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Blending Clinical Practice and Research: Forging Partnerships to Enhance Drug Addiction Treatment

Speaker Biographies

Robert E. Sage, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President
Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation/Urban Resource Institute
22 Chapel Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 260-2932
(718) 875-2817 Fax

Dr. Sage has worked in the field of chemical dependency since 1973 and with the Addiction Research and Treatment Corporation (ARTC) since 1977 - as a clinician, trainer, and researcher; Coordinator of Mental Health Services; Vice President of Treatment Services; and Senior Vice President. He has been responsible for program development and implementation, clinic operations, treatment services, staff training, and compliance issues for ARTC's seven methadone maintenance treatment programs and two medically supervised drug-free programs, serving more than 3,000 patients. Dr. Sage has also been responsible for facilitating the implementation of psychosocial research conducted by ARTC's Research Division. In exercising similar administrative responsibilities for programs managed by ARTC's affiliated agency, the Urban Resource Institute (URI), he also supervises research and evaluation studies for URI's alcoholism treatment program and domestic violence shelters. Dr. Sage has presented at numerous local and national conferences and conducts, presents, and publishes research and evaluation studies.

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Edwin A. Salsitz, M.D.
Methadone Medical Maintenance
Beth Israel Medical Center
First Avenue at 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 420-4400
(212) 420-2469 Fax

Dr. Salsitz is Principal Investigator and Lead Physician of the Methadone Medical Maintenance Project, Beth Israel Medical Center, in New York City, a pioneer project in the model of office-based pharmacotherapy for opioid addiction. He received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and his medical degree from the School of Medicine of the State University of New York, Buffalo. Since 1983 Dr. Salsitz has been Assistant Professor in Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a full-time Faculty Member and Attending Physician in Medicine of the Division of Chemical Dependency of the Beth Israel Medical Center, which operates the largest methadone maintenance treatment system in the world. He is a noted speaker and has published numerous journal articles on the use and benefits of methadone maintenance among socially rehabilitated patients.

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Robert Savitt, M.S.W., CSW
Assistant Director
Behavioral Health Services
Adolescent Services Unit
Division of Substance Abuse Services
North Shore University Hospital at Glen Cove
St. Andrews Lane
Glen Cove, NY 11542
(516) 674-7852
(516) 674-7855 Fax

Mr. Savitt is Assistant Director of Behavioral Health Services and Coordinator of the Adolescent Services Unit at North Shore University Hospital in Glen Cove, New York. He has been with the hospital for more than 22 years. The Adolescent Services Unit treats adolescents with drug difficulties. Mr. Savitt has extensive experience in working with adolescents with substance abuse difficulties as well as with their families. He formerly worked as a counselor at Lower Eastside Service Center, Inc., in New York City in the Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program for almost 4 years. Mr. Savitt has also worked with addicted adults being maintained on methadone. He earned his master's degree in social work in 1975 at the Adelphi University School of Social Work in Garden City, New York, and his bachelor's degree in 1973 at Queens College of the City University of New York in Flushing. Mr. Savitt is a certified social worker in the State of New York.

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Sidney H. Schnoll, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Director, Health Policy
Purdue Pharma, LP
1 Stamford Forum
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 588-8373
(203) 588-6242 Fax

Dr. Schnoll is Medical Director, Health Policy, at Purdue Pharma, LP, in Stamford, Connecticut, and Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University (MCV/VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. He was Chairman of the Division of Addiction Medicine and Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at MCV/VCU from 1987 to 2001. Dr. Schnoll attended Union College in Schenectady, New York, is a graduate of the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, and has a Ph.D. degree in pharmacology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Following completion of a residency in neurology, he fulfilled a 2-year fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health and was then Career Teacher in Addictions at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine from 1973 to 1976. From 1976 to 1980 Dr. Schnoll was Medical Director, Eagleville Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, Eagleville, Pennsylvania. He then went to Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, where he was Chief of the Chemical Dependency Program, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Pharmacology from 1980 to 1986. Dr. Schnoll is a consultant to numerous national and international organizations and is Past President and board member of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), New York Academy of Sciences, Research Society on Alcoholism, and College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), where he was formerly a member of the board. Dr. Schnoll is a fellow of ASAM and CPDD. He has published more than 125 articles in the field of substance abuse and is actively involved in studying and developing policy regarding issues of addiction and chronic pain. Dr. Schnoll is an invited speaker at numerous universities and national and international programs.

