Drs. Lindrooth, Pyrooz, and Winokur are members of the Colorado Lab Advisory Group as well as CARAN fellows.

Lindrooth, Richard
Dr. Richard Lindrooth 

Areas of Expertise:
Economics of the hospital industry
Mental health services research
Health policy

Pyrooz, David_rs
Dr. David Pyrooz (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Criminal Justice
Research Design

“It is too often the case that researchers and practitioners and policymakers either talk past each other or don’t talk at all. Developing and maintaining partnerships that harness the needs and strengths of both groups will make lasting impacts on the people who need it most.”

Winokur, Marc
Dr. Marc Winokur (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Child Maltreatment Prevention
Child Welfare
Kinship Care

“Actionable research means providing practitioners and policymakers with timely evidence that drives decision-making and practice enhancements to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families.”

Brooks, Elizabeth
Dr. Elizabeth Brooks (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Mental Health and Behavioral Health: Substance Abuse, Depression, Suicide, PTSD
Population expertise: medical providers, veterans (particularly rural women), American Indians
Telehealth-based care delivery

“Collaborative approaches are important in the study of complex problems. When universities, government agencies, and local organizations work together, we create mutually beneficial partnerships that promote rigorous research that is rooted in evidence and tailored to the unique needs of the community.”

Bumbarger, Brian
Dr. Brian Bumbarger (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Public systems capacity building and coordination
Community mobilization and collective impact
Prevention and implementation science

“I work at the intersection of research, public policy, and practice to improve outcomes for communities, families and children. Good government policy must be informed by the latest research and the latest research only matters if it is actualized by government partners in the form of better and more cost-effective services and systems.”

Colorado State University
Dr. Doug Coatsworth (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Prevention Science
Family-based interventions
Community-based prevention delivery systems

“Working with government partners inspires me because I have seen the effects of productive collaborations predicated on mutualism…it proved to be a smart investment with strong ROI.”

Davis, Lanae
Lanae Davis (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Program Evaluation
Strategic Planning and Technical Assistance
Child Support Services and Child Welfare

“As a researcher, I have worked with public agencies to better understand their clients and how to provide the most efficient and effective services to families they serve, with a primary focus on ensuring economic stability for low income families. What inspires me about this work is that policy is ever-evolving, and government agencies are increasingly interested in adapting services based on evidence generated through applied research in order to be more effective.”

DePrince, Anne
Dr. Anne DePrince 

Areas of Expertise:
Violence and trauma, including revictimization
Social-emotional and cognitive consequences of violence and trauma
Community-engaged research on violence and trauma

Dmitrieva, Julia
Dr. Julia Dmitrieva (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Child and adolescent development
Analyses of longitudinal data and data that is nested within organizations

Durso, Catherine
Dr. Catherine Durso (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Statistical Analysis
Exploratory Data Analysis
Data Visualization

“Partnerships are important in order to bring together subject matter experts with different emphases to identify, analyze, and address problems with societal impact.”

Jenson, Jeff
Dr. Jeffrey Jenson (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Etiology and prevention of behavioral health problems in young people
Prevention policy and practice
Intervention research

“Partnerships are critical to actionable research and to affecting change in social policy that affects the lives of all people. Achieving the goals of reducing behavioral health problems, and the racial and socioeconomic disparities embedded in such problems, requires effective partnerships and cross system research.”

Lalonde, Trent
Dr. Trent Lalonde (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Longitudinal and Intensive Longitudinal Data Analysis
Time-to-Events Analysis
Binary and Count Outcomes Analysis

“Actionable research requires extra steps to consider the context of research. The purpose needs to be driven by the needs of practitioners, and the results must be immediately understandable and clearly lead to “next steps” to improve practice.”

Lin, Jeffrey
Dr. Jeffrey Lin (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Quantitative methods

“To me, actionable research means that the reality of the world around us is considered at every stage of the research process–from designing a study, to considering data sources and analytic approaches, to the presentation of findings. It means that the products of research are deliberately and explicitly engaged in dialogues with public need and the institutional realities of relevant policy environments.”

Opp, Susan
Dr. Susan Opp (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Economic development
Public policy analysis

“I am a pracademic by training and by experience. I work to be engaged with the community across my research, teaching, and service. Without a reciprocal relationship with government partners, it is difficult to understand the practical concerns, opportunities, and difficulties in working with public policy. My research and teaching are enhanced by partnering with government officials and I strive to be engaged with each and every project.”

Opsal, Tara
Dr. Tara Opsal (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Prisoner Reentry
System-Involved Youth

“In my experience, action-based research that is collaborative is not simple. However, when academic researchers partner with community or government agencies it provides clearer opportunities to address social problems in a way that can enhance, change, and create new on the ground approaches that shape people’s lives. This is the kind of impact I want my professional efforts to have.”

Packard, Josh
Dr. Josh Packard (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Focus Groups
Program Evaluation

“Partnerships are important for actionable research because it is not often the case that any one person or entity has all of the skills, capacity or resources to move quickly on important issues. Partnerships can facilitate more agility coupled with expertise, a combination that is often missing in our applied research solutions.”

Colorado State University
Dr. Nathaniel Riggs (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Social-Emotional Learning
Positive Youth Development

“I find working with government partners inspiring because it facilitates the bi-directional research to policy pipeline. These partnerships provide alternative opportunities to the dissemination of research to the community and open the lines of communication necessary for the translation of research to practice.”

Taussig, Heather
Dr. Heather Taussig (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Randomized controlled trials and longitudinal studies
Child maltreatment and foster care
Youth mentoring

“Actionable research permits the swift and clear translation of research findings into action for individuals, communities, agencies and governments. Actionable research is iterative; that is, the impact of implementing new policies or practices should be fed back into subsequent research questions which will then inform the next set of policies and practices. Actionable research should be transparent and limitations to the generalizability of findings should always be acknowledged.”

Ward, Kyle
Dr. Kyle Ward (CV)

Areas of Expertise:
Jail and Prison Reentry
Evidence-Based Crime Prevention Programs and Policies
Rural Crime

“Partnerships are imperative for actionable research to thrive. They help answer questions about what is working, what is not working, and what is still unknown in order to develop strategies to implement and evaluate new and meaningful initiatives. “