Georgia T. Karuntzos is a Research Psychologist and Vice President of Research Development for RTI’s Social, Statistical, and Environmental Sciences (SSES) Group. In her role she works closely with RTI client agency teams, corporate strategy, and research teams to develop plans for entering new markets, establishing key business relationships with partners and funders, and identifying and managing an annual proposal pipeline of more than $1.2 billion. She also supports research proposals and capture teams as a subject expert and scientific reviewer, and works closely with key staff and leaders to ensure efficient and effective business development practices, including opportunity development, client engagement and quality management.
Dr. Karuntzos’ research and practitioner experience encompass more than 25 years leading multi-site evaluations examining program implementation and outcomes across a variety of contexts and populations. She is a recognized expert in the field of workplace health, and she has supported and facilitated numerous federal advisory and expert panels informing substance abuse prevention policy. In her most relevant research experience, Dr. Karuntzos has served as the SAMHSA IDIQ director overseeing IDIQ management and assuring quality deliverables across task orders; served as project director for SAMHSA’s Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) multisite evaluation, leading the design and execution of a large scale multi-site evaluation, including implementation studies to strengthen program delivery; as project director for SAMHSA’s Young Adults in the Workplace (YIW) multisite evaluation, leading a pilot and full-scale multi-site evaluation including grantee technical assistance to support the evaluation; as project director for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace Technical Assistance Center translating research-based and practice-based knowledge into user-friendly workplace products and applications, developing assessment tools relevant to workplace populations, and delivering technical assistance through webinars, workshops, and conference seminars.
Dr. Karuntzos has also served as co-principal investigator on the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s (NICHD’s) Work, Family, and Health Initiative developing, implementing and evaluating a workplace health promotion intervention, and as co-investigator and study intervention lead on the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) in Employee Assistance Program (EAP) study where she led the development of an evidenced-based intervention for worker engagement.