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Marion Schwartz, M.S.W., CSW
Program Manager
Mental Health and Addictive Disorders Research Program
New York University School of Medicine

Ms. Schwartz is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and Program Manager for the Mental Health and Addictive Disorders Research Program. She oversees and coordinates a multidisciplinary clinical research group that conducts onsite and offsite studies. Many of these are in community-based treatment programs associated with the New York Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN). Ms. Schwartz also trains medical students and residents in critical aspects of clinical research and lectures on Good Research and Clinical Practice. She is New York Node Protocol Manager for the CTN MIEDAR protocol, a substance abuse treatment study testing the efficacy of the addition of contingency management to usual treatment. Ms. Schwartz has extensive experience in clinical research in the areas of mental illness and substance abuse and holds a master's degree in social work.

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Steven Schwartz
Margaret A. Stutzman Addiction Treatment Center
New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
360 Forest Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14213
(716) 882-4900
(716) 882-4426 Fax

Mr. Schwartz is Director of the Margaret A. Stutzman Addiction Treatment Center in Buffalo, New York. He has also served the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services in various other senior-level administrative positions, including Consultant to the Willard Drug Treatment Campus and Interim Director of the Research Institute on Addiction. Mr. Schwartz is an internal consultant on research to practice, paperwork reduction, and the National Treatment Network. He has graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and has worked in the field of alcoholism and drug abuse for more than 35 years. Mr. Schwartz has provided consultation in Michigan, Nebraska, New York, the Province of Ontario, and the State of Israel. He has taught at the University of Michigan, the State University of New York, Buffalo, and Cornell University and has lectured at other colleges and universities on the issues of addiction, ethics, management, and quality.

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Jeffrey Selzer, M.D.
Director of Addiction Treatment Services
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System
Hillside Hospital
7559 263rd Street
Glen Oaks, NY 11004
(718) 470-8023
(718) 470-6248 Fax

Dr. Selzer is Director of Addiction Treatment Services and Chair of Behavioral Health Performance Improvement for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. After graduating from the University of Michigan Medical School, he completed a psychiatric residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a faculty member of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Selzer has been actively involved in developing curricula to improve the education of medical students and residents in addictions. His publications and presentations frequently deal with problems of comorbidity in drug-dependent patients.

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Angela M. Seracini, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
Disruptive Behavior Disorders Clinic
Columbia University
Babies and Children's Hospital
Room BHN 624
3959 Broadway
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-3094
(212) 305-6614 Fax

Dr. Seracini is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) and Director of the Disruptive Behavior Disorders Clinic at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. She has been a clinician, researcher, and educator in the substance abuse field for the past 8 years. Dr. Seracini has a particular interest in the impact of parental substance abuse on children, psychotherapy research for substance use disorders, and adolescent substance abuse. She has conducted research on behavioral interventions for pregnant and parenting substance-abusing women and on risk and protective factors for children of drug abusers. Dr. Seracini has extensive experience in training and supervising psychotherapists in manualized treatments for substance dependence, particularly cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and completed a NIDA-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Substance Use Disorders at Columbia University (Division on Substance Abuse).

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Steven Shoptaw, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator and Associate Research Psychologist
Friends Research Institute, Inc.
Suite 200
11075 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 312-0500, ext. 351
(310) 312-0552 Fax

Dr. Shoptaw is Associate Research Psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and Principal Investigator at the Friends Research Institute, Inc. He also serves as Principal Investigator of a NIDA-funded P-50 grant to investigate medication development for stimulant dependence. Dr. Shoptaw's research work involves evaluations of behavioral and pharmacological treatments for substance abuse, particularly as they intersect HIV-relevant populations. He has completed several large NIDA-funded medication trials for tobacco smoking and cocaine dependence. Dr. Shoptaw and Dr. Cathy Reback were awarded two large behavioral research grants to evaluate behavioral drug counseling methods (relapse prevention and contingency management) compared with HIV prevention and drug abuse intervention for reducing high-risk drug use and sexual behaviors in gay and bisexual substance users in Los Angeles. He is also Director of the Intervention Core of the UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services. Recently, Dr. Shoptaw opened Safe House, a high-tolerance residential facility for persons with HIV/AIDS who have co-occurring mental illness and/or chemical dependency, with the support of the City of Los Angeles Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS program. He volunteers on boards of community-based agencies that provide services to substance-dependent populations (e.g., Matrix Institute of Addictions, Mission City Community Network) and provides evaluation consultations to community-based organizations that provide services to substance abusers with HIV.

