As the Associate Coordinator for the Southeast Service Area, Donna is responsible for supervising training and technical assistance staff and consultants. She manages services, materials, and operations for the Southeast. She provides training and technical assistance to assigned state/tribes/jurisdiction grantees on the development and use of strategic prevention planning methods and the use of evidence based interventions to reduce of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. Donna also participates in the Southeast Resource Team’s Management Team as core management personnel.
Donna received her undergraduate degree from Emory University, and she has a master’s in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia and a master's in information technology and management from Keller Graduate School of Management. She brings extensive experience working in the fields of research and substance abuse prevention. Before joining SAMHSA's CAPT, she worked as a research project coordinator for over 15 years, which included serving as a SPF SIG Coordinator for two years. She also worked as a team lead research protocol analyst at Emory University’s Institutional Review Board. Specific areas of expertise include alcohol and drug prevention and treatment, teen pregnancy prevention and family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention and screening, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, sickle cell disease, and behavior regulation and Behavior Change Theory.
Donna has a current PRIM&R Certification for Institutional Review Board Professionals, as well as CITI certifications for Socio-Behavioral Studies, Bio-Medical Studies, and Good Clinical Practices. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association.