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Phillip Stevenson, Ph.D., Director Phillip Stevenson oversees the work of the Arizona Statistical Analysis Center, which serves as the research arm of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and contributes to statewide policy development and practice by providing statistical research and analyses of Arizona's criminal and juvenile justice systems. Phillip is also a member and past chair of the Arizona Substance Abuse Partnership Epidemiology Work Group, and is a member of the Children's Action Alliance Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts Juvenile Justice System Improvement Team. He also serves as Co-Chair of Arizona's National Instant Criminal Background Check System Task Force. Phillip serves as Vice Chair of the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Privacy and Information Quality Working Group and is a member of the Global Standards Council, which are subcommittees of the Federal Advisory Committee that advises the U.S. Attorney General on justice information sharing and integration initiatives. He is currently serving his second term as President of the Justice Research and Statistics Association. Since moving to Arizona in 2006, Phillip has been recognized by Arizona Governors Janet Napolitano and Janice K. Brewer for his work on substance abuse issues in Arizona and by the United States Attorney's Office, District of Arizona, for his work for a statewide reentry initiative. Phillip received his B.A. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. in sociology from Loyola University Chicago.

Shana Malone, M.S., Senior Research Analyst Shana's primary responsibility is to serve as project coordinator for Arizona's Prescription Drug Initiative, a data-driven and community-based effort to reduce prescription drug misuse, which is being piloted in two counties in Arizona. In addition, Shana has oversight responsibility for building and maintaining a central data repository to house multi-level, multi-systemic information in a cross-agency effort to better inform practitioners, community members, and the general public about the prevalence and context of substance abuse and crime in various geographic regions of Arizona. She is a former systems therapist, with a diverse research and clinical background in child development and family dynamics. She has worked with various populations, including substance abuse and parenting groups, as well as developmentally disabled and at-risk children, teens, and their families. Her area of expertise is in interdisciplinary-based quantitative methods for modeling social processes and using data for decision-making. Shana also has experience in program and policy evaluation, including statewide programs targeted at parent-skills training and children's social, emotional, and physical health. Shana received her B.S. in psychology and her M.S. in human development from Arizona State University.

Matthew Bileski, M.A., Research Analyst Matt's primary research work focuses on the improvement of Arizona's criminal history records system. He is also building a web-based data dissemination tool to be housed and maintained in the AZSAC. Matt received his B.A. in psychology and sociology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and his M.A. in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Steve Irvine, M.P.A., Research Analyst Steve's responsibilities include overseeing the biannual Arizona Youth Survey, which collects information from more than 60,000 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-grade youth in Arizona. Steve's prior research experience was in the private sector working with venture capital firms in business development. Mr. Irvine received a B.S. in business and an M.P.A. from Arizona State University.

Ravenn L. Moore, M.P.P., Arizona Prevention Fellow Ravenn's duties include the production of data books that are specific to community-based substance abuse coalitions and provide the foundation for the coalitions' data-driven prevention efforts. Ravenn is also working on a needs assessment that will inform state and local efforts to reduce alcohol and drug use among youth. Ravenn is a published journalist, contributing work to the Palladium-Item newspaper, Evansville Courier and Press newspaper, and the University of Chicago Medical Center newsletters. Ravenn has a B.A. in journalism from the Ohio State University and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy.

Mandy Small, B.A., Research Analyst Mandy's primary responsibility is working on the Arizona Prescription Drug Reduction Initiative. Mandy analyzes data from the Arizona Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and death data from the Arizona Department of Health Services to inform efforts to reduce prescription drug misuse in Arizona. Her past research includes work in physiological psychology on inhibition of return and cultural psychology on acculturation and mental health within the Latino American community. Mandy received her B.A. in psychology from Argosy University.

Teri Barnes, Administrative Assistant Teri is assigned half time to the AZSAC. She performs administrative duties for the SAC, which include collecting information on arrest-related deaths in Arizona for the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

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