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Nancy J. Smyth, Ph.D., M.S.W., CASAC
Associate Professor
School of Social Work
University of Buffalo
Baldy Hall, Room 685
Buffalo, NY 14260-1050
(716) 645-3381
(716) 645-3546 Fax

Dr. Smyth is Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, where she teaches courses on dual disorders, chairs the concentration in alcohol and other drug problems, and researches the impact of addiction and trauma on women's parenting. Dr. Smyth has worked in a variety of roles in mental health and addiction treatment settings for more than 20 years. She has a small clinical practice specializing in treating addicted trauma survivors. As Director of the New York State Satellite of the Northeastern States Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Dr. Smyth implemented several projects to make research findings more accessible to practitioners. She and the Western New York Practice Research Network are implementing a small regional grant to increase addiction providers' access to evidence-based and best-practice resources to better meet the needs of clients with histories of psychological trauma.

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Ramon Solhkhah, M.D.
Substance Abuse Services
Child Study Center
New York University School of Medicine
577 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
(212) 263-8843
(212) 263-0990 Fax

Dr. Solhkhah is a board-certified psychiatrist on the faculty of the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He is Coordinator of Substance Abuse Services at the NYU Child Study Center and a member of the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Dr. Solhkhah completed his child and adolescent psychiatry training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and his addiction psychiatry training at the NYU Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital. He has published several articles on the topics of psychopharmacology of substance abuse and adolescent substance abuse.

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Jonathan A. Spears, M.S.W., ACSW
Clinical Social Worker
Counseling Service of the Eastern District of New York
Third Floor
186 Montague Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 858-6631
(718) 408-9458 Fax

For the past 10 years Mr. Spears has been with the Counseling Service of the Eastern District of New York, an outpatient substance abuse treatment agency in Brooklyn. He is Outreach Coordinator and also serves as Clinical Supervisor. Mr. Spears was trained as a family therapist at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. For this workshop, he has fashioned a 3-hour group on marijuana, which he also has presented at the Red Hook Community Justice Center for the past 2 years. This opportunity has made him more aware of the urban reality in which his clients - mostly African-American and Latino adolescents and young adults - live. Mr. Spears has submitted an article for publication that presents a new paradigm for the treatment of substance-abusing clients who have been mandated into treatment.

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Deborah H. St. John, M.S., ACSW, CASAC
Private Practice

Ms. St. John (formerly Lombardi) is former Coordinator of the Sobriety Services Department of the Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC). She has more than 15 years of professional experience in the field of addiction. As AHRC's Sobriety Services Coordinator she oversaw staff members who provide counseling to adolescent/adult individuals with traumatic brain injury or developmental disabilities, including fetal alcohol syndrome, cerebral palsy, and mental retardation. This is the only clinic in the country overseen by both the New York State (NYS) Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and licensed by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services - providing a continuum of care from prevention to productive work. Ms. St. John is a dual degree doctoral candidate at Walden University specializing in clinical and organizational psychology. She received her social work degree at New York University and holds a master's degree in organizational behavior from Polytechnic University. Ms. St. John is also an NYS-credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor. As a candidate at the Center for the Advancement of Group Studies (City of New York Board of Education) with Lou Ormont, she has developed and promoted relational models of building dialog and productive emotional communication among individuals within the group therapy venue. She has a private practice in New York City offering supervision and therapy.

