Dr. Cervantes received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He served as research Psychologist at the UCLA Spanish Speaking Mental Health Research Center (1984-89) and more recently held a full-time faculty appointment in the USC School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (1990-1995). He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Behavioral Research and services at the California State University, Long Beach. He has evaluated a number of community based prevention programs, including two Community Partnership Prevention Programs funded by the U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Endowment and the California Community Foundation.
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Associates
Clarissa Cervantes obtained her Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy in 2000. Ms. Cervantes has extensive experience in Health Care and Mental Health Research as well in data entry and data management. She works closely with the Data Manager and Lead Evaluator in data entry and conduct of the evaluation statistical analyses. Ms. Cervantes also functions as a resource person for technical assistance, writing and reading and helps on with the implementation of the formal evaluation and ensures comprehension of the data analysis objectives. Ms. Cervantes, along with the Lead Evaluator is responsible for choosing the suitable software for conducting the appropriate statistical analysis; assist with report writing as necessary and monitoring performance in Projects such as Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) - HIV, MIP, Safe, Project Heal, Youth Adelante, Stop Short of Addiction and SWRBHC Conference Evaluation and Project Corazon. Ms. Cervantes is Portuguese-English bilingual/bicultural; she has traveled worldwide and had gained a lot of cultural diversity experience.  Ms. Cervantes has many courses in Health Care and Mental Health matters. Clarissa Cervantes Ms. Camacaro currently serves as Research Associate for BAI in addition to being a member of BAI's data team. She provides assistance to lead evaluators providing logistics for meetings, filing, and conducting research for reports. Ms. Camacaro handles invoices for projects including both the states of New Mexico and Texas. She assists Dr. Cervantes in project management and and trains incoming employees in data entry and data collection as needed. She assists in data and project management for the SAMHSA Funded Minority Substance Abuse, HIV, and Hepatitis SPF project with Orange County Bar Foundation and the Youth Transitional Intervention Program also with the Orange County Bar Foundation. She attends monthly data evaluation meetings to ensure that the program is running smoohtly. Ms. Camacaro is responsible for creating agendas and distributing minutes from the monthly site visits, general correspondences between project staff and other general support duties as required. She schedules monthly meetings and conference calls and ensures all reports are timely. She also assists in report development as required for both projects.  She is bi-lingual in English and Spanish and has a keen interest in the physical and emotional growth of child development.   Donna Camacaro
Richard C. Cervantes, Ph.D.
More info More info Diego Fuentes was born in the San Fernando Valley, CA and received his bachelor’s of arts at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). With a major in Geography/Environmental Studies he has been able to use GIS for several purposes including: public health, demographics, and business. Diego is a second generation college graduate and the first of his family, creating a sense of involvement in the Latino community. Growing up an only child, Diego was actively seeking to become involved in social communities learning to help and lead. At UCLA, he was in charge of the Violence in Prevention (VIP) program created for the Greek community. The program helped keep people in the Greek community informed and aware about the sexual assault and violence stigma. Now an intern at BAI, he is in charge of entering data into different project databases for demographic and analytical data. Diego Fuentes Nancy Gutiérrez graduated from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Her passion to work with underserved communities and to bolster their health equity encouraged her to pursue a bachelors degree in Public Health Policy and a minor in Management. She received the Excellence in Community and UCI Service award in 2017 commemorating her implementation of the American Heart Association’s “Check Change. Control.” (CCC) blood pressure program in Spanish and English. She offered CCC with the primary focus of reaching 150 Latinx service workers, as they previously had not received health education in Spanish. She became involved with behavioral and mental health services when she interned at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). While working with SAMHSA, she had the opportunity to assist in writing federal reports. At BAI she is responsible for varying duties including data entry, data organization, data collection, and data analysis for different projects.   Nancy Gutiérrez As part of BAI’s project team, Cindy recently served as research associate, data analyst and report writer on an anti-stigma situational analysis project for the Paso del Norte Health Foundation in Southern New Mexico. She served on a multi-state Phase II SBIR study, The Standardization of Hispanic Stress Inventory-Version 2 (HSI2), responsible for instrument and survey development, and in achieving resources needed for performance assessment and program evaluation. Cindy also recently served as Assistant Project Coordinator and Senior Editor for the Counties along the U.S.