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DISC Team and Community

Executive Leadership Team

Meet the Team


Gregory Aarons, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychiatry
Health Sciences


Borsika Rabin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Pharm.D. 
Associate Professor
Public Health
Health Sciences


Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Ph.D.
Director of Education and Training
Professor, Psychiatry
Health Sciences


Nicole Stadnick, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director of Dissemination and Evaluation
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Health Sciences

DISC Management


Kera Swanson, M.P.H.
DISC Manager

DISC Trainees

DISC currently offers undergraduate internships for course credit through the UC San Diego Family Medicine and Public Health Department (Course Number: FMPH199 and FMPH198). E-mail DISC Manager, Kera Swanson, for application instructions at

Olivia FangOlivia Fang is currently a part of UCSD Extension's Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program. She is an alumni of UC Berkeley where she majored in Psychology and minored in Creative Writing. She is interested in psychiatry and wants to learn about the interdisciplinary nature of D&I research and how such research can guide and improve the implementation of interventions in healthcare.


Sheckter.jpgLaura Sheckter is a first-year MPH student concentrating in Health Behavior and Health Policy. She hopes to learn how to help populations improve their overall well-being during her time at UCSD. More specifically, Laura is interested in learning about the process of writing D&I research and gaining the tools to apply that research through experiential learning.

DISC Consultation Team

Due to limited staff capacity, the DISC Consultation services are currently only available to those from ACTRI-affiliated institutions listed here

To request DISC Consultations, please complete the Consultation Request Form. The form will ask questions about you and your D&I project. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. The information that you share will be reviewed by the DISC Consultation team on a rolling basis. Please note that the DISC Consultation Team requires 7-10 business days to review and respond to consultation requests. Please review the Triage for Grant-related and Manuscript requests below for more detailed information about timeline and allowable requests. Consultations are not a guarantee for the consultant being able to serve as a Co-Investigator on the grant proposal. As part of our consultation services we provide resources, initial guidance for models, measures, and designs and we can make recommendations to connect you with others who could serve as Co-Investigators on your proposal, if needed.

Who can request a DISC Consultation?

Due to limited staff capacity, the DISC Consultation services are currently only available to those from UC San Diego ACTRI-affiliated institutions listed here. You must also be a current DISC Member to request DISC Consultation. To become a member, please join here.

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Current D&I Science Center Consultation Team

 Gregory Aarons

Dr. Gregory Aarons is a clinical and organizational psychologist, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego (UCSD), a faculty member in the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Co-Director of the UCSD Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (DISC), and Director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC).

 Erika Crable

Dr. Crable is a Postdoctoral Scholar and health services researcher. Her research focuses on improving the use of evidence in policymaking, and testing implementation strategies to promote access to evidence-based substance use treatment, mental health services, HIV prevention and treatment services for safety-net and justice-involved populations. She is also a fellow in the NIMH/NIDA-funded Implementation Research Institute and in the NIDA-funded Lifespan/Brown University Criminal Justice Research Training Program.

 Lauren Brookman-Frazee

Dr. Brookman-Frazee is a Professor in the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry, Director of Education and Training for the DISC, Associate Director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center, and Co-Director of the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Her research involves partnering with community leaders, therapists, and families to develop, test, and implement scalable psychosocial interventions in children’s mental health and developmental services.

Bonnie Kaiser

Dr. Bonnie Kaiser is an Associate Professor jointly appointed in the Department of Anthropology and Global Health Program. Her research focuses on elucidating cultural models of mental health and illness and exploring their connections to care-seeking; developing and adapting measurement tools for cross-cultural research and interventions; improving cultural adaptation of global mental health interventions; and critically exploring concepts of trauma, risk, and resilience.

Margaret Crane

Margaret Crane is clinical psychology PhD candidate at Temple University. Her research, which is funded by an F31 and a department grant, examines strategies to disseminate evidence-based practices for youth mental health. Margaret also is a therapist at the Temple University Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic, and a clinical extern at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

 Jessica Montoya

Dr. Jessica Montoya’s research has focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of mobile health interventions to promote health behaviors (e.g., medication adherence and physical activity). She is also interested in understanding the neurologic impact of comorbidities, including cardiovascular disease and addictions, among individuals aging with HIV.

