Presidential Plenary and Plenary Sessions

Advancing Partnerships and Collaborative Approaches in Prevention Science — May 28-31, 2024. Washington, DC, USA



Presidential Plenary

Thursday, May 30, 2024, 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm, EDT

Chair: Brittany Cooper, PhD, SPR President & Associate Professor, Department of Human Development, Youth and Family Extension Specialist, and Director, Prevention Science Graduate Program, Washington State University


  • Nora Volkow, MD, Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • CAPT Christopher Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH, Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

Brittany Cooper, PhD

Dr. Brittany Cooper is Associate Professor of Human Development, Youth and Family Extension Specialist, and Graduate Faculty in the Prevention Science PhD program at Washington State University. She is also currently the President of the Society for Prevention Research and co-leads the Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center. Dr. Cooper’s research, teaching, and outreach centers around the translation of prevention science for public health impact. For over a decade, she has collaborated with federal, state, and other community leaders to improve the field’s understanding of how best to support evidence-based prevention programs in diverse community settings.




Nora Volkow, MD

Nora D. Volkow, M.D., is Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health. NIDA is the world’s largest funder of scientific research on the health aspects of drug use and addiction.

Dr. Volkow’s work has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a brain disorder. As a research psychiatrist, Dr. Volkow pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate how substance use affects brain functions. In particular, her studies have documented how changes in the dopamine system affect the functions of brain regions involved with reward and self-control in addiction. She has also made important contributions to the neurobiology of obesity, ADHD, and aging.

Dr. Volkow was born in Mexico and earned her medical degree from the National University of Mexico in Mexico City, where she received the Robins Award for best medical student of her generation. Her psychiatric residency was at New York University, where she earned a Laughlin Fellowship from The American College of Psychiatrists as one of 10 outstanding psychiatric residents in the United States.

Much of her professional career was spent at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, where she held several leadership positions including Director of Nuclear Medicine, Chairman of the Medical Department, and Associate Laboratory Director for Life Sciences. Dr. Volkow was also a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Associate Dean of the Medical School at The State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dr. Volkow has published almost a thousand peer-reviewed articles, written 113 book chapters, manuscripts and articles, co-edited “Neuroscience in the 21st Century” and edited four books on neuroscience and brain imaging for mental and substance use disorders.

She received a Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service, was a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) finalist and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Volkow received the International Prize from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research for her pioneering work in brain imaging and addiction science; was awarded the Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University; and was inducted into the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) Hall of Fame. She was named one of Time magazine’s “Top 100 People Who Shape Our World”; one of “20 People to Watch” by Newsweek magazine; Washingtonian magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women”; “Innovator of the Year” by U.S. News & World Report; and one of “34 Leaders Who Are Changing Health Care” by Fortune magazine.

CAPT Christopher Jones, PharmD, DrPH, MPH

Christopher M. Jones, Pharm.D., Dr.P.H., M.P.H. (CAPT U.S. Public Health Service) is the Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. CAPT Jones brings a wealth of experience to SAMHSA, having led substance use, mental health, and injury and violence prevention policy, program, and research activities for more than a decade. Prior to becoming Director of CSAP, CAPT Jones served as the director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this role, he provided scientific leadership and overall management of the Center, including driving the Center’s strategic direction and advancing the Center’s priorities of preventing drug overdose, suicide, and adverse childhood experiences. At CDC, CAPT Jones previously served as Deputy Director of the Injury Center and as Associate Director for Strategy and Innovation.

During his career, CAPT Jones has served in a variety of leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Among these roles, he served as the first director of the National Mental Health and Substance Use Policy Laboratory at SAMHSA, as the acting Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science and Data Policy and director of the Division of Science Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at HHS, and senior advisor in the Office of the Commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

CAPT Jones received a Bachelor of Science degree from Reinhardt College, a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Mercer University, a Master of Public Health degree from New York Medical College, and a Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Jones is a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications on the topics of substance use, drug overdose, adverse childhood experiences, and mental health.


Plenary Session I

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 8:30 am – 10:00 am, EDT

Special theme #1. Developing and applying collaborative methods for co-designing and co-adapting evidence-based preventive interventions, especially for marginalized populations

Chair: Brittany Cooper, PhD, SPR President & Associate Professor, Department of Human Development, Youth and Family Extension Specialist, and Director, Prevention Science Graduate Program, Washington State University


  • Allison Barlow, PhD, Research Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Crystal Austin, Associate Director of Development, Johns Hopkins University
  • May Okihiro, MD, Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Blane Kelekolio Garcia, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Center in Oahu


  • Miguel Cano, PhD, SPR Board
  • JoyAnn Courtney, NIH/ODP
  • Charles Lea, PhD, SPR Board
  • Scott Okamoto, PhD, SPR Board

Brittany Cooper, PhD

Dr. Brittany Cooper is Associate Professor of Human Development, Youth and Family Extension Specialist, and Graduate Faculty in the Prevention Science PhD program at Washington State University. She is also currently the President of the Society for Prevention Research and co-leads the Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center. Dr. Cooper’s research, teaching, and outreach centers around the translation of prevention science for public health impact. For over a decade, she has collaborated with federal, state, and other community leaders to improve the field’s understanding of how best to support evidence-based prevention programs in diverse community settings.




