Centerstone Research Institute’s Dr. Cheri Hoffman Selected to Be Congressional Fellow of the American Psychological Association

Bloomington, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research and information technology, today announced that Cheri Hoffman, PhD, has been selected by the American Psychological Association (APA) as the 2010-2011 Jacquelin Goldman Congressional Fellow. Dr. Hoffman will spend one year serving on the staff of a Member of U.S. Congress or a congressional committee, focusing on policies that affect the psychological development of children.

“Cheri is the perfect selection as a congressional fellow because she is a champion in promoting government policies that strengthen families and communities,” said Dr. Kathryn Bowen, CRI’s Director of Program Evaluation. “Her passion for mental health issues, social justice and youth empowerment, along with her impressive knowledge, skills and experiences, will serve her well in Washington.”

As an APA Congressional Fellow, Dr. Hoffman will be engaged in drafting legislation, conducting oversight work, assisting with congressional hearings and events, and preparing briefs and speeches. The goal of the fellowship is to provide invaluable public policy learning experience, to contribute to the effective use of psychological knowledge in government, and to broaden awareness about the value of psychology-government interaction among psychologists and within the federal government.

“Our nation’s policymakers should base their decisions involving mental healthcare and substance abuse on high-quality research results, like those produced by CRI,” Dr. Hoffman said. “I look forward to the opportunity to advocate for positive change in child and adolescent mental health from inside the legislative process.”

Since August 2009, Dr. Hoffman has served as the Lead Evaluator at CRI where she coordinated a Systems of Care for Children’s Mental Health grant funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She is an adjunct faculty member in psychology at Cumberland University and holds a doctorate in Community Research and Action from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Hoffman’s area of specialty is community-based research and youth-led evaluation projects. Her CRI research has focused on transition-age youth with serious emotional disturbance, youth aging out of foster care, and homeless youth. Prior to joining CRI, Dr. Hoffman was a trainee on a National Institute of Mental Health Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Research grant, as well as a Fellow with the Vanderbilt Center for Nashville Studies.

About Centerstone Research Institute
Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) is a unique not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research, information technology and clinical informatics. CRI conducts service and clinical studies and partners with leading research institutions to advance knowledge of mental health and addiction disorders and discover innovative treatments. The organization maintains an Institutional Review Board and manages the Knowledge Network, a technology-based, partner-driven alliance to facilitate the translation of research to practice. CRI also offers Behavioral Pathway Systems, a best practices benchmarking service. CRI is a recipient of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare’s Innovation Award. For more information about CRI, please visit www.centerstoneresearch.org.