Meet the Team
Gregory Aarons, PhD -
Project Director and Trainer
Dr. Aarons is a clinical and organizational psychologist, Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, and Director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC). Dr. Aarons' research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Centers for Disease Control, and W.T. Grant Foundation. His research focuses on training health care managers and supervisors to become effective leaders and to successfully lead evidence-based practice implementation. Dr. Aarons led the development of the LOCI training, and participated as a trainer in the first two iterations of the LOCI intervention. Click here to learn more about Dr. Aarons.
Mark Ehrhart, PhD -
Project Associate and Trainer
Dr. Ehrhart is a professor in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program at the University of Central Florida. His research focuses on leadership and strategic climate, including climate for implementation, and developing measures of implementation climate. His recent work has focused on the role of the organizational context in the implementation of evidence-based practice in mental health and substance abuse treatment settings. He played an integral role as the organizational and leadership consultant during the development of the LOCI training, participated as a trainer in the first two iterations of LOCI, and contributes to the ongoing improvement of the LOCI intervention. Click here to learn more about Dr. Ehrhart.
Marisa Sklar, PhD - Project Associate
Dr. Sklar is a Project Scientist and licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego. Her research aims to improve healthcare for mental illness through the implementation of evidence-based practices. She has received funding through the National Institute of Mental Health and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to assess the impacts of multiple healthcare models and systems on patient, provider, organization, and system-level outcomes. She is currently the data management consultant for the LOCI team and has previously served as a LOCI coach. Click here to learn more about Dr. Sklar.
Joella Phillips - Project Coordinator
Ms. Phillips is the Research Coordinator for the LOCI project, as well as for Dr. Aarons' other ongoing research studies at UC San Diego. She will be coordinating the next iteration of the LOCI training.