Kristen Paquette, M.P.H.
Ms. Paquette’s primary areas of expertise include substance use prevention and recovery supports for youth and adults. As Principal Investigator of a Conrad N. Hilton Foundation initiative to reduce substance use among adolescents, she directed development and testing of a young adult peer-delivered intervention using a Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) framework. She also led development of a National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded mobile application to engage clients—along with their counselors—in early recovery from substance use disorders.
Ms. Paquette directs C4’s work to advance recovery housing. She led a statewide qualitative research project to identify and describe the state of recovery housing across communities in Ohio. She also helped develop the TICOMETER—the first validated instrument to measure trauma-informed care across human service and health care organizations.
As Project Director of the SAMHSA-funded Homelessness Resource Center, Ms. Paquette led workforce development initiatives using a cutting-edge, award-winning website that incorporated social networking, online learning, dynamic content, and an extensive digital library.
Prior to joining C4, Ms. Paquette worked at The National Center on Family Homelessness and was an AmeriCorps VISTA member with Habitat for Humanity in Georgia. She has volunteer experience supporting parents and children in family shelters in Massachusetts. Ms. Paquette received a M.P.H. from University of Massachusetts and a B.A. from College of the Holy Cross.
Samples of Kristen’s Work
- “Peer Support Roles: Evolving Professional Landscape,” an episode on t3’s Changing the Conversation podcast.
- Developing an Instrument to Measure Organizational Trauma-Informed Care in Human Services: The TICOMETER by C4’s Ellen L. Bassuk, Kristen Paquette, and Molly K. Richard as well as George J. Unick was published in the Psychology of Violence in January 2016.
- The Role of Recovery Housing: Prioritizing Choice in Homeless Services by C4’s Kristen Paquette and Laura Panella Winn in Journal of Dual Diagnosis in April 2016.
- Bringing Recovery Housing to Scale in Ohio: Lessons Learned by C4’s Laura Panella Winn and Kristen Paquette in Journal of Dual Diagnosis in April 2016.
- How Young Peers in Recovery Are Amplifying Prevention and Early Intervention, a Youth Today article.
- Recovery Housing and Homelessness and Youth Empowerment: From Active Addiction to Recovery, episodes on t3’s Changing the Conversation podcast.
- A Research Based Powerful New Tool to Measure Trauma Informed Care in Organizations: Introducing the TICOMETER, a t3 Changing the Conversation podcast episode.