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ACE! frequently calls on consultants to provide expertise on projects. For example, with our current JSTEPS study, the team and our study sites have benefitted greatly from consultants Drs. Peter Friedmann, Peter Luongo, and Maxine Stitzer. These experts are enhancing the project by advising us and the study sites on addictions medicine, behavioral contracting for probationers, and contingency management.
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Peter Friedmann, MD, MPH
Dr. Peter D. Friedmann, is a Professor of Medicine & Community Health at Brown University. Dr. Friedmann is a substance abuse health services researcher and addiction medicine physician. He was the lead investigator of the Step ‘n Out study, which provided the foundation for the JSTEPS study.

Peter Luongo, Ph.D.
Dr. Pete Luongo is an accomplished clinician and an expert in counseling and performance monitoring techniques. Dr. Luongo is working as a consultant with GMU’s JSTEPS team, providing training on behavioral management and contracting with offenders. Dr. Luongo previously served as Director of the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration and was a faculty associate at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Luongo holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore School of Social Work.

Maxine Stitzer, Ph.D.
Dr. Maxine Stitzer is a renowned expert in pharmacological and behavioral approaches to the treatment of substance abuse and has developed and tested contingency management interventions that can motivate positive behavior change in drug abusers enrolled in methadone or drug-free treatment. Dr. Stitzer serves as a consultant for JSTEPS, sharing her expertise in contingency management. She is also a professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

Jill Farrell, Ph.D.
Dr. Jill Farrell is the Director of the Innovations Institute’s Maryland Center for Juvenile Justice at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Her current research focuses on the development and implementation of a statewide assessment and case management system for Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS), racial disparities in Maryland’s juvenile justice system, and improving juvenile case management practices through comprehensive training approaches. Prior to joining the Institute in April 2010, Dr. Farrell conducted applied policy research at the University of Maryland’s Institute for Governmental Service and Research, the Urban Institute, and the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy. She also worked in Baltimore City as a youth advocate with the Choice Program, where she worked directly with youth involved in the juvenile justice system. She holds both a Ph.D. and M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from University of Maryland, and a B.A. with distinction in Psychology from Boston College.

Douglas Young, MS
Douglas Young is a Senior Faculty Research Associate with the Institute for Governmental Service and Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. At IGSR, he is involved in action research with state and local justice and public health agencies, directing evaluations and providing program development assistance in juvenile assessment and aftercare, adult corrections and substance abuse treatment, drug courts, and offender reentry. He is co-PI of the Coordinating Center for the Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS), a national research network established by NIDA, and his current research includes a national, multi-level survey of offender treatment, and a controlled study of technology transfer in juvenile case management and substance abuse treatment. Before joining the University of Maryland, Mr. Young spent fifteen years with the Vera Institute in New York City, where he led studies on courts’ use of new treatment alternatives, compulsory treatment, drug courts, alternative-to-incarceration programs, and prison treatment programs

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