Who We Are
The JEAP Initiative is a partnership between the Oregon Social Learning Center, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Sponsors Inc., and is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R24DA051950).
The Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) was founded in 1977 by a group of clinical psychologists whose work focused on the social development, learning, and prevention and treatment of behavior and emotional problems in the lives of children and adolescents. That focus has evolved and expanded into a mission to strengthen families, children, and communities through collaborative prevention and intervention research. Located in Eugene, Oregon, our multidisciplinary research center is dedicated to increasing the scientific understanding of social and psychological processes related to healthy development and family functioning.
Founded in 1973, Sponsors is the foremost reentry organization in Oregon and has been particularly beneficial for justice-involved individuals in recovery. The organization seeks to improve outcomes for high risk groups, including supporting recovery, reducing homelessness and recidivism, increasing public safety, and enhancing the overall well-being of our community. In addition to transitional housing and wraparound services, Sponsors also offers long-term housing, mentoring/peer support, employment support, cognitive behavioral programs, and more. Sponsors regularly receives national recognition as a model for the use of evidence-based practices in reentry.
The Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research, based at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, aims to promote the full participation in socially valued roles of transition-age youth and young adults (ages 14-30) with serious mental health conditions. We use the tools of research and knowledge translation in partnership with this at risk population to achieve this mission.
Meet Our Team
Ashli Sheidow, a Senior Research Scientist at OSLC, researches treatments for mental health and substance use problems in teens and emerging adults, particularly those who are involved in the justice system. She’s also focused on effective ways to get evidence-based practices into the “real world,” especially through improving training and support for community-based providers. While she does not have direct lived experience, she has indirect lived experience with substance use problems throughout multiple generations of her extended family that began with opiate addiction from laudanum prescribed postpartum to her great-grandmother.
Mike McCart, a Senior Research Scientist at OSLC, is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training in cognitive, behavioral, and family systems approaches to treating serious problems in adolescents and emerging adults. His research centers on enhancing behavioral health services for two high-risk populations: (1) adolescents and emerging adults with substance use and co-occurring behavior problems, and (2) victims of interpersonal violence.
Paul Solomon is the Executive Director at Sponsors in Eugene, Oregon. Since 1973, Sponsors has been providing reentry services to people with criminal histories. Mr. Solomon has worked at Sponsors for over 18 years and has served as Executive Director since 2011. The agency operates 20 buildings on 6 sites with over 240 beds of transitional and permanent housing and supportive programs for people with criminal histories. Mr. Solomon is dedicated to positive systemic change in the criminal justice system using research-based programs and interventions.
Maryann Davis is a Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology), Director of the Implementation Science and Practice Advances Research Center, and Director of the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a research psychologist focused on transition-age youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions and substance use disorders.
Jacqueline Bruce, a Research Scientist at OSLC, focuses her research on the impact of early adverse experiences, such as child maltreatment and multiple caregiver disruptions, on the development of young children. She is particularly interested in the development of behavioral regulation (or the ability to voluntarily regulate one’s behavior to meet the demands of the situation) and the underlying neural systems.
Brett Bray is the Lead Mentorship Program Case Manager at Sponsors in Eugene, Oregon. Since 1973, Sponsors has been providing reentry services to people with criminal histories. Mr. Bray has worked at Sponsors for over 7 years and was a participant in 2013, utilizing their wrap-around services and transitional housing programs after a release from incarceration. He is also a Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC I), Certified Recovery Mentor (CRM), and Peer Support Specialist.
Jason Chapman, a Senior Research Scientist at OSLC, is a clinical psychologist by training, and specializes in research design, measurement, and statistical methods. His research includes studies that evaluate the efficacy, effectiveness, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based practices in mental health, juvenile justice, and child welfare settings.
Tess Drazdowski, a licensed psychologist and Research Scientist at OSLC, focuses her research and clinical work on groups experiencing disadvantage and under-resourced communities. Most recently, her research has concentrated on the prevention and intervention for the misuse of prescription drugs, cannabis use, and polysubstance use in primarily young adults. She is interested in investigating how to improve access to evidence-based practices for youth and young adults with substance use and mental health symptoms, particularly for those with justice system involvement.
Jamie Jaramillo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at OSLC. She studies key resilience and protective factors that can be used to augment existing services and interventions for treating and preventing substance use and addiction. She focuses on populations that experience significant adversity, such as those involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Taking an ecological approach, she considers both psychological and social processes, including resources and social support, that promote resilience in the context of adversity. Dr. Jaramillo’s research interests grew from her own lived experience in the child welfare system and other adverse environments, as well as her academic and research training.
Patrick Hibbard is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at OSLC, working with the JEAP Initiative. He studies programs and organizational management in the criminal justice and substance use disorder policy areas, using a variety of methodologies. He is interested in researching and improving programs in these areas, as he identifies as a person with lived experience in both the US criminal justice system and recovery from substance use disorder.
Michelle Cruz is a Project Coordinator at OSLC, working with the JEAP Initiative. In her role, she supports all components of the JEAP Initiative, including training opportunities for early career researchers, pilot studies, Community Boards, social media efforts, and outreach to the broader community. She previously worked in higher education, helping young adults achieve their educational goals.
