Speaker Bios

Dr. Andrew Kolodny

Dr. Andrew Kolodny has been working on the opioid addiction epidemic for the past 16 years as an addiction treatment specialist, researcher, public health official and advocate. He is Co-Director of the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He is also the executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, an organization with a mission to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by overprescribing of opioid analgesics.

Dr. Kolodny previously served as Chief Medical Officer for Phoenix House, a national nonprofit addiction treatment agency and Chair of Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Kolodny has a long-standing interest in public health. He began his career working for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the Office of the Executive Deputy Commissioner. For New York City, he helped develop and implement multiple programs to improve the health of New Yorkers and save lives, including city-wide buprenorphine programs, naloxone overdose prevention programs and emergency room-based screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs for drug and alcohol misuse.

Jeremiah Hopkins, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
WVU Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services
WVU Medicine/School of Medicine Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry

Dr. Jeremiah Hopkins is an outpatient psychiatric provider at West Virginia University. His primary role is to provide direct outpatient psychiatric care and supervise resident physicians providing care for WVU students at the WVU Carruth Center for Psychological and Psychiatric Services. He also sees patients and supervises resident cases at WVU Medicine Chestnut Ridge Center in Morgantown, WV. He serves in teaching as the didactic lecturer for PGY-I and II residents for the Anxiety Disorders didactic series, for psychology interns at the Carruth Center for the interface of psychiatry in a multi-disciplinary clinic, and for the addiction fellows in ADHD management in college students. He is a member of the WVU Medicine Continuing Education Committee and Behavioral Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee.
He received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2011. He completed his residency at East Tennessee State University in 2015 and is board-certified in general psychiatry.

Laura R. Lander, M.S.W., LICSW

Laura R. Lander, M.S.W., LICSW is an Associate Professor, Social Work Section Chief and Addiction Therapist in the Department of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry, and Department of Neuroscience, at West Virginia University, School of Medicine. She graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University, and currently holds licensure as an Independent Clinical Social Worker under the West Virginia Board of Social Work Licensure. She previously served as the Clinical Coordinator of the Child Outpatient Clinic at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, and was Director of Adult Mental Health Services at the Pederson Krag Center, Smithtown, NY. She is a member of the National Association of Social Work and the National Association of Addiction Professionals. Her areas of focus professionally are in the treatment of substance use disorders, medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders, the impact of substance use disorders on the family and she conducts a variety of research in these areas.

Renna McGinnis

Renna McGinnis, RN has been a nurse since 1975. She was born, raised and educated in West Virginia. She graduated from the University of Charleston in Charleston, WV, and in 1978 began working in the field of addiction. In 1988 she received certification as a Chemical Dependency Nurse.

As a nurse, Renna has worked in all aspects of addiction… Detox, Residential Treatment and Admissions. During the past 26 years she has been in nursing management in the addiction field.

Since moving to Florida, Renna has been a Director of Nursing in 3 facilities in Palm Beach County. For the past six years she served in the full time position as Clinical Program Director, retiring only a few months ago. In 2012 she was awarded by Sierra Tucson, the “Gratitude of Giving Award for Compassion”.

Renna began working with IPN as a Nurse Support Group Facilitator in 1989 and continues to work with groups in the Boynton Beach area. Currently, Renna has expanded her work with the IPN as a Project Consultant.

Renna has two daughters, both Nurses. One daughter is working in the field of addiction and the other is a school nurse! She has three grandchildren, and to quote her…”the best grandkids ever!!!”

Dr Kirk Moberg

Dr Kirk Moberg is Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Illinois College of Medicine (UICOM) and has practiced in the field of Addiction Medicine for over 25 years.  He recently retired from his position as Executive Medical Director of the UnityPoint Health Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery.  He is a graduate of the UICOM and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine-Addiction Medicine.

Ken Rodenbaugh

Ken Rodenbaugh has been an Emergency Medicine and Mental Health nurse for over 13 years. He has earned his National Certifications in Addictions Nursing and Emergency Nursing, is a graduate of the Recovery and Monitoring Program of New Jersey, and is currently a member of the third cohort of the New Jersey Hospital Executive Leadership Academy whose primary focus  is establishing new policies to help fight the opioid epidemic we are currently facing, and the stigma surrounding it. Ken has spoken to thousands of nurses throughout the country, sharing his story of recovery which began on Feb 12, 2013 after being terminated for diversion of narcotics. Ken’s passion to educate on active addiction, recovery, and stigma is contagious, and he is always excited to open the minds of whoever is willing to listen.

