Preventing Substance Abuse in the Middle Level
Presenter: SAMHSA

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Join AMLE and experts from SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) as we examine how to tackle the issue of substance use and abuse in the middle level. We will get critical information and practical tools to help young adolescents stay healthy and substance-free.

Dr. Jorielle Brown, is a clinical psychologist with more than 15 years of behavioral health experience in government, academia and consultation services. Dr. Brown currently serves as Director of the Division of Systems Development in the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the Department of Health and Human Services. Lieutenant Brown was Commissioned in the United States Public Health Service in February 2015. She has worked in various capacities in SAMHSA to include Special Assistant to the Administrator, Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator, Acting Division Director, Branch Chief, and Public Health Advisor.

Dr. Brown came to the SAMHSA in 2005 from Morgan State University where she conducted NIH-funded research in the Center for Health Disparities Solutions and the Drug Abuse Research Program. She earned her Bachelor degree in Chemistry and went on to earn a Masters and Doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in children and adolescents at Howard University. Following postdoctoral training in Prevention Science at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dr. Brown served as assistant professor of psychology, research and statistical methods, and counseling methods at Johns Hopkins University and Howard University. Dr. Brown’s research and clinical experience with diagnosing, treating, and testing individuals with mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders has allowed her to publish peer-reviewed articles, present at national conferences and provide workshops on the topics of prevention, treatment and recovery from mental and substance use disorders. She has received numerous honors to include the Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Service to America, American Psychological Association’s Dalmas Taylor Award, and SAMHSA Administrator’s Award.
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