2003 University of Pennsylvania, Oracle Senior Honor Society for Asian American Leadership

 

AFFILIATIONS

Member since 2017, AcademyHealth

Member since 2017, Council on Social Work Education

Member since 2016, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Member since 2012, Society for Social Work and Research

Member since 2012, National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse

Member since 2012, Friends of Togo

 

LANGUAGES
French: Fluent
Ilocano and Tagalog (Filipino Dialects): Intermediate

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