James Pittman 

Dr. James Pittman  earned his Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University, and his PhD in Social Work from Smith College School. He serves as the Associate Director for CESAMH's Education and Dissemination Unit and the Director for CESAMH's eScreening Core. He is the Lead Mental Health Social Worker and Section Chief for La Jolla Outpatient Mental Health Programs for the VA San Diego Healthcare System. Dr. Pittman is also an HS Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

 Borsika Rabin

Dr. Borsika Rabin is an Associate Professor at the UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, the Co-Director of the UC San Diego Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (DISC), and an Implementation Science (IS) expert on a number of large NIH and VA Center grants and research projects including the VA San Diego Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health and the Quadruple Aim QUERI Program (Denver VA).

 Nicole Stadnick

Dr. Nicole Stadnick is an Assistant Professor and licensed psychologist at the University of California, San Diego. Her research aims to examine the effectiveness and implementation of evidence-based practices for children with mental health and developmental concerns served in community-based settings.

 Kera.jpeg Kera Swanson

Ms. Kera Swanson is the DISC Manager and an Assistant Consultant. She graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2019 with an MPH. Kera has held research management positions with the VA's National Center for PTSD Dissemination Implementation and Training Division and UC Irvine. Kera has growing interest and experience in dissemination and implementation science and brings a unique skillset to the DISC offering clinical, research, and team management expertise.

Rajat-Suri-Headshot.jpeg Rajat Suri 

Dr. Rajat Suri is a new Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
(PCCM) attending, who just finished his fellowship at UCLA and has joined the
team at University of California San Diego. He specializes in health policy,
pulmonary and critical care, and implementation science.

Organizational Chart

The DISC Organizational Chart illustrates our shared leadership model and how the DISC works with advisors, stakeholders and community partners to achieve Center goals. 


Data Dashboard

DISC Investigators





Investigator Specialty Area

Matthew Aalsma


Indiana University


Adolescent, behavioral health, criminal justice

Gregory Aarons


University of California San Diego, Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC)


Leadership, organizational climate, organizational culture, EPIS Framework, scale-up strategies, scaling-out, measures, provider attitudes, community-academic partnerships, mixed-methods

Wael Al-Delaimy


University of California San Diego


Mental health, global health, epidemiology, public health

Tala Al-Rousan


University of California San Diego


Epidemiology, hypertension, aging, health disparities, Community-based research, Global health

Jennifer Anger


University of California System, VA San Diego, County Health Department


Health services research, urology, robotic surgery, transgender care

Heather Angier


Oregon Health & Science University


Primary care, preventive services, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act, healthcare disparities

Robert Anthenelli


University of California San Diego


Addiction, alcohol use disorder, tobacco use disorder, substance use disorder, comorbidity, stress axis, sex differences

Elva Arredondo


San Diego State University


Health disparities research, chronic disease prevention, Latino health, multilevel interventions

Yuka Asada


University of Illinois Chicago


Nutrition, health policy, qualitative methods, school wellness policies, sugary beverage taxes, nutrition policy

Roman Ayele


Colorado University Anschutz


Implementation science, Adaptations, Qualitative research, Veterans health, Dementia, Health services research

Laura Balis


Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)


Physical activity, community, implementation science, low to middle income countries, policies, built environment

Miya Barnett


University of California Santa Barbara


Lay health workers, mental health disparities, consumer engagement, Latinx, Measuring adaptations, Fidelity measurement, Parenting

Angela Bazzi


University of California San Diego


HIV, substance use, injection drug use, sexual health, epidemiology, qualitative methods, mixed methods

Theresa Betancourt


Boston College


Implementation Science, Mental Health, Trauma, Early Childhood Development, Family Strengthening, Violence Reduction, Global Health, Public Health

Erika Borkoles


Griffith University


Implementation science, public health - political and social determinants of health, obesity, sport and exercise, qualitative methods, climate action

Maya Boustani


Loma Linda University


Mental health, youth, community, child, implementation, services research

Sarabeth Broder-Fingert


University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School


Pediatrics, Autism, Health Services, Public health, Mental health

Lauren Brookman-Frazee


University of California San Diego, Rady Children's Hospital


Children's mental health services, community-partnered research, autism, early intervention services, hybrid implementation-effectiveness trials, provider training, implementation strategies, disparities

Alicia Bunger


Ohio State University


Organizations, Collaboration, Community-Engagement, Behavioral Health, Social Networks

Alan Card


University of California San Diego


Safety, Quality, Risk management, Patient safety, Improvement science, Intervention design, Toolkits, Burnout, Well-being, Organizational change

