Gregory Aarons, PhD is a clinical and organizational psychologist, professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, and director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC).  He is co-developer of the Exploration, Preparation, Implementation, Sustainment (EPIS) framework (  His research, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control, and the W.T. Grant Foundation focuses on identifying and improving system, organizational, and individual factors that support implementation and sustainment of evidence-based practices and quality of care in health and allied health care settings. Dr. Aarons focuses on aligning and testing leadership and organization support strategies and training supervisors to become effective leaders to support evidence-based practice implementation and sustainment in behavioral health. His implementation and scale-up strategies are being used and tested in behavioral health, schools, child welfare, HIV prevention, and trauma care in the US, Norway, and West Africa.  His most recent work focuses developing and fostering community-academic partnerships to increase the use of research evidence in policy and practice.