Addiction Policy Forum announces the formation of Scientific Advisory Board

January 30, 2019 | Addiction Policy Forum

For Immediate Release

January 30, 2019 

Addiction Policy Forum announces the formation of Scientific Advisory Board

Renowned scientists join Addiction Policy Forum’s fight against addiction

Washington, DC — Today Addiction Policy Forum, a leading addiction nonprofit, announced the formation of its Scientific Advisory Board. The Scientific Advisory Board includes nationally renowned experts and will provide strategic guidance and direction for research and scientific programs.

“The contribution of the Scientific Advisory Board is crucial to achieve the objectives that we have set for ourselves and identify new solutions,” says Jessica Hulsey Nickel, founder of Addiction Policy Forum.

Dr. Mark Gold, a world-renowned expert on addiction and psychiatry, will co-chair the Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Gold was the Chairman of Psychiatry at the University of Florida and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine. “This distinguished group of scientists and physicians brings unparalleled expertise to our goal of accelerating our progress in treating and preventing addiction."

Dr. Robert DuPont, a leader in addiction prevention and treatment for the past 50 years, will co-chair the Scientific Advisory Board. “I’m excited about the cutting edge initiatives developed by Addiction Policy Forum and the prospects of applying these to advance patient care.” says Dr. DuPont. 

Addiction Policy Forum’s Scientific Advisory Board includes members from the fields of medicine, psychiatry, addiction treatment, research, and public health, including:

  • Co-Chair Robert L. DuPont, M.D., Leader in addiction prevention and treatment for the past 50 years and former Drug Czar under Presidents Nixon and Ford.
  • Co-Chair Mark S. Gold, M.D., Former Chairman of Psychiatry at the University of Florida, Adjunct Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine.
  • Nicole Avena, Ph.D., Mt Sinai   and Princeton research neuroscientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, diet and addiction.
  • David A. Baron, DO, MSEd, USC and Western University Addiction Medicine researcher and educator for over 40 years, focusing on MAT training for health providers.
  • James H. Berry, DO,  associate professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Director of Addictions.
  • Jean L. Cadet, M.D., Senior Investigator, Chief, Molecular Neuropsychiatry Research Branch Chief, NIDA, Molecular Neuropsychiatry Section.
  • Caroline DuPont, M.D., Vice President of IBH, focuses on the areas of addiction treatment and prevention.
  • Jessica A. Gold, M.D. MS, Washington University in St. Louis,  Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry, Staff Psychiatrist, Habif Health and Wellness Center.
  • Michael Lesser, M.D., Executive Director, RANE, Medical & Mental Health and a leader in the public and hospital-based healthcare and crisis management space.
  • Lisa A. Marsch, Ph.D., Director of the Northeast Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN), the Director of the NIDA-funded P30 Center for Technology and Behavioral Health (CTBH; a P30 “Center of Excellence”), and the Andrew G. Wallace Professor of Psychiatry within the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.
  • Marc Potenza, M.D. Ph.D.,  Director, Yale Center of Excellence in Gambling Research
    Director, Women and Addictions Core of Women's Health Research at Yale
    Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Neurobiology,
    Yale University School of Medicine
  • Sharon L. Walsh, Ph.D.,  Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Science University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and Director, Center on Drug and Alcohol Research UK HealthCare.
  • Sarah Y. Vinson, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Morehouse University School of Medicine, Founder of the Lorio Psych Group, and specializes in adult, child and adolescent, and forensic psychiatry.


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