Kim Dash



For more than 20 years, Kim Dash, PhD, has translated research and practice on disease and risk prevention into evidence-informed interventions that improve public health. By collaborating with diverse clientele, including health care professionals and prevention practitioners, she supports the uptake, adoption, and implementation of best practice in real-world health settings. She possesses expertise in prevention science, project management, program and policy evaluation, systematic literature review methodology, implementation science, and knowledge translation techniques.

In her role as scientific advisor for SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT), Dash works with training and technical assistance teams to ensure that opioid and substance abuse services and products:

  • Incorporate accurate scientific content
  • Are informed by advances in opioid and other substance abuse prevention, dissemination, and implementation science
  • Are designed to facilitate learner engagement, skills building, and virtual interactivity
  • Meet adult learners where they are, taking them forward in ways that address their unique contexts and needs

Most recently, Dash directed a national evaluation capacity-building initiative designed to increase the professional and organizational knowledge and skills required to evaluate innovative prevention programs for typically underserved populations.

Dash has an MPH from the University of North Carolina and a PhD in child, youth, and family policy from Brandeis University.

“We assure that programs are developed with, or informed by, input from the population served and are rooted in the practical experience of working with that population in settings where the program is delivered.”

Speaking Highlights

Prescription Drug Abuse: Understanding and Addressing the Problem at the Federal, State, and Local Levels

Moderator, SAMHSA Prevention Day Conference
Washington, D.C.
February 2012

Building Evaluation Capacity of Community-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Programs in the United States Pacific Jurisdictions: Practical Implications for Work with Indigenous Populations

Co-presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Evaluation Association
Anaheim, CA
November 2011

Development and Evaluation of SADD Mobilization Efforts to Prevent or Reduce Underage Drinking among High School Students

Co-presentation, Annual National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing, and Media
Atlanta, GA
August 2008



Selected Publications

Kessel-Schneider, S., Buka, S. L., Dash, K., Winickoff, J. P., & O’Donnell, L. (2015). Community reductions in youth smoking after raising the minimum tobacco sales age to 21. Tobacco Control. Published online first. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-052207

Imm, P., Biewener, M., Oparah, D., & Dash, K. (2015). Empowerment evaluation in action in SAMHSA’s Service to Science Initiative: Cultivating ownership and enhancing sustainability. In D. M. Fetterman, S. J. Kaftarian, & A. Wandersman (Eds.) Empowerment evaluation (2nd ed., pp. 124–148). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

O’Donnell, L., Wilson-Simmons, R., Dash, K., Jeanbaptiste, V., Myint-U, A., Moss, J, & Stueve, A. (2007). Saving sex for later: Developing a parent-child communication intervention to delay sexual initiation among young adolescents. Sex Education, 7(2), 107–125.

Stueve, A., Dash, K., O’Donnell, L., Tehranifar, P., Wilson-Simmons, R., Slaby, R. G., & Link, B.G. (2006). Rethinking the bystander role in school violence prevention. Health Promotion Practice, 7(1), 117–124.