Kristen’s primary areas of expertise include substance use prevention and recovery supports for youth and adults. As Co-Principal Investigator of a Conrad N. Hilton Foundation initiative—Project Amp—to reduce substance use among adolescents, she directs development and testing of a young adult peer-delivered intervention using a Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) framework. She also led development of a National Institute for Drug Abuse funded mobile application to engage clients—along with their counselors—in early recovery from substance use disorders.
Kristen directs C4 Innovation’s work to advance quality recovery housing. She led a statewide qualitative research project to identify and describe the state of recovery housing across communities in Ohio. She also helped develop the TICOMETER—the first validated instrument to measure trauma-informed care across human service and health care organizations.
As Project Director of the SAMHSA-funded Homelessness Resource Center, Kristen led workforce development initiatives using a cutting-edge, award-winning website that incorporated social networking, online learning, dynamic content, and an extensive digital library.
Prior to joining C4 Innovations, Kristen worked at The National Center on Family Homelessness and was an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Habitat for Humanity in Georgia. She has volunteer experience supporting parents and children in family shelters in Massachusetts. Kristen received a Master’s in Public Health from University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross.