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Richard C. Cervantes, Ph.D.
As   the   President/CEO   of   BAI,   Dr.   Cervantes   provides   the   managerial,   financial and   operational   leadership   of   the   firm.   He   serves   as   the   senior   executive   and principal   investigator   for   the   firm's   engagements   and   provides   direction   for   all the marketing and administrative tasks of the company. Dr.   Cervantes   is   a   leader   in   his   field.   He   has   nearly   25   years   of   experience   in   the field   of   mental   health   and   HIV/AIDS   research   and   program   evaluation.   He   pioneered   the application of statistical analysis and epidemiological techniques to Latino and other multi-ethnic   populations   in   a   community   health   environment.   Dr.   Cervantes   has   a   contributed significantly   to   the   development   and   sophistication   of   a   body   of   knowledge   to   address   complex health   and   human   services   issues   using   scientific-based   solutions.   He   received   his   Ph.D.   and master's   degrees   in   psychology   and   his   bachelors   in   business   administration   and   psychology from    Oklahoma    State    University.    His    past    teaching    and    academic    positions    include    the University    of    Southern    California,    Department    of    Psychiatry,    the    California    Professional School   of   Psychology,   the   University   of   Oklahoma,   Department   of   Human   Relations   and   the California   State   University   at   Northridge.   His   professional   and   clinical   experience   consists   of forensic   consultation   and   staff   positions   at   Didi   Hirsch   Community   Mental   Health   Center,   the Oklahoma   Department   of   Corrections   and   the   Children's   Medical   Center.   He   began   his   career as   a   research   psychologist   at   the   University   of   California,   Los   Angeles   Spanish   Speaking Mental   Health   Research   Center,   School   of   Medicine,   Department   of   Psychiatry   and   Behavioral Sciences. Dr.    Cervantes    is    well    published    with    over    40    publications/articles    in    mental    health    and HIV/AIDS    areas    including   A    Juvenile    Delinquency    Diversion    Program    for    Latino    Youth (Under   Review),   Predictor   of   Alcohol   Use   Among   Young   Adult   Latinos   (Under   Review), Evaluating   Hispanic/Latino   Programs:   Ensuring   Cultural   Competency   (1998),   Handbook   of Child   and   Adolescent   Psychiatry   (1998),   The   Challenge   of   Participatory   Research:   Prevention of   Alcohol-Related   Problems   in   Ethnic   Communities   (1995)   and   Substance   Abuse   and   Gang Violence (1992-Sage Publication). He   has   completed   more   than   20   individual   advisory   engagements   as   an   evaluator/research consultant     for     numerous     governmental     agencies,     community-based     organizations     and foundations    in    the    last    three    years.    He    has    been    a    member    of    numerous    professional committees   including   the   Hispanic   High   Risk   Cluster   Group,   U.S.   Center   for   Substance Abuse Prevention   (CSAP),   Substance   Abuse   and   Mental   Health   Services   Administration,   SAMSHA State Incentive Grant Evaluation Guidance Committee and CSAP's.