Education

PhD, Auburn University; MS, Auburn University at Montgomery; BS, Middle Tennessee State University

Research Interests

Substance abuse prevention, risk and protective factors for problem behaviors among adolescents, mental health issues and physical symptoms

Background

Dr. Center has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels in counseling, psychology, and marriage and family therapy for nearly 30 years. He also has a private counseling and consulting practice. Dr. Center currently provides consulting services to the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. He has been the clinical director at two different university field placement programs. Previously, he was the lead evaluator for the Southeast Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies and the lead evaluator for the Border Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies. He also served as the state director of Drug-Free Schools and Communities and as a consultant to the governor’s office on drug abuse [olicy for the state of Alabama. Additionally, he has been the lead evaluator on several nationally and state-funded projects, including two Drug-Free Communities projects. He co-authored an article, “Planning for Sustainability of Prevention Interventions and Infrastructure: A Multi-Systemic Approach,” that was published in the journal Evaluation and Program Planning. Dr. Center’s main professional interest is in helping groups gather and utilize data effectively. He works with groups to use data to improve effectiveness and sustain successful prevention efforts. He has made more than 200 presentations on evaluation, sustainability, and program planning and has authored or co-authored grant proposals that have garnered more than $40 million in funding. Dr. Center is a contributing faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.


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