Morgen Chalmiers


University of California San Diego


Ethnography, qualitative methods, gender, reproductive health, sexual health

Erika Crable


University of California San Diego


D&I Frameworks, Models, Theories, Implementation Outcomes, Hybrid Designs, Substance use treatment, Justice-involved populations, Medicaid, Safety-net settings/populations, Health services research

Margaret Crane


Temple University


Dissemination, mental health literacy, evidence-based practices, child anxiety

Colin Depp


University of California San Diego


Mobile technology, Research training, Serious mental illness, Suicide prevention, Healthy aging

Kelsey Dickson


San Diego State University


Autism, executive functioning, mental health, youth

Parambir Dulai


University of California San Diego, VA San Diego


Inflammatory bowel disease, Disease monitoring, Comparative effectiveness

Andrea Duran


Columbia University


Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Implementation Science, Telehealth, Exercise Physiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity Prevention

Jessica Elia


University of California San Francisco


Chronic disease, physical therapy, physical function, telehealth, inflammatory bowel disease, rehabilitation, prehabilitation, prevention, post-operative care, patient-centered decision making

Mark Ettenhofer


University of California San Diego, VA San Diego


Traumatic brain injury, neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, technology development, eye tracking, aging, concussion, military

Danielle Fettes


University of California San Diego, Rady Children's Hospital


Child welfare, implementation science, evaluation research, youth mental health & substance use, community-academic partnerships, medical sociology, child trauma, family violence

Karen Fortuna


Dartmouth University


Digital peer support, Community engagement, Mobile technologies, Patient engagement, older adults, Serious mental illness

Bryan Garner


RTI International



Maryam Gholami


University of California San Diego


Cancer prevention, Health behavior intervention, Health promotion, Chronic disease prevention, D&I

Marybel Gonzalez


University of California San Diego


Neurocognitive development, Bio-psycho-social models, Brain development, Adolescent substance use, Family relationships, Neighborhood environment

Rachel Haine-Schlagel


San Diego State University


Parent engagement in services, direct to consumer marketing/consumer pull interventions, provider training

Syed Usman Hamdani


Global Institute of Human Development, Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University, Pakistan


Global Mental Health, Public Mental Health, Child and adolescent mental health, Task-shifting, Trans-diagnostic interventions, Health applications of technology, Scaling up mental health services in low resource settings

Taylor Harris


Greater Los Angeles VA


Homelessness, Housing, Mental Health, Substance use, Tobacco use, Community integration, Care coordination

Allison Harvey


University of California Berkeley


Mental illness, sleep and circadian problems/disorders, community mental health

Sarah Haynes


University of California Davis


Epidemiology, telehealth, mixed methods, chronic disease management, adherence, telemonitoring, telemedicine

Eric Hekler


University of California San Diego


Behavior change, human-centered design, research methods, adaptive interventions, self-study, N-of-1 research methods, Small Data, Precision Health, community-driven design

Charlotte Hobbs


Rady Children's Hospital


Genomics, precision medicine, rare disease, pediatrics, neonatology

Cole Hooley




Scale-up, Mental health services

Samantha Hurst


University of California San Diego


Qualitative methods, mixed methods research design, vulnerable populations, cross-cultural theory, community-based participator research, academic-community partnerships

Kathryn Hyzak


Ohio State University, County Health Department


Health promotion, Health services research, Traumatic brain injury, Behavioral Health, Mixed methods research

Cheedy  Jaja


University of Southern Florida


Sickle cell disease, Pharmacogenetics, Implementation science, Global health, health systems building

Allison Jobin


California State University San Marcos


Autism spectrum disorder, parent-mediated interventions, evidence-based practice for ASD, community-based effectiveness, treatment individualization

Lisa Juckett


Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center


Geriatrics, Physical rehabilitation, Home- and community-based services, Implementation frameworks, Fall prevention, Scoping review methodology

Bonnie Kaiser


University of California San Diego


Global mental health, Global implementation science, Task shifting, Adaptation, Qualitative research, Mixed methods, Haiti, Kenya, Anthropology

Patrick De Marie Katoto


County Health Department


Epidemiology, Tuberculosis, HIV, COVID-19, Air pollution, Tropical medicine, Quantitative skill

Bo-Kyung (Elizabeth) Kim


University of Southern California


Juvenile justice, mental, emotional, behavioral health, school-to-prison pipeline, services research, quantitative methods, trauma and resilience

