Department of Psychiatry
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Community Treatment Provider Bios

 

Charles A. Dackis, MD

Site Rep - Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Behavioral Health
dackis@mail.med.upenn.edu

Charles A. Dackis, MD earned his MD at Duke University and completed his psychiatric residency at Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute. He is board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry.

Dr. Dackis joined the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 after serving as Medical Director of specialized psychiatric hospitals in New Jersey for the preceding 12 years. He also worked as a consultant in substance abuse for the National Football League. In 1984, Dr. Dackis developed the dopamine depletion hypothesis of cocaine dependence. Dr. Dackis also works as an investigator in several clinical trials within the Center for Studies of Addiction, and has been primarily responsible for researching modafinil treatment for cocaine dependence at Penn.

His research interests include psychopharmacology, co-occurring disorders, and the neurobiology of addiction. Dr. Dackis is actively involved in medical student and psychiatric resident education at Penn and has authored more than 80 publications in the area of addictive and co-occurring disorders. He is currently the Medical Director of Psychiatric Clinical Services for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania.  He is also Medical Director of Psychiatric Clinical Services at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

 

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Erin Deneke, PhD

Site Rep - Caron Treatment Centers
edeneke@caron.org

Erin Deneke, PhD is a graduate of Loyola University in Maryland. She worked in the clinical field for 8 years. During that time, she treated individuals with substance abuse/dependence disorders, physical and sexual trauma, domestic violence victims and perpetrators, and worked in crisis intervention for children and adolescents in Baltimore City. She has worked as the District Director for Anne Arundel Abuse Counseling Center, a part of Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland and the Program Director for the Baltimore City Counseling Center. During this time she was actively engaged in numerous research projects with professors from Loyola University and was a pre-doctoral fellow there.

Erin has presented on a variety of topics at a local and national level. She began working at Caron Treatment Centers in 2006 as the Director of Research and has been engaged in numerous internal and external studies.

 

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Gene Derrick, MDIV, MSW

Site Rep - Northeast Treatment Centers
gderrick@net-centers.org

Gene Derrick, MDIV, MSW has been employed at NorthEast Treatment Center (NET) for 23 years. He currently holds the position of Corporate Director of Research and Professional Development, spearheading many research studies with academic institution and research institutions such as TRI and the CTN. Additionally, Mr. Derrick provides both agency and programmatic level trainings which are mandatory for licensing, accreditation and continuing skills development. Prior to his current position, Mr. Derrick was Director of Research and Software Development for NET. This position demanded the development, monitoring and distribution of the ASI Win (ASI for Windows) software. From 1989 until 1998, Mr. Derrick served as the Director of the division of Adult Behavioral Health for NET programs in Pennsylvania, providing inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient and ambulatory detox programs and services. Publications include performing outcome studies in-house, reliability of outcomes. Mr. Derrick has presented before the American Orthopsychiatry Association and the NIDA's Annual Conference on Women and Substance Abuse.

Education: University of South Carolina, May 1972 - Masters in Social Work Degree Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina. May 1968 - Master Of Divinity Degree, Pastoral Counseling.

 

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Terry L. Horton, MD, FACP

Site Rep - Christiana Care Health System
thorton@christianacare.org

Terry L. Horton, MD, FACP is a member of the teaching faculty of the Department of Medicine and an Attending Physician at Christiana Care Health Services in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition to teaching medical students and residents in inpatient and outpatient medicine, he chairs the Alcohol Withdrawal Work Group which is developing and implementing alcohol screening, treatment and referral protocols for the institution. His interests include the care of the hospitalized addict, addressing addiction issues in primary medical care, pain medicine, and physician and student training.

Previously, Dr. Horton worked as the Medical Director and Vice President of Phoenix House Foundation in New York developing innovative models of on site primary care and detoxification services within substance abuse treatment settings.

 

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Jonathan Krejci, PhD

Site Rep - Princeton House Behavioral Health
jkrejci@princetonhcs.org

Jonathan Krejci, PhD is Director of Training and Research at Princeton House Behavioral Health and Clinical Assistant Professor at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He earned a major in clinical psychology and a minor in addictive behaviors at the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining Princeton House Behavioral Health, Jon worked for seven years as a mental health and substance abuse clinician and four years as a full-time faculty member at UMDNJ. During this time he has: Worked as Project Director within NIDA's Clinical Trials Network, and for a CSAT grant investigating dual diagnosis treatment approaches; Served as director of the Trenton smoking Quitcenter; Been Co-Principal Investigator on a NIDA-funded grant to study Motivational Enhancement Therapy in community settings; Served as Co-investigator on another NIDA-funded grant to develop a comprehensive treatment approach to help patients with schizophrenia stop smoking; Completed formal trainings to become a Motivational Interviewing trainer and supervisor, and conducted countless presentations and trainings, ranging from one hour to two days; Served as a Motivational Interviewing consultant to the United Nations Office on Drug Control in Uzbekistan.

