Research Associate: EBP Resource Development Specialist - Center on Evidence-Based Practices

Title: Research Associate: EBP Resource Development Specialist, Substance Use Disorder Center of Excellence

Department: Center on Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP)

School: Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS)

Location: MSASS

Supervisor Name and Title: Ric Kruszynski, Director 


The CEBP is a technical assistance center with a mission to promote recovery among people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders through the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and emerging best practices in behavioral healthcare. The CEBP promotes knowledge development and implementation of EBPs through programmatic and clinical consultation, training, and evaluation services, and quality improvement consultation to organizations interested in implementing EBPs. These practice models include a range of practices associated with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) treatment as well as Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), Supported Employment/Individual Placement and Support (SE/IPS), Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), Dual Disorder Capability (DDC).  The Center has been awarded a grant from SAMSHA/OhioMHAS for a Substance Use Disorder Center of Excellence (SUD COE) which is tasked with providing training, resources and technical assistance to providers throughout Ohio.


This position functions under the direction of the CEBP leadership team with respect to needs, priorities, and role assignments as determined by current contractual obligations. Working under general supervision, the SUD COE EBP Resource Development Specialist will be primarily responsible for providing training resource development and written EBP in-depth literature reviews and research briefs re: associated clinical guidance with SUD treatment models as requested by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). As part of the CEBPs goal of developing a repository of SUD EBP resource content to be hosted on a state-sponsored website, this position will be primarily responsible for the writing of research summaries and implementation guidance documents that support implementation. This position may also offer QI guidance for evaluation of EBPs utilizing standardized fidelity tools for programs and systems that receive services from the CEBP. Evaluation efforts may include consultation with programs and systems regarding implementation of EBPs. This position will assist with reports to OhioMHAS. EBP consultation and training occurs as determined by the needs of the CEBP.


  1. Conduct extensive literature reviews on evidence-informed treatment models and their applicability to high morbidity/high mortality substances in consultation with team (60%)
  2. Write summary reports of the EBP literature, as well as briefs and infographics stemming from the literature review (25%)
  3. Provide training at community behavioral health treatment organizations in conjunction with local and State health authorities. (5%)
  4. Participate in formal quality improvement activity with programs seeking to add EBP fidelity and adherence measures into their organizational QI processes. (5%)


  1. Participate in supervision as needed and weekly team meetings. (4%)
  2. Update daily calendar as changes occur. Enter all reportable activities in database weekly. Follow policies of Case Western Reserve University and the CEBP in regard to reporting employee expenses, and activity for grant reporting. (1%)
  3. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned. (<1%)


Department: Daily contact with supervisor and research staff in the center.

University: Occasional contact with other departments.

External: Occasional contact with community partners.

Students: Occasional contact with student employees.



No supervisory responsibility.


Master’s degree in behavioral health field required; independent license and chemical dependency licensure strongly preferred. 

Experience with services for individuals who have substance use or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

Experience in practice models endorsed by the CEBP strongly preferred.

Exceptional writing skills


  1. Strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to work independently, ability to carry out multiple tasks, ability to form strong partnership relationships with customers and stakeholders, and ability to work effectively on a team.
  2. Functional knowledge of state and federal regulatory and quality improvement policies and practices.
  3. Knowledge of criminal justice, behavioral healthcare systems and evidence-based practices for individuals with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
  4. Demonstrated project management skills are required.
  5. Must be highly organized, self-directed, results-oriented, innovative, and flexible.
  6. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite.
  7. Commitment to diversity and building multi-cultural competencies in training programs.



Full and part-time flexibility. Ability to work beyond standard business hours to attend work-related events and functions.

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