Maureen Nichols, BA, is Director of the South Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (SSWATTC), at the Addiction Research Institute in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas Austin. She oversees the SSW ATTC’s strategies to accelerate the adoption and implementation of evidence‐based addiction treatment and recovery-oriented practices and improve the knowledge and skills of the behavioral health workforce. The South Southwest ATTC is funded by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and serves Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas). She is also Associate Director of Programs for the Addiction Research Institute, overseeing multiple grants and contracts and providing leadership for ARI’s role in the national Opioid Response Network and the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence, as well as ARI’s work with Texas HHSC related to statewide peer recovery support training and technical assistance. Ms. Nichols has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Grinnell College. She has twenty-five years of experience in substance use program development and evaluation at the state and community level. Her professional areas of focus include systems change and quality improvement, technology transfer, and mental health and substance use recovery.
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