The Administrative Core leads, implements, and supports RDAR's evolution toward a sustainable, nationally recognized Center dedicated to understanding the challenges and harms of rural drug addiction and developing appropriate interventions.
Kirk Dombrowski Principal Investigator and Center Director
After two decades of interdisciplinary addiction research and project leadership, Dr. Dombrowski was the lead architect of the Rural Drug Addiction Research Center. As Director he works closely with Center Coordinator Crawford and Associate Directors Bevins and Buch to guide Center development. And, as the main point of contact with other regional COBRE/INBRE Centers, he interacts regionally with other institutions working on issues of health and wellness in the Great Plains and across the US.
Rick BevinsAssociate Center Director
With 20 years of experience in research in behavioral pharmacology, drug abuse, and addiction science, Dr. Bevins advises the Center on emerging research opportunities related to neurology and animal models of addiction. In addition, he plays a key role in the selection of new Project Leaders that fit RDAR’s programmatic focus and new research clusters that align with the Center’s theme. He also leads the Center during any absences of the Center Director.
Shilpa BuchAssociate Center Director
As Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and as Director of UNMC’s Nebraska Center for Substance Abuse Research, Dr. Shilpa Buch advises the RDAR Center on emerging opportunities in biomedical research on addiction. She also serves as the main point of contact for the Center at UNMC, helping to identify new hires and early career scholars that could participate in RDAR’s programs as Project Leaders or Pilot Project investigators.
Devan CrawfordCenter Coordinator
Ms. Crawford provides administrative oversight for all aspects of the Center. She has expertise in financial operations and a strong background in strategic planning/project implementation. Over the last 15 years, she has served as Project Manager for more than 10 R01 level projects on substance abuse and addiction. As part of her work with the Admin Core, she supervises Center management, leads grant workshops, reviews Project Leader project implementation plans, monitors contractual agreements, and supervises day-to-day Center activities.