Business Meeting


The Substance Abuse Research Advisory (SARA) Committee works to foster insightful research

education experiences and to ensure that HEALTH-FAST program reflects the state-of-the-science. The SARA Committee comprises experts and community stakeholders, including local faculty researchers with content expertise and community leaders who work in relevant substance use treatment settings with individuals with substance abuse disorders. The SARA Committee members work directly with the HEALTH-FAST leadership to enhance trainee research, mentoring, and professional development experiences and maximizes the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the HEALTH-FAST Program. They also contribute to our ATOD Seminar Series.

Kathleen Casey, Ph.D 

Kathleen Casey, Ph.D, is the Senior Director of Clinical Innovation and Development for Integral Care of Austin, 1 of the 39 local mental health authorities in Texas and has served as Co-Investigator for Taking Texas Tobacco Free initiatives for the past 5 years. Dr. Casey works to improve the behavioral health and wellness of Texans residing in Austin/Travis County through evidence-based interventions, research, and clinical innovation. As Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School, Dr, Casey coordinates residency, fellowship, and interdisciplinary programs within Integral Care sites. In her prior position as Division Director of Adult Behavioral Health Systems at Integral Care, she led the administrative and clinical oversight of 4 large scale integrated healthcare clinics, homeless services, supportive housing, and veteran services.  She is a former Co-Chair for the Austin Central Texas Suicide Prevention Coalition and Coordinator for the disaster mental health response initiative for the City of Austin.


Scott Walters, PhD  

Scott Walters, PhD, is a Regents Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. His research investigates ways to use motivational interviewing and technology as behavioral health interventions. Dr. Walters experience ranges from brief interventions for underage drinking, to adults in the criminal justice system, to heavy drinkers in hospital settings, to people at risk of cancer or genetic disorders, to community-based health navigation. In addition, Dr. Walters serves as the Steering Committee Chair for the HEALing Communities Study, a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration focused on developing a national model to address the opioid crisis.