Renne R. Dragomir, M.A.Ed.

Research Associate & IHBT Consultant
Center for Innovative Practices
Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Renne provides consultation and training to IHBT teams in Columbus, Ohio, which work with psychiatric acute youth and their families. IHBT is a promising practice, and thrives in a community with several other home-based treatment practices and providers. In addition to consulting and training, she also provides outpatient counseling at a private practice, taking a systemic approach to her work with families, couples, and individuals. She also offers substance abuse assessments and works with EAP-referred clients.

Renne has also provided consultation and training for 10 years to MST (Multi-Systemic Therapy) teams across Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, and Maryland to successfully implement the practice in their communities. She also worked with community stakeholders, and supported the dissemination of MST programs. Her work with MST involved an intensive family and community-based treatment program that focuses on the entire world of chronic and violent juvenile offenders – their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. It is an evidence-based practice, and has had over 30 years of research and 18 studies. Several organizations have verified MST as an evidence-based treatment including Blueprints for Violence Prevention, Office of the Surgeon General, Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, and SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). 

She has also been providing outpatient therapy since 1998. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Education degree from the University of Akron. She obtained a clinical counseling degree with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, and is also licensed in chemical dependency counseling.

Renne also provides fidelity reviews for home-based teams across the state, and training at the college level regarding EBP’s, IHBT, and other promising practices.  In addition, she is currently completing her PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy, as well as teaching and guest lecturing at The University of Akron’s School of Counseling. She is an adjunct professor in the counseling department.

Q: Why is your work at the Begun Center important to you, to our community, and to the world? It helps to give families the support they need to further their skills to keep their children at home. It also fosters resiliency and promotes family cohesion.

Q: What is a cause about which you are particularly passionate? Family therapy.

Awards and Honors

“Whatever It Takes” award in the MST Expert/Consultant category