• Strengths Planning for Building Recovery Capital

    For decades, addiction professionals have been providing screening and assessment instruments that evaluate problem severity, complexity, and chronicity, but offer little data on the internal and external resources individuals and families can mobilize in resolving such problems (White & Cloud, 2008).

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  • Social Determinants of Health and Behavioral Health Challenges

    The behavioral health field is engaged in a movement to expand the conventional medical treatment model of care that emphasizes diagnosis and subsequent treatment to the more comprehensive and inclusive model of population health. Improving “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group” (Kindig & Stoddard, 2003) is the critical focus of the population health model.

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Rachel  Gonzales
PhD, MPH

Rachel Gonzales, PhD, MPH, is an associate research psychologist at UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and associate professor in psychology at Azusa Pacific University. She has extensive training in public health, health psychology, and substance abuse treatment. She is currently PI of a NIDA funded grant focused on testing the utility of a mobile texting aftercare approach among youth transitioning out if substance abuse treatment.