Ms. Cates-Wessel has more than 30 years background and experience in the substance use disorder field in administration, medical education, and policy. She is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and Principal Investigator and Project Director for both the PCSS and STR-TA grants. As Principal Investigator and Project Director of these projects, she oversees the overall administration of the projects staff; consultants and sub-awards; negotiating contracts and overseeing work of partner organizations, consultants and vendors; and ensuring that all aspects of this these projects are undertaken according to the project plans. She is responsible for reporting to CSAT as required, and assures consistent, effective operations, and ongoing outreach assuring the success of the projects. Prior to her work at AAAP, she was Associate Director of Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies for over 19 years and Executive Director of Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy, a think tank of leaders from law and medicine advocating for prevention/treatment of addicts over incarceration. Prior to that she was Associate Director of a residential treatment center for adolescents for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental disorders.