Richard P. McGaffigan is a Program Director for the Prevention Research Center (PRC) office of PIRE in Berkeley, California and he is out stationed at the San Diego field office. He has been with PIRE since 2002. Richard has a Masters of Social Work (MSW) with a specialization in program administration from San Deigo State University.
Richard McGaffigan was the manager of the California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program (CCC SMHP) evaluation with Bob Saltz as the PI. This evaluation contract had a collaborative research team representing four PIRE centers. The California Community College system is the largest in the United States with 112 colleges and the evaluation was funded through the California Mental Health Services Administration (CalMHSA).
He was also an evaluation team member and intervention manager for the California Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPFSIG) (SAMHSA funding). The Prevention Research Center took on a dual role as the evaluator of the randomized trial and the technical coordinator for the project, leading the 12 selected communities through an accelerated SPF process. Logic models were used to promote the planning and implementation of evidence-based practices.
Richard also worked with Dr. Bob Saltz (PI) on the Safer California Universities study, a ten-year NIAAA funded project. The purpose of the study was to reduce student intoxication and the harms associated with student alcohol use using an “environmental risk management” approach. PRC partnered with 14 California universities (UC and CSU) to carry out this project.
Richard McGaffigan has had the opportunity to partner with PIRE staff in his previous position with the Institute for Public Strategies (IPS) as the manager of the “Border Project” to reduce problems associated with cross-border drinking. In addition, Richard McGaffigan is a board member of the San Diego County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board (ADAB).