Established in 2012, the mission of the Kenneth S. Ramsey Ph.D. Research and Training Institute at Gateway Rehab is to advance knowledge and build expertise in the treatment of addictive diseases through innovative research and training.

Housed in the corporate headquarters in Moon Township, PA, the Institute connects training and research under one roof. Working to advance and standardize our treatment curriculum improves quality and supports Gateway Rehab’s commitment to excellence.

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The Institute operates under the direction of Cara. M. Renzelli, Ph.D., who also serves as Gateway Rehab’s Vice President of Research and Clinical Training.


Dr. Cara Renzelli

Vice President / Research & Training

Cara Renzelli, PhD, vice president of research and clinical training at Gateway Rehab, has over 20 years’ experience working in addiction treatment research.  Prior to joining Gateway in 2004, she worked and studied at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic where she specialized in the diagnostic assessment of children and adolescents.  

She earned her BA and M.S.Ed. from Duquesne University and her MSW and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.  

A published author, Dr. Renzelli presents her work regionally and nationally.   Her research has been funded by state government and local foundations.  She leads the Kenneth S. Ramsey, PhD Research and Training Institute at Gateway Rehab, and focuses her work on medication assisted treatment, treatment outcomes, and organizational innovation.