SAMHSA NAC members' biographical information
Eric B. Broderick, D.D.S., M.P.H., Public Health Consultant, Fox Valley Technical College, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Dr. Broderick served for 38 years in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), rising to the rank of rear admiral upper half. He has extensive experience as a clinician and in health program operations, health policy development, program assessment, and health system management. Dr. Broderick focused his career on addressing the health needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in 1970 and doctoral degree in 1973 from Indiana University, Dr. Broderick completed a general practice residency at the PHS Hospital in Seattle, Washington in 1974. He then accepted a position with the Indian Health Service (IHS) and worked in clinical assignments in New Mexico (1974) and Wyoming (1976), and as a regional dental consultant in Oklahoma (1985). Dr. Broderick was awarded an M.P.H. degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 and attained diplomate status with the American Board of Dental Public Health in 1990. He served as director of the Division of Oral Health, where he managed the IHS dental program (1992). Dr. Broderick also served as acting director of the Division of Clinical and Preventive Services (1996) and acting deputy Director, Office of Public Health (2000), IHS. In both positions, he was responsible for managing a broad range of health programs within the Indian health care system and an annual budget of approximately $1 billion. In addition to these duties, Dr. Broderick served as agency lead negotiator for self-governance compacts in Alaska, California, and Oklahoma. As such, he was responsible for negotiating compacts annually with self-governance tribes. These compacts stipulated the transfer of operations of health systems from IHS to tribes along with the resources appropriated to operate those systems, amounting to the transfer of several hundred million dollars annually. Between 2002 and 2005, Dr. Broderick served as senior advisor for tribal health policy in the office of the HHS secretary. In this role he advised the secretary and his immediate staff on all matters pertaining to the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Broderick served as deputy administrator at SAMHSA, where he was responsible for providing executive direction and leadership to a staff of approximately 500 federal employees and 300 contractors, with management oversight of an annual budget of approximately $3.3 billion. During this period, he also served as acting administrator during the transition between administrators (2007 and 2009), about two years total. Since leaving federal service, Dr. Broderick has worked as a public health consultant for Fox Valley Technical College. In 2013, he was appointed to serve on the Attorney General’s Task Force on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence, and most recently he was appointed to a four-year term as a member of SAMHSA’s National Advisory Council.
Henry Chung, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Care Management Organization, Montefiore Medical Center, Yonkers, New York
Dr. Chung is vice president of Care Management Organization (CMO) of Montefiore Medical Center and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He provides medical leadership for care management activities for over 300,000 patients in value-based programs. He is also medical director of the Montefiore Accountable Care Organization (ACO), an awardee of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Pioneer ACO Program. In this role, he leads quality improvement activities for the medical center and community physician partnership, which is central to the success and sustainability of the ACO.
Dr. Chung has a track record of leadership and achievement in medical and strategic management in primary care and behavioral health settings, primarily in federally qualified health centers, hospitals, and college health. In the late 1990s, he helped lead the initial Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Bureau of Primary Care national collaboratives on the integration of depression care. He has also conducted community-based services research and published scholarly articles in this area with a special interest on decreasing care gaps—particularly for racial and ethnic minorities.
In 2006, he founded the National College Depression Partnership. The program (involving over 50 colleges and universities since inception) was recognized in 2009 with the Innovations in Quality Improvement Award given by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care. He is also the 2012 recipient of the Lewis and Jack Rudin Prize for Medicine and Health awarded by the New York Academy of Medicine and the Greater New York Hospital Foundation for his contributions to demonstrating how the health care delivery system can work effectively with partners in public health and the community to address disease prevention and community wellness. In 2014, he was appointed to the SAMHSA National Advisory Council. Finally, Dr. Chung and Montefiore Medical Center were recently awarded a three-year grant by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations to integrate behavioral health care in primary care across all ages, using the collaborative care model. The model will be enhanced by using web-based video technology and also by using a case-based payment model to help with financial sustainability of the program.
