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Speakers Directory

Check out the following educational event, recovery and prevention trainings, or community programs offered through Recovery RI that visitors can book through our site.

Phillip Chan, MD, MS - HIV/STD Prevention
Associate Professor
Brown University + Rhode Island Department of Health

Update on sexual health, HIV, STDs, and preventative health as it relates to substance use.

Dr. Philip A. Chan, MD, MS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Brown University. He has a secondary appointment in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health. Dr. Chan is Medical Director of the only publicly funded sexually transmitted diseases (STD) clinic in Rhode Island, as well as Rhode Island’s only dedicated Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Program. Dr. Chan is PI of multiple NIH grants to study HIV prevention including intervention to promote PrEP uptake and HIV testing. He is PI of a three-site PrEP clinical implementation science program in Jackson, Mississippi, St. Louis, Missouri and Providence, Rhode Island (NIMH, MPI, R01MH114657). He is evaluating ways to promote home-based HIV testing among at-risk populations (NIMH, MPI, R01MH114891). Dr. Chan’s work in HIV prevention and PrEP has also resulted in several other R-series grants focused on PrEP implementation (NIMH, MPI, R21MH109374, R21MH113431), PrEP uptake and retention-in-care among African American men in Mississippi (NIMH, MPI, R34MH109371), PrEP uptake and retention-in-care among male sex workers (NIMH, MPI, R34MH110369), and PrEP uptake in an STD clinic setting (NIDA, MPI, R34DA042648). He is also co-I of several other grants related to HIV (R01DA041067) and prevention (R21MH109374). To date, Dr. Chan has over 90 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Chan is also site PI of the local AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) in Rhode Island. He serves as Consultant Medical Director for the Rhode Island Department of Health Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB and is actively engaged in many clinical and community-based public health programs to respond to STD and HIV rates among sexual and gender minorities in Rhode Island and beyond. 

Leigh Reposa, MSW, LICSW - QPR Suicide Prvention
Program Manager

RI Student Assistive Services

Engaging trainer passionate about adult learning and skills application in the classroom.

Leigh A. Reposa, MSW, LICSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. As part of her work, Leigh and members of the RI Youth Suicide Prevention Project have trained 5000+ adults and youth in the six core cities in Rhode Island using the evidence-based gatekeeper training model QPR-Question Persuade and Refer.


Leigh serves as the Chairperson for the state RI Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee and is an active member of the RI Medical Examiner’s Office Child Death Review Team. In addition to her work in this field, Leigh is also an adoptee and adoption advocate and has a post grad certificate in Adoption and Foster Care from Rhode Island College. Leigh is the 2014 Recipient of the National Association of Social Workers-RI Chapter Robert S. Burgess Community Service Award.

Presentation Length: 2 hrs

Space Requirements: LCD Projector/Audio/Whiteboard or Easel Pad

Ideal Audience Size: 30 people

Bob Jope, LMHC

Engaging trainer passionate about adult learning and skills application in the classroom.

Bob is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He teaches Motivational Interviewing as an adjunct faculty member at Salve Regina University, Rhode Island College, and previously at the University of Massachusetts Boston; he is also a consultant with the Addiction Technology Transfer Center at Brown University and works as a Motivational Interviewing coder for a nationally-recognized coding lab.


Bob is the lead trainer for Jope Consulting Services, has taught Motivational Interviewing at agencies all over New England, and consults internationally on teaching and coding the method. Holding a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, Bob has worked in the mental health, child welfare, and substance abuse fields for the past twenty-five years. He was originally trained in Motivational Interviewing by Stephen Andrew in 2007, and has since trained with Ali Hall and Alan Lyme. Bob has also developed and taught program-specific MI training applications, and has trained thousands of people in various levels of Motivational Interviewing.

Presentation Length: 8 hrs

Space Requirements: Seating at tables, in rows or horseshoe format.

Ideal Audience Size: 20 people

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