 

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Kevin Moore, PsyD

Site Rep - AIDS Care Group
kevinmoore@aidscaregroup.org

Kevin Moore, PsyD, is the Director of Integrative Medicine at AIDS Care Group. Combining psychology and medicine, Dr. Moore works to provide trauma-informed and recovery-oriented healthcare for people managing chronic health conditions such as HIV and mental illness.  He speaks nationally on topics including HIV treatment and policy, the DSM 5, recovery supports, and health care reform.  He writes a blog on AIDS Service Organizations: http://aidscaregroup.org/aso-blog/

 

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Beth Shuman, MSW, LCSW

Site Rep - Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC)

shuman@phmc.org

Beth Shuman, MSW, LCSW is the Director of Training & Development for Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), a Public Health Institute and one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation. She is responsible for the development and implementation of comprehensive best-in-class public health/ human services and leadership programs for PHMC's 1,400+ staff and others as outside staff training on a consultative/contractual basis. In this capacity, Ms. Shuman leads the development of training programs and manages the systems and resources to ensure financial support for training across the corporation. She is responsible for the negotiation and creation of organizational academic model programs and she creates and leads these strategic training and education programs. Over the past five years, she has been responsible for over 350 training programs serving more than 6,500 individuals, as well as creating a wide array of specialized regional training programs.

Prior to assuming this position she developed and directed a range of behavioral health programs in organizations, schools, hospitals, and communities in the mid-Atlantic region. Her work over the past 30 years spans the non-profit, public and private sector. Ms. Shuman's expertise in multi-disciplinary innovative responses to behavioral health, public health, educational, criminal justice and child welfare challenges has focused on the critical training and professional development needs of staff, clients and systems within these sectors. Ms. Shuman has been responsible for developing and marketing training materials and model initiatives to develop future leaders in the public health/human services field. Ms. Shuman is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her Bachelors degree from the University of Pittsburgh and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, Graduate School of Social Work.

 

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Robert Sterling, PhD

Site Rep - Thomas Jefferson Behavioral Health

Robert.sterling@jefferson.edu

Robert Sterling was awarded his PhD in Applied Research and Evaluation in Psychology in 1988 from Hofstra University and came to Thomas Jefferson University in the fall of 1989. Since arriving at Jefferson, he has served as the Coordinator of the university's Intensive Outpatient Program. Dr. Sterling is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and since 2007 has also served as the Associate Director of Jefferson's Division of Substance Abuse Programs. Prior areas of funded scientific inquiry have included an examination of the relationship between learned helplessness and cocaine addiction, as well as recent scientific study of the role that religiosity and spirituality play in the recovery from alcohol and other substance use disorders. Other areas of interest include general program evaluation/outcomes research, learned helplessness and its clinical sequelae, substance abuse recovery and continued study of methods by which patient placement procedures can be manipulated to promote optimal treatment outcomes.

 

 

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Margaret "Bonnie" Walls

Site Rep - Fresh Start Foundation

Margaret "Bonnie" Walls, Executive Director, founded Fresh Start along with her late husband John Walls in 1989. As CEO, she oversees all aspects of daily operations. Bonnie often makes the statement: "It's wonderful when the people believe in their leader; it's more wonderful when the leader believes in her people." She is dedicated to Fresh Start's mission: to provide safe, structured, and healthy living environments to addicts seeking recovery. Bonnie has been involved in all aspects of the development of Fresh Start which is now recognized as the benchmark organization for recovery housing programs in the City of Philadelphia.

Bonnie has an extensive background in addiction services and education. She has worked with many local research, managed health care, and advocacy groups including the following: BHSI: Behavioral Health Special Initiative TRI: Treatment Research Initiative NIDA: Delval Node of the National Institute on Drug Abuse; Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health; The Veterans Administration; University of Pennsylvania; Kensington Action Now Concerned Citizens of Harrowgate; Pennsylvania Recovery Organization.

 

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Thomas Whiteman, PhD

Site Rep - Rehab After Work

whitemant@aol.com

Thomas Whiteman, PhD is the president of Life Management, Inc. This is the parent company for the following entities: Life Counseling Services - mental health counseling; After Work - drug and alcohol abuse treatment; The Light Program - intensive mental health counseling; And, Fresh Start Seminars - divorce recovery materials and seminars.

A licensed psychologist, Dr. Whiteman earned a Masters degree in counseling from West Chester University and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Human Development from Bryn Mawr College.

Life Counseling Services and Rehab After Work operate counseling services in over 20 locations and employs over 200 professional counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists. Much of their business comes from the major insurers including, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, United Healthcare and Cigna. Fresh Start Seminars is a non-profit organization which conducts divorce recovery seminars throughout the United States for adults, teens, and children. They also provide divorce recovery materials through books, tapes, video, and web based products. He is the author and co-author of a dozen books, including Victim of Love, Stress Test, Adult ADHD, Divorce Recovery, Single Parenting, and Your Kids and Divorce.

 

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Stephen Weinstein, PhD

Site Rep - Thomas Jefferson Behavioral Health
Stephen.weinstein@jefferson.edu

Stephen P. Weinstein, PhD is Director of Substance Abuse Programs, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Assistant Professor of Family and Community Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine. He received his MS from Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY in 1966 and his PhD from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA in 1973.

His research interests include substance use treatment approaches, treatment/patient matching, treatment outcomes, gender differences, treatment retention, substance abuse issues in general medical practice, new treatment models, tobacco use and smoking cessation in substance abuse populations, spirituality and substance abuse treatment, recovery capital in the treatment setting, behavioral health and substance abuse issues among the aged, the "recovery model" of patient care.

Much of his clinical interest is focused on expanding the clinical activity in the Division of Substance Abuse Programs; in developing a new clinical service and prevention model program for the Division with a focus on geriatric behavioral health programs, while maintaining the current treatment programs and addressing patients' clinical needs while anticipating marked funding issues.

 

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