Ellen Gerstein, M.A., Executive Director, Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, Lawrenceville, Georgia
As executive director of the Gwinnett Coalition, Ms. Gerstein is responsible for managing its daily operations, including a county-wide information and referral service, the coordination of a community strategic plan for health and human services, and a local grassroots training program. In addition to the administrative and fiduciary responsibilities of the office, she also maintains an active role in community planning and program development. Because the needs of Gwinnett County are so complex and far-reaching, Ms. Gerstein’s involvement on behalf of the coalition spans many areas of interest, from health services to high-risk youth programs to economic growth and housing development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Georgia and a master’s of management degree in human relations and organizational behavior from the University of Phoenix.
Junius Gonzales, M.D., M.B.A., Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Dr. Gonzales is senior vice president for academic affairs for the University of North Carolina and also served as interim president from January to March 2016. He served as provost and vice president of academic affairs for four years at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and was founding dean of the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences and executive director of the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida (USF).
Dr. Gonzales brings more than 20 years of expertise to the strategy, execution, and program/policy development of academic and research endeavors; collaborations with universities, industry, nonprofits and government entities; and a leadership record in scientific portfolio management and higher education fulfilled by prioritizing cross-sector partnerships. His deep and broad experiences were cultivated in various settings: academia (Georgetown, USF, UTEP); the federal government (National Institute of Mental Health); and the private for-profit sector (Abt Associates). Dr. Gonzales also served on the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) council from 2009 to 2011. Other significant recent appointments include the Executive Committee of the Council on Academic Affairs for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Advisory Council Work Group on Adoption of Evidence-Based Practices. He is now serving a second three-year term on the editorial board of the prestigious journal Health Services Research and regularly serves on National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Centre review panels (for example, Clinical and Translational Science Awards, Research Centers in Minority Institutions, Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence).
Dr. Gonzales’ significant research funding totals more than $15 million in lead roles such as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI from federal agencies such as NIH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), SAMHSA, AHRQ, Science and Technology Policy Institute, and U.S. Department of Education, and private funders such as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He has designed and conducted evaluation studies of federal programs such as the NIH Director Pioneer’s Award and the NIH Fogarty Center’s AIDS International Training and Research Program. Dr. Gonzales is completing scholarly work on his $1.24 million CDC research grant to adapt an evidence-based intervention for Latinos with chronic medical diseases. He also chairs the National Advisory Board for a large NIDA grant to provide research education and training for community-partnered organizations and USF to improve services for children and adolescents with substance abuse problems.
Dr. Gonzales received his B.A. from Brown University, his M.D. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.B.A. with honors from the University of Maryland. He completed his residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health.
Dave Gustafson, Ph.D., Director, Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Dr. Gustafson directs the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies, which includes the national program office for the Network for Improvement of Addiction Treatment and the Center of Excellence on Active Aging Research (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). His research interests focus on developing systems engineering tools to support sustainable individual and organizational improvement. Dr. Gustafson’s individual change research develops and tests computer systems to help people deal with significant issues affecting quality of life, including addiction, cancer, and aging. He has published more than 270 reviewed publications, including seven books.
Dr. Gustafson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the Association for Health Services Research, American Medical Informatics Association, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, which he cofounded and was board vice chair. Dr. Gustafson co-chaired the Federal Science Panel on Interactive Communications in Health and serves on National Institutes of Health’s Dissemination and Implementation in Health Study Section.
Victor Joseph, President and Chairman, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks, Alaska
Mr. Joseph is president and chairman of the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) and an award-winning leader who has built a reputation for developing and implementing innovative strategies to address the health care needs of TCC’s Alaska Native beneficiaries. Prior to his role as TCC president and chairman, Mr. Joseph spent the past 20 years building TCC’s behavioral and primary health services
As director of health services for seven years, he envisioned and oversaw the construction of the new, state-of-the-art Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center; more than doubled the health services revenue from $48 million in 2009 to $105 million in 2014; and integrated behavioral health and primary health care services through programs such as Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. As director of the Old Minto Program for 13 years and as the Cook Inlet Recovery Services director for two years, Mr. Joseph implemented culturally relevant substance abuse treatment programs that continue to meet the unique recovery needs of Alaska Native peoples. His visionary thinking, focus on collaboration and team building, and commitment to his people distinguish him and his 20-year career in building health care programs.
