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State of Chris-ChristieNew Jersey
Governor Chris Christie










MadrasHeadshot198Mar3016Bertha K. Madras, Ph.D.
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School


Dr. Bertha K. Madras is Professor of Psychobiology, Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She developed and chaired the Division of Neurochemistry at the HMS-NEPRC. A neuroscientist, her research focuses on addiction biology and neuropsychiatric disease. Her work is reported in over 150 manuscripts and book chapters. She is principal editor of books “The Cell Biology of Addiction” (2006), “The Effects of Drug Abuse  on the Human Nervous System” (2012), and co-editor on “Imaging of the Human Brain in Health and Disease” (2012).

In public policy, she served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). At ONDCP, she advocated for medicalization of the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders. She mainstreamed Drug and Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in healthcare systems as a component of the national drug control strategy. She also spearheaded approval of billing codes for these services resulting in reimbursement by Medicaid and health insurers, adoption by federal agencies.

In service to public education, she directed creation of a museum exhibit, a CD (licensed by Disney Corp), “Changing your Mind: Drugs in the Brain” for the Boston Museum of Science and has delivered hundreds of presentations on the biology of drugs and addiction. She holds 19 patents, is a recipient of a NIDA Public Service award, a NIH MERIT award, American Academy Addiction Psychiatry Founders’ Award, and the Marian Hirschman Award. A brain imaging agent strategy she developed was cited by The Better World Report, 2006, as one of “25 technology transfer innovations that changed the world”. Her experiences in translational neurobiology, government, and public service afford her a unique perspective on science and public policy.


Carlo DiClementeCarlo DiClemente, Ph.D.
University of Maryland


Dr. DiClemente is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He directs several Psychology Department Centers including the MDQUIT Tobacco Resource Center and the Center for Community Collaboration that are involved in state and national capacity building and SAMHSA funded projects on integrated care and SBIRT training and implementation. In addition, he oversees the HABITS laboratory where he and his graduate students in the Human Services Psychology program conduct their research. Current projects include assessing the process of smoking initiation and cessation, SBIRT training in medical residency programs, motivation and stages of change for a variety of health behaviors, understanding mechanism of change in alcohol and substance abuse, and creating integrative screening instruments to support client collaboration and integrated care. Dr. DiClemente is the co-developer of the Transtheoretical Model of behavior change, and the author of numerous scientific publications on motivation and behavior change with a variety of health and addictive behaviors. Dr. DiClemente is the recipient of several distinguished awards, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Award, the American Society of Addiction Medicine McGovern Award, a lifetime achievement award from ABCT’s Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group, and a distinguished scientific contribution award from the APA Division 50 Society of Addiction Psychology.