The NDEWS Coordinating Center has organized two types of local experts: Sentinel Community Epidemiologists (SCEs) and Community Epidemiologists (CEs). The SCEs are the point of contact for the 12 NDEWS Sentinel Community Sites. They work with Coordinating Center staff to prepare annual profiles on current drug use and abuse at their site and report on emerging drugs and drug trends. Both the SCEs and CEs are members of the NDEWS Network.

Atlanta Metro
Brian J. Dew, PhD
Department of Counseling and Psychological Services
Georgia State University
Phone: 404-413-8168
bdew [at]

Chicago Metro
Lawrence J. Ouellet, PhD
School of Public Health
University of Illinois at Chicago
Phone: 312-355-0145
ljo [at]

Denver Metro
Marion Rorke, MPH
Denver Department of Public Health and Environment
City and County of Denver
marion.rorke [at] 

Wayne County (Detroit Area)
Cynthia L. Arfken, PhD
Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral
Wayne State University
Phone: 313-993-3490
cynthia.arfken [at]

Los Angeles County
Mary-Lynn Brecht, PhD
Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
University of California at Los Angeles
Phone: 310-983-1196
lbrecht [at]

Marcella H. Sorg, PhD, RN
Rural Drug and Alcohol Research Program
University of Maine
Phone: 207-581-2596
mhsorg [at]

Southeastern Florida (Miami Area)
Ben Hackworth, MPH
Florida Department of Health in Broward County
Phone: 954-847-8016
benjamin.hackworth [at]

New York City
Denise Paone, EdD
Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use
Prevention, Care and Treatment
New York City Dept of Health & Mental
Phone: 347-396-7015
dpaone [at]

Suet T. Lim, PhD
City of Philadelphia
Dept of Behavioral Health and Intellectual
disAbility Services
Community Behavioral Health
Phone: 215-413-7165
suet.lim [at]

San Francisco
Phillip O. Coffin, MD, MIA
San Francisco Dept of Public Health
Phone: 415-437-6282
phillip.coffin [at]

King County (Seattle Area)
Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MSW, MPH
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
University of Washington
Phone: 206-685-3919
calebbg [at]

Jane C. Maxwell, PhD
School of Social Work
The University of Texas at Austin
Phone: 512-656-3361
jcmaxwell [at] 

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