National Integration Academy Council
Establishing the National Integration Academy Council (NIAC) was a critical first step in building the AHRQ Academy to support the integration of behavioral health and primary care. The NIAC assists the project team in strategic planning, community building, national collaborations, product development, and learning. They conduct webinars and create resources and presentations to help bring the field together.
Noah Nesin, MD, FAAFP is the NIAC Chair, and Alexander Blount, EdD, is the NIAC Past Chair. Noah is Innovation Advisor at Penobscot Community Heath Care (PCHC). Alexander Blount is Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he founded the Center for Integrated Primary Care. He is also President of Integrated Primary Care, Inc. Frank Verloin deGruy III, M.D., M.S.F.M, Woodward-Chisholm Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, was Founding Chair of the NIAC from its beginning in 2011 until 2021. He continues to serve as a NIAC member.
The carefully chosen experts on the NIAC work as individuals or as a group to support the AHRQ Academy. Due to their knowledge of and shared commitment to behavioral health integration, the NIAC is now nationally recognized for its valuable contributions.
NIAC members have included clinicians and experts in the areas of:
- Primary care,
- Behavioral health,
- Health care finance,
- Medical education,
- Patient advocacy,
- Health Policy,
- Health care for diverse populations, Health care policy,
- Addiction medicine, and
- Technical assistance
The AHRQ Academy’s operational team is led by Garrett Moran, Ph.D., Principal Investigator. The Federal Project Officer is Parivash Nourjah, Ph.D. at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Support is provided by staff at Westat.
National Integration Academy Council (NIAC)
James H. Berry, DO
James H. Berry, D.O., is an Associate Professor with the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Michigan State University and completed a General Psychiatry residency at WVU and an Addiction Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Hawaii. He voluntarily left Hawaii to proudly return to his adopted State of West Virginia, where he now serves as the medical director of WVU Medicine’s Chestnut Ridge Center and runs the Dual Diagnosis Addictions Inpatient Unit.
Beyond his clinical duties, he has a passion for teaching that has led to international speaking engagements. He is the recipient of the 2014 WVU School of Medicine “Distinguished Teacher Award.” Dr. Berry has enjoyed serving the State of West Virginia through various opportunities highlighting the severity of addiction and the hope of recovery.
Alexander Blount, EdD
Alexander Blount, Ed.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Behavioral Health Innovation at Antioch University New England, where he leads a new Major Area of Study in Behavioral Health Integration and Population Health. He maintains an appointment as Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded the Center for Integrated Primary Care (CIPC), the oldest and largest Web-based training program in behavioral health integration.
At CIPC, he created the Certificate Program in Primary Care Behavioral Health, a rigorously evaluated online program that has trained more than 3,000 behavioral health clinicians to practice in primary care. He has contributed to the primary care behavioral health workforce through his work on defining the competencies of behavioral health clinicians and building training pathways for developing the workforce of the future.
Dr. Blount has been practicing as a clinician, trainer, administrator, author, teacher, and consultant for more than 40 years. He has been a behavioral health clinician in primary care for almost 20 of those years. His books include Integrated Primary Care: The Future of Medical and Mental Health Collaboration, published by W. W. Norton. He is past president of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, a national multidisciplinary organization promoting the inclusion of behavioral health services in medical settings, and he is past editor of Families, Systems, & Health, the Journal of Collaborative Family Healthcare, published by the American Psychological Association.
Frank Verloin deGruy III, MD, MSFM
Frank Verloin deGruy III, M.D., M.S.F.M., is the Woodward-Chisholm Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. deGruy received his undergraduate degree in sociology and religion from Princeton University in 1970 and his medical degree from the College of Medicine at the University of South Alabama in Mobile in 1977.
He completed a family medicine residency at The Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia, in 1980 and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1982. He has previously held academic appointments in the Departments of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, and University of South Alabama.
Dr. deGruy has served as President of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association and President of the North American Primary Care Research Group. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Network of Depression Centers and the Family Physicians’ Inquiries Network. He was the Founding Chair of the National Integration Academy Council (NIAC) from its beginning in 2011 until 2021. He continues to serve as a NIAC member, and sits on the board of the Colorado Institute of Family Medicine.
He is on the editorial boards of The Annals of Family Medicine, Families, Systems, & Health, and Psychiatric Times and has previously served on the editorial board of General Hospital Psychiatry. He was also an Associate Editor of the Southern Medical Journal. Dr. deGruy has published about 150 papers, chapters, and commentaries and has reviewed grant applications for the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has been a member of the Institute of Medicine since 2008.