Marvin D. Seppala, MD

Marvin D. Seppala, MD, is chief medical officer at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science. His responsibilities include overseeing all interdisciplinary clinical practices at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, maintaining and improving quality of care, and supporting growth strategies for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s residential and nonresidential addiction treatment programs. Seppala obtained his MD at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, and served his residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in addiction at University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis. Dr. Seppala is author of Clinician’s Guide to the Twelve Step Principles, and a co-author of When Painkillers Become Dangerous, Pain-Free Living for Drug-Free People, and Prescription Painkillers, Hazelden Publishing.

Dr. Jeannie A. Sperry (PhD, LP, ABPP)

Dr. Jeannie A. Sperry (PhD, LP, ABPP) is a Clinical Health Psychologist and Consultant in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She serves as Co-Chair of the Division of Addictions, Pain, and Transplant. Dr. Jeannie A. Sperry completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. For over two decades she has worked in academic medicine settings training health care providers in the interdisciplinary care of chronic pain, opioid use reduction, and prevention of pain-related disability. Her research interests focus on communication skills for physicians and evidence-based practices for chronic pain. Her work at Mayo Clinic is in the Pain Rehabilitation Center where patients are tapered off of opioids and instructed in self-management techniques for chronic pain. She has served on Mayo’s Opioid Stewardship Subcommittee on Patient and Provider pain and opioid education, the ICSI MN Health Collaborative work group on pain and opioid addiction, and chairs Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Curriculum Subcommittee on Pain and Opioid Addiction.

Dr. Keith J. Zullig

Dr. Keith J. Zullig is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the West Virginia University School of Public Health. He earned his M.S.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees from University of South Carolina, Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health in Health Promotion and Education and a B.A. in English (Technical Writing) from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Dr. Zullig’s research interests include adolescent and young adult health risk behavior, quality of life research, substance use intervention research, and non-academic factors that impact student learning and health outcomes. His research has been supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Institutes of Health. His emphasis in effectiveness research has led to testing innovative interventions in opioid addiction and in the misuse of alcohol, but also to collaborations with state departments of education to measure and evaluate population-based interventions designed to improve school climate. He has authored more than 95 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Zullig is Fellow in the American Academy of Health Behavior and the American School Health Association. In addition, he was the recipient of the 2010 Gerry Sue Arnold Alumni Award from the Arnold School of Public Health in recognition of outstanding work that has made a difference to the profession of public health and the health of an identified community population, and the 2005 Horizon Award from the American Association of Health Education. He presently serves as an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Applied Research in Quality of Life, Health Behavior Research, and American Journal of Health Behavior, in addition to the Monongalia County, West Virginia Board of Health. Dr. Zullig is President-Elect of the National Executive Committee of Delta Omega, public health’s only honorary society, and previously served as the founding faculty mentor for the West Virginia University Gamma Mu Chapter, which has won six consecutive national Chapter of the Year Awards.

Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Stuyt, MD

Dr. Stuyt is a board certified Addiction Psychiatrist and has worked in the addiction/behavioral health field since 1990. She has been the Medical Director for the Circle Program, a 90-day inpatient treatment program, funded by the state of Colorado, for persons with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse who have failed other levels of treatment since 1999. She was instrumental in helping the Circle Program to become tobacco free in January 2000 and has been a strong advocate of the need to address all addictions at the same time, including tobacco, in order to improve outcomes. She has been actively incorporating complementary treatments into treatment programs, including the 5-point ear acupuncture NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol and BST (Brain Synchronization Therapy), to help patients recover from addiction as well as trauma which often underlie addiction and chronic pain issues. Her current mission is to educate as many people as possible on the un-intended consequences of the commercialization of marijuana in Colorado, focusing primarily on the deleterious effects of high potency THC on the developing brain.

Catherine C. Slemp, MD, MPH
Commissioner and State Health Officer
Bureau for Public Health, WVDHHR

Dr. Cathy Slemp has spent a career working in public health at community, state and national levels. At present, she is excited to be back with staff at the WVDHHR, Bureau for Public Health, serving as Commissioner and State Health Officer. She is not new to the Bureau for Public Health. From 2002 to 2011, Dr. Slemp served as both the Bureau’s Acting State Health Officer and the founding director of the state’s public health emergency preparedness and response programs. From 1994 to 2002, she worked as the founding director of the state’s Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and worked with local health departments and other partners to build epidemiology capacity.

