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ARG's Lee Ann Kaskutas Receives State Award for Innovative and Effective Research Methods

August 22, 2012

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STATE HONORS LOCAL SCIENTIST FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE RESEARCH

 

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) today awarded the 2012 Director’s Award for Innovative and Effective Approaches to Research to Lee Ann Kaskutas, senior scientist and director of training at the Alcohol Research Group at the Public Health Institute and adjunct associate professor at U.C. Berkeley's School of Public Health. The ADP Director’s Awards, presented at ADP’s statewide training conference, recognize valuable contributions by individuals and organizations to the substance abuse prevention, treatment, research and recovery fields.

“Substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery techniques are more effective because of Lee Ann’s research in the field,” said ADP Acting Director Michael Cunningham.

With an overarching interest in the social model of recovery, Kaskutas conducted clinical trials that compared the costs and outcomes of clinical and social model treatment programs, and currently is studying the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous over time. She developed a computer-based assessment and intervention for prenatal clinics to help pregnant women understand how much they are drinking, and also developed a manual-guided, 12-step facilitation intervention that helps prepare clients for transition into the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Kaskutas has received numerous awards for her research and contributions to the field of addiction, including the “Distinguished Academic Partner Award” from UC Berkeley School of Public Health; the R. Brinkley Smithers “Distinguished Scientist Award” from American Society of Addiction Medicine; and the “Young Investigator Award” from Research Society on Alcoholism.

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About ADP: The California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs is responsible for administering prevention, treatment, and recovery services for alcohol and drug abuse and problem gambling statewide. A goal is to inform all Californians that alcoholism, drug addiction and problem gambling are chronic conditions that can be successfully prevented and treated.