Hello from incoming CABHP Director Frank Dillon
I am thrilled to start a new chapter of my career as the Director of the Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy at the Arizona State University Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center.
My background has prepared me well to serve as Director. Twenty years ago, I began my career as a research faculty member at the University of Miami Center for Family Studies — one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) flagship centers for the prevention and treatment of behavior health problems among adolescents of color and their families. In 2008, I joined another NIH-funded, Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse at the Florida International University School of Social Work. I was an Associate Professor and Scientific Director. For the past four years, I have been an Associate Professor and Training Director of the PhD Program of Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University.
I am strongly interested in eliminating behavioral health disparities and mental health issues affecting racial, ethnic, and sexual minority groups in the United States. I strive to promote culturally informed psychosocial interventions by (1) elucidating cultural and social determinants of substance use disorders and HIV and (2) promoting multicultural competent behavioral health practice and education.
I optimistically plan to maintain the many success Dr. Mendoza and her team have achieved over the years. I also am eager to develop many new initiatives. I especially look forward to meeting you all as soon as possible.
Frank Dillon, PhD