Gwendolyn Lawson


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Mental health, children, school, teacher, ADHD, socioeconomic status, teacher consultation, implementation, behavioral interventions

Daisy Le


George Washington University


Cancer Prevention and Control, Health Disparities, Tobacco Prevention and Control, HPV and Cervical Cancer, MHealth and Digital Technology, Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Underserved Populations, Team Science, Mixed Methods Research, Women Living with HIV

Susan Lee


University of California San Diego


Long COVID, inflammatory arthritis, autoimmune connective tissue disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, osteoarthritis

Rebecca Lengnick-Hall


Washington University in St. Louis


organizations, bridging factors, qualitative

Teresa Lind


University of California San Diego


Child maltreatment, early adversity, preventative interventions, EBP sustainment, parenting

Teresa Lind


San Diego State University


Trauma, child development, early experiences, implementation science

Laurie Lindamer


VA San Diego


Mental health, evidence-based interventions, implementation

Sarah Linke


University of California San Diego


Physical activity promotion, health promotion, health systems implementation, behavioral medicine, clinical psychology

Nadia Liyanage-Don


Columbia University


Health behaviors, Preventive medicine, psychological distress, Healthcare disparities, Remote patient monitoring, Telemedicine, Cardiovascular disease

Kate Lovero


Columbia University


Global mental health, adolescent mental health, implementation science

Rebecka Lundgren


University of California San Diego


Social norms, gender, adolescence, sexual and reproductive health, scale up, adaptation, prevention of gender-based violence, male engagement

Katelyn Luu


University of California San Diego


Empathy, inquisitive, detailed, basic epidemiology, basic statistics, remote research

Patricia  Maritim


University of Zambia- School of Public Health


Implementation Science, Neglected tropical diseases, Sexual and Reproductive health, Health equity

Kassandra Martinez


University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC)


Autism Spectrum Disorder, Community Based Participatory Research, Children's Mental Health Services, Disparities, Access to Care, Integrated Care

Gabriella McLoughlin


Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC), Washington University in St. Louis



Charles Meliska


University of California San Diego, County Health Department


Mixed methods, qualitative, school wellness, physical activity, obesity prevention, organizational capacity, nutrition, food insecurity, implementation science, translational research

Laura Milko


University of North Carolina


clinical, depression, research

Sheila Mody


University of California San Diego, County Health Department


Genomic, Sequencing, Screening, Precision, Medicine, Genetic, Testing, Clinical, Actionability

Jessica Montoya


University of California San Diego



Ann Marie Moraitis


University of Utah


HIV, substance use disorders, aging, physical activity, everyday functioning, mobile health, adherence

Frances Nedjat-Haiem


San Diego State University


Young adult, Cancer, Survivorship, Physical activity, Exercise physiology, Wellbeing, Symptom science

Frances Nedjat-Haiem


San Diego State University, County Health Department


Palliative Care, Social Justice, Health Services Research, End of Life Care, Medical or Health Social Work, Oncology/Cancer Care, Chronic Disease Management, Patient Navigation, Veterans

Jesse Nodora


University of California San Diego, County Health Department


Cancer Prevention, Cancer Disparities, Cancer Screening, Women's Bladder Health, Underserved Populations, Multilevel Interventions, Multicultural Research, Community-based Research, Public Health Evidence Based Practice

Elizabeth Painter


BroderickHaight Consulting



Lawrence Palinkas


University of Southern California, Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC)


Implementation science, mental health services, health services research, health policy, community engaged research, social determinants of health

Barbara Parry


University of California San Diego, VA San Diego, County Health Department


Mood disorders, Women’s health, Circadian rhythms, Sleep, Light treatment, Endocrine, Melatonin, Premenstrual syndrome, Peripartum, Menopause

Monica Perez Jolles


University of Southern California


Federally Qualified Health Centers, Patient-centered care, ACE state policy, complex health interventions, health services research, health disparities

Rebecca Phillips


Ohio State University


Context-Process-Outcome Evaluation, Health & Human Service Systems, Occupational Health & Well-Being, Participatory Action Research, Multi-level Theory-based Implementation

Bobbi Pineda


University of Southern California


NICU, Preterm, Therapy, Access, Intervention, Uptake, Sensory, Development, Outcomes, Environment

James Pittman


University of California San Diego, VA San Diego


electronic screening, mental health, PTSD, trauma, social work

Byron Powell


Washington University in St. Louis


Mental Health Services Research, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Qualitative Research, Mixed Methods Research, Implementation Research, Implementation Strategies, Theories and Frameworks

