Psychology well represented at NIDA Advisory Council Meeting

Four of the seven newly appointed council members are psychologists.

On Sept. 6, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) held its fall meeting of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse. Dr. Volkow’s Director’s report (PDF, 199KB) included discussions of a continuing collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products and a new RFA for Tobacco Control Regulatory Research. In addition, Volkow discussed three priority research areas under the headings of prevention research, treatment interventions and HIV and drugs. 

Psychologists were featured prominently in Volkow’s highlights of recent awards including APA member Marilyn Carroll (U. of Minnesota) and Sherry McKee (Yale University) for their award from the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health titled “Specialized Centers of Research on Sex Differences,” and Krista Lisdahl (University of Wisconsin), a winner of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Volkow also lauded the high school student winners of the Addiction Science Awards at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair who, although very early in their careers, ably represented various aspects of behavioral science and received their award checks totaling $5,000 from the Friends of NIDA Coalition last month. On the treatment front, council member and psychologist Caryn Lerman presented a report from a workgroup she chaired titled Adoption of NIDA’s Evidence-Based Treatments in Real World Settings (PDF, 199KB).

Psychology continues to be well represented on the Council. Four of the seven new members that were appointed before the meeting are psychologists: Carl Hart and Barbara Mason (both APA members), Terry Jernigan and Michael Nader. APA members Thomas Kirk, Caryn Lerman and James Sorensen are already serving, and although Sorensen is rotating off at the end of November, beginning in December over one-third of the 15 member Council will be psychologists.