Mr. Joseph has worked tirelessly to ensure that TCC health care beneficiaries receive needed services, from building new village clinics to expanding telebehavioral health services throughout the TCC region. He works with State of Alaska agencies such as the Mental Health Trust Authority to significantly expand services such as Housing First for individuals who are homeless and suffering from alcohol abuse in Fairbanks. By collaborating with tribal leaders, Mr. Joseph has developed funding strategies for new health clinics throughout the interior region of Alaska. As a result of his commitment to the people of the region, Mr. Joseph was instrumental in organizing a TCC emergency response team during recent flooding disasters.
Kenneth J. Martinez, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist and Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research, Washington, D.C., and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Dr. Martinez has been a clinical psychologist and principal researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) for 11 years and is based in Corrales, New Mexico. He was lead author of the “Blueprint for Using Data to Reduce Disparities/Disproportionalities in Human Services and Behavioral Health Care,” a framework and multistep process to reduce disparities and disproportionalities in health care in communities and states. Dr. Martinez has worked with many communities and states to promote and operationalize cultural and linguistic competence, to reduce disparities, and to promote the public health approach by linking local and state initiatives. He provides technical assistance to states and school districts on evidence-informed practices that incorporate the public health approach, family-driven and youth-guided care, and cultural and linguistic competence through the National Resource Center (NRC) for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (Safe Schools/Healthy Students). Dr. Martinez is the lead disparities-reduction resource person for the NRC. He has also assisted states and their communities and schools in connecting to promote coordination and integration of services.
Dr. Martinez is clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. He was state children’s behavioral health director in New Mexico for seven years, where he was responsible for children’s mental health programs and the accompanying state certification system. In that role, he assisted in developing: Medicaid regulations for children’s mental health services; a state budget for children’s mental health services; and mental health screening/assessment and treatment programs for the state juvenile justice facility. He is former chair of the Children, Youth and Families Division of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, representing the 50 states and territories. Dr. Martinez has served on the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Symposium Planning Committee at the Carter Center and is former vice president of the National Latino Behavioral Health Association, a member of the SAMHSA National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health, and an advisor to the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health at the University of South Florida. He has testified before Congress on the mental health needs of children and youth in the juvenile justice system and has presented at a congressional briefing with Dr. Jane Knitzer on the mental health needs of children and youth.
Dr. Martinez has developed products, has authored articles and book chapters, and has conducted numerous trainings/presentations on cultural and linguistic competence, disparity reduction, best practices, children’s mental health, and social issues. He graduated from Stanford University and was a Ford Foundation Fellow at the University of Denver, graduating with a Psy.D. degree in 1978.
Justin Luke Riley, President and CEO, Young People in Recovery, Denver, Colorado
Young People in Recovery (YPR) is a national grassroots organization focused on peer-to-peer services for young people in, or seeking, recovery from substance use disorder. YPR aims to improve access to treatment educational resources, employment opportunities, and housing that sustains young people in their recovery. With over 100 chapters nationwide, YPR empowers young people to get involved in their communities by providing them with the tools and support that will allow them to take charge of their futures.
Mr. Riley has been in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder since 2007. He graduated cum laude from the Honors and Leadership Program at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) in 2013 and is currently seeking his Executive M.B.A. at UCD. Mr. Riley is a former organizational development consultant and a youth and community engagement pastor in Denver; former secretary of the board of Faces & Voices of Recovery in Washington, D.C.; and former president of the board of Advocates for Recovery in Denver. He is also a White House Champion of Change award recipient. Most recently, he was featured as one of the four Social Entrepreneurs Advancing the Nationwide Recovery Movement in Forbes magazine.
Darryl Strawberry, Co-Founder, Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center, Orlando, Florida
Darryl Strawberry is described as a legend by many who have been dazzled by the dynamics of his game, the power he possessed at the plate, and the story of redemption that continues to bring hope to so many lives.
Mr. Strawberry was 1983 National League Rookie of the Year with the New York Mets and 1983 All Star Rookie of the Year. He was eight-time National League All Star from 1984 to 1991, National League Home Run Leader in 1988, and won four World Series titles (New York Mets, 1986; New York Yankees, 1996, 1998, 1999).
