Working on a story related to substance use and addiction? Our staff is available to comment on a range of topics. All media requests will be answered promptly. For reporters on deadline that require immediate assistance, call Executive Director Peter Luongo: 412-258-8560

Staff Experts

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Peter Luongo, Ph.D., LCSW-C
Title: Executive Director

Areas of expertise:
Evidence-based treatments for substance abuse
•   Adolescent substance abuse
•   Substance abuse and the offender population
•   Epidemiology of substance abuse
•   Public health approaches to substance abuse





Holly Hagle


Holly Hagle, Ph.D.
Title: National SBIRT ATTC Director

Areas of expertise:
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
•   Addressing addiction in the primary care setting



Dawn Lindsay
Dawn Lindsay, Ph.D.
Title: Director of Evaluation Services

Areas of expertise:
Evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders
•   Adolescent substance use



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Jim Aiello, MA, MEd
Title: Project Associate

Areas of expertise:
Substance use disorders
•   Addiction treatment
•   Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

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What does IRETA do?

The Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit located in Pittsburgh, PA.

IRETA helps people respond effectively to substance use and related problems. To do that, we:

Educate – Training and in-depth education on recognizing and addressing harmful substance use for professionals and students in a variety of fields

Evaluate – Rigorous, mixed methods approaches to measuring behavioral health and related outcomes with pragmatic recommendations to help you do what you do…better

Guide – Technical assistance and quality improvement to show you how to to be a consultant to yourself

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