Mark Duncan, MD
Mark Duncan, M.D., has pursued a career at the intersection of mental health and primary care, training in both family medicine and addiction psychiatry. He currently practices in various integrated care settings, including collaborative care and Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) programs, and specializes in bringing addiction treatment to primary care settings.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from North Park University and his M.D. from Rush University, both in Chicago, Illinois. He completed a residency in family medicine at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, Illinois. After identifying a need for improved mental health and addiction treatment in primary care, he continued his training at the University of Washington psychiatry residency program in Seattle, followed by further specialized training through the University of Washington addiction psychiatry fellowship.
Dr. Duncan currently practices adult general psychiatry and addiction psychiatry at the University of Washington Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and provides psychiatric consultation for several primary care clinics in the Seattle area. He also co-leads the University of Washington's Psychiatry and Addiction Case Conference, a statewide program providing support to primary care and behavioral medicine clinics around addiction and psychiatric care. He is board certified in family medicine, adult psychiatry, and addiction psychiatry. He has a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington.
Michael Hogan, PhD
Michael Hogan, Ph.D., served as New York State Commissioner of Mental Health from 2007 to 2012 and now operates a consulting practice in health and behavioral health care. The NYS Office of Mental Health operated 23 accredited psychiatric hospitals and oversaw New York’s $5 billion public mental health system, which served 650,000 individuals annually. Previously, Dr. Hogan served as Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health from 1991 to 2007 and Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health from 1987 to 1991.
He chaired the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health from 2002 to 2003. He served as the first behavioral health representative on the board of The Joint Commission (2007-2015) and chaired its Standards and Survey Procedures Committee. He has served as a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention since it was created in 2010, cochairing task forces on clinical care and interventions and crisis care. He is a member of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) National Mental Health Advisory Council.
Previously, Dr. Hogan served on the NIMH Council (1994-1998), as President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) (2003-2005), and as Board President of NASMHPD’s Research Institute (1989-2000). His awards for national leadership include recognition by the National Governors Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Campaign for Mental Health Reform, the American College of Mental Health Administration, and the American Psychiatric Association. He is a graduate of Cornell University and earned an M.S. degree from the State University College in Brockport, New York, and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University.
Parinda Khatri, PhD
Parinda Khatri, Ph.D., is chief clinical officer at Cherokee Health Systems (CHS), a comprehensive community health care organization in Tennessee that is a federally qualified health center and community mental health center. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at Duke University Medical Center. As CHS’s chief clinical officer, she provides oversight and guidance on clinical quality, program development and management, workforce development, clinical research, and clinical operations for blended primary care and behavioral health services within the organization.
Dr. Khatri is the training director for CHS’s APA-accredited Psychology Internship Program and the postdoctoral psychology fellowship program in integrated primary care, which is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. She is also the principal investigator of several research programs at CHS, including the NIH Precision Medicine All of Us Research Program.
Dr. Khatri is also involved in integrated health care policy and practice issues at the national level. She is past president and board member of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. In addition, she serves on several national advisory boards for improving population health and integrated primary care. These include the National Center for Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care at the University of Pennsylvania and the Center for Integrated Primary Care at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Khatri is also on the Clinical Advisory Committees for Amerigroup and BlueCare of Tennessee.
Neil Korsen, MD, MSc
Neil Korsen, MD, M.Sc., is a family physician/geriatrician with 18 years of practice experience, mostly in small towns in Maine. He left clinical practice in 2001 when he received an Advanced Research Training Grant from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Since that time, he has worked on the translation of research to practice, initially focusing on improving care for depression and later on behavioral health integration. He was the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Integration for MaineHealth, where he worked with a team to create a nationally recognized program. Dr. Korsen has received funding for this work from the MacArthur Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Maine Health Access Foundation.
Dr. Korsen is a physician scientist at the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. He is a Research Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Korsen is a graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B.); Hahnemann Medical College (M.D.); and The Dartmouth Institute, where he received an M.S. in Evaluative Clinical Sciences.
Stephen P. Melek, FSA, MAAA
Stephen P. Melek, FSA, MAAA, has several areas of expertise, including health care product development, management, and financial analysis. He has worked extensively in the behavioral health care specialty field with managed behavioral health care organizations. His work has covered parity issues and cost analyses, mental health utilization and costs in primary care settings, psychotropic drug treatment patterns, and strategic behavioral health care system design.
