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Prevention Matters Podcast Episode 6: Dr. Cady Berkel

March ∙ 2022

On Episode 6 of the Prevention Matters podcast, I chat with Dr. Cady Berkel from Arizona State University. Cady’s work focuses on examining how community-based mental health and substance use programs are implemented and how this affects the effectiveness of prevention programs. We talk about the importance of implementation fidelity, the value of community-based research, and her favorite 80’s movie.

Cady Berkel is an associate professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. She is also affiliated faculty with ASU's REACH Institute. She received her bachelor's from the George Washington University and doctorate from the University of Georgia. Dr. Berkel's program of research focuses on reducing health disparities (including substance use, mental health, HIV and other STIs, and obesity) through research on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs. She studies the implementation of evidence-based programs in community settings, including healthcare, school, and court systems. Her work evaluates implementation mechanisms that promote positive outcomes for programs delivered in community settings, through behavioral observations and machine learning. She also conducts basic research on risk (e.g., discrimination and poverty) and resilience (e.g., racial/ethnic socialization, identity, and cultural values) mechanisms associated with health disparities. 


Prevention Matters Podcast

The official podcast of the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives

For well over 50 years, prevention science has generated practices and policies that have improved countless lives throughout the lifespan by avoiding negative health and social outcomes (e.g., substance use disorder, academic failure, violence, mental illness) and strengthening conditions that enable individuals, families, and communities to thrive. The NPSC is dedicated to improving the reach and impact of prevention science. Join host Dr. Robert LaChausse as he interviews the most influential researchers, practitioners, and policymakers working in the field of prevention science. Each episode contains engaging conversations with powerful information to help you stay abreast of the field, connect with others like you who are doing important prevention work, and tips for improving your work and navigating the policy-making process.

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