Centerstone Research Institute Promotes Four

Nashville, Tenn. – Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving behavioral healthcare through research and information technology, today announced that it has promoted four of its professionals:

  • Kathryn Bowen, PhD, has been named vice president for research and evaluation.
  • April Bragg, PhD, has been named vice president for research advancement.
  • Jan Goodson has been named vice president for grant writing and research communications.
  • Christina VanRegenmorter, MSSW, has been named director of the Center for Clinical Excellence and National Policy.

“Kathryn, April, Jan and Christina are vital members of the CRI team,” said Tom Doub, PhD, CEO of CRI. “These outstanding women have been integral in our efforts to improve the quality and effectiveness of care available to those with mental health and addiction disorders. I’m proud to recognize their accomplishments with these promotions and look forward to collaborating with each of them as we seek ways to advance CRI’s work across the nation in the months to come.”

As vice president for research and evaluation, Dr. Kathryn Bowen oversees CRI’s clinical research and evaluation divisions in Tennessee and Indiana. Her work will include expanding CRI’s focus on improved implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices across behavioral healthcare. Previously, Bowen served as director of evaluation and senior program evaluator at CRI. She holds a PhD from Cornell University, a CRNP from the University of Colorado as well as a master’s degree from the State University of New York and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Murray State University. Bowen also served for 6 years Active Duty and 4 years in the Reserves with the U.S. Army. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association.

Dr. April Bragg, vice president for research and advancement, is focusing on growing CRI’s philanthropic base to allow the organization to invest further in new research and technology innovation efforts. She also will seek to build additional strategic relationships for CRI through the Knowledge Network, a national collaborative of academic researchers, mental healthcare providers, policymakers, and industry leaders that CRI founded. Dr. Bragg, who previously served as CRI’s research communications manager, received her PhD in cell biology from Vanderbilt University and Bachelor of Science in biology from Emory and Henry College. She completed postdoctoral training in physiology and biophysics at University of Washington.

Jan Goodson, vice president for grant writing and research communications, leads the development and submission of CRI’s grant applications and proposals, and directs all of CRI’s internal and external communications. An integral member of the grant writing team at Centerstone since 2003, Goodson is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Under Jan’s leadership, CRI has helped its partners bring in over $95 million in grants in the last 7 years.

As director of the Center for Clinical Excellence and National Policy, Christina VanRegenmorter, oversees the work of Centerstone’s new Center for Clinical Excellence. She works with a 9-member cross-disciplinary team of quality improvement, technology, and communications professionals focused on introducing evidence-based practices, improving clinical outcomes, and integrating research and technology into Centerstone’s clinical operations in Tennessee and Indiana. VanRegenmorter also oversees federal governmental relations work for Centerstone of America, coordinates the Knowledge Network policy work group, and serves as Quality Monitor for the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. Most recently, she previously served as communications and policy coordinator for CRI. She received an MSSW with an emphasis in Evidence Based Practice Across Systems from the University of Tennessee and graduated Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Hope College.

About Centerstone Research Institute

Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care for those with mental health and addiction disorders. CRI provides research, analytics and evaluation services that help bridge the gap between the scientific discovery of effective treatments and the implementation of these treatments into standard clinical practice. CRI is funded through contracts, grants, foundations and individual donors who share the organization’s commitment to bridging the gap between science and service. Learn more about CRI at www.centerstoneresearch.org.