Team Lead - Behavioral Health
Teresita Camacho-Gonsalves is a team lead for the Behavioral Health team at HSRI. She has extensive experience in the areas of evaluation design, data collection, technical assistance and training. Teresita is currently involved in the SAMHSA-funded National Evaluation of SAMHSA’s Homeless Programs and the AFC and SAMHSA-funded Multi-Site Evaluation of the Project Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health (LAUNCH). She also provides evaluation related technical assistance to Project LAUNCH grantees. In the past she served as project manager and senior research specialist for multiple SAMHSA-funded program evaluations as well as a SAMHSA-funded eight-site project on alternative interventions for the reduction and elimination of the use of seclusion and restraint in mental health facilities. For eight years, Teresita served as the assistant director of the SAMHSA-funded Technical Assistance Center for the Evaluation of Adult Mental Health Systems Change. She also managed the Multicultural Issues in Evaluation program. Prior to joining HSRI, she served as special assistant for multicultural projects at the Department of Mental Health in Boston. Teresita is fluent in Spanish, and she holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of New Hampshire.
David Hughes is president of HSRI. He has worked for more than 20 years on projects related to analyses of health care system utilization and cost assessment, behavioral health services research, evidence-based practices, cost simulation models for planning behavioral health systems, and the intersection of the behavioral health and criminal justice systems. He is currently the Project Director for the Maine Health Data Warehouse Project which involves building a highly secure and robust data warehouse to collect and house health care claims, and other relevant information.
Ben Cichocki is a research associate with the behavioral health team at HSRI. He has been involved in multiple national evaluations as well as smaller projects concerning the evaluation of mental health programs and systems. Ben has played an integral role in the evaluations of the Mental Health Transformation State Incentive Grant, Mental Health Transformation Grant, and SAMHSA’s Homeless Programs, among others. In addition, he is currently a member of the evaluation team for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded National Demonstration and Evaluation of Self-Direction in Behavioral Health and the evaluation technical assistance team for the Project LAUNCH national evaluation. He has been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) since 2003, and is also a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP). Prior to joining HSRI, Ben worked as a direct service provider for Maine Medical Center, Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and HealthReach Network. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate (Sc.D.) degrees from Boston University, where he studied rehabilitation sciences and rehabilitation counseling while specializing in psychiatric rehabilitation.
Senior Research Associate
Dow Wieman currently serves as senior research associate at HSRI, where he has worked on a variety of projects involving the evaluation of mental health care programs and systems at the federal, state and local levels. He also serves as research coordinator at the Cambridge Health Alliance Department of Psychiatry in Cambridge, Massachusetts.