Designed for the public and the professionals who serve them, our courses and related products utilize recent advances in the social and behavioral sciences in order to improve both public health and quality of life.

Educational and training products are uniquely targeted to:
  • Deaf High School Students and their Teachers
  • Service Providers for the Deaf
  • HIV/AIDS Treatment Staff
  • Behaviorial Health Treatment and Care Coordination Staff
  • Drug Court Staff
  • Police, Fire, Emergency Service Workers
  • Outreach Workers

Roberta Berry, MFA
Research Associate

Ms. Berry received her MFA at the University of Virginia and graduated from the Interpreter Education Program at LaGuardia Community College in NY. She is an American Sign Language interpreter and has worked with the Deaf community for over 25 years. Ms. Berry participates on the translation team for Deaf Projects and assists in the ASL translation and video production on our projects. Ms. Berry has served as the ASL interpreter for focus groups and has transcribed videoed ASL in-depth interviews.


Patrice Joyner-Creamer, MSW
Project Director

Mrs Joyner-Creamer received her Masters of Social Work at Hunter College School of Social Work. She is Deaf and has extensive experience providing case management and mental health services to individuals who are Deaf. Ms. Joyner-Creamer has been Project Director for several NIH funded research including a NIDA funded SBIR contract to adapt its Science of Addiction curriculum for use with Deaf high school students. She participated in all aspects of ASL translation work, she has facilitated focus groups and in-depth interviews, and has acted as a sign model on screen on several computerized ASL surveys that measure HIV knowledge, substance use, and mental health.


Elizabeth A. Eckhardt, LCSW, PhD.
Principal Investigator

Dr. Eckhardt has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of several NIH Small Business Innovation Research Grants to develop computerized, self-administered questionnaires, screening instruments and curricula for use with deaf populations. Her current work includes the development and testing of the Deaf Depression Screener, a web-based self-administered Depression Screener in American Sign Language for use in primary care and other health service organizations. Previous work includes the development of a computer-based HIV/STI curriculum for deaf adolescents, the adaption of NIDA's Neurobiology of Addiction curriculum for use with deaf high school students, HIV Knowledge/Behavior/Risk surveys with deaf adolescent and deaf adults, substance use and mental health questionnaires for deaf adults.


Marjorie F. Goldstein, MPH, PhD.
Director and Principal Investigator

Dr. Goldstein is a psychiatric epidemiologist and health educator. She has extensive experience collecting and analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data and developing computer based programs for deaf audiences. Her research has entailed the use of computers for survey research, psychological assessment, and the evaluation of behavioral interventions. Dr. Goldstein received her MPH in Public Health Education from Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in program evaluation and her PhD in Epidemiology from Columbia University with a concentration in Mental Health. She has extensive experience and knowledge of community health needs assessments, survey research and psychometric scale development and was Principal Investigator for a NIDA funded SBIR research project to develop the first computerized, self-administered health survey in American Sign Language to interview individuals who are deaf about their substance use. She has worked in public health education roles for 20 years and has conducted epidemiologic research with hard-to-reach populations, including out-of treatment drug users. She was the Principal Investigator of an NIMH grant to develop and implement a computerized self-administered HIV/AIDS knowledge survey in American Sign Language for use with deaf adults as well as for an NIDCD funded grant to develop and implement an HIV knowledge survey for use with deaf high school students. Dr. Goldstein is currently Co-Investigator of an NCATS funded SBIR Phase II research grant to develop a Depression Screener for deaf individuals which is accessed via the web.


Hilary James Liberty, PhD.

Dr. Liberty is a licensed psychologist specializing in measurement of drug use by various means and the statistical evaluation of social programs. He received his PhD from the City University of New York. He has been a principal investigator on a variety of projects including sweat testing for recent use of drugs of abuse, and evaluation of treatment models for homeless, substance abusing men. He has been a trainer for 25 years, and is currently managing the creation of this online school.


Joseph Lunievicz, BA
Director, SSIC Training Institute

Mr. Lunievicz is also Director of the Training Institute at NDRI. He has over 20 years experience in training both practitioners and trainers, developing curriculum, developing curriculum based interventions, dissemination of research findings, and project management specializing in the public health fields of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. Mr. Lunievicz is also co-investigator on a number of NIDA funded projects to develop computer assisted training on subjects such as: The New York State HIV Confidentiality Law, Methamphetamine Treatment for Drug Court Practitioners, Hepatitis C Knowledge and Communication Skills for Drug Treatment Workers, Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Abuse, and Methadone Maintenance Treatment Practitioner Knowledge and Values.


Janie Simmons, EdD
Principal Investigator

Dr. Simmons received her doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1994. Her dissertation explored the ways in which Puerto Rican and African American youth and adults made sense of AIDS in one of Boston's poorest communities at the beginning of the epidemic. Dr. Simmons has worked as an ethnographer in the area of HIV/AIDS and drug use since completing her dissertation. Her online course development work on buprenorphine and overdose is derived from her experience in these fields. Dr. Simmons has published on barriers to drug treatment, drug-using couples, and women, poverty and AIDs. She is co-editor (with Drs. Paul Farmer and Margaret Connors) of Women, Poverty and AIDS: Sex, Drugs and Structural Violence (1996; 2011) which received the Eileen Basker Memorial Prize for outstanding scholarship in gender and health from the Society for Medical Anthropology, American Anthropological Association.