Program Committee

Michal-Miovský (Obrázek pro zobrazení na stránce)Michal Miovsky, MA, PhD. 

Conference President

Michal Miovsky, MA, PhD. i professor of Clinical Psychology on Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic), clinical psychologist and psychotherapist (training in Gestalt therapy) and supervisor.

Head of Department of Addictology on the First Faculty of Medicine, Charles university in Prague and vice-dean for paramedical study programs. Leader of team created and implemented The Comprehensive Prague Model of Academic Study Programmes in Addictology (Addiction Science): study program for addiction specialists.

President of ISAJE (International Society of Addiction Journal Editors).



Roger-Peters (Obrázek pro zobrazení na stránce)Roger H. Peters, Ph.D.


Dr. Peters is a licensed Psychologist and a Professor in the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the University of South Florida (USF). His research, consultation, and teaching is focused on substance abuse treatment, co-occurring disorders, screening and assessment, and the criminal justice system.

Dr. Peters serves as Director of the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Coordinating Center for North American Universities at USF, and is a member of the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR). In 2015 he served as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, and in 2017 will serve as a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Catolica in Paraguay.  



Cindy Biding (Velký obrázek)Cindy Biding

Cindy Biding is a Project Manager with the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme.

She coordinates and oversees training activities in East, South East Asia and the Pacific as well as the university education providers in the region. She is also a global trainer and she trains addiction professionals on the Universal Treatment Curriculum for substance use disorders.

Cindy is a registered and licenced counsellor and has worked with other professionals in the treatment of substance use disorders.





Photo Gregor Santiago (Velký obrázek)Gregor Burkhart

Gregor Burkhart, co-funder of the European Society for Prevention Research

Gregor Burkhart is since 1996 responsible for prevention responses at the EMCDDA. He developed databases on best practice examples (EDDRA), on evaluation tools (EIB) the Prevention and Evaluation Resource Kit (PERK) and the Prevention Profiles on the EMCDDA websites. His main activities are to develop common European indicators on the implementation of prevention policies in member states and to promote a better and clear understanding of universal, selective, indicated as well as environmental prevention across European countries. Gregor works on methodologies for monitoring prevention responses, how to improve and how to evaluate them. He is guest lecturer at the University of Granada (Faculty of Sociology).

He is co-funder of the European Society for Prevention Research and holds a doctoral degree in medicine (medical anthropology) on the influence of culture on the classification and perception of body and diseases in the Candomblé cults of Bahia, Brazil as well as a MPH degree from the University of Düsseldorf.


Veronica Felipe (Velký obrázek)Veronica Felipe

Ma. Veronica Felipe the 10th Director of the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme has an MA degree in Clinical Psychology and has completed 36 units of coursework for PhD in Educational Psychology.

Prior to joining DAP she held various academic position including Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Dean of College of Human Development, and Chairperson of the Psychology Department at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila).  

Her involvement in the field of SUD treatment began in 1999 at Life Management Foundation. She is one of the Regional Trainers of the Universal Treatment Curriculum and has conducted over 20 trainings in Asia and Africa. Miss Felipe is a state Registered Psychologist, a Licensed Teacher and has ICAP I credential.



Roman Gabrhelík (Velký obrázek)Roman Gabrhelik

Dr. Roman Gabrhelik is head of Research and Development at the Department of Addictology, 1st Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Czech Republic.

My work is focused around Prevention Science research and education and Implementation Science in prevention of risk behaviors (mainly addictive behaviors). I am directly involved in the development of the National System of School-based Prevention of Risk Behavior in the Czech Republic for more than a decade. Recently, my interest is in research of universal school-based prevention interventions targeting different types of risk behaviors in children and young people and on studying effectiveness of composite universal prevention interventions.