-Mexico Border Initiative. Serving throughout the entire 4 year project, her responsibilities included the editing and development of training materials, website resources, newsletters, training brochures, and fact sheets and PPT training presentations to support and promote the Initiatives activities and resources. Cindy serves as a Senior Research Associate for BAI Inc. She assists with grant writing and application efforts, research and report development, copyediting/layout services and electronic media and website materials development. Cindy is the President of Keig, Incorporated, a proposal development and technical writing corporation specializing in copyediting/layout and electronic proposal submission, with experience in both Federal research proposal applications. Cindy is knowledgeable in workforce issues, assisting with the development of a certification process for Workforce Central New Mexico, and has studied the Hispanic expansion across Oklahoma and worked with a gang violence prevention/intervention program in SW OKC. Cindy has a BS in Liberal Sciences from University of Oklahoma, and an MS in Adult Occupational Education and Vocation from Oklahoma State University.   Cindy Keig Mr. David Salinas has over 12 years of clinical and social service research experience combined. As a research associate, Mr. Salinas has been the clinical coordinator/data manager for privately and federally funded clinical trials ranging from traumatic orthopedic research to studies focusing on co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders in adolescents. These endeavors included the administration of psychometric tools to measure treatment effectiveness and safety. Mr. Salinas is also experienced in implementing health services research like needs assessments for non-profit entities, city and county departments, and for state agencies. Major assessment areas included evaluation of health services gaps in HIV prevention, treatment, and care; adolescent sexual health education in schools; and mental health and substance abuse needs among adolescents. His evaluation expertise includes project coordination in clinical and health services research, including literature reviews; study research design; instrument development; primary and secondary data collection; data manipulation and statistical analysis; manuscript and report writing, and presentations. Moreover, as a native of Mexico, Mr. Salinas speaks both Spanish and English which allows him the opportunity to deeply explore and understand external and internal behavioral and social stressors among the Latino community.  Mr. Salinas has both a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and in Spanish Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Public Health. David Salinas, MPH
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Dr. Fisher is currently the Director of the Center for Behavioral Research and Services (CBRS) and a full Professor of Psychology at the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Before coming to Long Beach he was the Director of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He was the chair of the Data Management committee of the NIDA Cooperative Agreement. His M.S. degree was in Counseling Psychology and his thesis was “A Behavioral Perspective of Heroin Addiction.” His doctorate was in Program Evaluation from the evaluation center (CIRCE) at the University of Illinois. He was a NIDA Epidemiology and Statistics postdoctoral fellow with the measurement group at UCLA Psychology Department. He was the evaluator for the Western Center for Drug Free Schools and Communities. He has taught courses in: Psychological Testing, Psychological Statistics, Cluster Analysis, Health Data Analysis, Biostatistics for Health Professionals, Graduate Statistics, and Research Methods. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications including many on applications of classical test theory to self-report. He will take the lead on the preparation of scientific manuscripts and reports.   Dennis Fisher, Ph.D. Dr. Jeremy T. Goldbach, LMSW, Ph.D. joined the USC School of Social Work in 2012 after completing both his master's and doctoral degrees in social work at The University of Texas at Austin. Specializing in prevention science, Goldbach received a doctoral in May 2012 at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests involve cultural competence in prevention practice, with a focus on sexual and ethnic minority youth experiences. His past research has primarily examined the impact of chronic stress experiences on Latino adolescents, and the development of evidence-based prevention programs for these youth and their families. Currently, Goldbach is exploring the relationship between minority stress and behavioral health outcomes in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) youth. He also serves as project evaluator with the National Association of Social Workers HIV/AIDS Spectrum: Mental Health Training and Education of Social Workers Project. His practice background includes both clinical and community organizing. Before returning for his doctoral education, Goldbach oversaw a large community organizing project in Texas that funded 32 community coalitions to reduce substance use concerns through environmental, policy-based strategy. His teaching interests include direct social work practice, human behavior and research with vulnerable populations.   Jeremy Goldbach, Ph.D. Alan Kumamoto is a founding partner of Kumamoto Associates, a marketing, management and communications general partnership located in Greater Los Angeles area.  Alan conducts leadership workshops and capacity building seminars for national and international clients. His career spans work in business, government, and nonprofit organizations has been in charge of a human relations training for the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, and served as a senior trainer of program planning and proposal writing for The Grantsmanship Center. Alan served as President and Executive Director for the Center for Nonprofit Management, responsible for training and consultation to a variety of nonprofit corporations and he is a certified trainer for the United States Department of Justice Weed and Seed Program. He serves as a training and technical assistant consultant to the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department to build capacity among nonprofit and faith based agencies. Alan is the KA lead consultant to Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics providing training and technical assistance along a life cycle continuum from growth to maturity or from decline back to growth. Alan most recently developed curriculum for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Executive Leadership Development Program. He has been a change management consultant to agencies for over 30 years.   