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Conference Title - Bridging Science and Culture to Improve Drug Abuse Research in Minority Communities Bridging Science and Culture to Improve Drug Abuse Research in Minority Communities

This Conference was held at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza hotel in Philadelphia, P.A., September 24-26, 2001.

Biographies (continued)

James M. Jones, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-2489
(302) 831-3645 Fax

Dr. Jones is Professor of Psychology at the University of Delaware and Director of the Minority Fellowship Program at the American Psychological Association. Dr. Jones earned a B.A. degree from Oberlin College, an M.A. degree from Temple University, and a doctorate in social psychology from Yale University. He is the author of Prejudice and Racism (McGraw-Hill). Dr. Jones is a social psychologist and past President of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. He was awarded the 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues and the 2001 Kurt Lewin Memorial Award by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Judith E. Jones, M.Sc.
SPH/Free to Grow
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
600 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-8120
(212) 342-1963 Fax

Ms. Jones is Clinical Professor at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University and Director of the National Technical Assistance Center of Free to Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-free Communities supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Ms. Jones recently served as Senior Advisor to the Carnegie Corporation for the Starting Points State and Community Partnerships for Young Children grants program. She is the founding director of the National Center for Children in Poverty established in 1989 at Columbia University, with major support provided by the Ford Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Ms. Jones has appeared in the media, as an expert witness before congressional committees, and as keynoter and presenter at numerous professional and foundation meetings. Professor Jones serves on numerous boards and advisory committees focused on improving the well-being of families and young children. She has also served as a consultant to private and governmental organizations in the United States, Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and Europe.

Pamela Jumper-Thurman, Ph.D.
Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research
Colorado State University
Sage Hall
Fort Collins, CO 80523-7902
(970) 491-0251
(970) 491-0527 Fax

Dr. Jumper-Thurman, a Western Cherokee, has served as both principal and co-principal Investigator on National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institute of Justice grants on such topics as prevention of inhalant use, drug use among American Indians, prevention of intimate partner violence, community readiness, and prevention of violence among American Indian women. She has been Director of Behavioral Health at a Native outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has served on Initial Review Groups for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and NIDA. She is also a member of the CSAT Council. Dr. Jumper-Thurman has worked extensively with prevention and treatment intervention in American Indian communities in the field of addiction as well as more specifically with solvent abuse and women's issues. She is one of the developers of the Community Readiness Model and has also published articles and book chapters specific to Native people on issues such as cultural diversity, community intervention, criminal justice, substance use prevention and treatment, violence prevention, women's issues, and inhalant and solvent abuse.

Edward H. Jurith, J.D.
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Executive Office of the President
750 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-4607
(202) 395-6709
(202) 395-6708 Fax

Mr. Jurith was appointed to serve as Acting Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) by President Clinton on January 10, 2001. He had served as ONDCP General Counsel since 1994.

During his tenure as General Counsel, Mr. Jurith was responsible for ensuring ONDCP compliance with all Federal laws and regulations and served as general legal adviser to the Director and ONDCP staff. He took a 1-year sabbatical in 1997 as an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, where he lectured on drug policy issues. In addition, as part of his Atlantic Fellowship program, Mr. Jurith assisted the United Kingdom Anti-Drugs Coordinator in developing the Blair Government's strategy for reducing drug abuse.

Mr. Jurith has more than 20 years of Federal drug policy-making experience. Before becoming General Counsel, he served as ONDCP's Director of Legislative Affairs from 1993 to 1994. He came to ONDCP from the U.S. House of Representatives' Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control, where he was Staff Director from 1987 to 1993 and Counsel from 1981 to 1986. While on the staff of the Select Committee, he was instrumental in the development of the Anti-Drug Abuse Acts of 1986 and 1988. These laws provide the statutory framework for current U.S. national drug control policy. Before serving in the Federal Government, Mr. Jurith was an attorney in private practice in New York City from 1976 to 1981.

Mr. Jurith graduated from American University, Washington, D.C., in 1973 with a B.A. degree in political science, cum laude, with honors in government. He received a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1976 and is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars. Mr. Jurith has lectured widely on drug policy at U.S. and British universities and has published in the areas of substance abuse and drug policy.

Ford H. Kuramoto, M.S.W., D.S.W.
National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse, Inc.
Suite 409
340 East Second Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 625-5795
(213) 625-5796 Fax

Dr. Kuramoto is National Director of the National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse, Inc. (NAPAFASA) in Los Angeles, which is a private, nonprofit membership organization. Its mission is to advocate for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse and related problems among Asian and Pacific Islanders.

Dr. Kuramoto received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a master's degree in social work from San Diego State University, and a D.S.W. degree from the University of Southern California. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and on the Editorial Board of the American Orthopsychiatric Association Journal.

After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, Dr. Kuramoto was a Child Welfare Worker and Supervisor for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services. He then joined the National Institute of Mental Health. Upon his return to Los Angeles, Dr. Kuramoto joined the faculty of the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, UCLA. Later, he directed a community mental health center in Hollywood for the County Department of Mental Health.

Dr. Kuramoto has been a direct service worker, supervisor, and manager in both the public and private sectors. As National Director of NAPAFASA, he has worked with a number of organizations within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Department of Education; local and state agencies; and jurisdictions in the Pacific Islands (e.g., Guam).
Dr. Kuramoto's doctoral dissertation on a child welfare program in the Japanese American community in Los Angeles has been published, along with several journal articles and chapters in books and monographs.

Alan I. Leshner, Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
Neuroscience Center, Room 5274
MSC 9581
6001 Executive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-9581
(301) 443-6480
(301) 443-9127 Fax

Dr. Leshner was appointed Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in February 1994. NIDA, one of the Institutes within the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supports more than 85 percent of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. Before joining NIDA, Dr. Leshner had been with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) since 1988, holding the positions of Deputy Director and then Acting Director. He came to NIMH from the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he held a variety of senior positions focusing on basic research in the biological, behavioral, and social sciences as well as on science education. Dr. Leshner joined the NSF after 10 years at Bucknell University, where he was Professor of Psychology. His research has focused on the biological bases of behavior. Dr. Leshner is the author of a major textbook on the relationship between hormones and behavior and numerous book chapters and papers in professional journals. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College and his master's and doctoral degrees in physiological psychology from Rutgers University. Dr. Leshner also holds honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Franklin and Marshall College and the Pavlov Medical University in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has been elected a Fellow of many professional societies and has received numerous awards from both professional and lay groups. In 1996, President Clinton conferred on Dr. Leshner the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award, the highest award in Federal service. In 1998, Dr. Leshner was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Howard A. Liddle, Ed.D.
University of Miami School of Medicine
Dominion Tower, Suite 1108
1400 NW 10th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 243-6434
(305) 243-3651 Fax

Dr. Liddle is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of the Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse at the University of Miami School of Medicine. A psychologist, Dr. Liddle is a nationally recognized expert on adolescent substance abuse and delinquency. He reviews grants and serves on expert panels addressing the problems of adolescents for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Mental Health, and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. His 25 years of work in this specialty have been recognized with awards from the American Psychological Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and the American Family Therapy Academy. He has been a faculty member at the University of Miami since 1996. Earlier he was a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco, and Temple University in Philadelphia. His research center at the University of Miami is one of two National Institutes of Health-funded centers that focus on adolescent drug abuse treatment research. Dr. Liddle and his team are currently conducting treatment studies in Miami and around the country on a comprehensive, family-based treatment for juvenile justice-involved, drug-abusing adolescents. This treatment approach has been recognized as a research-based "Best Practice" by the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and as an empirically validated treatment by NIDA.

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