International Advisory Board


Michael D. Clark, MSW - USA - is the Director for the Center for Strength-Based Strategies, a Michigan-based training and technical assistance group. His interests lie in the application of strength-based practices for marginalized, court-mandated populations.  Michael served for 16 years as a probation officer and a court magistrate in Lansing, Michigan. He is an executive board member for the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP) and has recently served as a secretariat for addictions work with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Clark is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).


Sonia Marcia Hizi MA - ISRAEL - Sonia is a consultant for the International Relations Division of the Israel Anti-Drug Authority (IADA), where she has been for the past 9 years. Mrs. Hizi holds an MA in Sociology, specializing in Surveys and Public Opinion, from Tel Aviv University. In the past, she worked as a research analyst for public opinion firms and as the assistant to the Chief Scientist at IADA.

Mrs. Hizi has vast experience working in the international arena and promoting cooperation at the bi-lateral and multi-lateral levels. She works in close cooperation with partners from the UNODC, as well as with European partners. She is the Israeli focal point for the EMCDDA ENPI project, and cooperates regularly with the Pompidou Group. She is also involved in the coordination and organization of study visits for mutual exchange of best practices and sharing information; and is a member of the committee responsible for the organization of annual training courses in Israel for professionals working in the field of drugs and alcohol from developing countries, in collaboration with the UNODC's Drug Prevention and Health Branch.

Mrs. Hizi has been a regular member of the Israeli delegation to the UNODC's Committee on Narcotic Drug's annual meeting since 2008. In 2014, she was part of the team leading a CND resolution on the treatment of young people suffering from substance use disorders; and a member of the Israeli delegation to the United Nations Special Session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem in April 2016.


Melinda Hohman Ph.D. - USA - is currently the Director and Professor at San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Social work. She has her BASW and MSW from the University of Pittsburgh and her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Prior to joining the faculty at SDSU in 1995, she worked as a juvenile probation officer and as a substance use therapist. She has taught courses on substance use disorders, cultural competency, and social work practice, including Motivational Interviewing (MI). Dr. Hohman has been an MI trainer since the late 1990s, becoming a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 1999. Since then she has trained thousands of social workers, probation officers, and substance abuse counselors among others in MI, both across California and nationally. Dr. Hohman has served as a MINT Trainer of Trainers. She is also the author of the book Motivational Interviewing in Social Work Practice. Dr. Hohman has published over 40 articles and her areas of research include addiction assessment and treatment, DUI, trauma, and the training of MI. She currently is a member of the San Diego County Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council. 


Martien Kooyman MD, Ph.D. - THE NETHERLANDS - Chairman of the Association of Friends of Drug Free Programs.  He is Vice President of EURAD, Europe for Action on Drugs, a policy network for drug prevention and treatment and is an Honorary Board member of the European Federation of Therapeutic Communities.  He is member of the International Advisory Group of the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities and is the president of the Board of the Foundation De Stam for drug free housing and rehabilitation of drug addicted persons.  After the completion of his training as a psychiatrist he established in 1972 Emiliehoeve, the first therapeutic community for addiction, in The Netherlands. Since then he has been the Medical Director of addiction treatment centers for Alcohol and Drugs in The Hague, Rotterdam and Amsterdam and centers for the treatment of traumatized refugees in Noordwijkerhout and Arnhem. From 1972 -1990 he has been teaching at the Institute for Preventive and Social Psychiatry of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. From 2002 -2014 he has been a member of the National Advisory Board on Prisons and Youth Protection.  In 2003 he has received the award of the European Federation of Therapeutic communities for his contribution to therapeutic community practice, training and research.


Evgeny Krupitsky, MD, Ph.D., DMS - RUSSIA - is a Chief of the Department of Addictions at St. Petersburg Bekhterev Research Psychoneurological Institute and a Chief of the Laboratory of Clinical Psychopharmacology of Addictions at St. Petersburg State Pavlov Medical University, Russia. Since 2006 he also holds a position of Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania. He received his MD from the Leningrad Institute of Hygiene and Sanitation in 1983, and then Ph.D. in psychopharmacology from the Leningrad Institute of Experimental Medicine in 1988.  Dr. Krupitsky is member of the Research Society of Alcoholism (RSA), College Physicians on Drug Dependence (CPDD), International Society for Biomedical Research in Alcoholism (ISBRA), European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), Russian Association of Addiction Psychiatrists, and others.


Dr. Rakesh Lal - INDIA - is currently Professor at the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.  He is involved full time in drug abuse treatment services and has over a hundred publications to his credit including numerous book chapters and has edited 6 books which are currently being used as resource material for delegates who undergo training in the field of substance abuse. He has been invited as a guest speaker in various national and international meetings and is closely involved in capacity building at a national level.  He is coordinating the efforts of various Ministries involved in substance abuse control including the ministry of Health, Social Justice and Finance and has been involved withvarious international organizations like the WHO and UNODC to impart training to physicians in India and South-east Asia. He has also been involved in formulating the drug and alcohol abuse policies in India and neighboring countries.


Douglas B. Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D. - USA - is the Chief of Science, Law & Policy for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.  Previously, he was a senior scientist at the Treatment Research Institute and an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  A lawyer and clinical psychologist, Dr. Marlowe’s research focuses on the impact of coercion in substance use disorder treatment, the effects of Drug Courts and other programs for individuals with substance use disorders involved in the criminal justice system, and behavioral treatments for persons with substance use disorders and criminal involvement.  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and has received proficiency certification in the treatment of psychoactive substance use disorders from the APA College of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Marlowe has published over 175 articles, books, and book chapters on the topics of crime and substance abuse.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Drug Court Review and is on the editorial board of the journal, Criminal Justice & Behavior.


