Director of the Texas Center
Erin Espinosa has 20 years of experience working in child- and family-serving systems at local, state and national levels. Dr. Espinosa is an experienced implementation researcher who provides on-going consultation to states and territories across the country on issues related to child and adolescent mental health, program evaluation, and the development and use of real-time data dashboards as part of continuous quality improvement efforts. Before joining the team at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Dr. Espinosa served as a Key Collaborator for the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change coordinated by the National Center on Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and as a consultant to the Child, Adolescent, and Family Branch’s (CAFB) Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). As Director of the Texas Center of The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Dr. Espinosa supports and collaborates with National and State stakeholders and other Institute staff to establish and create a sustainable Center of Excellence (COE) in Texas. The COE will support policy and financing development, analysis, and technical assistance; workforce development; EBP/promising practice implementation support; research, evaluation, and data linking; and partnership engagement and collaboration.