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Peter Steinglass, M.D.
Executive Director
Ackerman Institute
149 East 78th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 879-4900
(212) 744-0206 Fax

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Maxine L. Stitzer, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit
Bayview Medical Center
Johns Hopkins University
Room 5510
Nathan Shock Drive
Baltimore, MD 21224
(410) 550-0042
(410) 550-0030 Fax

Dr. Stitzer received her Ph.D. in psychology and training in psychopharmacology at the University of Michigan. She is currently Professor of Behavioral Biology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her extensive grant-supported research program has focused on both pharmacological and behavioral approaches to the treatment of substance abuse and reflects active research interests in both illicit drug abuse and tobacco dependence. Dr. Stitzer has published more than 150 scientific papers and has edited a book on methadone treatment. She is well known for her work on contingent incentive approaches in substance abuse treatment, which are designed to enhance motivation for abstinence. Dr. Stitzer is also Lead Investigator on a study of motivational incentives within NIDA's Clinical Trials Network, a project designed to promote dissemination of research-based therapies into community treatment programs. She has received the Maryland Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Psychology, the Nyswander/Dole Award from the American Methadone Treatment Association for research contributions, and the Brady-Schuster Award from Division 28 of the American Psychological Association (APA) for research contributions in psychopharmacology and substance abuse. Dr. Stitzer has served on NIDA research grant review committees and as an advisor to several NIDA research programs. She also served on the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences Substance Abuse Coverage Committee, which addressed the availability and funding of drug abuse treatment in the United States; the APA Alcohol/Substance Abuse Experts Working Group, which developed a proficiency certification for psychologists in substance abuse treatment; and the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Panel for Development of Clinical Guidelines on Smoking Cessation. Dr. Stitzer is Past President of both the Division on Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse of APA and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco and has served on the Board of Directors of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.

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S. Lala Ashenberg Straussner, D.S.W., M.S.W., CSW, CEAP, BCD, CAS
Professor and Coordinator
Post-Master's Certificate Program in the Treatment of Alcohol and Drug-Abusing Clients
Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work
New York University
1 Washington Square, North
New York, NY 10003
(212) 998-5947
(212) 995-4173 Fax

Dr. Straussner is Professor in the New York University (NYU) Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work and Coordinator of NYU's Post-Master's Certificate Program in the Treatment of Alcohol and Drug-Abusing Clients. She has authored numerous publications applying research findings to clinical practice. Among Dr. Straussner's nine books are The Handbook of Addiction Treatment for Women: Theory and Practice (coedited with Stephanie Brown, Jossey-Bass, 2002), Ethnocultural Factors in Treatment (Guilford, 2001), and Gender and Addictions: Men and Women in Treatment (coedited with Elizabeth Zelvin, Jason Aronson Press, 1997). She is Founding Editor of the new Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions (Haworth Press). Dr. Straussner served on the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) panel on workforce issues and is the Northeast Regional Director for Project Mainstream (supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and CSAT), which aims to expand substance abuse education among all health-related professions. She is also a Founding Member of NYU's Interdisciplinary Consortium on Substance Abuse and of the New York State Addictions Institute and past Chair of the National Association of Social Worker's Section on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs. Dr. Straussner conducts research, lectures, and consults in the United States and abroad and has a private therapeutic and supervisory practice in New York City.

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Maria A. Sullivan, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
New York Psychiatric Institute
Columbia University
Unit 120
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
(212) 543-5967
(212) 543-6018 Fax

Dr. Sullivan is Research Psychiatrist at the Substance Treatment and Research Service (STARS) and Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) and Columbia University. She received a Ph.D. degree in cultural psychology from the University of Chicago in 1990 and an M.D. degree from George Washington University in 1991. Dr. Sullivan completed her internship in medicine and her residency in psychiatry at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (New York-Presbyterian Hospital) and NYSPI. She completed her fellowship at NYSPI's Division on Substance Abuse in 1998. Dr. Sullivan was named diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry in 1997 and holds subspecialty certifications in geriatric psychiatry (1998) and addiction psychiatry (2000). She is Principal Investigator of the trial "Opiate and Nicotine Dependence: Medications and Therapy" and Co-Director of the "Opiate Dependence: Combined Naltrexone/Behavior Therapy" trial. Dr. Sullivan's clinical research interests focus on the combined treatment of co-occurring psychiatric disorders and substance abuse.

