Steering group

Karol L. Kumpfer, Ph.D., is an American Indian (Pawnee) psychologist and an Associate Dean for International Education and Professor of Health Promotion and Education at the University of Utah. She specializes in cross-cultural research and dissemination of evidence-based family strengthening interventions to prevent substance abuse, delinquency, child maltreatment, and improve child outcomes. From 1998 to 2000, she served as the Director of the DHHS/SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) in Washington, D.C. For 15 years, she also directed the National Institute of Justice OJJDP’s Strengthening America’s Families Initiative to locate and disseminate evidence-based family interventions nationwide. More recently she expanded this work into a global search for EBP family interventions for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for the Compendium on the UNODC web site. With an international committee, she produced the UNODC (2009) Guide to Implementing Family Skills Training Programmes for Drug Abuse Prevention that included steps to culturally and locally adapt EBPs. She was awarded in June 2008 the prestigious Community and Cultural Research award by the Society for Prevention Research, a professional scientific society that she was also the first woman president of in 1998. She has published and presented widely and internationally. She is the developer of the Strengthening Families Program (SFP 3 to 16 Years), which includes a universal 7 and 10-session or 14-session selective and indicated prevention family skills training program that has proven in many research studies with families in the USA and 26 countries to improve parenting skills, family relations, improve children’s outcomes and reduce substance abuse in parents and adolescents.
Henry O. Whiteside, Ph.D., is President of Lutra Group, Inc., authorized distributors, trainers and providers of implementer training, quality assurance and evaluation services for the Strengthening Families Program (SFP). He is co-author with Dr. Kumpfer of the more recent versions of SFP for other age groups, particularly the SFP 12-16 Year and SFP 3-5 Year versions as well as the 2011 school-based universal 10-session SFP 10-16 Years that is now available in group and Home Use DVDs. He had published widely and is a frequent conference speaker on results from the SFP. He travels frequently worldwide to conduct SFP Group Leader training Workshops with his team of international trainers. He is the author of Menace in the West: Colorado and the American Experience with Drugs, 1873-1963, Colorado Historical Society Press, 1997, and articles in American history, historic preservation, drug abuse prevention, and family skills training.
Gregor Burkhart is since 1996 responsible for prevention responses at the Monitoring Centre. He developed databases on best practice examples (EDDRA), on evaluation tools (EIB) the Prevention and Evaluation Resource Kit (PERK) and the recently published Prevention Profiles on the EMCDDA websites. His main activities are to develop common European indicators on the implementation of prevention policies in member states and to promote a better and clear understanding of universal, selective, indicated as well as environmental prevention in Europe. Gregor works on methodologies for monitoring prevention responses, how to improve and how to evaluate them. He is guest lecturer at the University of Granada (Faculty of Sociology). He is co-funder of the European Society for Prevention Research and holds a doctoral degree in medicine (medical anthropology) on the influence of culture on the classification and perception of body and diseases in the Candomblé cults of Bahia, Brazil as well as a MPH degree from the University of Düsseldorf.
Matej Košir graduated in political science at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). He has worked in the field of alcohol, drugs and addiction prevention for last 14 years. He has worked at the Ministry of Interior, the Government Office for Drugs and the Ministry of Health. In 2006 he established a private institute (Utrip) for research and development of programmes especially in the field of preventing youth risk behaviour. He is involved in several European research and educational projects co-financed by the European Commission. He was also EDDRA (Exchange on Drug Demand Reduction Action) manager and Legal Correspondent for Slovenia in connection with the EMCDDA (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction). He is a project coordinator of the European project “Club Health – Healthy and Safer Nightlife of Youth”, co-financed by the European Commission under the Health Programme 2008-2013.
Sanela TALIĆ
Sanela Talić is a General-Secretary at the Institute Utrip since 2009 and a Head of Prevention since January 2010. Her main focus at the institute is drug addiction prevention in schools, families and community, prevention of other youth risk behaviours as violence, self-harm, feeding disorders etc., lifelong learning and adult education focused on socially unprivileged target groups. She is a member of the Club Health Network, Eurocare (association of NGOs in the field of alcohol policy), IREFREA Network and the European ‘Science for Prevention Academic Network (SPAN)’. She is a Secretary of the European Society for Prevention Research (EU SPR). She is a key partner and project manager in several European research or educational projects, co-financed by the European Commission. She is a National Coordinator and Master Trainer of the European drug addiction prevention program for schools EU-Dap (‘Unplugged’) and the Strengthening Families Program (SFP).
Amador Calafat is a Psychiatrist and Psychologist. He is a President of the European Institute of Studies in Prevention (IREFREA). He is also an Editor of Adicciones, the only non-English addiction journal with impact factor. He is running the European Family Empowerment Project. He is a Member of the board of European Society for Prevention Research and the Civil Society Forum on Drugs.
Fernando MENDES
Fernando Mendes is a Clinical Psychologist working in Coimbra, Portugal. He has been actively involved in research and implementation of programmes in drug prevention and risk behaviour since 1987. He is the coordinator of IREFREA Portugal, which conducts cross-national investigation in youth risk behaviour and substance use in nightlife settings. He does the coordination and supervision of outreach teams in Azores and Coimbra.
Dr Jeremy Segrott is a research fellow in public health at Cardiff University, based in the Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer) - a UK public health centre of excellence. His research is concerned with the prevention of alcohol misuse by young people, including the role of parents and families. The evaluation of family-based and parenting prevention interventions and school-based interventions is a particular focus. Current work includes involvement in a randomised controlled trial of the Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 UK, and an exploratory trial of a school-based prevention programme - Kids, Adults Together.