In recent years, prior to returning to the Bureau for Public Health, Dr. Slemp had an active public health consulting practice. She served as an action-learning coach for the Public Health Institute’s National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health working with multi-sector teams to advance health equity in communities, provided executive level support to the Department of Health in the US Virgin Islands, and worked locally as Relief and Development Coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of WV, coordinating disaster recovery efforts and engaging faith-based organizations with community partners. Dr. Slemp also has a long history working on efforts to model, measure, and advance our nation’s health security and resilience, including COPEWELL (Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University) and previously, the National Health Security Preparedness Index. She is particularly interested in the areas of community engagement and community development, coming at each from an assets or gifts based approach.

At the national level, Dr. Slemp serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Preparedness and Response and on the National Biodefense Science Board for the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, co-chairing workgroups for each. She has served as Chair of ASTHO’s Directors of Public Health Preparedness and served on or led workgroups and committees with ASTHO, Institute of Medicine, CDC, and others. Dr. Slemp has authored or co-authored publications on a wide variety of public health and medical topics from basic science research to infectious diseases to disaster preparedness to community resilience. Locally, she volunteers with non-profits working on issues of safe housing, food security, and community development.

Dr. Slemp is board certified in both Public Health / Preventive Medicine and in Family Practice. She undertook her medical training at Duke University, her Preventive Medicine Residency and MPH at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and her Family Practice Residency at St. Margaret Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. She received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and has undertaken leadership training through both the Southeast and National Public Health Leadership Institutes.

Art Rubin

Art Rubin, DO, a native of Charleston, West Virginia, earned a BA degree from WVU and DO degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in 1979. After completing a rotating internship in Dayton, Ohio, Dr. Rubin completed a Pediatric residency at Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC). In 2002, he earned a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Marshall University. He practiced pediatrics in a private group in Charleston for 27 years before accepting his current position as Regional Assistant Dean for WVSOM. He has held that position since 2009.

Dr. Rubin has been the Director of Osteopathic Medical Education at CAMC for 29 years. He currently chairs the CAMC Graduate Education Committee, Co-chairs the CAMC QIPS Council, and participates on Residency Recruitment and Faculty Development Committees.

Dr. Rubin currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Kanawha- Charleston Board of Health (President), the CAMC Health, Education and Research Institute and the West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association (President). He serves on the national faculty of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners as a CDM rater. Previously he was a member of the CAMC Board of Trustees and the West Virginia Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Rubin and his wife Missy reside in Charleston close to children and grandchildren where they support and fundraise for the WV Symphony Orchestra, the CAMC Foundation, the YWCA, the Clay Center for the Arts and the B’nai Jacob Synagogue.

Anna C. Kelly, M.D.

Anna C. Kelly, M.D. is a 1989 graduate of Emory University School of Medicine, where she also completed four years of residency training in anesthesiology. She is a graduate of “Medical Acupuncture for Physicians” through UCLA in 1999 and is the first physician in Georgia to obtain her commission from The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a Licensed Acupuncturist. Dr. Kelly is Board Certified by The American Board of Anesthesiology, The American Board of Preventive Medicine (Addiction Medicine), and The American Board of Medical Acupuncture. She has specialized in working with patients with chronic pain and addiction issues over the past 25 years.

She has extensive experience working and volunteering in addiction treatment centers across a spectrum of treatment models, including opioid treatment programs, office-based opioid treatment programs, abstinence-only programs, and therapeutic communities.

Dr. Kelly has studied Eastern Medicine, philosophy, and spirituality for the past 20 years and brings to clinical practice the universality of the 12-step model for patients existentially and functionally suffering from chronic pain as well as addiction.

Dr. Kelly practiced for 25 years in an Integral Medicine setting, independent of the third-party payor system, treating all patients who walked through the door before moving to more traditional medical settings at Walter Reed, University of Florida, and Gundersen Healthcare. She is the former president of the Georgia Association of Medical Acupuncturists and served as an active board member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. She is licensed to practice medicine in Wisconsin, Georgia and South Carolina.

Judith Grisel, Ph.D.

Judith Grisel, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized behavioral neuroscientist and a professor of psychology at Bucknell University with expertise in pharmacology and genetics whose research focuses on determining root causes of drug addiction. A current focus of her laboratory is to understand the role of endogenous opiate neurotransmission in different trajectories of alcohol abuse in men and women. Professor Grisel recently published Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction, a New York Times bestseller.

Louise Stanger EdD, LCSW, CDWF, CIP

Louise Stanger EdD, LCSW, CDWF, CIP is a preeminent interventionist and thought leader in the behavioral health and addiction treatments industry. She has performed thousands of family interventions in the US and abroad, gives presentations around the country on various topics related to mental health and addiction, process disorders and chronic pain, and has received prestigious awards from her fellow industry colleagues for her dedication to intervention and recovery. In addition to her work with clients and families, she is former University faculty at San Diego State University and University of San Diego, where she brought in over 5 million in grants for substance abuse and alcohol training and education.

