Affiliated Scientists

  • Sarah Lindstrom Johnson

    Dr. Lindstrom Johnson is a member of the faculty at the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. Her research takes a positive youth development approach towards identifying ways to prevent youth involvement in risk behaviors, which focuses on supporting development assets and improving the environments in which youth learn and grow. Much of this work involves partnerships with youth serving organizations such as schools, primary care clinics, and community organizations. She has a particular interest in understanding and mitigating the consequences of exposure to and involvement in violence. Due to her training in public health, Dr. Lindstrom Johnson focuses on developing solutions that are feasible and sustainable; her work often involves dissemination trials of preventative interventions.

  • C. Hendricks Brown

    Dr. Brown directs the NIDA funded Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology (Ce-PIM) for Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behavior and an NIMH funded study to synthesize findings from individual-level data across multiple randomized trials for adolescent depression. Recently, his work has focused on the prevention of drug abuse, conduct disorder, and depression, and particularly the prevention of suicide. Brown has been a member of the recent National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine committee on prevention science, and serves on numerous federal panels, advisory boards, and editorial boards.

  • Max Crowley, Duke University

    Dr. Crowley is a prevention scientist and health policy researcher studying how to effectively and efficiently protect children and prevent risky health behaviors. Currently, Dr. Crowley is a National Institutes of Health research fellow at Duke University and a research fellow with the National Bureau of Economic Research (Crime).  He also co-chairs the Society for Prevention Research’s Task-force on Economic Analyses of Prevention. His work involves (1) strengthening economic evaluations of behavioral health prevention programs, (2) facilitating evidence-based policy-making through strategic investment portfolios of preventive services, and (3) evaluating the utility of performance-based public-private partnerships to access new resources for improving health.

  • Kit Elam

    Kit is an NIMH T32 post-doctoral fellow at the ASU REACH Institute. The goal of his research program is to identify modifiable family processes within developmental cascades that contribute to poor socio-emotional, behavioral, and health outcomes across childhood and adolescence. Within this framework, Kit’s research examines the interplay between children’s genetic risk and negative family processes that contributes to psychopathology later in life, with particular emphasis on genotype-environment correlations. By using innovative genetic designs, his research (1) examines the role that children’s genetic risk may play in evoking stressful early life experiences including negative parenting behavior and (2) is able to detect early family environmental influences (e.g., hostile parenting, interparental conflict) on children’s psychopathology absent of common genetic influences, which can inflate estimates of parent-child associations. This approach confirms findings of past research and offers new insight into stressful family processes early in life that are amenable to preventive interventions in an effort to disrupt harmful developmental cascades. 

  • Carlos Gallo, Northwestern University

    Dr. Gallo is interested in developing automated methods for facilitating the implementation of evidence-based programs. He applies his expertise in computational linguistics, bilingualism, and machine learning for measuring fidelity in parent training prevention interventions. Dr. Gallo is a Research Assistant Professor at the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University. He obtained a Ph.D. in Computational Psycholinguistics from University of Rochester followed by postdoctoral studies at Harvard University and University of Miami. 

  • Thao Ha

    Dr. Ha is an Assistant Research Professor in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. Using a developmental psychopathology framework, she investigates how partner choices, relationship dynamics, and break-ups relate to adolescents’ well-being over time.  The goal of this research is to better understand why some adolescents are highly vulnerable to their relationship experiences. Dr. Ha incorporates a variety of methods in this research, such as observations of adolescent couples’ interactions, dual EEG measurements, twice-weekly diaries, and physical and hormonal stress methodologies.

  • Liza Hita

    Liza Hita is a Clinical Associate Professor of psychology and Director of Online Programming and Digital Immersion for the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her administrative work focuses on the intersections of technology, inclusion, diversity, and equity. She is a community-based participatory researcher focused on the dissemination and implementation of preventive interventions for families experiencing major life transitions, including high conflict families, never married and divorcing parents, bereaved families, and families impacted by incarceration. Currently, she is working on the online administration of parenting interventions and creating sustainable community-embedded supervision models.

  • Anne Marie Mauricio

    Dr. Mauricio is the Associate Director for the Prevention Science program at the University of Oregon. Her research interest is on the translation of evidence-based interventions for delivery in real world settings. Dr. Mauricio is a Principal investigator in the New Beginnings Program Implementation study, which is focused on development of efficient methods to assess implementation and on testing theoretical models linking implementation dimensions to intervention outcomes. She is also Co-Investigator on a grant to adapt the Bridges to High School program for broad scale dissemination and will supervise adaptation of Bridges’ implementation monitoring methods for real world delivery. She worked with Dr. Tom Dishion to develop scale-up capacity of the Family Check-Up program. 


  • Velma McBride Murry, Vanderbilt University

    Dr. McBride Murry is the Lois Autrey Betts Chair in Education and Human Development and Professor, Human and Organizational Development in Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Her work has focused on the significance of context in studies of African-American families and youth, particularly the impact of racism on family functioning. Dr. McBride Murry served as principal investigator of The Strong African American Families Program (SAAF: R01 MH063043), a RCT prevention trial designed to deter HIV-related risk behavior among rural African American youth. Dr. McBride Murry then conducted a RCT to determine the efficacy and viability of a technology-driven, interactive family-based, youth risk preventive intervention, The Pathways for African American Success Program (PAAS), as a delivery modality for rural families (2R01 MH063043).

  • Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, University of California – Los Angeles

    Dr. Rotheram-Borus has spent the past 20 years developing, evaluating, and disseminating evidence-based interventions for children and families. She has worked extensively with adolescents, especially those at risk for substance abuse, HIV, homelessness, depression, suicide, and long-term unemployment. Dr. Rotheram-Borus has directed and implemented several landmark intervention studies that have demonstrated the benefits of providing behavior change programs and support to families in risky situations. Currently, Dr. Rotheram-Borus has ongoing projects in Uganda, China, and South Africa, as well as the United States.

  • Daniel Shaw, University of Pittsburgh

    Dr. Shaw studies the development and prevention of early child conduct and emotional problems, family-centered interventions for treating conduct problems in early childhood and adolescence, community platforms for implementing preventive interventions in early childhood, and the identification of gene x environment interactions in relation to brain function and child psychopathology.

  • Melvin Wilson, University of Virginia

    Dr. Wilson's work focuses on understanding contextual processes and outcomes and conducting parental interventions in low-income, ethnic minority families. Specifically, he has conducted analyses on young, low-income, unwed, and nonresident fathers and their involvement with their children. In addition, he is interested in developing intervention protocols aimed at helping young men meet family responsibilities and involvements. Currently, Dr. Wilson is conducting a preventive intervention involving low-income families with toddlers at-risk for conduct disorder.