Today, as an ordained Christian minister, Mr. Strawberry’s purpose and passion is speaking a message of hope and helping others transform their lives through the power of the gospel. Mr. Strawberry founded Strawberry Ministries in 2011, and co-founded the Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center in Orlando, Florida, in 2014. In 2016, Mr. Strawberry was appointed to the SAMHSA Advisory Board.
Mr. Strawberry is a two-time cancer survivor. He authored a best-selling book, Straw: Finding My Way (2009) and co-authored The Imperfect Marriage: Help for Those Who Think It’s Over (2014), with wife Tracy Strawberry.
Gail W. Stuart, Ph.D., M.S.C., Dean and Distinguished University Professor, College of Nursing, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
Dr. Stuart is dean and tenured distinguished university professor, College of Nursing, and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine, at the Medical University of South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Georgetown University, her Master of Science in psychiatric nursing from the University of Maryland, and her doctorate in behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Dr. Stuart is best known for her significant contributions to psychiatric mental health nursing. She is a prolific writer and has published numerous articles, chapters, textbooks, and media productions. Most notable among these is her textbook “Principles and Practice of Psychiatric Nursing” (now in its tenth edition), which was honored with four Book of the Year Awards from the American Journal of Nursing and has been translated into five languages. Dr. Stuart has taught in undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in nursing and serves on numerous academic, corporate, and government boards. She has represented nursing on a variety of National Institute of Mental Health and National Institute of Nursing Research policy and research panels.
Dr. Stuart has received many awards, including the American Nurses Association (ANA) Distinguished Contribution to Psychiatric Nursing Award, the Psychiatric Nurse of the Year Award from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), and the ANA Hildegard Peplau Award from the American Nurses Association. She was co-chair of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Joining Forces Enhancing Veterans’ Tool Kit. Dr. Stuart is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a member of Sigma Theta Tau, former president of the American College of Mental Health Administration, former president of APNA, and 2017 president of the Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce. She has been a Van Ameringen Fellow at the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and Research and was visiting professor at King's College, Institute of Psychiatry, at Maudsley Hospital in London.
Terri L. White, M.S.W., Commissioner, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Oklahoma City
Ms. White is a passionate advocate for individuals experiencing mental illness and addiction. Because of her leadership, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) has become nationally known for its children’s behavioral health services, community-based treatment programs, technological innovations such as telepsychiatry, and the integration of behavioral health care into primary health care settings
Ms. White, who was appointed commissioner in May 2007, was also the first woman to serve as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Health, holding that post under then-Governor Brad Henry from 2009 to 2011. Before becoming commissioner, she held numerous positions within ODMHSAS, including deputy commissioner for communications and prevention, director of communications and public policy, management analyst, and executive director of two state-operated facilities. As ODMHSAS commissioner, Ms. White serves as CEO for one of Oklahoma’s largest state agencies, with an annual operating budget of nearly $400 million and a workforce of approximately 1,800. In addition to overseeing state-run facilities, the agency also contracts with more than 300 private and nonprofit mental health and substance abuse organizations across the state that provide services ranging from treatment to housing to prevention and early intervention.
In addition to her career endeavors, Ms. White has been recognized by numerous civic organizations for her outstanding leadership abilities and tireless efforts to improve the quality of life for Oklahomans living with mental and/or substance use disorders. She received a national Henry Toll Fellowship from the Council of State Governments in 2015 and the Kate Barnard Award from the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women in 2014, which was created to honor outstanding women who have made a difference in Oklahoma through public service. In 2012, Ms. White was recognized by The Journal Record newspaper as one of Oklahoma’s top “Achievers Under 40.” She is a three-time honoree of The Journal Record’s “50 Women Making a Difference” program and was named to its “Circle of Excellence” in 2011. Ms. White was inducted into Oklahoma University’s (OU) Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work Hall of Fame in 2011 and is a volunteer faculty member in the OU School of Medicine. She received both her Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in social work degrees from OU.
