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Faculty & Staff Honors

Brown Professor Wins 10th Annual NIAAA Jack Mendelson Award

Dr. Peter M. Monti, the Donald G. Millar Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Addiction Studies, professor of behavioral and social sciences, and director of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies in the Brown University School of Public Health, has been awarded the 10th Annual Jack Mendelson Award from the National Institutes on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).  Each year, the award’s recipient is selected by NIAAA staff scientists and awarded to “an outstanding alcohol investigator whose clinical research makes a substantial contribution toward increasing our understanding of the effects of alcohol on health and well-being, and improving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems.”  Dr. Monti will deliver an Honorary Lecture on October 23, at the Masur Auditorium, NIH Building 10 in Bethesda, Maryland.

About Professor Monti:
A recognized leader in understanding the biobehavioral mechanisms that underlie addictive behavior as well as its prevention and treatment, Dr. Monti has published approximately 350 papers, monographs, and chapters focused on the areas of assessment, mechanisms, early intervention, and treatment. His contributions to the addictions field have been both theoretical and applied and his research has been continuously funded by federal grants for the past 40 years. Dr. Monti has trained hundreds of students, primarily psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows and has mentored many K awardees. He regularly serves on numerous scientific review committees, including those for National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the VA Merit Review Board. Professor Monti holds fellowship status in Divisions 12, 18, and 50 of the American Psychological Association and is a fellow of both the American Psychological Society and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Musiker-Merenda Award for his “outstanding contributions to mental health and psychology,” the Association of Medical School Psychologists Distinguished Researcher Award, the Research Society on Alcoholism’s (RSA) Distinguished Researcher Award, the Distinguished Career Contribution Award from APA’s Division 50, the James H. Tharp Award, and the RSA Marlatt Mentorship Award.  He is past President of the RSA and has served on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Council for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

About the Award:
Dr. Jack Mendelson was a psychiatrist and endocrinologist who advanced the view that alcoholism is a medical disorder. He devoted his career to understanding what causes addiction, and to helping develop multidisciplinary prevention and treatment approaches. Dr. Mendelson directed the National Center for Prevention and Control of Alcoholism within the national Institute of Mental Health, the predecessor to the NIAAA. He served as chief of the department of psychiatry at Boston City Hospital, now Boston Medical Center, and was professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. From 1973 until his death in 2007, Dr. Mendelson directed the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center at McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric facility of Harvard Medical School. He published nearly 500 articles and books, and mentored many young investigators who went on to become leaders in alcohol and drug research.

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