Stephen W. Phillippi, Jr. PhD, LCSW, CCFC
Project Supervisor/Institute Director
Dr. Stephen Phillippi serves as the Director of the Center for Evidence to Practice. He is also the Chair of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Louisiana State University School of Public Health. Dr. Phillippi’s work has primarily focused on bringing evidence-based practices and supportive policies to states and local communities. He received his Ph.D. from LSU, MSW from Tulane University, and BA from Loyola New Orleans. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor. He has a twenty-five year history of developing, managing, evaluating, and providing direct services throughout different systems and continuums of care. Dr. Phillippi is the PI on several studies and grants. In addition to these activities, Dr. Phillippi teaches, advises, writes, consults, and serves on a number of professional and public service boards.
Lisa Staples, MPH
Lisa Staples, MPH, CHES serves as the Program Administrator for the Center for Evidence to Practice Evidence Based Practice for Behavioral Health Services program. She holds a Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health from LSUHSC and a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton University. Lisa brings experience in project management, education and outreach. Her passions lie in working with families and children to help increase access to overall health services. She is looking forward to bridging her background to the great work that lies ahead with the Center for Evidence to Practice.
Hasheemah Afaneh, MPH
Hasheemah Afaneh serves as the Program Administrator for the Behavioral Health Crisis Response (BHCR) Development and Training Response program. She holds a Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health from LSUHSC and a Bachelor of Science from Birzeit University. She brings experience in project coordination, health communications and writing, and advocacy, as she’s contributed to a variety of health programs in different parts of the U.S. and Palestine.
Brooke Dupre serves as the Program Assistant for both the Center for Evidence to Practice and the Crisis Response Training Center. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans in the Social Sciences and Humanities with a minor in African and African American Studies. Prior to joining the Center for Evidence to Practice, Ms. Dupre worked with vulnerable populations, including youth involved with the juvenile justice system. She has experience working with mental healthcare professionals and hopes to expand her knowledge in this field during her time at the center.
Claudia Leonardi, Ph.D.
Dr. Claudia Leonardi serves as the statistician of the Center for Evidence to Practice and is an Assistant Professor in the Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Louisiana State University School of Public Health. She received her biostatistical Ph.D. from LSUHSC, and M. App. Stat. from LSU, and her previous animal science training from UW-Wisconsin and Universita di Padova, Italy. Dr. Leonardi supports the Center in all their data management and analysis needs. Dr. Leonardi also collaborates with various clinical departments within the School of Medicine by providing study design and statistical support to progress ideas into projects and papers.
The Center for Evidence to Practice is committed to advancing future leaders and advocates for behavioral health, which we do through offering various graduate assistantship positions. Students are selected based on their personal interests, skills, and available project funding. LSUHSC School of Public Health graduate students (MPH or Ph.D.) who are interested in collaborating with the Center for Evidence to Practice are welcome to inquire about future opportunities.
The Center for Evidence to Practice individuals who serve as faculty/content experts. These behavioral health practitioners, researchers, and policy-developers will provide their expertise, guide our work, and provide valuable insight regarding specific practices.
The Center for Evidence to Practice will have an Advisory Board that will take a lead role in forging the direction of the Center. These individuals will be representative of Louisiana’s practitioners, leaders, and communities.