Roger H. Peters, Ph.D. - USA - is a Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI), University of South Florida (USF), where he has served as a faculty member since 1986, and as Department Chair from 2004-2011.  Dr. Peters holds a joint appointment in USF’s College of Public Health.  Dr. Peters received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Florida State University, following completion of a pre-doctoral internship at the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine, and is a licensed Psychologist in Florida. Dr. Peters has served as Principal Investigator and Director for several grant projects, including a NIDA P30 Research Core Center on Co-Occurring Disorders, Justice, and Multidisciplinary Research. He currently serves on the Florida Supreme Court’s Task Force for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues in the Courts, and is a faculty member of the National Judicial College.  Dr. Peters also serves on the editorial boards for the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, and the Drug Court Review. Dr. Peters served as Chair and Co-Editor of the SAMHSA/CSAT Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) #44 on “Substance Abuse Treatment for Adults in the Criminal Justice System”. He is also the lead author of the monograph “Screening and Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders in the Justice System” (3rd edition) which was published by SAMHSA in 2016. In 2015 Dr. Peters served as a Fulbright Scholar in Ghana at the University of Cape Coast, College of Health and Allied Sciences. He was recently appointed by the International Centre for Certification and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE) as Director of the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Coordinating Center for North American Universities, located at the University of South Florida.  


Irina Pinchuk, MD, Ph.D., DMS - UKRAINE - is Director of the Ukrainian Research Institute for Social and Forensic Psychiatry Ministry of Health Ukraine since 2012. In 2005 to 2009 and 2012-2014 she served as Chief Psychiatrist of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. In 1999-2010 she specialized general and addiction psychiatry at major research and clinical settings in psychiatric France, the UK, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Belarus and Russia. She is the author of 78 scientific publications, including monographs and educational, scientific and methodological manuals. Since 2002 until now she is an active collaborator on several major epidemiological studies with the WHO and UNODC. She is a member of the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association (UPA). 


Joel S. Porter, BS, MA, PsyD - AUSTRALIA - is the Associate Clinical Director of Lives Lived Well.  Dr Porter is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and Board Certified Clinical Supervisor. He holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position at the Centre for Applied Psychology -University of Canberra. Dr Porter is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.  He was the former Director of the Centre for Gambling Studies, School of Population Health - University of Auckland. He is co-authored book chapters on motivational interviewing and clinical assessment. He a co-investigator of grant funded published research in the area of substance misuse.  Dr Porter has provided presentations and workshops at international problem gambling conferences.


Shamil Wanigaratne BSc., D.Clin.Psych., FBPsS. - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Senior Advisor to H.E. Director General at the National Rehabilitation Centre, Abu Dhabi.   He is a Visiting Associate at King’s College London. Until April 2011 he was Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Clinical Psychology for Addictions at the Maudsley Hospital London. He has also been Adjunct Professor at the United Arab Emirates University and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.  He has worked as a psychologist in the field of Substance Misuse since 1987.  He has conducted research and published widely on psychological aspects of addiction. He was a founding member of the British Psychological Society’s Faculty of Addiction and was its Chair from 2000 to 2001. He also founded the UK-Sri Lanka Trauma Group, a UK registered charity. He is currently its Chair and Director of Samutthāna, the King’s College London Resource Centre for Trauma, Displacement and Mental Health in Sri Lanka.  He is a member of the Presidential Task Force on Psychosocial Wellbeing in Sri Lanka and Honorary Consultant to Mel Medura Addiction Treatment Centre. In 2011 in recognition of his of his contribution to his field and profession, he was elected as a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.   


Edward J. Latessa, Ph.D. - USA - is Director and Professor of the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati.  He is co-author of eight books including What Works (and Doesn’t) in Reducing Recidivism, Corrections in the Community, and Corrections in America.  Professor Latessa has directed over 150 funded research projects including studies of day reporting centers, juvenile justice programs, drug courts, prison programs, intensive supervision programs, halfway houses, and drug programs. He and his staff have also assessed over 600 correctional programs throughout the United States, and he has provided assistance and workshops in forty-eight states.  Dr. Latessa served as President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (1989-90). He has also received several awards including; Marguerite Q. Warren and Ted B. Palmer Differential Intervention Award presented by the Division of Corrections and Sentencing of the American Society of Criminology (2010), Maud Booth Correctional Services Award in recognition of dedicated service and leadership presented by the Volunteers of America (2010), Community Hero Award presented by Community Resources for Justice (2010), the Bruce Smith Award for outstanding contributions to criminal justice by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (2010), the Outstanding Achievement Award by the National Juvenile Justice Court Services Association (2007), the August Vollmer Award from the American Society of Criminology (2004), the Margaret Mead Award for dedicated service to the causes of social justice and humanitarian advancement by the International Community Corrections Association (2001), the Peter P. Lejins Award for Research from the American Correctional Association (1999); ACJS Fellow Award (1998) and the ACJS Founders Award (1992).  In 2013 he was identified as one of the most innovative people in criminal justice by a national survey conducted by the Center for Court Innovation in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the U.S. Department of Justice.