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Staff Directory

 

Jose Cruz
Mental Health Clinician
Email: cruzj3@rwjms.rutgers.edu

 

Jose A. Cruz is a Mental Health Clinician for the Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Rutgers University.  He holds a LCSW, MBA, and is currently a PhD student at Rutgers University.  Jose has coordinated grants and programs that offered technical and educational assistance to residential addiction, behavioral health facilities, and prevention coalitions throughout New Jersey.  He has a wide range of experience in training and facilitating health services for populations dealing with issues such as HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, immigration issues, tobacco dependence, and opioid use disorder.  With a cross-over in business and mental health, Jose is deeply engaged in replicating models of healing that are sustainable and just.

 

 

Queenie Reda

Health Educator II

Email: Queenie.Reda@Rutgers.edu

 

Queenie Reda holds a LSW, MSW, and is currently in the process of earning her LCADC license for substance use disorder counseling. Queenie is also pursuing another graduate degree with Rutgers University, Newark. She is employed as a Health Educator in the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As a Health Educator, she is providing education on the history of opioid use as well as presenting on naloxone for the reversal of an opioid overdose. She is also an adjunct instructor at a local community college teaching in Pre-Social Work/Human Services courses to students on the CADC track. Queenie has a range of experience in providing mental health services, substance use disorder counseling, and prevention workshops to at risk populations.

 

Patricia Dooley-Budsock

Mental Health Clinician
Email: dooleypc@rwjms.rutgers.edu

 

Trish Dooley Budsock is a Program Manager and Mental Health Clinician at the Division of Addiction Psychiatry.  Ms. Dooley Budsock has a master’s degree in Counselor Education, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist.  She is the Director of CHOICES (Consumers Helping Others Improve their Condition by Ending Smoking), a peer outreach program that utilizes peer counselors to address tobacco in the mental health community.  She also oversees the operations of several other projects in the division, including the Opioid Overdose Prevention Network, which is a statewide Naloxone training program.  Ms Dooley Budsock has been working in the field of addictions and mental health since 1995, and has been treating tobacco dependence since 2002.  Additionally, she has been providing trainings on tobacco and Motivational Interviewing since 2006, on a state and national level.  Ms. Dooley Budsock has been the clinician and clinical supervisor for a number of clinical trials specific to various medications and behavioral therapies for tobacco dependence in the SMI population.  She has presented abstracts and workshops at national and international public health and tobacco control conferences and has been published in peer reviewed journals.

 

 

John Mikolajczyk

Secretary II

Email: johnmiko@rwjms.rutgers.edu

 

John Mikolajczyk is the Secretary for the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Psychiatry at the Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In addition to providing front desk coverage, he renders administrative support to the Project Directors, Principal Investigators, faculty members, research assistants, and other professional staff. John also coordinates and maintains records associated with grant accounts and state budgets, and ensures funds are utilized according to policy and regulations. John furthermore assists in maintaining the division's website as well as its office and pharmaceutical supplies.

 

 

Danisha Moodie

Research Teaching Specialist III

Email: danmoodi@rwjms.rutgers.edu 

 

Danisha is a Research Teaching Specialist, with experience in computer assisted interviewing, designing and administrating surveys, providing technical assistance in data collection and analyzing mixed method data for longitudinal studies. Danisha coordinates the Pilot Study of Emergency Department Support for Opioid Overdose Survivors, a multisite longitudinal study aimed towards learning about the effectiveness of emergency department support for opioid users. She also manages program evaluation and performance measurement initiatives with local substance use treatment centers. Prior to joining the Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Danisha has worked on the National Survey on Drug Use (NSDUH) as an interviewer and as a Research Associate for the National School Climate Center where she worked on developing survey instruments for longitudinal community based studies. Danisha is currently in the process of earning her LCADC and is a fellow of the University of Michigan’s Department of Survey Methodology and Survey Analytics.  Danisha is interested in using data and advanced analytics to better understand acquiescence bias among substance users.

 

 

Jessica Ortiz

Research Coordinator

Email: jco74@rwjms.rutgers.edu

 

Jessica Ortiz is the research coordinator at the Tobacco Research & Intervention Lab working on clinical trials related to tobacco dependence. She is currently pursuing her MSW from Rutgers School of Social Work andearned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rutgers University. 

 

 

Dina Mattern

Reserach Coordinator

Email: dm1215@rwjm.surtgers.edu

 

Dina Mattern is a research coordinator for the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Psychiatry. Dina received a Master of Science degree in Experimental Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience from Seton Hall University. She has extensive experience in neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral and epidemiological research. She currently coordinates and manages several research studies pertaining to the mental health and substance use of New Jersey residents, with a focus on opioid use disorder. 

 

 

Benjamin Billingsley

Graduate Student

Email: bb575@rwjms.rutgers.edu

 

Benjamin Billingsley is a third-year graduate student in the Rutgers Clinical Psychology PhD program working under the supervision of Dr. Marc Steinberg. After receiving a BA in psychology from Yale University, he worked as a research assistant for two years at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia Medical Center. Currently, he is working on his master’s thesis which is examining the role of change talk and its influence on quit attempts in an intervention for smokers with serious mental illness.

 

 

Rachel Rosen

Graduate Student

Email: r.rosen@rutgers.edu

 

Rachel Rosen is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Rutgers, working under the direction of Dr. Marc Steinberg. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Rachel earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and subsequently worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Addiction Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Currently, Rachel is interested in understanding how different risk and protective factors (e.g. co-occurring health and mental conditions, stigma, self-efficacy, motivation) influence treatment engagement and outcome among adults with tobacco and other substance use.