Allen Kumamoto A founding partner of Kumamoto Associates, a marketing, management and communications genDenniseral partnership located in Greater Los Angeles area, provides technical assistance to non-profit organizations on program development and evaluation, project management, and organizational development and training.  She specializes in market research, needs assessments, and feasibility studies.  Ms. Kumamoto was the project manager for a Transportation Communications Needs Assessment Study, to understand communication channels and information needs for non-English speaking Asian communities.  She was the principal evaluation investigator for an entertainment job training program.  Prior to forming Kumamoto Associates, Ms. Kumamoto was an appointee in the Los Angeles City Mayor’s Office, Division of Human Resources, where she was responsible for staffing city department task forces and community advisory committees, and establishing a low interest loan, volunteer, and energy conservation projects.  After leaving the Mayor’s Office Ms. Kumamoto also consulted as a sole proprietor with business organizations, major arts institutions, and engineering firms.  Ms. Kumamoto is a former Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles Housing Authority and Telecommunications Board. Joanne Kumamoto Dr Padilla is currently a Professor of Psychological Studies in Education at Stanford University. His interests include academic resilience and positive school experiences of students from at-risk backgrounds; psychological acculturation and adjustment of immigrants, especially children and adolescents; and simultaneous and successive forms of bilingual development. He publishes widely in his areas of research expertise. He is also interested in quantitative research methods in multicultural contexts. He serves as the principal investigator of the California Foreign Language Project (CFLP), a program that assists California teachers in foreign language instruction by offering year-round professional development programs, including intensive institutes in the summer and follow-up sessions during the school year. Dr. Padilla received his B.A., (Psychology) New Mexico Highlands University; M.S. (Experimental Psychology) Oklahoma State University; Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology) University of New Mexico. Amado Padilla, Ph.D. Daniel Santisteban earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami in 1991 and completed his internship at Bellevue Hospital/NYU. He is currently Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami, Center for Family Studies. He has published over 15 articles and chapters. His interests are in treatment development, family therapy research with adolescents, and Hispanic families. Dr. Santisteban is the Principal Investigator of two grants funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and one funded by the American Foundation for Externship program for the training of family therapists; has focused on developing Suicide Prevention. Dr. Santisteban has been a co-leader of the Center for Family Studies new culturally appropriate family treatment interventions for specialized populations; and is leading efforts in blending research and practice at the national and state levels.   Daniel Santisteban, Ph.D.
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Adrian Reyes is the founder and president of Adrian Information Strategies, a full service market research and data processing company in Dallas, Texas. With over thirty years experience in all facets of market research and data processing, he has established and managed local, state, and national accounts, and has conducted hundreds of qualitative and quantitative studies. Mr. Reyes attended City College of New York and the Computer Programming Institute of New York. He was instrumental in the development of interactive computer programs for survey research tabulation. Currently, Mr. Reyes serves as data manager to BAI and has been responsible for data collection, database management, Web site development and maintenance. He has also been instrumental in questionnaire design, providing both web-based online and offline survey data entry of evaluation instruments.    Adrian Reyes
Internal Review Board (IRB), Chairperson
Dr. Cristo is the Chairperson for BAI’s independent Internal Review Board. Dr. Cristo and the IRB committee members conduct an extensive review of research protocols, research designs, data collection instruments and research participant consent forms. Research projects are submitted to the IRB for review and approval prior to commencement. Dr. Cristo has served as lead evaluator for the past twenty-five years on numerous projects funded by SAMSHA, Office of Women’s Health, Administration for Children and Families, FIRST 5 California and CA Department of Developmental Services. Dr. Cristo has evaluated program service models targeting Latino women and their children impacted by substance abuse, trauma due to violence, HIV risks, juvenile delinquency, mental health issues and Autism.   Dr. Cristo has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has been a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of California since 1994. Her clinical focus includes PTSD, Substance Use Disorders and women’s mental health risks.  Martha Cristo, Ph.D.
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