Christopher R. Wilkins, Sr., M.H.A., Founder and President Emeritus, Loyola Recovery Foundation, and President, CHESS Mobile Health, Inc., Pittsford, New York
Mr. Wilkins received his master’s degree in health administration from Seton Hall University. As founder and president emeritus of the Loyola Recovery Foundation, his interest in substance use conditions includes veterans’ specialty crisis services, utilization of mobile technologies to “bundle” evidence-based clinical tools for care, veterans housing services, and employment for veterans and active military families. Mr. Wilkins also launched an innovation initiative to commercialize and promote the ACHESS (Addiction Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System) on behalf of Dr. David Gustafson in a type B public benefit corporation, CHESS Mobile Health.
He is a member of SAMHSA’s National Advisory Council, past board member of the Council on Social Work Education, member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, former president of the New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, past board member and regional representative of the national advocacy group Faces & Voices of Recovery, and past board member of the American College of Mental Health Administrators (now The College for Behavioral Health Leadership). Mr. Wilkins also served as CEO of the Westside Health Service (a federally qualified health center), vice president of DePaul Addiction Services, and operations director of the Steuben County Department of Community Services. He also directed the Mercycare Addiction Treatment Center, part of St. James Mercy Health System (Catholic Health East), in Hornell, New York. Mr. Wilkins resides in Pittsford, New York, with his wife Jill.
Ex Officio Members
Joshua A. Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
As director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Gordon heads the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders. He pursued a combined M.D.–Ph.D. degree at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Medical school coursework in psychiatry and neuroscience convinced Dr. Gordon that the greatest need, and greatest promise, for biomedical science was in these areas. While working on his Ph.D. thesis with Dr. Michael Stryker, Dr. Gordon pioneered the methods necessary to study brain plasticity in the mouse visual system.
On completion of the dual degree program at UCSF, he went to Columbia University for his psychiatry residency and research fellowship because of the breadth and depth of the research opportunities there. While working with Dr. Rene Hen, Dr. Gordon and colleagues studied the role of the hippocampus, a brain structure known to be important for memory and emotional processes associated with anxiety and depression. He joined the Columbia faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Gordon’s research focuses on the analysis of neural activity in mice carrying mutations of relevance to psychiatric disease. His lab studied genetic models of these diseases from an integrative neuroscience perspective, focusing on understanding how a given disease mutation leads to a behavioral phenotype across multiple levels of analysis. To this end, Dr. Gordon employs a range of systems neuroscience techniques, including in vivo imaging, anesthetized and awake behavioral recordings, and optogenetics, which is the use of light to control neural activity. His research has direct relevance to schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and depression.
In addition to his research, Dr. Gordon was an associate director of the Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, where he directed the neuroscience curriculum and administered research training programs for residents. He also maintained a general psychiatric practice, caring for patients who suffer from the illnesses he studied in his lab at Columbia.
Dr. Gordon’s work has been recognized by several prestigious awards, including the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator Award, the Rising Star Award from the International Mental Health Research Organization, the A.E. Bennett Research Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry, and the Daniel H. Efron Research Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
George F. Koob, Ph.D., Director, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, Maryland
Dr. Koob is an internationally recognized expert on alcohol and stress and the neurobiology of alcohol and other drug addiction. As director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), he provides leadership in the national effort to reduce the public health burden associated with alcohol misuse and oversees a broad portfolio of alcohol research ranging from basic science to epidemiology, diagnostics, prevention, and treatment.
Dr. Koob earned his doctorate in behavioral physiology from Johns Hopkins University in 1972. Prior to taking the helm at NIAAA, he served as professor and chair of the Scripps’ Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders and director of the Alcohol Research Center at the Scripps Research Institute. Early in his career, Dr. Koob conducted research in the Department of Neurophysiology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and in the Arthur Vining Davis Center for Behavioral Neurobiology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology and the Medical Research Council Neuropharmacology Unit at the University of Cambridge.