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José Szapocznik, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Center for Family Services
University of Miami School of Medicine
Room 309
1425 NW 10th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 243-8217
(305) 243-4417 Fax

Dr. Szapocznik is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, and Counseling Psychology and Director of the Center for Family Studies, University of Miami School of Medicine. The Center is the Nation's flagship program of Hispanic family intervention research. He also serves on the NIDA National Advisory Council and on the Search Committee for its Director. Dr. Szapocznik has received national and international recognition from the American Psychological Association, Society for Prevention Research, American Family Therapy Academy, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, National Institute of Mental Health, Association of Hispanic Mental Health Professionals, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Latino Behavioral Health Institute, and National Alliance for Hispanic Health. Internationally, he founded and was named Director of the Miami World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Mental Health, Alcohol, and Drug Dependence. Dr. Szapocznik's publications include the seminal book Breakthroughs in Family Therapy with Drug-Abusing and Problem Youth and its updated version, Brief Strategic Family Therapy, which will be published in spring 2002 as part of NIDA's Treatment Manual Series.

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Betty Tai, Ph.D.
Center for Clinical Trials Network
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
Neuroscience Center, Room 4234
MSC 9557
6001 Executive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-9557
(301) 443-1428
(301) 443-2317 Fax

Dr. Tai is Director of the Center for Clinical Trials Network (CTN) at NIDA, which sponsors the conduct of clinical trials to test promising drug abuse treatment interventions in real-life settings and to ensure timely transfer of effective science-based treatment interventions into the treatment community. She received her master's degree from the University of Massachusetts and her Ph.D. degree from George Washington University. Subsequently, she spent 23 years (1976-2001) in the Department of Health and Human Services, performing bench research work in the areas of pharmacology and physiology at the National Institutes of Health. Later, Dr. Tai joined the Food and Drug Administration as a clinical pharmacology reviewer of new drug applications. In 1989 she returned NIDA to administer clinical research programs for the development of safe and effective medications to treat addiction.

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Larry Taub, M.A., CSW
Vice President and Chief Program Officer
Lower Eastside Service Center, Inc.
Eighth Floor
175 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
(212) 566-7706
(212) 732-5224 Fax

Mr. Taub's professional education includes a master's degree in psychology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School For Social Research (1985) and a master's degree in social work from the Hunter College School of Social Work (1992). He has been with Lower Eastside Service Center, Inc., (LESC) for 15 years. After working for 3 years as a counselor with Phoenix House, Mr. Taub joined LESC as a counselor in its outpatient methadone maintenance treatment program, a position he held for 2 years before becoming its Assistant Director for 4 years. In 1993 Mr. Taub began a 3-year tenure as Director of LESC's Mental Health Clinic before moving into the role of Vice President and Chief Program Officer in July 1996.

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Susan Tross, Ph.D.
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Unit 15
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
(212) 420-4468
(212) 420-3936 Fax

Dr. Tross is Co-Principal Investigator of the Long Island Node of NIDA's Clinical Trials Network. She is also Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI), Associate Director of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at NYSPI, and Senior Researcher and Supervising Psychologist at the Beth Israel Medical Center Chemical Dependency Institute and Addiction Psychiatry Service. Since 1983 Dr. Tross has been actively involved in HIV behavioral intervention and prevention and, since 1987, in street outreach and substance abuse treatment. Her efforts have been supported by research grants from NIDA, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Tross' work has always been driven by her dual commitment to delivering clinical care to people in need and carrying out intervention research that may provide empirical data of direct use to providers.

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David Vlahov, Ph.D.
Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies
New York Academy of Medicine
Room 553
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
(212) 822-7382
(212) 876-6220 Fax

Dr. Vlahov is Director of the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies at the New York Academy of Medicine and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, with an adjunct appointment in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He has extensive experience in the design, conduct, and analysis of infectious disease epidemiological studies. He has been Principal Investigator of the Natural History of HIV Infection Among Injection Drug Users (the ALIVE Study). For his work, Dr. Vlahov has received the NIDA MERIT award. More recently, he has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct intervention studies of HIV and HCV prevention in Harlem and the south Bronx involving young adult, recent-onset injection drug users and non-injection drug users. Dr. Vlahov is also Principal Investigator of a CDC Urban Research Center to study the social determinants of health, with an emphasis on the impact of substance abuse in the community in Harlem, in collaboration with community groups, government, and academic partners. He has written more than 300 peer-reviewed publications.

