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Director's Report to the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse - September, 2009

Grantee Honors

R. Dale Walker, M.D., director of the One Sky Center and Center for American Indian Health Education Research at Oregon Health & Science University has been named the 2009 Indian Physician of the Year. Dr. Walker was honored by the Association of American Indian Physicians for "distinguished service and commitment to improving the quality of health care for Native Americans and Alaska natives." He received the award at the organization's 38th annual meeting and conference in Alexandria, VA. Walker, who is Cherokee, also was honored as Indian Physician of the Year in 1989. He is one of two American Indian psychiatrists in the nation certified in addictions treatment. He is a professor of psychiatry and public health and preventive medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine. Throughout his career, he has served locally and nationally as an advocate for health care access and elimination of the stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders. His research is focused on addictions and mental health issues among American Indians. His current efforts address the low number of Indian students in the health care fields and draws attention to best practices for the prevention and treatment of addition and mental health disorders among American Indians.

Dr. Michael Hecht, Distinguished Professor, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences and the Department of Crime, Law and Justice at The Pennsylvania State University, has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 D.A.R.E. Champion award. His selection for the honor was based upon unique and notable work on behalf of substance use prevention for youth throughout the world.

Dr. David Olds, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health at the University of Colorado, Denver, received the 2009 Presidential Award of the Society for Prevention Research annual meeting. The award was given for recognition of Dr. Olds' major, lifetime contribution to prevention; in particular, for his body of research on the Nurse Family Partnership, one of the most widely disseminated preventive interventions targeting high risk first-time mothers during pregnancy and through the child's second birthday.

Dr. John Lochman, Professor and Doddridge Saxon Chair in Clinical Psychology, and Director of the Center for the Prevention of Youth Problem Behavior, at the University of Alabama, received the International Collaborative Prevention Research Award at the 2009 Society for Prevention Research annual meeting. Dr. Lochman received this award due to his international collaborative prevention research; in particular, for his work on aggressive behav-iors and substance use disorders in collaboration with researchers in the Netherlands. He has also provided intervention training in Poland, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, Ireland, Spain, and Puerto Rico.

NIDA researcher Samuel Friedman, Ph.D., of the National Development and Research Institutes, New York City, N.Y., was honored with the prestigious International Rolleston Award of 2009 on April 22, 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand. The award was in recognition of Dr. Friedman's outstanding contributions to reducing the harms of psychoactive substances at an international level. This award is named after Sir Humphrey Rolleston, President of the Royal College of Physicians who chaired the UK Departmental Committee on Morphine and Heroin Addiction. It was first presented in Melbourne, Australia in 1992.

NIDA grantees Dr. Bruce Hinds, Associate Professor and William Bryan Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky, and Dr. Gonzalo E. Torres, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh were honored by the White House for the 2008 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers Program.

CTN Delaware Valley Node

Dr. A. Thomas McLellan, Co-PI of the Delaware Valley Node, has been confirmed as the Deputy Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

CTN Southern Consortium Node

Dr. Kathleen Brady, the PI of the CTN Southern Consortium Node, received a CTSA award. The National Institutes of Health's Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) consortium is a unique network of medical research institutions across the nation. Launched in 2006, this network now includes awardees in 26 states, and is led by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). When the program is fully implemented, it will support approximately 60 CTSAs across the nation. Dr. Brady is the first psychiatrist PI in the CTSA consortium.

CTN Florida Node

Dr. Jose Szapocznik has been appointed Associate Dean for Translational Research and Community Development at the Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami. Dr. Szapocznik is being recognized by his peers for substantial progress in the University of Miami application for a CTSA Award. Dr. Szapocznik will continue as Professor with Tenure and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology/Public Health at Miller.

The Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association announced that The Village and Gateway Community Services are two of the recipients of the 2009 Substance Abuse Services Best Practices Awards. The Village South, Inc., in Miami, received the EXEMPLARY PROGRAM award for its post CTN 0015 extension and sustaining of its Seeking Safety Program, and Gateway Community Services, Independence Village, in Jacksonville received third place for the Best Practice TREATMENT PROGRAM. The Best Practices Recognition Program provides recognition for programs that exemplify "best practice" methods in substance abuse prevention and treatment services. These programs' efforts are shown to measurably improve service outcomes and the quality of life for program participants. Award winners were highlighted during an award ceremony at the FADAA Annual Conference on August 13, 2009 in Orlando FL.

CTN Mid-Atlantic Node

Dr. Dace Svikis, Lead Investigator for CTN 0020 (Job Seekers Training in Drug Abuse Treatment) has been named recipient of the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences Distinguished Scholar Award for 2009. This is the most prestigious award given by the College of Humanities at VCU, which encompasses a variety of academic departments. Dr. Svikis' selection is based on her leadership and scientific contributions to perinatal addiction research and effective addiction treatment for drug abusing mothers. Her multi-disciplinary research approach and her efforts toward translating research into practice were cited as contributing to the selection.

A luncheon appreciation celebration was held on May 12, 2009, in Richmond VA, to honor Mr. Ned Snead and the Chesterfield Community Service Board Treatment Program. Under Mr. Snead's leadership, the Chesterfield program has made substantive contributions to the CTN over the years, having participated effectively in several protocols dating back to the CTN 0004 Motivational Interviewing study and continuing unabated to the present CTN 0032 HIV Rapid Testing and Counseling study. The celebration marks a well deserved recognition.

CTN Texas Node

Dr. Robrina Walker, at the Texas Node RRTC, was selected to receive a NIDA Travel Award to present her poster "Outcomes and Lessons Learned: Disseminating Contingency Management and Motivational Interviewing in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs" at the 2009 American Psychological Association Convention's Early Career Poster Session co-sponsored by NIDA, NIAAA, and APA's Divisions 28 and 50. Homeward Bound, Inc., Mental Health and Mental Retardation of Tarrant County, Nexus Recovery Center, and Phoenix House were participating CTPs in the projects.

Ms. Becca Crowell, the Executive Director of Nexus Recovery Center in Dallas, was selected from more than 130 nominations to be one of the 18 Associates for the first SAMHSA CSAT Women's Addiction Services Leadership Institute. Associates were selected based on their individual accomplishments, future aspirations, attributes and contributions they are likely to bring to the first class of Associates.


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