DAYTON, Ohio-Robert G. Carlson, Ph.D., has been appointed director of the Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addictions Research (CITAR) at Wright State University School of Medicine.
CITAR is recognized nationally for the development of innovative programs and models in the field of substance abuse research and treatment and for its focus on the natural history of substance abuse as well as combining ethnographic and quantitative research methods. It has received about $55 M over the course of its history from national and state funding sources and employs almost 50 individuals.
Carlson, professor in the Department of Community Health, holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in anthropology from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Funded by a Fulbright-Hays Grant, his thesis focused on the role of alcoholic beverages among the Haya of northwest Tanzania, where he and his wife, Patrice, lived for a year.
A prolific writer, Carlson has authored or co-authored more than 75 journal articles, and he currently sits on the editorial board of the International Journal of Drug Policy. He was recruited to Wright State in 1989 by the late Harvey Siegal, Ph.D., founding director of CITAR.
"Dr. Carlson and the rest of the team that Harvey Siegal recruited and mentored, are first rate and highly regarded as researchers nationally," explains Robert Reece, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Community Health. "They will continue the outstanding renowned work that the Center has completed over the last quarter of a century. In addition to maintaining strong community service programs and the research that is already in progress, three new research projects are just beginning at the Center. Through all these, we expect Dr. Siegal's legacy to continue."
New projects include working with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to ensure that newly diagnosed HIV-positive individuals receive prompt medical care in a ten-city study, and evaluating the effectiveness of intervention treatments for the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Other projects include the Dayton Area Drug Survey, conducted since 1990 to track patterns of local drug use; club drug use and sex risk behaviors; use of health services by crack-cocaine users; Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network, a dynamic picture of substance abuse trends and newly emerging problem populations and a statewide notification system; reducing barriers to treatment programs; the Weekend Intervention Program, developed with local human service organizations and the criminal justice system for impaired drivers; and programs for disabled individuals.
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