Mr. Melek has experience with plan design, pricing, capitation and risk analysis; provider reimbursement analysis and strategies; health care revenue distribution; and utilization management analysis. He has completed valuations and projections of health care businesses and product lines, profitability and experience analysis, reinsurance analysis, pricing model and strategy development, and actuarial liability determination. Mr. Melek has advised health maintenance organizations, preferred provider organizations, other managed care organizations, behavioral health care firms and associations, insurance companies, employers, hospitals, physician groups, physician-hospital organizations, and State insurance companies. He is a Fellow, Society of Actuaries; Member, American Academy of Actuaries; and Master Fellow, Life Office Management Association.
Noah Nesin, MD, FAAFP
Noah Nesin, M.D., FAAFP, has been a family doctor in Maine since 1986, first in a private, solo practice and then in federally qualified health centers. He has served as chief of staff of Penobscot Valley Hospital, medical director of Health Access Network in Lincoln, Maine, and chief quality officer at Penobscot Community Heath Care (PCHC). He now serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs at PCHC. Throughout his career, Dr. Nesin has led efforts in evidence-based prescribing practices and in practice transformation to improve efficiency and to use health care resources judiciously. Dr. Nesin has mentored physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical students, and Family Practice residents throughout his career.
Dr. Nesin serves as chair of the Academic Detailing Advisory Committee, the body that oversees the Maine Independent Clinical Information Service. He also sits on the Advisory Committee for the Lunder Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine, is a member of the Prescription Monitoring Program Policy Advisory Group, is a member of the Board of the Maine Public Health Association, and serves on the board of the Dan Hanley Center for Health Leadership. Dr. Nesin served on Maine’s Opiate Task Force in 2016.
Dr. Nesin is a cofounder of Maine Quality Counts’ Maine Chronic Pain Collaborative and is a leader of its Caring for ME initiative, aimed at evidence-based treatment for chronic pain and expanded treatment for opioid use disorder. He led PCHC’s work as a partner with John Snow, Inc., in a 3-year Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality grant-funded project aimed at redesigning the primary care delivery team.
Dr. Nesin is convener of the Bangor Area Controlled Substance Work Group, which established regional standards for the management of all controlled substance prescriptions. He appears regularly on local TV and radio in Bangor, Maine, and has appeared on MPBN and on NPR’s “All Things Considered” discussing opioid prescribing and opioid addiction.
C.J. Peek, PhD
C.J. Peek, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He focuses on behavioral health integration and other care system transformations, organizational effectiveness, leadership development, and productive conversations across disciplines and organizational areas. This work includes development of definitional frameworks for emerging fields in which consistent language is not developed enough for collaboration across disciplines or geographic locations. Examples include an AHRQ Lexicon for the functions of behavioral health integrated with primary care, a statewide functional definition of palliative care, and a consensus statement of behavioral health provider competencies to apply across disciplines in Colorado. He also writes on the need and methods for rapid, relevant research applicable to decision making in realistic settings.
Garrett Moran, Ph.D.
Garrett E. Moran, Ph.D., serves as the principal investigator of the AHRQ Academy. He led an Academy team that recently drafted the AHRQ report Implementing MAT for OUD in Rural Primary Care: An Environmental Scan. In addition to working on the Academy, he is directing a study of the “Optimal Utilization of Psychosocial Support in Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder” for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Moran is collaborating with Project ECHO at the University of New Mexico to provide technical assistance to federally qualified health centers attempting to implement MAT for OUD. He has consulted with a number of States that are working to restructure their health and behavioral health delivery systems and improve their ability to respond to the OUD epidemic. His major areas of substantive expertise include public policy and financing issues related to people with substance use or mental disorders; integrated health care delivery; health care reform; and health information technology.
From 1993 to 1996, Dr. Moran served as Deputy Commissioner, then Commissioner for Community Support, in the cabinet of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources for the State of West Virginia. In this role, he guided public policy related to people with mental or substance use disorders, people with developmental disabilities, and older adults.
Dr. Moran has extensive experience in combining quantitative and qualitative research methods and has a particular interest in policy analysis and program evaluation, facilitated by his knowledge of State and local service delivery systems and the realities of implementing complex programs. He has managed multiyear, multimillion-dollar studies with as many as 10 subcontractors, as well as a government organization with more than 2,400 employees.
Dr. Moran is also a clinical psychologist, whose early career included several years of direct clinical work with people with behavioral health disorders. He has served as a consultant on health issues to governments in the United States and abroad.