For exemplary mentoring of fellow researchers in drug dependence, Dr. Linda B. Cottler is the recipient of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence’s 2019 Mentorship Award. She will be recognized at the organization’s 81st Annual Meeting in San Antonio in June.
“She provides her mentees with the time they need with her, regardless of the many other demands on her time,” said award nominator Dr. Catherine Striley, an associate professor in the University of Florida department of epidemiology and one of Dr. Cottler’s former mentees. “To her, mentees come first. Many times, I have experienced her working late at night and early in the morning to help a mentee meet a deadline. She expects excellence, and under her tutelage and steady guidance, mentees learn how to meet the standard.”
Dr. Cottler is a dean’s professor in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP) and the College of Medicine, and PHHP’s associate dean for research. She is an internationally recognized expert in psychiatric epidemiology who has focused on underrepresented populations. Her studies include the development of culturally reliable and valid measures for identifying substance use and psychiatric disorders and their risk factors, and innovative methods for conducting national surveys of high-risk behaviors.
During her career, she has mentored more than 100 people at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and early career levels. She currently leads two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded training programs: the UF Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health, supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Indo-U.S. Training in Chronic Non-Communicable Disorders & Diseases Across Lifespan, supported by the NIH Fogarty International Center.Friday Letter Submission