Allison Barlow, PhD

As of 2016, Dr. Barlow has been the Director of Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, which she joined in 1991. Dr. Barlow is also Associate Scientist in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research and service portfolio focus on developing public health interventions with tribal communities to address behavioral and mental health disparities among Native children and families. Projects to date have spanned early childhood home-visiting to promote parenting and early child development and to address early childhood obesity; suicide, depression, and substance abuse prevention; adolescent obesity and diabetes prevention; and most recently, the promotion of youth entrepreneurship to address the twin problems of poverty and poor health trajectories. Dr. Barlow’s research has produced evidence to support the effectiveness of Native community health workers to promote behavioral and mental health, overcome access barriers in low income communities and build local human capital through an indigenous workforce. She also co-founded the Native Vision program in 1997 with the NFL Players Association to promote Native youth development through the mobilization of professional and collegiate athletes to participate in camps and afterschool activities promoting education and healthy lifestyles. Further, Dr. Barlow established with Dr. Mathu Santosham a graduate level “Public Health certificate in American Indian Health” at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in which hundreds of American Indian and Alaska Native students and faculty have participated.

Dr. Barlow’s education includes a PhD from the University of Amsterdam (2013); an MPH from Johns Hopkins (1997); an MA pursued through a Rotary International Graduate Scholarship Award from the University of Melbourne, Australia focused on Aboriginal Studies (1990); and a BA from Dartmouth College (1986). She has received Martin Luther King Community Service/Social Justice Awards from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (2007) and Dartmouth College (2008), and the Indian Health Service Director’s Award in 2013.

Crystal Austin

Crystal Austin is of the Zuni Edgewater and Towering House clans of the Diné, the People. She is a nationally recognized trainer in early childhood home visiting curricula and practices in American Indian communities. Ms. Austin’s work for the past 13 years has focused on providing program implementation support and training to tribal communities across the country as they worked to integrate home visiting and early childhood programs into their communities. She has a wealth of expertise in behavioral health programming in tribal communities and maternal and child health among Native American populations.

In January of 2022, Ms. Austin joined Johns Hopkins University’s Development and Alumni Relations team as an Associate Director and will help lead efforts to support and advance the work of the Center for Indigenous Health.

Ms. Austin is based on the homelands of the Onk Akimel O’odham (Pima) and the Xalychidom Piipaash (Maricopa) People in the Phoenix Valley of Arizona.

May Okihiro, MD

Dr. May Okihiro is a pediatrician and community researcher at the Waiʻanae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. She is also an associate professor at the University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine (UH JABSOM), Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Okihiro is passionate about reducing pediatric health disparities in Hawaiʻi, especially childhood obesity and asthma. She actively promotes the health and wellness of Hawaii’s families through her research, advocacy and clinical work and has served on Hawaii’s Obesity Prevention Task Force since its inception in 2012.



Plenary Session II

Wednesday, May 29, 2024, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, EDT

Special theme #2. Integrating evidence-based preventive interventions in partnership with diverse communities and systems

Co-Chairs:  Jacqueline Lloyd, Senior Advisor for Disease Prevention, NIH Office of Disease Prevention and Aleta Meyer, Senior Social Science Research Analyst, Administration for Children & Families


  • Paris Davis, PhD, Executive Director, Total Resource Community Development Organization
  • Shoba Ramanadhan, PhD, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Karina Walters, PhD, Director, NIH Tribal Health Research Office


  • Cady Berkel, PhD, SPR Board
  • Hye Jeong Choi, PhD, SPR Board
  • Dionne Godette-Greer, PhD, NINR
  • Amy Goldstein, PhD, NIDA

Jacqueline Lloyd, PhD

Dr. Jacqueline Lloyd joined the ODP in February 2020 as a Senior Advisor for Disease Prevention. In this role, she leads efforts to promote collaborative prevention research projects and facilitates coordination of such projects across the NIH and with other public and private entities.

Prior to joining the ODP, Dr. Lloyd worked at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in the Prevention Research Branch (PRB) for more than 11 years. She joined NIDA as a Health Scientist Administrator and Program Official. She served as Deputy Branch Chief of the PRB from 2012–2017 and as Acting Branch Chief from 2017–2018. She led and served as Lead Project Scientist for the Helping To End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Preventing Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adolescents and Young Adults Initiative from 2018–2020. She also oversaw a portfolio of research that included drug abuse and HIV prevention in at-risk adolescents and adults.

