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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse - February, 2003



Grantee Honors

A Social Policy Award for Best Journal Article was presented to Thomas J. Dishion, Ph.D. of the University of Oregon by the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) at their biennial meeting in New Orleans LA in April 2002. The article, "When Interventions Harm: Peer Groups and Problem Behavior," was written with Joan McCord, Ph.D. and Francois Poulin, Ph.D. The article, which appeared in American Psychologist, volume 54 (1999), addressed the potential negative effects of aggregating high-risk adolescent youth into interventions or programs designed to reduce problem behavior. The article documents that negative effects may persist well into adulthood.

Dr. Peter Friedmann of Brown Medical School received the Bruce M. Selya Award for Research Excellence from Lifespan Hospitals. His research on maintenance care for alcohol problems in remission in primary care won him a semi-finalist award in a competition for the Best Abstract Award at the 26th Annual National Meeting of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, November, 2002.

Dr. Lillian Gelberg, Associate Professor at the University of California Los Angeles, was appointed the George F. Keller Professor of Family Medicine. She is the first honoree of this chair, which carries a five-year appointment. Dr. Gelberg is also the first honoree to be awarded the California Academy of Family Physicians Family Practice Excellence in Research Award.

On November 5, 2002, Dr. Merwyn "Mitch" Greenlick, the CTN Oregon Node PI, was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives.

Ron Jackson, the CTN Washington Node CTP Representative, was selected by the American Association for the Treatment of Opiate Dependence to receive the Nyswander-Dole Award in recognition for his tireless work in support of methadone maintenance treatment.

Dr. Rolf Loeber, of the University of Pittsburgh Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, has been included in the roster of Highly Cited Psychologists, compiled by the Institute for Scientific Information, which publishes Science Citation Index and Social Science Citation Index. The highly-cited award is based on being in the upper 1/2 of 1% of researchers in psychology and psychiatry, in terms of citation of one's work by peers.

Dr. Alexandros Makriyannis of the University of Connecticut is the recipient of the Medicinal Chemistry Achievement Award for 2002. This award is presented every two years to an eminent scientist by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). Dr. Alexandros Makriyannis is a NIDA grantee and has contributed substantially to the advancement of chemistry and medicinal chemistry of cannabinoids and endocannabinoids. Dr. Makriyannis presented his research on medicinal chemistry of cannabinoids at his award ceremony.

Heidi Resnick, Ph.D. of the Medical Univsrsity of South Carolina received a certificate of appreciation from the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy in recognition of, and appreciation for, her valued effort and service to our country in response to the events of September 11, 2001.

Richard Rothenberg, M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, received the 2002 Thomas Parran Award at the 40th annual Infectious Disease Society of America meeting in Chicago, IL, on October 24, 2002. The Parran Award is the highest honor given by the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association, in recognition of lifetime career achievement in the fields of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV research. Dr. Rothenberg's award lecture addressed current complexities in STD transmission dynamics.

Dr. Michael Slater of Colorado State University was elected chair of the Coalition for Health Communication, a group representing the health communication divisions of the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Dale Walker, a Co-PI from the CTN Oregon Node, received the American Psychiatrist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). In addition, he received the American Psychiatric Association's Warren Williams Award for his work with American Indians struggling with substance abuse.

Dr. Thomas Wills, of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva Univerisity, has been included in the roster of Highly Cited Psychologists, compiled by the Institute for Scientific Information, which publishes Science Citation Index and Social Science Citation Index. Inclusion is based on citation in peer-reviewed journals indexed by SCI and SSCI. The highly-cited award is based on being in the upper 1/2 of 1% of researchers in psychology and psychiatry, in terms of citation of one's work by peers.

Dr. Ken Winters, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, received several honors this past year. He was selected to be associate editor of the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, and chair of the technical advisory network for a program on international drug prevention that is supported by the Mentor Foundation.


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