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Mentors

In addition to the Core faculty the following faculty may serve as mentors to the scholars.

Frequently Asked Questions

Amy Justice MD

Amy Justice MD, Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Division of General Internal Medicine, and Section Chief of General Internal Medicine at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System is an expert in the effects of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and aging, and associated comorbidities and outcomes. She is currently funded by NIAAA to conduct a study entitled, “Alcohol Associated Outcomes among HIV+/- Veterans” and has mentored more than (40) pre- and post-doctoral trainees since 1999. She is currently mentoring (6) individuals – including pre- and post-doctoral fellows and Assistant Professors.

Linda Mayes MD

Linda Mayes MD, Arnold Gesell Professor of Pediatrics, Child Psychiatry, and Psychology, is an expert in neurocognitive and emotional regulatory capacities of children exposed to biological toxins. She conducts longitudinal cohort research of prenatally cocaine exposed children with a focus on the impact of early adversity on neurocognitive function and stress regulation. She has mentored (16) pre- and postdoctoral fellows, with (5) currently under her supervision.

Susan Busch PhD

Susan Busch PhD, Associate Professor in the Yale School of Public Health, is a health economist with expertise in studying the effects of regulation on receipt of behavioral health care treatments. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) on a NIDA-funded R01 project entitled, “Expanding Treatment of Opioid Dependence among the Privately Insured.” This study is evaluating the effects of changes in behavioral health cost sharing on use of opioid dependence treatment. She has mentored (13) several pre- and post-doctoral fellows, as well as junior faculty members, on a range of topics. She has (3) current mentees.

Kimberly Yonkers MD

Kimberly Yonkers MD, Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, focuses on the area of psychosomatic medicine. She investigates the mental health of women during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle as well as during pregnancy postpartum. She is a successful NIH researcher with an R01 and R21 with NIDA. Project START is a randomized trial to compare women with a range of psychoactive substance use problems. The inclusion of medical students and post-doctoral trainees is a priority for Dr. Yonkers, and she has published quite extensively with her mentees.

Robert Kerns MD

Robert Kerns MDProfessor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology, is Director of the Pain Research, Informatics, Multimorbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center for the VA CT Healthcare System and National Director of Pain Research for VA. Dr. Kerns is an internationally recognized expert in the field of pain management and is currently funded by a combination of eleven (11) federal and foundation grants. Among his specific research and scholarly interests are issues related to prescription drug abuse and harms associated with long term opioid therapy. He provides leadership on several important national inter-government initiatives in this area, and he currently mentors three junior faculty who share this interest. Other research interests include the use of large electronic health record and administrative data to examine pain and pain care in VA, the development and evaluation of innovative technology driven solutions to promoting access to evidence-based integrated pain management approaches, and gender, racial, age-related and geographic differences and disparities in pain care.

Cary Gross MD

Cary Gross MD, Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the RWJF-CSP at Yale has a long history of research in quality measurements, ethics and disconnection between evidence generated from clinical research and the actual needs of members of vulnerable populations

Carrie Redlich MD

Carrie Redlich MD, Professor in the Section of General Internal Medicine’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program and Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine program at Yale School of Medicine, is the Director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program. She recognized nationally as an expert in occupational medicine and has multiple federal grants.

Sheryl Ryan MD

Sheryl Ryan MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Section of the Adolescent Medicine, is a health services researcher and has a broad background in both clinical adolescent medicine and clinical, behavioral, and evaluation research. Dr. Ryan is an expert in SBIRT, and has previously worked with the PI as the Pediatric core leador on an SBIRT grant training pediatric providers on screening and intervention in adolescent and young adult populations.

Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao MD

Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao MD, Chief of the Section of Digestive Diseases at the VA at Yale and Program Director of the Hepatitis C Resource Center at the VA, one of four such centers nationwide. She is also Director of the Clinical Core of the NIH-funded Liver Center which has a goal of facilitating translational and patient-oriented research. She has published over 100 original articles, chapters and reviews.

Joseph Lim MD

Joseph Lim MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Yale Viral Hepatitis Program is an expert in viral hepatitis, other liver diseases and liver transplant. He directs a large clinical trials program evaluating novel investigational agents for chronic hepatitis B and C infections and focuses on developing innovative approaches to optimizing care delivery for patients with chronic HCV antiviral therapy in special populations.