Besides prevention I am involved in research and application of eHealth and mHealth in treatment of tobacco dependence. I am also active in pharmacotherapy of methamphetamine dependence research and related issues (injection drug use and injection drug users; psychosocial treatment interventions (including self-help issues). And last but not least, I am interested in utilizing data from national health registers.

I am the executive academic lead of the Doctorate in Addictology Programme and I also serve as Ph.D. supervisor. On the pregradual level, I teach: Bodywork in psychotherapy, Prevention of risk behaviors, Prevention science, Interventions in the night-life settings, and Publishing Addiction Science.


Melody Heaps (Velký obrázek)Melody Heaps

Melody M Heaps founder and President Emeritus of TASC INC, a state wide NGO delivering alternatives to incarceration services to persons arrested or incarcerated for crimes related to drug use disorders.

In her capacity as President of TASC, Ms. Heaps participated in and led many national policy forums to promote alternatives to incarceration. She retired from TASC and is now a consultant.

She is Chairperson of the Board of the International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP) and is engaged  in promoting the science and best practices of substance use disorder treatment throughout the United States.




Jeff Lee (Velký obrázek)Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee BA MEd, the Executive Director of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP). ISSUP is an international not for profit membership organization supporting the professionalisation of substance use prevention and treatment.
Jeff has previously worked as Project Manager for the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) Phase II project at Liverpool John Moores University where he also undertook a part time role for the ERANID project. Until March 2013, Jeff worked as Executive Director of Mentor International, a substance abuse prevention focused international NGO with the primary aim to identify, support, and disseminate best practice in prevention for practitioners and policy makers, particularly through their "Prevention Hub" initiative. Before that Jeff was the Director of The Advisory Council for Alcohol and Drug Education, a UK National NGO based in Manchester.
From his initial background as a teacher Jeff has always asserted the role of education and the need to promote personal and social skills and competencies within a health behaviour context as a key element for tackling substance use prevention. He is focused on supporting the professional development of those working in the substance use field and to promote evidence based practice, ethical practice and high quality work.
Jeff has undertaken a range of project management work around the world and developed a particular reputation for his training and resource development particularly in the field of personal, social and life skills education. Jeff has worked in more than 80 countries and which has included consultancy work for governments, the EU, WHO and UNODC.


Zili_Sloboda (Velký obrázek)Zili Sloboda

Zili Sloboda, Sc.D., President, Applied Prevention Science, Inc.

Zili Sloboda, Sc.D., President, Applied Prevention Science, Inc. was trained in medical sociology at New York University and in mental health and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. The majority of her research has been related to the delivery of health-related services to youth and adults and epidemiology. She was a founder of the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) and is well-published in the area of drug abuse epidemiology and substance use prevention. Her major books include the Handbook of Drug Abuse Prevention, the Epidemiology of Drug Abuse and Defining Prevention Science. She has a long standing commitment to the dissemination of evidence-based programming and the advancement of Translation I and II research through work with SPR and with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to develop international standards for substance use prevention based on research evidence.



Richard-Spoth (Velký obrázek)Richard Spoth

Richard Spoth, Ph.D., is the F. Wendell Miller Senior Prevention Scientist and the Director of the Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute at Iowa State University.

He provides oversight for an interrelated set of projects addressing a range of research questions on prevention program engagement, program effectiveness, culturally-competent programming, and dissemination of evidence-based programs through community-university partnerships. Among his NIH-funded projects, Dr. Spoth received a MERIT Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for a large-scale study evaluating combined family- and school-based interventions.

Dr. Spoth has served on numerous federally-sponsored expert and technical review panels addressing issues in prevention research and research-practice integration. He has been invited to testify and brief Congress, to present to the Advisory Group for the White House’s National Prevention Council, and to represent the prevention field on panels sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. With this work, Dr. Spoth received the Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research for outstanding contributions to advancing the field of prevention science, as well as the Service to the Society for Prevention Research Award, for leadership on the Task Force on Type 2 translation research, and the Presidential Award, for lifetime scientific achievement.

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