Borsika Rabin


University of California San Diego, VA San Diego, County Health Department


Dissemination, implementation, adaptation, pragmatic measurement, designing for dissemination and implementation

Sally Rafie


University of California San Diego


contraception, pharmacists, pharmacy, community pharmacy, emergency contraception, medication abortion, family planning

Serena Rajabiun


County Health Department, University of Massachusetts Lowell 


HIV/AIDS, community health workers, health services research, cost, social determinants of health

Hanna Reich de Paredes


Depression Research Center


Mental health, Depression, Migration, Transcultural psychology, Psychotherapy, Implementation, Digital health, Ecological momentary assessment, Measurement equivalence, Health care utilization

Sarah Rojas


University of California San Diego


HIV, Prep, HCV, trans, LGBT, health disparities

Laurel Sarfan


University of California San Diego


Transdiagnostic treatments/mechanisms, Sleep and circadian dysfunction, Anxiety disorders, Treatment evaluation, Cognitive and behavioral therapies

Cynthia Schairer


University of California San Diego


Qualitative research, community and stakeholder engagement, technology, public health, ethics

Melody Schiaffino


San Diego State University


HSR, Systems and data science, Organizational Theory, Health disparities, Cancer and aging

Gregory Seibert


University of California San Diego, County Health Department


Self-Regulation, Dyadic Regulation, Burnout, Open Dialogue, Behavioral Interventions, Addiction

Rebecca Selove


Tennessee State University


Psychology, Public health, Implementation science

Argentina Servin


University of California San Diego


Adolescent health, Sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, STIs, Gender-based violence, Gender Equity and Health, Migrant Health, Female sex workers

Marisa Sklar


University of California San Diego, Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC)


Mental health, integrated primary care, Research design, Psychometrics, Quantitative methods, Qualitative methods, Mixed methods, Quasi experimental design

David Sleet


San Diego State University


Injury, prevention, accidents, behavioral science, health promotion, disease prevention, drowning, concussion, traffic injury

David Sommerfeld


University of California San Diego


Behavioral health services, intervention development, intervention implementation, treatment engagement strategies, community-based collaborative research, evaluation

Dara Sorkin


University of California Irvine


health disparities, social support, behavioral health, health promotion, social network

Nicole Stadnick


University of California San Diego


implementation science, mental health services, community academic partnerships, integrated care, cross-system implementation, autism, pediatrics, evidence-based practice

Irene Su


University of California San Diego


Reproductive health, Cancer survivorship, Reproductive epidemiology, Clinical trials, Infertility

Jessica Suhrheinrich


San Diego State University



Rajat Suri


University of California San Diego



Asma Taha


California State University Fullerton


Children, Disability, Quality of life, Global health

Ming Tai-Seale


University of California San Diego


Learning health system, patient experience, practice of medicine, physician wellness, chronic disease management, population health, patient engagement, shared decision making, technology, innovation

Jonathan Tobin


Rockefeller University


PBRN, practice-based research network, community engaged research, comparative effectiveness research, implementation science, cardiovascular epidemiology, primary care

Kiyomi Tsuyuki


University of California San Diego


HIV, Substance use, Violence, Mental Health, STIs, Youth, Racial and ethnic disparities, Brazil, HIV testing

Pamela Valera


County Health Department, Rutgers University


Cancer health disparities, smoking cessation, criminal justice, men, misinformation, COVID-19, substance abuse, sexual and gender minority groups, HIV

Jennifer Velloza


University of Washington


Global mental health, HIV prevention, adolescents and young adults, Sub-Saharan Africa, implementation science frameworks, CFIR, hybrid trials, pragmatic trials, mHealth

Gabriel Wardi


University of California San Diego


Sepsis, cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, machine learning, critical care, emergency medicine, resuscitation

Paul Watson


Global Action Research Center


Community, Engagement, Community Facilitation, Participatory Action Research, Data Collection, Empirical Knowledge, Community Consensus, Bi-directional Learning, Theory of Change, Appreciative Inquiry

Douglas Ziedonis


University of New Mexico


Addiction, Tobacco, Mental Illness, Schizophrenia, Psychosocial interventions, Organizational Change, Mindfulness, Obesity, Opioids, Wellness

* This information was obtained from the DISC Annual Survey

The DISC publishes a DISC Data Dashboard highlighting the number of DISC Consultations to date, Twitter followers, and DISC Membership count.

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