Dr. Stanger is lauded for developing the invitational intervention process, which uses CIS: Collective Intervention Strategies, a revolutionary way of working with professionals and support systems to invite change.

Her work has been featured in, Thrive Global, The Huffington Post Recovery Campus, Journal of Alcohol Studies, Recovery View, Sober Way, Sober world and more. Her books Falling Up: A Memoir of Renewal, in which Dr. Stanger recounts her travails growing up in a substance abuse family and forging her unique career path, is available on Amazon; and Learn to Thrive: An Intervention Guidebook is available on her website.

Her new book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions: A Collective Strategy, (2018) Rutledge is the first academic book in the U.S. about the intervention process. It has been a adopted at graduate schools across the country and is also available on Amazon.

Dr Louise has had the honor of receiving many awards for her clinician excellence. She was recently names by London’s DB Recovery Resources and Harvard’s McLean Hospital as the 2019 Interventionist of the year for her groundbreaking textbook. Dr. Louise is the 2018 of the Forgiveness for Living Plus Awards Los Angeles, Ca and the 2018 Peggy Albrecht Friendly House Service Award for Clinical excellence and the 2016 Dr. Joseph L. Galletta Spirit of Recovery Award and the 2014 Foundations Recovery Fan Favorite Speaker.

Dr. Louise lives with her husband, John Wadas, and their two dogs Teddy and Coco in Indian Wells, Ca. She has three daughters – Sydney Holland, Felicia Alexander and Shelby Stanger – and four grandchildren ,step sons, Robert and John James Wadas and their families. When she’s not working, you can find Louise with her family or getting in a good hike or swimming or indoor cycling.

P. Bradley Hall, M.D.

Dr. Hall is a third-generation West Virginia physician originally from Clarksburg. He attended college, medical school and family practice residency at WV University. After 15-years of private practice in Bridgeport, WV, he became involved in the establishment of the WV Medical Professionals Health Program serving as the Founding Medical Director. He currently serves as President/Executive Director of the West Virginia Society of Addiction Medicine (WVSAM). He is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is a certified Medical Review Officer by both the American Association of Medical Review Officers and the Medical Review Officer Certification Council. He is also a Board Registered Interventionist with the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS).

Nationally, Dr. Hall is currently the Immediate Past-President of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs. Dr. Hall has served as a Board of Director of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs and on its Executive Committee for a number of years. He is a member of multiple American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) committees including Physicians’ Health, Legislative and Membership. He was one of the co-authors of the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s eleven (11) policies on physician health. He served on the Federation of State Medical Boards Impaired Physicians Committee in the updating of the Impaired Physicians Policy and the Ethics and Professionalism Committee. Dr. Hall has also served as a member of the West Virginia Governor’s Advisory Council on Substance Abuse (GACSA).

Dr. Hall is a co-author of the Chapter on Physician Health Programs “Physician Mental Health and Well-Being – Research and Practice. New York: Springer Publishing”. Dr. Hall currently serves as Executive Medical Director of the WV Medical Professionals Health Program; the licensure board(s) designated Physicians Health Program.

Dr. Clark Gaither

Dr. Clark Gaither, a family physician, is currently the Medical Director of the NC Physicians Health Program and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is an accomplished author, blogger, speaker, corporate consultant, and personal life coach. Also known as Dr. Burnout, he is an expert in the identification, mitigation, and prevention of physician job-related burnout. He is the author of REIGNITE, a best-selling book about professional job-related burnout.

A recipient of many rewards, Dr. Gaither was named Family Physician of the Year in 2002 by the NC Academy of Family Physicians and more recently was honored by the governor and the state of NC with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine for meritorious service to the state and citizens of Wayne County.

Learn more at http://clarkgaither.com.

Kelly Lemon, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC
Faculty Instructor, WVU School of Medicine, Dept of OBGYN

Kelly Lemon is a West Virginia native and WVU graduate. She is a dual-certified women’s health nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife who practices full-scope Midwifery and Women’s Health Care in Morgantown, WV. She sees patients at multiple clinic sites, and attends births every week at Ruby Memorial Hospital. She is the Principal Investigator for the “ACE” Program. ACE stands for Assist, Connect, and Encourage, and is the WVU Drug Free Mom and Babies program that is funded through the WV Perinatal Partnership. She is active in her national Midwifery organization, and is currently the Vice-President for the WV Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She is married to her high-school sweetheart, and resides here in Morgantown with her husband and a very spoiled cat.

