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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.