Montana Summer Institute 2016 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. 



Dr. Jason Kilmer is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, and serves as an investigator on several studies evaluating prevention and intervention efforts for alcohol and other drug use by college students. He is 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. Dr. Kilmer 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), and was the 2014 recipient of the National Prevention Network’s Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions to the field of prevention. Dr. Kilmer received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington in 1997.



Dr. Darren Lubbers has 20 years of experience in the field of Community Mental Health (CMH) and substance use prevention. He has extensive experience working on large scale Managed Care Organization (MCO) needs and gaps analysis projects specializing in assessment, utilization management, outcomes, and co-occurring substance use and mental health systems change. He also works on a multitude of Federal Drug Free Community (DFC) substance use prevention projects. He has trained several CMH systems on SAMHSA Evidence Based Practices, and is currently lending his expertise on survey design, methodology, and data analysis to The Montana Institute on several Positive Community Norms projects, including a statewide project on underage drinking in Minnesota, a PCN messaging campaign at Arizona Dine College, and national surveys on child abuse and maltreatment prevention for Prevent Child Abuse America. 

Dr. Lubbers is an adjunct professor at Wayne State University in Detroit and teaches graduate and undergraduate psychology courses. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, and his Masters and Ph.D. at Wayne State University.

sara thompson, PCN Communications Specialist

Sara Thompson is a marketing consultant who has worked with large and small companies, non-profit organizations, cooperatives, festivals, and community events. She was first introduced to the Science of the Positive and Positive Community Norms ten years ago; these new approaches challenged her perceptions, reignited her passion for prevention, and renewed her energy for her work. She began working with coalitions in her home state of Minnesota that were tackling the tough task of preventing underage drinking and other drug use, and has since been privileged to work alongside some of the most experienced prevention specialists in the country. Through The Montana Institute, she offers consultation and technical support to communities who are applying the Science of the Positive process and Positive Community Norms approach to prevention.