LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION
Dr. Kimberly Kirby, Ph.D.
Dr. Kimberly Kirby received her PhD from the University of Kansas and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Duke University and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is currently a full professor at Rowan University and also holds research appointments at the Treatment Research Institute and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has been conducting research in behavior analysis, behavior pharmacology, and substance use for over 30 years. Her work focuses primarily on developing practical strategies for disseminating behavior analytic treatments for drug and alcohol use disorders and on developing communities of reinforcement to support individuals in recovery. This includes family-based treatments and exploring group contingency management to generate social contingencies from peers. Dr. Kirby is editor emeritus of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment and has served on editorial boards including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a past president of Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse). She has over 100 scientific publications and a strong record of grant funding including a P50 center grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
Dr. Bethany R. Raiff, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Bethany R. Raiff, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Rowan University. Dr. Raiff received her PhD in Psychology, with an emphasis in Behavioral Pharmacology, from the University of Florida in 2008. Dr. Raiff’s primary research activities involve developing and testing the integration of technological innovations with behavioral interventions for promoting smoking abstinence and other health behavior. Currently, Dr. Raiff is refining and testing an Internet-based intervention that involves delivering incentives contingent on objective evidence of smoking abstinence in adult smokers. In addition to her work on smoking cessation, Dr. Raiff received an NIH grant to apply the same Internet-based monitoring system used with smokers to a novel behavior and population – to increase adherence with blood glucose testing recommendations among non-adherent teens diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Although incentive-based interventions can be very effective at promoting healthy behavior, they can be expensive to implement. To address this concern, Dr. Raiff recently received two NIH grants that involve developing and testing video games that will be used to deliver virtual, game-based incentives (in place of monetary incentives) contingent on smoking abstinence. Dr. Raiff hopes to explore this, and other methods, for making the intervention more cost-effective and sustainable.
When Dr. Raiff is not conducting research, or chasing her toddler around, she enjoys trying new and exciting cuisines, listening to good music, and visiting the numerous museums and cultural events that are available in Philadelphia and the surrounding area.