ISAP Researchers' Profiles

Beth A. Rutkowski, M.P.H.

Beth Rutkowski, M.P.H., Associate Director of Training/Epidemiologist. Ms. Rutkowski received her Master of Public Health degree, with an emphasis on epidemiology and quantitative methods, from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health in 2000. She has been associated with UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) since December 2000, and currently serves as the Associate Director of Training. The majority of Ms. Rutkowski’s time is devoted to the SAMHSA-supported Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Training Center (Pacific Southwest ATTC, HHS Region 9), where she assists in the development of rollout training packages based on evidence-based substance abuse research and targeted to the community at large. In addition, she organizes and conducts conferences and trainings throughout the Pacific Southwest ATTC region (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the six US-affiliated Pacific Jurisdictions) on scientifically validated interventions and topics, such as substance abuse research and policy, methamphetamine abuse, process improvement strategies to improve client engagement and retention in treatment, screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment, HIV and drug abuse, substance abuse epidemiology, medication-assisted treatment approaches, Hepatitis C, and best practices in addiction treatment. Ms. Rutkowski is a NIATx-certified process improvement coach, and has directed several state and local projects to teach substance use disorder, mental health, HIV, and correctional health providers how to implement rapid cycle process improvement change projects. Ms. Rutkowski has co-authored and edited numerous training curricula, peer reviewed research articles, book chapters, special issues, and technical reports on treatment evaluation, research-practice partnerships, process improvement strategies for use in substance use disorder and mental health treatment programs, prescription drug misuse, the epidemiology of methamphetamine and crack cocaine abuse, SBIRT, the intersection of substance use and HIV, and local, national, and international drug trends.

Education and Training

  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health, Piscataway, NJ, M.P.H., Epidemiology and Quantitative Methods, 2000
  • The College of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ, B.S., Biology,1998

Specialties

  • Development of training and technology transfer initiatives for the addiction treatment workforce
  • Epidemiology of alcohol and other drug abuse
  • NIATx model of process improvement

Contact Info

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
11075 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90025
brutkowski@mednet.ucla.edu

Selected Publications

  • Rutkowski, B. A., Rawson, R. A. & Freese, T. E. (2010). Editors’ introduction: Improving the addiction treatment system in California through the use of data and evidence-based practices – California Substance Abuse Research Consortium (SARC) meetings, 2009. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, SARC Supplement 6, 207-210.
  • Rieckmann, T., Kovas, A. E. & Rutkowski, B. A. (2010). Adoption of medications in substance abuse treatment: Priorities and strategies of single state authorities. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, SARC Supplement 6, 227-238.
  • Crèvecoeur-MacPhail, D., Bellows, A., Rutkowski, B. A., Ransom, L., Myers, A. C. & Rawson, R. A. (2010). “I’ve been NIATxed”: Participants’ experience with process improvement. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, SARC Supplement 6, 249-259.
  • Rutkowski, B. A., Gallon, S., Rawson, R. A., Freese, T. A., Bruehl, A., Crevecoeur-MacPhail, D., Sugita, W., Molfenter, T. & Cotter, F. (2010). Improving client engagement and retention in treatment: The Los Angeles County experience. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 39 (1), 78-86.
  • Rutkowski, B. A. & Maxwell, J. C. (2009). Epidemiology of methamphetamine use – A global perspective. In: J. Roll, R. Rawson, S. Shoptaw, & W. Ling (Eds.) Methamphetamine Addiction: From Basic Science to Treatment. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Rutkowski, B., Freese, T., & Rawson, R. (2008). Editors’ Introduction: California Substance Abuse Research Consortium 2007: A focus on women. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, SARC Supplement 5, 321-323.
  • Maxwell, J. C., & Rutkowski, B. A. (2008). The prevalence of methamphetamine and amphetamine abuse in North America: A review of the indicators, 1992-2007. Drug and Alcohol Review, 27(3), 229-235.
  • Rawson, R. A., & Rutkowski, B. A. (2007). Prime numbers: A matter of life or meth. Foreign Policy, 163, 32-33.
  • Rawson, R. A., Maxwell, J., & Rutkowski, B. (2007). OxyContin abuse: Who are the users? American Journal of Psychiatry, 164(11), 1-3.
  • Rutkowski, B., Freese, T., & Rawson, R. (2007). Editors’ Introduction: California Substance Abuse Research Consortium 2006. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, SARC Supplement 4, 309-311.
  • Crevecoeur, D., Rutkowski, B., & Rawson, R. (2007). The rise in treatment admissions for methamphetamine use in Los Angeles County from 2001 through 2005. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, SARC Supplement 4, 383-392.
  • Maxwell, J. C., Rutkowski, B. A., & Rawson, R. A. (2007). Substance abuse epidemiology in the United States: A review of the indicator data. In: A. D. Kalechstein & W. G. van Gorp, (Eds.). Neuropsychology and Substance Use: State-of-the-Art and Future Directions. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis, pp. 1-39.
  • Rutkowski, B. (2006). California Substance Abuse Research Consortium, September 2005: Update on recent methamphetamine trends in four California regions. Journal of Psychoactive DrugsSARC Supplement 3, 369-375.
  • Rutkowski, B., Freese, T., & Rawson, R. (2006). Editor’s introduction: California Substance Abuse Research Consortium, September 2005. Journal of Psychoactive DrugsSARC Supplement 3, 321-322.
  • Finnerty, B. (2004). California Substance Abuse Research Consortium, May 2003: Update on Recent Substance Abuse Trends Journal of Psychoactive DrugsSARC Supplement 2, 103-108.
  • Rawson, R., Urada, D., & Finnerty, B. (2004). Editor’s Introduction: California Substance Abuse Research Consortium, Spring 2003. Journal of Psychoactive DrugsSARC Supplement 2, 101-102.
  • Rawson, R., Finnerty, B., & Urada, D. (2003). Editors’ Introduction: California Substance Abuse Research Consortium (SARC): Fall 2002. Journal of Psychoactive DrugsSARC Supplement 1, 103.
  • Finnerty, B. (2003). Monitoring and Reporting Alcohol and Drug Use Trends in California: The California Substance Abuse Research Consortium Meetings. Journal of Psychoactive DrugsSARC Supplement 1, 119-125.
  • Crèvecoeur, D., Finnerty, B., & Rawson, R.A. (2002). Los Angeles County Evaluation System (LACES): Bringing Accountability to Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Through a Collaboration Between Providers, Payers, and Researchers, Journal of Drug Issues32(3), 865-880.

Last updated - 05/11/2016

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