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Judge Sol Wachtler
Chairman of the Board
Law and Psychiatry Institute
North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System
10 Stone Hill Drive, North
Manhasset, NY 11030
(516) 627-7295
(516) 365-2005 Fax

Judge Wachtler is Chairman of the Board of the Law and Psychiatry Institute of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. He served as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court (1968-1972) and judge of New York's highest court, the New York Court of Appeals (1973-1992). In 1985 Judge Wachtler was appointed Chief Judge of that court and Chief Judge of the State of New York, a position he held until an abuse of prescription drugs and a manic episode attributed to a diagnosed bipolar disorder led to a bizarre pattern of criminal behavior. In 1991, as Chief Judge, Judge Wachtler initiated the first "multidoor" community court, a precursor to the drug courts established later in New York State. An honor graduate of Washington and Lee University and its law school, he has been awarded 13 honorary doctor of law degrees, has been a scholar in residence at several law schools, and has lectured abroad on behalf of the U.S. Information Service. Judge Wachtler authored the book After the Madness: A Judge's Own Prison Memoir (Random House, 1997), was a critic at large for NewYorker magazine, and recently authored a chapter in the book Serving Mentally Ill Offenders: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Workers and Other Mental Health Professionals (Springer, 2001). He is Professor of Law at the Touro College School of Law.

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Kevin Michael Wadalavage, M.A., CASAC
Vice President
Outreach Project, Inc.
11711 Myrtle Avenue
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
(718) 847-9233, ext. 316
(718) 849-1093 Fax

Mr. Wadalavage has worked in substance abuse treatment for 21 years. As Vice President of Outreach Project, Inc., he oversees program evaluation and research activities, trains professionals at the Outreach Training Institute, and oversees a trilingual outpatient program. Mr. Wadalavage has participated in research and evaluation studies with NIDA, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is a participant in the New York Practice/Research Collaborative and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services' (OASAS) Evaluation Systems Program Advisory Committee and a board member of the Institute for Professional Development in the Addictions. Mr. Wadalavage has participated in the New York Addiction Technology Transfer Provider Workgroup and OASAS provider workgroups for credentialing, treatment outcome studies, and assessment protocols. He also served as an Item Development Member for the first New York State CSAC exam and the current ICRC exam. In addition to his master's degree in counseling, Mr. Wadalavage is a New York State-certified alcohol and substance abuse counselor and a master addictions counselor.

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Cora Lee Wetherington, Ph.D.
Women and Gender Research Coordinator
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health
Neuroscience Center, Room 4257
6100 Executive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 435-1319

Dr. Wetherington is Women and Gender Research Coordinator at NIDA. She also serves as Chair of NIDA's Women and Gender Research Group, as NIDA's representative to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Coordinating Committee of the Office of Research on Women's Health, and as a member of the editorial board of NIDA Notes. Prior to joining NIDA in 1987 Dr. Wetherington was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Psycology at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where for 12 years she taught and conducted research in the field of animal learning and behavior and received grant support from NIH and the National Science Foundation. She received her Ph.D. degree in experimental psychology in 1976 from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Dr. Wetherington is a Fellow of Divisions 25 and 28 of the American Psychological Association.

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Eileen Wolkstein, Ph.D., CRC
Training Director
Research and Training Center on Drugs and Disabilities
Steinhardt School of Education
Suite 1200
35 West Fourh Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-5294
(212) 995-4192 Fax

Dr. Wolkstein is a Research Scientist at the Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Health Studies, New York University (NYU). She is also Training Director of the Research and Training Center on Drugs and Disabilities funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Dr. Wolkstein has more than 35 years of experience in rehabilitation as a program director, supervisor, clinician, researcher, educator, and trainer. She is nationally recognized for her work in the area of substance abuse, coexisting disabilities, vocational rehabilitation, clinical supervision, and employment. Dr. Wolkstein has published numerous articles, book chapters, distance education courses, and training manuals that have been widely acclaimed and integrated into academic and profressional continuing education programs. She serves on advisory boards of many State and national organizations, including the New York State Institute for Professional Development in the Addictions. Dr. Wolkstein is a Founding Member of the Interdisciplinary Consortium on Substance Abuse at NYU.

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