Dr. Houston-Mulligan has over 14 years of experience implementing and supervising evidence-based programs in the community and training professionals on the use of evidence-based treatments. Therapists under her supervision have won national awards for their exemplary implementation of evidence-based treatment. Programs under her direction have won national recognition including the 2007 SAMHSA Science to Service award, a national program to recognize community-based organizations and coalitions for their exemplary implementation of evidence-based services. In addition, her work was featured in a documentary commemorating the 25th anniversary of The Sentencing Project which premiered at The National Press Club. Dr. Houston has devoted her career to helping community providers successfully implement effective treatments for adolescents and their families. She is presently the Lead Trainer for the Contingency Management treatment program. In this role she provides the expert clinical guidance and quality assurance monitoring for the providers of CM.
Ashli J. Sheidow, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC). She recently was Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Family Services Research Center) and the Department of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina. She received her Ph.D. in 2001 in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, conducting research at the Institute for Juvenile Research and receiving clinical training in Cook County Hospital’s adolescent division. Dr. Sheidow’s research interests have focused broadly on the development, prevention, and treatment of adolescent and young adult psychopathology and delinquency from an ecological perspective, with concentrations in co-occurring disorders, effective dissemination of evidence-based practices, and advanced quantitative methods. Her work, funded primarily by NIDA and NIMH, has included intervention development and evaluation projects, as well as dissemination and implementation research. She has been NIDA-funded since 2003 for her work developing and evaluating an ecological clinic-based treatment for youth diagnosed with comorbid substance use and mental health disorders, and she has led development of a Multisystemic Therapy adaptation for justice-involved emerging adults with serious mental health conditions. In addition, Dr. Sheidow has collaborated on a variety of other treatment development, quantitative, and economic evaluation projects for federally-funded studies of evidence-based practices, as well as projects on training therapists in youth substance abuse interventions. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse and the Journal of Behavioral Health Services Research, and she has led programming for national conferences on adolescent substance abuse research.