Eric F. Wagner, Ph.D.
Professor, Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Dr. Eric F. Wagner is a Professor in the Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University, where he directs FIU-BRIDGE. Dr. Wagner earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, and is a licensed psychologist in the State of Florida and Rhode Island. Dr. Wagner’s interests are in the areas of adolescent substance abuse, the empirical evaluation of community-based psychotherapeutic intervention, and developing and testing developmentally sensitive interventions for minority teens. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Dr. Wagner was recognized for his early career achievements with the New Investigator Award from the Sixth International Conference on Treatment of Addictive Behaviors, as well as being selected to present at the Symposium in Honor of Enoch Gordis at the 25 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism.
Juliette Noel Graziano, Ph.D.,
Senior Director- Research & Innovation- Senior Vice President, Banyan Health Systems
Dr. Juliette Graziano is a Co-Director of FIU BRIDGE and lead Service Implementation and Evaluation efforts. As the Senior VP of Research at Banyan Health Systems, Dr. Juliette Graziano currently oversees several federally funded research projects focused on adult and adolescent consumers of substance abuse, mental health, and primary healthcare services. She is the Site PI for a project funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Lead Evaluator for two Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) projects. She collaborates with universities, community-based organizations, stakeholders and consumers to conduct research and evaluation responsive to community needs. In her role, she manages the administrative aspects of research projects and her team has expertise both implementing and evaluating large-scale interventions which address mental health and substance abuse co-occurrence and primary and behavioral health care integration. Prior to her position at Banyan, she was a Visiting Postdoctoral Associate with Florida International University’s (FIU) Community-Based Research Intervention Group (C-BIRG).
Michelle Hospital, Ph.D., LMHC, BBA
Associate Director for Research & Development
Dr. Michelle Hospital is an Associate Professor (Research) at FIU, the Associate Director of Research of FIU-BRIDGE, an Applied Life-Span Developmental Psychologist, as well as a, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida. She has extensive clinical and research experience with adolescent and young adult ethnically diverse, inner city populations. Dr. Hospital currently serves as a Co-Investigator on two SAMHSA funded studies implementing substance abuse and HIV evidence based prevention with urban Hispanic/Latino youth. She is also the principal investigator (PI) of multiple funded research studies exploring the impact of complementary programs among minority youth (e.g., music education, yoga and equine facilitated psychotherapy). Recently, she served as the site-PI of a multi-site NIH funded R01 examining the impact of parent communication on college student drinking and has served as Co-Investigator on four NIH funded R01 clinical trials examining the effectiveness of brief substance abuse interventions with at-risk youth. Dr. Hospital has extensive expertise in the area of community-based clinical assessment, as well as, working clinically and conducting research with minority populations, particularly Hispanic youth and young adults. She is a first generation Hispanic, is fully fluent in Spanish, and has a particular interest in working on health disparities research. Dr. Hospital has worked collaboratively with Dr. Wagner and Dr. Morris for over 10 years.
Staci Leon Morris, Psy.D.
Associate Director for Clinical Services & Training
Dr. Staci Leon Morris, is the Associate Director for Clinical Services and Training of FIU-BRIDGE and is Assistant Professor (Research) in FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a State of Florida Qualified Supervisor for Mental Health Counseling who has served as Co-Investigator and Clinical Supervisor on eleven federally funded randomized clinical trials and five community-based foundation funded studies for adolescents with substance use problems and related issues. Dr. Morris received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University where she was a Henry Rutgers Scholar and her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her clinical internship at Nova Southeastern University’s Community Mental Health Center and her post-doctoral training at FIU’s Community-Based Intervention Research Group under the supervision of Dr. Eric Wagner. She has extensive experience in brief motivational interventions with high risk, multi-cultural, substance using adolescents from underrepresented communities, as well as in human subjects protection, clinical training, especially on community-based RCT’s, and supervision. She was twice awarded an NIH Clinical LRP Award and has published numerous journal articles and book chapters.
Eva D. Wales, MS
Community Research Coordinator
Eva D. Wales, M.S. is FIU-BRIDGE’s Community Research Coordinator. Eva holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Her primary areas of interests are substance abuse and co-occurring disorders and the application of treatment efforts that reduce their impact. She is experienced in the use of Motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and crisis counseling techniques with adolescent and adult clients from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and has conducted research and clinical work in outpatient and school-based settings. She has also served as a group facilitator for the Motivational Interviewing clinical training curriculum at the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Eva is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in the State of Florida.
Emy Pesantes, MS
Research Infrastructure Coordinator
Ms. Emy Lou Pesantes is the Director of Research and Development at Banyan Health Systems where she is responsible for managing the Process Evaluation and data collection efforts for several federally funded research projects. She received her Master in Social Work (2007) and Master in Business Administration (2012) from Florida International University. Ms. Pesantes has been involved in projects serving the following populations: adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses, women in outpatient treatment, and adolescents receiving co-occurring treatment. Prior to working at Banyan Ms. Pesantes was involved in an NIH funded project as a Health Educator for the Community-Based Intervention Research Group. During that capacity she was trained on Motivational Interviewing among high school students.