Before NIDA, Dr. Lloyd was an Assistant Professor at Temple University in the School of Social Administration and prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor at University of Maryland in the School of Social Work. Dr. Lloyd’s own research included testing community-based youth prevention programs; research on sexual and HIV risk behaviors and substance use in youth; and examination of the role of family, peer, and social network contextual factors on risk behaviors and intervention outcomes.

Dr. Lloyd received her Ph.D. in 2000 in drug dependence epidemiology from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She also holds a master’s degree in social work from University of Connecticut.

Aleta Meyer, PhD

Dr. Aleta Meyer’s work focuses on the translation of theory and empirical research across multiple health and well-being outcomes into effective and feasible prevention programs for communities. At ACF this includes the translation of research on early adversity and chronic stress to ACF programs, community-engaged research to evaluate human services programs that serve Indigenous communities in the United States, and positive youth development. From 2007-2010, she was a health scientist administrator in the Prevention Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Prior to joining NIDA, she was an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development at Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her doctoral work in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, with an emphasis in Prevention Science.


Shoba Ramanadhan, PhD

Dr. Ramanadhan is a behavioral scientist with expertise in implementation science, cancer disparities, and community-based participatory research. Her work focuses on strengthening systems in underserved communities to leverage the best available evidence for cancer prevention and control.

Dr. Ramanadhan’s research falls into three streams. First, she designs and evaluates workforce development interventions to promote the use of research evidence within community-based organizations in the US and India. This work also includes examinations of the impacts of staff social networks on the uptake and use of research evidence. Second, she studies the adaptation of evidence-based preventive services for use in underserved communities in the US and India. Dr. Ramanadhan’s goal is to design practice-focused guidelines for strategic adaptation so that implementing organizations can increase the impact of available interventions by leveraging practice- and research-based expertise. The third stream of her work focuses on methods to incorporate practitioner expertise into the health promotion evidence base more effectively. This includes evaluations of strategies to identify and engage critical implementation stakeholders as well as technology-based methods to gather stakeholder insight efficiently. Much of her work is conducted in partnership with community-based organizations and coalitions.

Karina Walters, PhD

Dr. Karina L. Walters became director of the Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in April 2023. In this role, Dr. Walters works to advance initiatives to ensure Tribally informed biomedical and behavioral research, enhance NIH’s Tribal Consultation and Tribal engagement efforts, and coordinate American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) research and research-related activities across NIH and with other federal entities. She is deeply committed to engaging Tribal leadership in health research efforts.

A social epidemiology and health prevention scholar, Dr. Walters has more than 28 years of AI/AN health research experience, encompassing foundational science, disease prevention, health promotion, and intervention research. She has conducted social epidemiological research on the environmental, historical, social, and cultural determinants of health and health equity in AI/AN communities as well as designed and empirically tested Tribally derived chronic disease prevention interventions. Much of her early social epidemiological research involved LGBT, Two Spirit, and urban AI/AN populations across the United States. Additionally, Dr. Walters has conducted Tribal-based intervention research in the areas of substance use disorders, obesity prevention and physical activity promotion, diabetes and depression, and HIV prevention. She has served as an NIH principal investigator or co-investigator on 35 NIH awards.

Prior to NIH, Dr. Walters was a tenured full professor and the Katherine Hall Chambers Scholar at the University of Washington (UW) School of Social Work. She also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Global Health and the School of Public Health and is the founding director of the UW Indigenous Wellness Research Institute. From 2012-2019, she was Associate Dean for Research at the UW School of Social Work. Dr. Walters is the first American Indian fellow inducted into the American Academy of Social Welfare and Social Work. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an M.S.W. and a Ph.D. in social welfare, also from UCLA.


Plenary Session III

Thursday, May 30, 2024, 8:15 am – 9:45 am, EDT

Special theme #3. Innovations in community-led and community-engaged team science

Co-Chairs: Kiara Alvarez, PhD, Assistant Professor, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Cindy Huang, Assistant Professor, PhD, Columbia University


  • David Burnes, PhD, Professor & Canada Research Chair on Older Adult Mistreatment Prevention, University of Toronto
  • Renee Boynton-Jarrett, PhD, Associate Professor, Boston University
  • Lawrence Grandpre, Director of Research, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle


  • Dara Blachman-Demner, PhD, NIH/OBSSR
  • Brittany Cooper, PhD, SPR Board
  • Nadone Finigan-Carr, PhD, SPR Board
  • Melissa Green Parker, PhD, NIH/ODP
  • Xinzhi Zhang, NIH/NHLBI

Kiana Alvarez, PhD

Kiara Alvarez, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a licensed psychologist and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her work focuses on mental health equity for children, adolescents, and young adults. She has particular interests in the prevention of suicidal behavior; the integration of behavioral health care across clinical, school, and community settings; and the mental health and well-being of Latinx and immigrant youth and their families. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the William T. Grant Foundation.

Dr. Alvarez completed her psychology internship training at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and received her doctorate from the APA-accredited School Psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins, she was a faculty member in the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Literature from Harvard University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Prevention Research and the steering committee of the Youth Suicide Research Consortium.

Cindy Huang, PhD

Dr. Huang’s research focuses on understanding the cultural factors associated child development and psychopathology for ethnic minority and immigrant youth, and the prevention of psychopathology for these youth.  Specifically, Dr. Huang’s work identified the culturally-relevant risk and protective factors that influence outcomes for minority and immigrant youth and families.  She translates this research into culturally informed, evidence-based interventions for minority youth and their families.

Clinically, Dr. Huang has experience with evidence-based parenting interventions, and behavioral interventions treating social-emotional and behavioral problems for young children with developmental disabilities and trauma backgrounds. She has expertise in psychological and cognitive assessments with children and adolescents and worked with young children, school-aged children, and adolescents in the community and child welfare systems.


David Burnes, PhD

David Burnes, PhD, is a Professor at the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. He holds a Canada Research Chair on Older Adult Mistreatment Prevention. He completed a PhD at the Columbia University School of Social Work, concentrating in gerontology and advanced practice. Dr. Burnes’ program of research focuses on elder mistreatment (abuse, neglect, financial exploitation), including the development of basic knowledge (risk factors, prevalence, severity) and the design, evaluation, and measurement of interventions to prevent and respond to elder mistreatment.

Dr. Burnes has published widely on the topic of elder mistreatment, including papers in top gerontology, public health, and medical journals (e.g., JAMA Open Network, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; The Gerontologist; American Journal of Public Health). He has been awarded external funding from federal agencies in Canada (e.g., Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Public Health Agency of Canada) and the U.S. (e.g., National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Justice) to support research on elder mistreatment.

Dr. Burnes advises major international organizations on the topic of elder mistreatment, such as the World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health, as well as federal and provincial/state governments. He also works with non-profit organizations, such as state-level adult protective services programs, on the development, implementation and measurement of elder mistreatment response and prevention programs.

Dr. Burnes and colleagues developed RISE, an evidence-based, community-based elder mistreatment response program that works in partnership with other systems (e.g., adult protective services, legal/justice, law enforcement, healthcare) to support and respond to cases involving older adults who are at risk of or experiencing elder mistreatment or self-neglect. Informed by ecological-systems, relational, and client-centered perspectives, RISE integrates core modalities (motivational interviewing, restorative justice, teaming, supported decision making) and operates at Relational, Individual, Social, and Environmental levels to support older adults, repair relationships, and build social support. RISE has demonstrated evidence of feasibility, acceptability, and improvement on case outcomes. Our research has shown that RISE reduces the risk of recurrence or recidivism back into the system for cases involving a range of mistreatment circumstances. Beginning as a pilot in two counties of Maine, U.S. in 2019, RISE has now worked with over 500 cases, has been scaled throughout the entire state of Maine, and was written into the annual state operating budget. RISE is also being implemented and tested in Toronto, New Hampshire, and Washington State.

Renee Boynton-Jarrett, PhD

Dr. Renée Boynton-Jarrett is a practicing primary care pediatrician at Boston Medical Center, a social epidemiologist and the founding director of the Vital Village Networks. Vital Village works to improve community capacity to promote child wellbeing and advance equity through dedicated collaborative partnerships, research, data-sharing, and community leadership development in Boston and nationally through the NOW Forum and CRADLE Lab.  She joined the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine in 2007 and is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics. She received her AB from Princeton University, her MD from Yale School of Medicine, ScD in Social Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health, and completed residency in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her scholarship focuses on the role of early-life adversities as life course social determinants of health. She has a specific interest in the intersection of community violence, intimate partner violence, and child abuse and neglect and neighborhood characteristics that influence these patterns.

Lawrence Grandpre

Lawrence Grandpre is Director of Research for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle. His focuses include drug policy, criminal justice, police accountability, and community-based economic/educational development. He is the co-author of “The Black Book,” and his work has been featured in The Guardian, The Baltimore Sun, Time Magazine and Black Agenda Report. He is also the co-host of the In Search of Black Power Podcast. In 2023, the Society for Prevention Research presented its Public Service Award to the Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle.