AR-IMPACT Team

Michael Cucciare, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UAMS. He is trained as a clinical psychologist and treats perinatal women with opioid use disorder in the UAMS Women’s Mental Health Program. He has expertise in evidence-based mental health interventions for treating substance use disorders including relapse prevention, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. He is also an addiction health services research with over 10 years of federal funding.

Board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, Johnathan Goree, M.D., is a proud alumnus of Catholic High School in Little Rock, Ark. He received his bachelor of arts in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. He then moved to New York City where he completed both his medical degree and residency in anesthesiology at the Weill College of Medicine at Cornell University.  Following his time in Manhattan, he completed a fellowship in interventional pain management at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. In 2014, Goree returned home to Little Rock to join the faculty at UAMS where he serves as the director of Interventional Pain Management Services and an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology. He primarily focuses on the treatment of chronic pain conditions using opiate sparing, minimally invasive procedures. His specific research interests include complex regional pain syndrome and neuromodulation for novel indications.

Corey Hayes, Pharm.D., MPH, is a post-doctoral fellow in the NIDA T32 Translational Training in Addiction program in the Department of Psychiatry at UAMS. He is trained as a pharmacist and before entering the fellowship, he spent three years working as a clinical pharmacist at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock where some of his duties included acute care pain management and rounding with the psychiatric care team. Within his fellowship, he has been researching opioid use and abuse at the population level, including state level analyses.

Teresa Hudson, Pharm.D., Ph.D., was trained as a pharmacist with an emphasis in clinical use of medicines, quality of medication management and medication adherence. Hudson’s research has focused on understanding the epidemiology of medication use and identifying strategies to improve the safe and effective use of medications for treatment of mental health disorders and understanding the physical health implications of medications to treat these disorders. More recently, Hudson has begun research in understanding the risks of opioid use among individuals who use these medications chronically and is participating in research to understand how pharmacists and physicians manage the risks associated with opioid medications.

Shona Ray-Griffith, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Departments of Psychiatry (primary appointment) and Obstetrics & Gynecology (secondary appointment) at UAMS. She is a board-certified psychiatrist with clinical expertise in the management of a broad variety of neuropsychiatric illnesses. Within the Women’s Mental Health Program, she focuses on the treatment of mental illness, substance use disorders, and chronic pain throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period. Her clinical research interests include the use of non-pharmacological treatments (e.g., electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, exercise) as well as the course, outcomes, and treatment of chronic pain disorders during the perinatal period.

Leah Tobey, PT, DPT, graduated with her bachelor of arts from Ouachita Baptist University, received her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Central Arkansas and is currently pursuing her master’s in business administration at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Tobey joined the UAMS physical therapy department in 2013. She is active in the evaluation and treatment of patients with orthopedic dysfunctions in addition to pelvic health rehabilitation.

Masil George, M.D., is a family physician with fellowship training in Geriatrics as well as Hospice and palliative care. She has an interest in pain management in the elderly, and provides consultative service for palliative care in the geriatric outpatient clinic at UAMS. She also serves as the medical director for Baptist Hospice.  Her goal is to get physicians in the community to refer patients to AR-IMPACT for recommendations on pain managment options and assist them by providing medication advice but also potentially telemedicine pharmacy and behavioral medicine support.