Randy Swaim, Ph.D.Director, Tri-Ethnic Center

Randy is trained as a counseling psychologist and has conducted research studies of adolescent substance use, anger, and violence for the past 22 years. He has been funded by NIDA, NIAAA, CDC, OJJDP, and the Colorado Tobacco Research Program. He is currently the PI of a grant funded by NIAAA, examining the contextual effects of community characteristics on rural adolescent alcohol use. He is also the Co-PI of the Indian Epidemiology grant, funded by NIDA.




Fred Beauvais, Ph.D.Senior Research Scientist

Fred is currently Principal Investigator of two grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. These grants, as well as other work over the past 25 years, are related to alcohol and drug use problems of American Indian youth.One of his aims with minority communities is to produce and communicate information that can be readily understood and utilized by those directly involved with providing services. Dr. Beauvais has also served on grant review committees for the National Institutes of Health and was a member of the National Advisory Council for NIAAA.



Linda Stanley, Ph.D.Research Scientist

Linda is Principal Investigator on two National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) R01 grants.   One grant examines the epidemiology and etiology of American Indian youth living on or near reservations.  The second grant tests the effectiveness of the Be Under Your Own Influence communications campaign targeted to reducing substance use among American Indian middle school youth.  She has been a past PI on a grant from NIAAA that examines individual and contextual effects of rural and non-rural adolescent alcohol use, and she performs statistical analysis on a number of other grants.  Dr. Stanley’s work has focused on a variety of public policy, social, and consumer issues and has been interdisciplinary in nature.




Allison Burford, M.A. Field Director, (970) 491-3895

Allison is responsible for the “Our Youth Our Future” American Indian Youth Drug and Alcohol Survey, as well as the Longitudinal study.





Stacy Biggerstaff, M.S.Statistician/Data Manager

Stacy is responsible for assimilating, cleaning, and maintaining the data sets for the Centers numerous projects.





Erin WhippleProgram Support

Erin is part of the data management team for the Center, and is primarily responsible for assisting the data manager, Stacy Biggerstaff, in cleaning and maintaining the data for the Center’s projects. She also assists with project coordination, survey processing, and report production for ongoing survey projects.






Our Affiliated Staff:

Pat Aloise-Young, Ph.D. is an Associate at the Center and Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at CSU. She conducts research on preadolescent and adolescent cigarette smoking.

Ruth Edwards, Ph.D. has over two decades of experience in prevention research, Dr. Edwards is one of the authors of the Community Readiness Model as well as numerous publications and survey instruments such as The American Drug and Alcohol Survey. Her research interests are primarily focused on prevention of social problems such as substance use and intimate partner violence as well as other forms of violence, particularly in rural and rural ethnic minority communities.

Beverly S. Marquart, Ph.D. has fifteen years experience in research and direct service delivery to adolescent populations. She is currently serving as Field Director for a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant that examines how individual risk factors relate to substance use and delinquency of rural youth. Her current areas of research interest also include cross-cultural substance use, violence issues and school transitions.

Lorann Stallones, MPH, Ph.D. is an epidemiologist, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Colorado Injury Control Research Center, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Her research interests include rural injuries, traumatic brain injuries, agricultural safety and health, and community based injury prevention. She has conducted a number of research projects focused on injury prevention that have utilized the Community Readiness Model to assist in understanding community activities related to the prevention of traumatic brain injuries, the use of child booster seats, and prevention of school playground injuries.

Ernest L. Chavez, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University. He is also a member of the faculty for the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research.

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