Bruce Thyer, Ph.D. is Professor of Social Work with Florida State University, as well as the founding and continuing Editor of the journal Research on Social Work Practice. Dr. Thyer has authored/co-authored over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of social work, psychology, psychiatry, behavior analysis, and evaluation, as well as over 50 book chapters and about 20 books in these areas. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and one of the Founders of the Society for Social Work and Research. In 2005 one of his articles on evidence-based practice in social work received a Pro Humanitate Award from the North American Center for Child Welfare.
Michael Vaughn, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University. He is the author of over 50 articles and book chapters. Currently, he has three funded projects. Two of which involve developing databases of empirical studies for quantitative synthesis on adolescent substance abuse treatment and adolescent antisocial behavior. In addition, he is writing numerous articles on the topic of serious juvenile offending, transitions to adulthood for foster youth and applications of a biosocial dynamic framework to antisocial behavior and substance abuse.
Matthew Howard, Ph.D. is the Frank Daniels Distinguished Professor of Social Work at the University of North Carolina. Nationally acknowledged as an expert in psychiatric comorbidity of substance use disorders and evidence-based practice, he has published more than 100 articles in these areas and has served as PI or co-PI on several federally-funded grants. His recent research has examined predictors of major depression and anxiety disorders in adolescent inhalant and ecstasy users, racial and gender differences in the prevalence and predictors of substance-induced psychiatric disorders, self-medication of psychiatric disorders with alcohol and illicit drugs, and long-term health outcomes of polydrug dependent adults with comorbid mental health disorders.