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Department of Family Medicine

Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH

Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH

Clinical Director

Primary Responsibilities

  • Direct all WIPHL projects
  • Promote dissemination of behavioral screening and intervention in Wisconsin and nationally
  • Promote implementation of policies and programs that foster healthier behaviors throughout Wisconsin

Past Jobs & Experience
Rich has been on the faculty at the Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, since 1990. In the past, he has served as President of the Association for Medical Education and Research Substance Abuse (AMERSA) and as director of Project Mainstream, a five-year project to enhance substance abuse education for faculty of 15 health professions. He administers several projects with funding from various federal and state sources.

Education
MD, Brown University Medical School; MPH, Health Services, University of Washington

Contact Info
rlbrown@wisc.edu
tel (608) 263-9090
fax (608) 263-8529


Laura A. Saunders, MSSW

Laura A. Saunders, MSSW

Director of Development

Primary Responsibilities
Inform curriculum and directly train health educators and others in providing behavioral screening and intervention services, with an emphasis on motivational interviewing skills

Past Jobs & Experience
Laura has 20 years experience with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Her research, teaching, and publications reflect her longstanding interest in designing and promoting evidence-based practices for helping persons with alcohol and drug disorders.

Training and coaching others in basic interviewing techniques, administering assessment instruments, and conducting interventions to promote behavior change has been the focus of her career.

A member of the international motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Laura has practiced and taught motivational interviewing for over15 years.

She has expertise in training and monitoring the clinical practice of a statewide network of health educators who deliver services for the Wisconsin SBIRT project, Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL).

Education
BA in Psychology and a MSSW in Social Work, University of Wisconsin — Madison

Contact Info
laura.saunders@fammed.wisc.edu
tel. (608) 262-6519
fax (608) 263-8529