Program Leadership
Mario Castro, MD, MPH (MTIS Program Director): Dr. Castro is the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at WUSM. He has extensive D&I expertise in asthma management, tobacco control, community engagement, global health, multicenter trials, and research networks. He is the author of over 30 chapters/books and over 250 peer-reviewed articles. He has been a leader of the CDC Controlling Asthma in American Cities, American Lung Association Airway Clinical Research Centers, and NHLBI Asthma Clinical Research Network, Severe Asthma Research Program and AsthmaNet research networks. He also has been funded through the St. Louis County Department of Health to evaluate and disseminate tobacco cessation counseling to employees in the community. He chairs a working group to assist investigators in the community in applying for ICTS and extramural funding. He is widely recognized as an expert clinician, an excellent mentor, and skilled educator with a significant commitment to the recruitment and retention of URM trainees. He directs the Office of Training Grants, chairs the Council of Training Grant Program Directors, co-directs the Department of Medicine Office of Faculty Development, and serves on the KL2 selection committee and mentors trainees.
Ross Brownson, PhD (MTIS Associate Director): Dr. Brownson is the Bernard Becker Professor of Public Health at the Brown School and the Medical School. He is involved in numerous community-level studies designed to understand and reduce modifiable cancer risk factors such as physical inactivity, obesity, and tobacco use. In particular, he is interested in the impacts of environmental and policy interventions on health behaviors and he conducts research on D&I of evidence-based interventions. He is the author of 9 books and over 450 peer-reviewed articles. His books include Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Control, Applied Epidemiology, Handbook of Obesity Prevention, Communicating Public Health Information Effectively: A Guide for Practitioners, and Evidence-Based Public Health. His book (co-edited by Drs. Colditz and Proctor), Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice, was published early 2012 and is highly relevant for this K12 program. He is associate editor of the Annual Review of Public Health, and on the editorial board of four other journals. He is a former and founding member of the 15-person CDC Task Force developing the Guide to Community Preventive Services. Dr. Brownson is the recipient of the Award for Excellence in Prevention Research and Research Translation in Chronic Disease (2000, from CDC) and the Abraham Lilienfeld Award for outstanding contributions in teaching and mentoring (2003, from APHA). He is currently the PI of a five year NCI funded R25 grant providing training to a national cohort of early career implementation researchers in cancer prevention.
Enola Proctor, PhD (MTIS Associate Director): Dr. Proctor is the Shanti Khinduka Distinguished Professor search at the Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. She has three decades of experience in research and research training in the areas of health services and implementation science.  She currently is PI of a five year NIMH funded R25 grant providing national training over the summer to early and mid-career implementation researchers in mental health. Its fellows are drawn from eight disciplines in universities across the United States. Dr. Proctor also brings experience in training at the doctoral level, having chaired the PhD Program in Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis from 1989-1995; she chaired the national Group to Advance Doctoral Education in Social Work. She also directs a pre and postdoctoral training program, now in its 21st year (T32 MH19960). Her work to help shape research careers is also informed by her role directing the Center for Mental Health Services Research, established in 1993 with NIMH funding.  As Center director, Dr. Proctor led the development of research infrastructure and she continues to guide the development of many of the Center’s associated projects.