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Drug Abuse Prevention Research meeting.. details in text2nd National Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention Research:
A Progress Update

This Conference was held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C., August 9-10, 2001.

Biographies (continued)

Ruth Sanchez-Way, Ph.D.
Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockwall II Building
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-0365
(301) 443-5447 fax

Dr. Sanchez-Way is Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, a component of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). She has served as an officer and member of several national boards, including the National Health Council and the National Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting, and Prevention. Dr. Sanchez-Way is Co-Founder of the National Organization of Latino Social Workers. She currently serves as a National Operational Volunteer for Girl Scouts U.S.A. and volunteers as a church lector and as an officer of her sailing club. Dr. Sanchez-Way received a doctoral degree in public administration at New York University and also has an M.S.W. degree from Fordham University. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the first annual Excellence in Government Service Award given by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Dr. Sanchez-Way received the DHHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service in June 2001.

Larry A. Seitz, Ph.D.
Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 5153, MSC 9589
Bethesda, MD 20892-9589
(301) 443-6504
(301) 443-2636 fax

Dr. Seitz is a Program Official and Mathematical Statistician in the Prevention Research Branch in the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research at NIDA. His major area of responsibility lies in developing the Branch's Small Business Innovative Research Program. Dr. Seitz also directs the school-based and workplace prevention research programs. He received his doctorate in applied statistics from Ohio State University.

Jerilyn Simpson
San Bernardino Communities Against Drugs, Inc.
600 North Arrowhead Avenue, Suite 201
San Bernardino, CA 92401
(909) 885-0509
(909) 889-6512 fax

Ms. Simpson is President and CEO of San Bernardino Communities Against Drugs, Inc., a nonprofit drug prevention organization in San Bernardino, California. For more than a decade, she has been actively working to prevent substance abuse at the local level in San Bernardino County as well as at the State and national levels, with a multitude of organizations all working to address serious abuse problems. Ms. Simpson is a strong voice for prevention issues and has received numerous awards in recognition of her work. She is also a Founding Board Member of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

Michael D. Slater, Ph.D.
Journalism and Technical Communication
Colorado State University
Andrew G. Clark Building, Room C229
Fort Collins, CO 80523
(970) 491-5485
(970) 491-2908 fax

Dr. Slater is Professor of Journalism and Technical Communication at Colorado State University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology. He is Chair-elect of the Health Communication Division of the International Communication Association. Dr. Slater's research focuses on the role of media in prevention.

Zili Sloboda, Sc.D.
Institute for Health and Social Policy
University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-1915
(330) 972-8327
(330) 972-8675 fax

Dr. Sloboda is Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Health and Social Policy, University of Akron. She holds a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to evaluate a new middle and high school substance abuse prevention program being delivered through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education network.

Richard L. Spoth, Ph.D.
Institute for Social and Behavioral Research
Iowa State University
2625 North Loop Drive, Suite 500
Ames, IA 50010-8296
(515) 294-4127
(515) 294-3613 fax

Dr. Spoth is Senior Research Scientist and Project Director for Prevention Programming and Research at the Institute for Social and Behavioral Research at Iowa State University. He directs Project Family, a study that replicates three well-known preventive interventions, and assesses factors related to recruitment, retention, and effectiveness. Dr. Spoth's outstanding research has been recognized by NIDA, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Jack B. Stein, Ph.D.
Office of Science Policy and Communications
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 5230, MSC 9591
Bethesda, MD 20892-9591
(301) 443-6071
(301) 443-6277 fax

Dr. Stein is Deputy Director of the Office of Science Policy and Communications at NIDA. He is a social worker by training and has extensive experience in prevention, treatment, and policy issues related to drug abuse, with a particular interest in the link to HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. Dr. Stein has conducted training and technical assistance at the community, State, and Federal levels. His doctoral degree is in the area of health services, particularly the role of professional training in improving health care providers' attitudes about drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.

Steven Sussman, Ph.D.
Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research
Department of Preventive Medicine
University of Southern California, CHP 209
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(323) 442-6635
(323) 442-2601 fax

Dr. Sussman is Professor of Preventive Medicine and Psychology at the University of Southern California. He uses empirical program development methods in drug abuse research and has published 160 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Sussman's prevention intervention projects, including Project Towards No Tobacco Use and Project Towards No Drug Abuse, are considered model programs by numerous Federal and State agencies.

Virginia Tobin, M.S.
Project ALERT
1415 South Dakota Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401
(605) 225-7682
(605) 225-9988 fax

Ms. Tobin is Project ALERT Statewide Coordinator and a certified teacher and school psychologist. She has spent 37 years as an educator, including superintendent of schools, in South Dakota. Ms. Tobin is responsible for coordinating the data collection and curriculum implementation associated with Project ALERT research in 48 school districts in South Dakota.

Darlene Patrice Walker
Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition
1212 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21213
(410) 732-2661
(410) 732-0849 fax

Ms. Walker is Assistant Director for the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition Youth Opportunity Center. She has 10 years of experience in advocating for the needs of youth and implementing several programs that are now noted as exemplary national models. Ms. Walker serves as a consultant and works diligently toward creating a national youth movement.

Leslie B. Whitbeck, Ph.D.
Institute for Social and Behavioral Research
Department of Sociology
Iowa State University
107 East Hall
Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-9795
(515) 294-3613 fax

Dr. Whitbeck is Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University. He has worked in partnership with American Indian Tribes in the Upper Midwest for the past 6 years designing and testing culturally specific, family-based drug abuse prevention programs. Dr. Whitbeck will move to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in August.

Lynn M. Wiegand, M.S.
5306 Sovereign Place
Frederick, MD 21703
(301) 698-9658
(301) 694-9743 fax

Ms. Wiegand has taught for 11 years in the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. In her role as a health education teacher at Rocky Hill Middle School, she implemented the QUEST program.

John K. Worden, Ph.D.
Office of Health Promotion Research
College of Medicine
University of Vermont
1 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05401-3444
(802) 656-4187
(802) 656-8826 fax

Dr. Worden is Research Professor in the Department of Health Promotion Research, University of Vermont. His work focuses on projects that develop and test mass-media substance use prevention programs. Dr. Worden also serves as Chair of the Behavior Change Expert Panel for the White House National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.

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