James, an intern for the JEAP Initiative, is currently an undergraduate student at Cal State Bakersfield, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Public Policy and Administration. James is driven by a passion for using his own lived experience to create pathways to success for others recovering from adverse experiences in the criminal legal system and substance use. He currently works with Cal State Bakersfield’s Project Rebound as part of the student outreach team, where his focus is to inspire others to seek out education as a means to break down stigmas and create their own paths to success. James hopes to use his experience at the JEAP Initiative to further his understanding of research and improve his professional skills. James' ultimate goal is to obtain a Ph.D. and conduct research into improving systems and practices of care for youth, emerging adults, and adults.
JEAP Initiative Trainees
Angela Hagaman, Operation’s Director for East Tennessee State University’s (ETSU) Addiction Science Center (ASC), provides leadership and support for the Center’s interdisciplinary research agenda and collaborates on a number of regional prevention and treatment initiatives. She has lived experience with familial substance use disorder (SUD) and grew up on a tobacco farm in Central Appalachia. In December of 2021, Angela received her Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) at ETSU. Her dissertation, titled Peer Recovery Support Specialists: Role Clarification and Fit Within the Recovery Eco-Systems of Central Appalachia, will serve as a foundation for future research.
Camille Cioffi is a Research Associate at the University of Oregon's Center on Parenting and Opioids and Research Scientist at Influents Innovations. She holds a PhD in Prevention Science from the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on strategies to provide structural, health, and behavioral health supports to pregnant, postpartum, and parenting people with substance use disorder. As a parent in recovery and perinatal loss survivor, her work comes from a parent-centric perspective, centering the pregnancy, postpartum, and parenting time periods as salient opportunities to improve adult health and behavioral health outcomes.
Martha Tillson is a Research Scientist at the University’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. In December 2022, Martha received her PhD in Sociology at the University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY). Her research centers on women’s gendered experiences of substance use/misuse and related risks, with a focus on factors and services that support women’s recovery/remission, particularly at community reentry post-incarceration. This work is motivated and informed by her academic background in psychology and social work, lived experience, and desire to reduce stigma and drug-related harms.
Eden, an intern for the JEAP initiative, is currently an undergraduate student concentrating in Movement Science while minoring in creative writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Because of Eden’s lived experiences with substance abuse and the justice system as a child, she is passionate about working with emerging adults with adverse experiences to identify what recovery capital means to them. Eden enjoys working with a multitude of diverse backgrounds to develop strategies that will aid in sustainable recovery support services. Eden’s career goal is to work with individuals on both the macro and micro levels to promote, achieve, and sustain equity while striving to end stigma.
Jessica is an educator with over ten years of experience in public education. She is currently the VP of Operations for Flikshop, a tech start up that works to connect families with their incarcerated loved ones, while also fostering educational opportunities for returning citizens to learn tech skills and digital literacy. She is also the Baltimore Prison-to-Professionals coordinator for 'From Prison Cells to PhD.' Jessica continues to pursue her higher education goals and is applying for masters programs projected to start in fall of 2023. As a justice-impacted individual, she was drawn to the JEAP Initiative due to its focus on emerging adults and justice-impacted populations. Jessica is committed to education that transforms, particularly inside the walls of correctional institutions, by providing access to higher education in prison programs, restorative justice, faith-based opportunities, or reentry navigation.
Quentin Smith, an intern working with the JEAP Initiative, is currently an undergraduate student in the University of Oregon’s Psychology department. He is invested in helping others navigate the effects of substance use/misuse on individuals and their interpersonal relationships. Quentin's passion for this subject stems from the lived experiences surrounding his upbringing. Quentin will use the valuable experience from this position to advance his professional skills in this field.
Taiz Gomez, the Multimedia and Social media Intern for the JEAP initiative, is a current undergraduate student at the University of Oregon. She is majoring in psychology and minoring in disability studies and global health. After graduating she plans on obtaining her MPH with goals of making healthcare more accessible and equitable for underrepresented communities. While interning Taiz will help develop content for the website and our social media platforms.
Grace graduated from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon in June 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a thesis focused on the effects of gratitude interventions on positive outcomes in family units. Grace is currently attending a PsyD program at the Wright Institute to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. After completing her doctorate program, Grace plans to continue supporting underserved communities in mental health and access to treatment. She hopes to establish her own private practice with a focus on social justice.
Edwin earned his Associates Degree in Human Services from Lane Community College and also received a Career Pathways Certificate in Addictions Studies. He is working towards getting licensed as a substance abuse counselor. His lived experience with both the criminal justice system and addiction has made his internship with the OSLC a highly desirable position to prepare him for his future. After graduation, Edwin continued his relationship with OSLC by working as a LEAP Intervention Assistant.
Anthony Macias, the Multimedia and Social Media Intern for the JEAP Initiative, is an undergraduate student in the psychology department at the University of Oregon. He is involved in assisting researchers on the JEAP team with social media outreach. Anthony is particularly passionate about providing a support system for emerging adults on his campus who struggle with addiction.
Our work is guided by three national Community Boards. Our Community Boards determine the research priorities for recovery support services, determine the selection of early career investigators for our Fellowship and Trainee programs, decide which pilot studies are funded, and participate in sharing research findings with the broader community.
Young Adult Community Board
This board is made up of young adults (age 16-25) who are in recovery from substance use.
Justice-Involved Community Board
This board is made up of adults who are in recovery and who have former or current involvement with the juvenile or adult justice system.
Provider and Payor Community Board
This board is made up of staff from organizations that provide or pay for recovery support services.