Marcella Nuñez-Smith MD

Marcella Nuñez-Smith MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health (Chronic Disease Epidemiology), Core Faculty of RWJF-CSP at Yale University School of Medicine, and Faculty at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute. Her research focuses on promoting healthcare equity for vulnerable populations with an emphasis on healthcare workforce development, patient assessment of healthcare experiences, and healthcare system strengthening to address chronic disease in low and middle resource settings. She has taught extensively at Harvard and Yale and is very dedicated to student mentorship, for which she was recognized by the Yale School of Medicine graduating class of 2011 with the Leah Lowenstein Award for excellence in the promotion of humane and egalitarian medical education. She has also been recognized numerous times for her contributions to healthcare workforce diversity.

Emily Wang PhD

Emily Wang PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) at Yale University and focuses her research on how the discontinuity of healthcare and socioeconomic and criminal justice policies impact individual’s health upon release for a correctional facility. She is also an active mentor in the RWJF-CSP.

Samuel Ball PhD

Samuel Ball PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Scientific Director of the NIDA-funded Psychotherapy Development Research Center, focuses his diagnostic and treatment research on substance abuse and co-occurring disorders and individual difference factors predicting treatment utilization and outcome. He has extensive experience as a research mentor and oversees research being conducted at the treatment programs of The APT Foundation where he is the Director of Research. He is actively involved as the Research Director and faculty coach for the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH), a K12 training program on women’s health and addictive behaviors. He has also been a mentor of fellows and faculty on T32 training grants and individual K-awards.

Kathleen Carroll PhD

Kathleen Carroll PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Psychosocial Research, conducts RCTs evaluating the efficacy of a range of behavioral and pharmacological therapies for cocaine dependent individuals. She is the PI on a NIDA-funded Psychotherapy Development Center, Co-PI of the New England Node of the Clinical Trials Network, and is also the PI of a R37 NIDA grant entitled, “Computer-Based Training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.” Dr. Carroll has mentored 16 people who have independent research careers.

John Krystal MD

John Krystal MD, the Robert L. McNeil, Jr. Professor of Translational Research and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, is Chief of Psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Director of the National PTSD Center, Clinical Neuroscience Division. Dr. Krystal has spent decades conducting psychiatric research, with a focus on the neurobiology and treatment of schizophrenia, alcoholism, depression and PTSD. He is the principal investigator of the NIAAA supported Center for the Translational Neuroscience of Alcoholism, is currently funded by the VA, NIMH, and NIAAA, and has extensive experience mentoring junior faculty.

Steve Martino PhD

Steve Martino PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and Chief, Psychology Service at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, is an expert in motivational interviewing and adaptations of it for SBIRT within general medical and women’s reproductive health care settings. Dr. Martino has supervised numerous pre-doctoral psychology interns and post-doctoral residents and fellows and has extensive experience teaching and training clinicians to use motivational approaches for behavior change.

Robert Rosenheck MD

Robert Rosenheck MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health is the Director of the Division of Mental Health Services and Outcomes Research. He is an internationally known mental health services researcher, a leader in cost-effectiveness studies of behavioral health interventions, implementing and monitoring quality of care and other aspects of the performance of large health care systems. Dr. Rosenheck is a federally funded researcher and has authored more than 500 peer-reviewed papers.

Rajita Sinha PhD

Rajita Sinha PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Child Study Center and Yale Stress Center, focuses on stress & emotions and how they promote addictive behaviors, chronic disease & health outcomes. In 2007 she was awarded an NIH grant to develop the Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Stress, Self-Control and Addiction, investigating the complex effects of stress on self-control and addictive behaviors.

Jody Sindelar PhD

Jody Sindelar PhD, Professor of Public Health and Head of the Division of Health Policy and Management, is an expert in the economics of substance abuse, including alcoholism, illicit drugs and smoking and has significant background in gender-associated disparities, addictions, health economics, and use and analysis of longitudinal data. Dr. Sindelar has mentored (20) pre- and post-doctoral fellows over the past ten years.