Montana Summer Institute 2015 Faculty

The Montana Institute's Dr. Jeff Linkenbach will be joined this summer by a group of prevention leaders who are passionate about growing Positive Community Norms. These exciting presenters will share cutting-edge science and practice that will energize you and your work. 

Derek Franklin, M.A.


Derek Franklin is the President of the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention (WASAVP) and the Project Director of the Mercer Island Communities That Care Coalition.  He served as the co-lead of the state’s Strategic Prevention Enhancement marijuana work group and is on the board of the Washington State Healthy Youth Coalition. He has a MA in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University, Seattle and has spent over 20 years in the community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention fields. He currently manages outpatient and community-based services at Mercer Island Youth and Family Services. He has been extensively involved in policy issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana in Washington and presents on the issue locally and nationally. 



Dr. Jason Kilmer received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 1997, and currently works at the University of Washington in both a student affairs and a research capacity. Jason is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and serves as an investigator on several studies evaluating prevention and intervention efforts for alcohol and other drug use by college students. He is also the Assistant Director of Health and Wellness for Alcohol and Other Drug Education in the Division of Student Life, working with different areas across campus (including health, counseling, Greek life, residence life, and athletics) to increase student access to evidence-based approaches. Jason also serves as the chairperson of Washington's College Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention. He was project faculty for both Dartmouth’s National College Health Improvement Program (NCHIP) and NYU’s National College Depression Partnership (NCDP). Jason was the 2014 recipient of the National Prevention Network’s Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions to the field of prevention.



Bart is an assistant professor of social work at the University of Montana in Missoula.  His research and scholarship examines the causes and consequences associated with child abuse and neglect in an effort to prevent its occurrence.  Since 2008, Bart has served as a research assistant on the Lehigh Longitudinal Study, one of the longest-running national studies examining the long-term effects of child abuse and neglect.  During his doctoral studies, Bart served as a research consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examining issues related to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  In 2011, Bart was also selected for the inaugural cohort of fellows for the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, a national fellowship providing support and mentorship for doctoral students seeking innovations in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  Bart is a member and co-chair of the Prevention Committee for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and is a co-editor of the APSAC Advisor, a practice-based journal.   

Patricia Ramirez, M.P.H.


Tish was raised in the wilds of the Navajo Reservation at a time when TV went on and off at a respectable hour, gas was cheap, and sugar was real.  “You made your own fun and read books.” Tish read a sufficient number of books, when computers were in their infancy, to graduate from the University of Arizona – Tucson with a BS in Microbiology. Midway between insanity and senility, she completed her MPH from the University of New Mexico. The science of humility, humanity, and hozho' (Navajo Beauty Way) is very near and dear to Tish, since she lives her life vicariously through her three children.