Centerstone Research Institute
Richard Shelton is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer for Centerstone Research Institute. He attended medical school at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He became a resident and Chief Resident at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (now the Longwood Program), a teaching hospital of the Harvard Medical School. After residency, he was a research fellow at the National Institutes of Mental Health Intramural Program in Washington, D.C. before entering the faculty of Vanderbilt University in 1985. There he became the James G. Blakemore Research Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry. He also became a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Pharmacology.
Shelton joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in February 2012 as the Charles Byron Ireland Professor, Vice Chair for Research, and head of the Mood Disorders Research Program. He has served on NIH study sections and was the chair of the Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging review group. He has also actively served as a teacher and mentor; he has won the Excellence in Teaching Award from the residents of the Vanderbilt Department of Psychiatry four times and the residents of UAB Department of Psychiatry twice. He was recognized by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill for his service to persons with serious and persistent mental illnesses with the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1994 and 2012. He also received the Dorothea Dix Professional Service Award from the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Centers in 2007 in recognition of his impact on the practice of Psychiatry in the State of Tennessee. Shelton’s research focuses on the development of new treatments for depression and bipolar disorder (experimental therapeutics), including the identification of new targets for treatment, prevention of serious mental illnesses, testing novel therapies, and identifying biomarkers of both disease and treatment response.
Marlene Alvarez joined Centerstone Research Institute in 2012 to serve as the financial manager, after her retirement from the State of Tennessee where she worked in the Department of Mental Health for 24 years as the Director of Operations. Prior to this role, she worked in the Department of Finance and Administration. She brings to the Research Institute her expertise in the financial management of grants and contracts along with knowledge of other fiscal challenges that face the Research Institute and other non-profit organizations. Alvarez holds a master’s degree in Psychology from Vanderbilt University. She was named Research Institute of Facilities & Operations in 2017.
Kathryn Mathes is the Vice President for Research & Evaluation for Centerstone Research Institute. In this role, she provides leadership, management and oversight for 23 program evaluations and three clinical research projects in Tennessee and Indiana.
Mathes holds a PhD from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, an MS from the State University of New York, Binghamton, New York, a Nurse Practitioner certification from Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Denver, Colorado, and a BS in nursing from Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky. She served in the US Army Nurse Corp active duty for six years and two years in the reserves. She owned and operated her own evaluation consulting firm, BECS, INC., for eight years in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association where she is active in the Feminist Issues in Evaluation and Diversity Topical Interest Groups.
Mathes is the Lead Evaluator for My Health, My Choice, My Life, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant, and Therapeutic Intervention, Education, and Skills (TIES), an Administration for Children and Families (ACF) grant.
Frank Stevens is the Vice President of Clinical Informatics. He has been with the organization since 1995. He ensures that electronic systems support the provision and review of clinical care.
He trained as a researcher and a clinician, graduated from the Ohio State University in PhD with a degree in Psychology and is clinically licensed in Indiana. He is trained in process improvement. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and Health Information Management Systems Society.
Ashley Newton, MPS, PMP is Director of the Center for Clinical Excellence. Ashley, along with her colleague Frank Stevens, PhD, VP for Informatics, will be leading the Center for Clinical Excellence team as it continues its work to develop research-based care models and provide training and technical assistance to Centerstone operations’ efforts to implement care models and excel in new value based care environments.
Newton joined Centerstone in 2006. She has helped develop and launch several clinical care models in the past before coming to CCE – including a Mobile Therapy model for higher risk clients, a high fidelity ACRA-ACC addictions care for adolescents and transitional-aged youth, and refining outreach and engagement protocols in Children’s Case Management. Since joining the CCE team, she has lead the development and launch of the Centerstone Addictions Care Model.
She is an experienced project manager and has obtained the highest certification for project management, her PMP since joining the CCE team. Her experience in community mental health and her skills in project management, clinical model development and research-based team management make her a unique fit for this role.
Board of Directors
Janet Ayers, Chair
David J. Melby, Vice-Chair
Tom Mahler, Immediate Past Chair
Jonathon Morphett, Secretary
Gwen Watts, Executive Liaison
Jennifer Bencie, MD
A John Rose
Deborah Taylor Tate
Robert J. Williams, Ph.D