AUSTIN, TexasSeptember is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, and University of Texas at Austin researchers are available to discuss issues, from addiction recovery to Americans’ perceptions of drug addicts.
Kim Fromme, Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, Studies on Alcohol, Health and Risky Activities
Fromme studies the prevention of alcohol abuse and its negative consequences among adolescents and young adults. She created intervention programs to prevent alcohol abuse and other risky behaviors, and is examining factors that influence alcohol and drug use, sex and aggression among college students.
Contact: Kim Fromme, 512-471-0039 or 512-471-8993 (lab), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Smith, Associate Professor, departments of American Studies and History
Smith researches how Americans perceive drugs and drug addicts, especially during the 20th century. He is interested in the shift toward viewing addicts as people suffering from a disease. He studies the works of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, authors, movie directors, physicians, ethnographers and ex-addicts.
Contact: Mark Smith, 512-471-7277, email@example.com.
Deborah Stote, Research Associate and Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Investigator, Imaging Research Center
Stote studies gender differences in drug addiction and relapse at the Imaging Research Center. She employs the university’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner to study differences between men and women who have used methamphetamines.
Contact: Deborah Stote, 512-232-5729, firstname.lastname@example.org
R. Dayne Mayfield, Research Scientist, Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research
Mayfield recently found alcoholics with cirrhosis of the liver have more brain damage than non-cirrhotic alcoholics. Cirrhosis of the liver is one of the most common and serious medical complications linked to alcoholism. Read more about Mayfield’s research.
Contact: R. Dayne Mayfield, 512-232-2512, email@example.com.
For more information contact: Tracy Mueller, public affairs specialist, College of Liberal Arts, 512-471-2404.