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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse - May, 2004

Grantee Honors

Dr. Renee Cunningham-Williams received an Honorable Mention, Young Investigator Award, at the Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and related Disorders, Harvard University Division on Addictions. December 7-9, 2003.

In January 2003, Dr. Renee Cunningham-Williams was promoted to Research Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Ernest Drucker received a 2004 Soros Justice Fellowship to support his research and development of a public health paradigm for understanding the effects of high rates of incarceration in the US. The 18 month fellowship will help support his current research and allow him to work more closely with groups interested in the application of these findings to public education, litigation, and advocacy efforts.

Dr. Marion Forgatch of the Oregon Social Learning Center received the "Friend of Early Career Prevention Network Mentoring Award" from the Society of Prevention Research, in 2003.

Dr. Lori Holleran of the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work received an "Outstanding Investigator Award" from the Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations, The University of Texas School of Nursing, February, 2004.

On March 30, 2004, Dr. Hendree Jones of Johns Hopkins University testified before the U.S. Congress on the topic of drug treatment effectiveness.

Dr. Danica Knight was awarded a Presentation Award for: "Is the Treatment Process Different for Women in Residential Treatment?" at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.

The American Psychopathological Association (APPA) awarded NIDA grantee, Dr. John W. Olney with the 2003 Joseph Zubin Award. The APPA established this award in 1992 to honor individuals who have made seminal contributions to psychopathology research. It honors a person who has contributed to our knowledge base and has stimulated others. In connection with the Zubin award, Dr. Olney wrote a review article, "Neuroapoptosis During Synaptogenesis: A Final Common Path to Neurodevelopmental Disturbances," that will be published in a book based on the proceedings of the APPA meeting.

Dr. Carolyn Webster Stratton of the University of Washington School of Nursing was selected as a fellow in the American Psychological Association, February 2004.

Dr. Roger Weiss, Northern New England Node's Principal Investigator, was recently promoted to Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and honored as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Ken C. Winters, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, has been appointed as Associate Editor of Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, and as Chair of the Technical Advisory Network, Mentor Foundation (international drug abuse prevention).

Operation PAR, one of the CTN's Community Treatment Programs in the Florida Node, was featured in the President's National Drug Control Strategy report. The agency's nationally known gender specific treatment for women and children is listed as an effective treatment program in the document. The article includes a comprehensive interview by the Chief Executive officer, Nancy L. Hamilton, MPS, CAP, CCJAP.


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