As a CAPT Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Specialist, Korene develops and delivers training and technical assistance that builds grantee capacity to assess needs, create data-driven plans, implement evidence-based interventions, and evaluate initiatives. She has provided T/TA in the prevention field for the past 10 years and is currently the liaison for the state of Rhode Island. 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 also manages and facilitates internal peer-networking opportunities, communication, and professional development between T/TA providers around the country to discuss challenges, share resources, and highlight changing needs in order to improve our collective services to clients.
Prior to joining SAMHSA's CAPT in 2007, Korene worked with Rhode Island’s Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) assisting as the state 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. In that role she assisted with the state evaluation of quit attempts and smoking rate changes, as Rhode Island became the seventh state to implement a law prohibiting smoking in restaurants and bars. At Education Development Center, Inc., Korene also provided research and technical assistance to Youth Substance Abuse Initiative project coordinators through the MetroWest Technical Assistance Center.
Ms. Stamatakos earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island and her Master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University.