Second Chance ACADEMY Leadership

Dr. Igor Koutsenok
Director, Second Chance Training Institute 
Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego
Director, Center for Criminality & Addiction Research, Training & Application

Dr. Koutsenok is an addiction psychiatrist. Recently, he served as Chief of Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna. He graduated as a medical doctor in 1982 from the National Medical University in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1986, he completed his psychiatry residency training at the Medical University in Sofia, Bulgaria, and 1994 to 1996 worked at the University of London, Department of Addictive Behavior and Psychological Medicine at St. Georges Hospital Medical School, where he completed his Master of Science Degree in Addiction Psychiatry.  In 1997, Dr. Koutsenok joined the UCSD School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry as a faculty member and training supervisor at the Center for Criminality and Addiction Research, Training and Application (CCARTA) founded by clinical and social psychologist Dr. David Deitch and in 2006, he was appointed Director of CCARTA.  

Dr. Koutsenok has extensive experience in training mental health, addiction treatment and social work practitioners, criminal justice professionals and policy makers, as well as medical and psychology students and trainees. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Koutsenok has presented at numerous conferences and professional gatherings, having conducted over 150 workshops and trainings in the U.S. and in more than 40 countries around the world.

 Dr. Koutsenok at United Nations Headquarters

Dr. Koutsenok at United Nations Headquarters


Dr. David Deitch
Emeritus Professor

University of California, San Diego, Department Psychiatry

 Dr. Deitch is currently Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego  and was the founding Director of the Center for Criminality & Addiction, Research, Training, and  Application  (CCARTA). He is still actively directing the Center. Dr. Deitch has over 45 years of experience in  the  development of substance use treatment systems for adolescents and adults, nationally and internationally.  In the nonprofit public health sector, he was Co-Founder of Daytop Village, Inc., and also served as Senior  Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Phoenix House Foundation. In the academic sector, he has had  appointments at Temple University, the University of Chicago, University of California at San Francisco  (where he served as Chief of Substance Abuse Services). In the government sector he has served as Coordinator of Curriculum and Faculty for  the United Nations East Central European Drug Abuse Treatment Training Project; has consulted to a variety of Departments of Corrections and  Ministeries of Justice and Health, in Latin America, South East Asia and Europe. Dr. Deitch served during the Johnson Administration as  consultant to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Crime and Juvenile Delinquency, and the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug  Abuse. During the Carter Administration, he chaired the White House Task Force on Prevention. He chaired the Curriculum Development  Committee of the National Addiction Technology Transfer Centers, Technical Assistance Publication Series 21 — The Addiction Counseling  Competencies: The Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Professional Practice, used today as a guideline for corrections and community based  substance abuse treatment organizations. He further served as Regional Director of the Executive Committee of the Association for Medical  Education and Research in Substance Abuse — Mentor Project (2000) and in 2005 was granted a Fulbright Scholars award.  He has co-  edited four books on social issues, crime and delinquency and written numerous publications, chapters and  videos in the field of  drug misuse,  treatment, prevention, and social policy.


Dr. Kevin Knight
Experimental Psychology, Texas Christian University


Since joining the Institute of Behavioral Research - IBR - faculty in 1991, Dr. Kevin Knight’s career has focused on research involving HIV and substance using criminal justice populations. He has served as Principal Investigator on research projects funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Justice, and the National Institute of Corrections. Currently, he is the TCU PI on a major NIDA Cooperative Agreement called Criminal Justice Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (CJ-DATS); a multi-site project currently in its 11th year with a focus on testing strategies to improve the implementation of evidence-based practices within criminal justice settings. Dr. Knight also is a PI on a multiple PI 5-year project involving a randomized clinical trial of an augmented test, treat, link, and retain model for North Carolina and Texas HIV positive prisoners being released to the community. As Co-PI on IBR’s 6-year Criminal Justice Disease Risk Reduction Project, he is involved in the development, adaptation, and testing of intervention strategies to reduce disease risk among released prisoners. Dr. Knight serves on journal editorial boards, including serving as co-editor of Offender Programs Report, and participates in advisory activities for a variety of organizations that address criminal justice, substance use, and related policy issues. His primary research interests include screening and assessment strategies, targeted and adaptive interventions, and implementation strategies of evidence-based practices within justice-involved organizations.