Dr. Koob began his career investigating the neurobiology of emotion, particularly how the brain processes reward and stress. He subsequently applied basic research on emotions, including on the anatomical and neurochemical underpinnings of emotional function, to alcohol and other drug addiction, significantly broadening knowledge of the adaptations within the reward and stress neurocircuits that lead to addiction. This work has advanced the understanding of the physiological effects of alcohol and other substance use and why some people transition from use to misuse to addiction, whereas others do not. Dr. Koob has authored more than 650 peer-reviewed scientific papers and is a co-author of “The Neurobiology of Addiction”, a comprehensive textbook reviewing the most critical neurobiology of addiction research conducted over the past 50 years.
Dr. Koob is the recipient of many prestigious honors and awards recognizing his contributions to research, mentorship, and international scientific collaboration, including the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Seixas Award for extraordinary service in advancing alcohol research; the RSA Distinguished Investigator Award; the RSA Marlatt Mentorship Award; and the Daniel Efron Award for Excellence in Basic Research and the Axelrod Mentorship Award, both from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology; the NIAAA Mark Keller Award for his lifetime contributions to the understanding of the neurobiology of alcohol use disorder; and an international prize in the field of neuronal plasticity awarded by La Fondation Ipsen. Dr. Koob was recently honored by the government of France with the insignia of Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honor) for developing scientific collaborations between France and the United States.
Harold S. Kudler, M.D., Chief Consultant for Mental Health Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Kudler received his M.D. from Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, trained in psychiatry at Yale, and is adjunct associate professor at Duke. He has received teaching awards from the Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychoanalytic Association. From 2002 to 2010, Dr. Kudler coordinated mental health services for a three-state region of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and from 2000 through 2005 co-chaired VA’s Special Committee on PTSD, which reports to Congress. He founded the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) PTSD Practice Guidelines taskforce and has served on the ISTSS Board of Directors. He co-led development of the joint VA/Department of Defense Guideline for the Management of post-traumatic stress and serves as advisor to Sesame Street’s Talk Listen Connect series for military families. From 2006 to 2014, he co-led the North Carolina Governor’s Focus on Returning Military Members and their Families. In 2012, he was appointed to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. From 2004 to 2014, Dr. Kudler was associate director of the VA’s Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC), which focuses on deployment mental health. From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Kudler was also medical lead for the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 6 Rural Health Initiative. In July 2014, he joined VA Central Office in Washington, D.C., where he serves as chief consultant for mental health services.
Nora D. Volkow, M.D., Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, Maryland
Nora D. Volkow, M.D., became director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health in May 2003. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction.
Dr. Volkow’s work has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain. As a research psychiatrist and scientist, Dr. Volkow pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of abusable drugs. Her studies have documented changes in the dopamine system affecting, among others, the functions of frontal brain regions involved with motivation, drive, and pleasure in addiction. She has also made important contributions to the neurobiology of obesity, ADHD, and aging.
Dr. Volkow was born in Mexico, attended the Modern American School, and earned her medical degree from the National University of Mexico in Mexico City, where she received the Robins award for best medical student of her generation. Her psychiatric residency was at New York University, where she earned the Laughlin Fellowship Award as one of the 10 Outstanding Psychiatric Residents in the USA.
Dr. Volkow spent most of her professional career at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Upton, New York, where she held several leadership positions including director of nuclear medicine, chairman of the medical department, and associate director for life sciences. In addition, Dr. Volkow was a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and associate dean of the medical school at the State University of New York (SUNY)-Stony Brook.
Dr. Volkow has published more than 600 peer-reviewed articles and written more than 95 book chapters and non-peer-reviewed manuscripts, and has also edited three books on neuroimaging for mental and addictive disorders.
During her professional career, Dr. Volkow has been the recipient of multiple awards. In 2013, she was a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (Sammies) finalist; and she was inducted into the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) Hall of Fame. She was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in the National Academy of Sciences and received the International Prize from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research for her pioneering work in brain imaging and addiction science. She has been named one of Time magazine’s “Top 100 People Who Shape Our World,” “One of the 20 People to Watch” by Newsweek magazine, Washingtonian magazine’s “100 Most Powerful Women” and “Innovator of the Year” by U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Volkow was the subject of a 2012 profile piece by CBS’s “60 Minutes” and was a featured speaker at TEDMED 2014.