As a CAPT training and technical assistance (T/TA) specialist and Core T/TA services lead, Korene is responsible for supporting the work of the CAPT T/TA Director and the SE RT Coordinator in ensuring the delivery of quality services at the national, cohort, regional, and individual grantee levels. Her work includes planning, coordinating, and developing training and technical assistance services, which guide prevention practitioners in their implementation of evidence-based prevention practices. She has provided T/TA in the prevention field for the past 10 years and is currently a liaison to four states.
Korene’s work also includes writing original materials and contributing to product development, most recently in the revision of the 4-day Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST). Korene is a Master SAPST trainer and has trained qualified individuals from eight states to become SAPST trainers in their own states. Korene manages and facilitates staff peer-networking opportunities, communication, and professional development among T/TA providers around the country to discuss challenges, share resources, and highlight changing needs to improve CAPT services. Korene also provided research and technical assistance to Youth Substance Abuse Initiative project coordinators through the MetroWest Technical Assistance Center based at Education Development Center.
Prior to joining SAMHSA's CAPT in 2007, Korene worked in Rhode Island to implement the state’s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) as it began funding and training high need communities to implement underage drinking prevention initiatives. She also worked on Rhode Island’s Tobacco Control Enhancement Project, providing TA to diverse community-based organizations and the Rhode Island Department of Health in tobacco prevention.
Korene earned her Master’s degree in public health from Boston University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island.