Dr. Alisa Duran

Dr. Alisa Duran is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and practices internal medicine at the Minneapolis VA Hospital in the Women’s Health Clinic. Dr. Duran has spent her career focused on medical education of both residents and medical students.  She currently serves as a Faculty Advisor in the University of Minnesota Medical School and directs Women’s Health education at the Minneapolis VA.  Dr. Duran is also a physician in recovery from alcohol use.  She has been working to decrease the stigma around mental health and substance use issues in health care providers.  

Michael Lowell Goff
WV Board of Pharmacy

Michael L. Goff grew up in Ritchie County, and graduated from Harrisville H.S. in 1982. He received a B.S. degree from West Virginia University in 1986, with a major in Chemistry.

He enlisted in the West Virginia State Police in 1987 and was assigned to the Crime Lab as a forensic chemist. After five years, he also assumed the duties of the Laboratory Quality Assurance Officer.

In 2002, he was re-assigned as the Clandestine Laboratory Training and Response Coordinator and was responsible for responding to hundreds of methamphetamine labs and other chemical relate incidents around the state, as well as training other responders in various safety and chemistry related matters. In 2003 he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Special Operations as Logistics Officer/Training Coordinator, while also maintaining the clandestine lab duties.

After retiring from the State Police in 2012, he went to work for the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy as the Controlled Substances Monitoring Program Administrator. In June of 2017, he was appointed Interim Executive Director, until being named to fill the Executive Director position in June of 2018.

Allen R. Mock, MD, MS, DABP, FCAP, FNAME
Chief Medical Examiner, State of West Virginia

Dr. Al Mock, Chief Medical Examiner for the State of West Virginia, served as Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for three years before being appointed Chief. Dr. Mock previously served as Assistant Medical Examiner in Tennessee’s Knox and Anderson Counties.

Dr. Mock is a graduate of LSU Baton Rouge with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry. He holds Master of Science degrees in Microbiology, Immunology, Parasitology from the LSU Health Sciences Center. Dr. Mock received his M.D. at the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, completed a surgical and clinical Pathology residency at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and a Forensic Pathology fellowship at the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque, NM. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Body Recovery School and the National Rifle Association Firearms Instructor School and interned at the Orleans Regional Security Institute under Dr. Wade Schindler.

Dr. Mock holds an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor at the WVU School of Medicine and Marshall University. He is Board certified in surgical, clinical, and forensic pathology. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology, a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists, and a Fellow of the National Association of Medical Examiners.

Dr. Mock’s interests include firearms, ballistics, forensic toxicology, public health, health law, and 1714-1810 period furniture construction.

Marc Potenza, PhD, MD

Dr. Potenza is a board-certified psychiatrist with sub-specialty training in addiction psychiatry. He has trained at Yale University receiving a combined BS/MS with Honors in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics and a PhD in Cell Biology, the latter concurrent with the MD through the Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed internship, psychiatric residency and addiction psychiatry fellowship training at Yale. Currently, he is a Professor of Psychiatry, Child Study and Neuroscience at the Yale University School of Medicine where he is the Director of the Problem Gambling Clinic, the Center of Excellence in Gambling Research, the Women and Addictive Disorders Core of Women’s Health Research at Yale and the Yale Research Program on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders. He is also a Senior Research Scientist at the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling. He is on the editorial boards of fifteen journals (including editor-in-chief of Current Addiction Reports) and has received multiple national and international awards for excellence in research and clinical care. Recently, he has received lifetime achievement research awards from the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling and the National Council on Problem Gambling and research awards from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health and Turkish Green Crescent Society (Phoenix Award for Addiction Research). He has consulted to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Registry of Effective Programs, National Institutes of Health, American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization (WHO) on matters of addiction. He has participated in two DSM-5 research work groups and five annual WHO meetings relating to Internet use and addictive behaviors in the ICD-11, addressing topics relating to gambling, gaming, impulse control, and addiction.

Dr. Potenza’s research has focused on the neurobiology and treatment of substance and non-substance (behavioral) addictions and other disorders characterized by impaired impulse control and reward-related motivations. The majority of this work has focused on understanding clinical and neurobiological underpinnings of these disorders, and their co-occurrences with other mental health disorders, in order to advance prevention and treatment strategies. Dr. Potenza’s research has applied brain imaging, genetic, epidemiological and clinical trials methodologies to gain knowledge and improve prevention and treatment strategies for addictive disorders. This work has also involved identifying potential intermediary phenotypes, like facets of impulsivity, that may in part explain the high rates of co-occurrence between psychiatric conditions and might represent novel targets for prevention and treatment strategies.