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Release: June 15, 2001
Stephan Arndt named director of consortium on substance abuse
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Stephan Arndt, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and biostatistics
at the University of Iowa, has been named director of the Iowa Consortium
for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation. Arndt served as the interim director
for a year before being named director last month.
"I have had a longstanding interest in research centers, their organization
and infrastructure. I have also been interested in substance abuse and its
effects on individuals and society. My involvement in the consortium has allowed
me to merge those interests along with my background in psychology and biostatistics,"
The Iowa Consortium for Substance Abuse Research and Evaluation is located
at the UI Oakdale Research Campus. The consortium is a center committed to
strengthening substance abuse prevention and intervention activities in Iowa
through research and evaluation. The alliance is made up of academic institutions,
policy makers and treatment centers working together to enhance substance
The research center includes representatives from the UI, Iowa State University,
the University of Northern Iowa, various state agencies and Iowa's substance
abuse treatment centers.
The consortium is actively involved with several projects funded by state
and federal agencies. Current research projects include investigating client
characteristics that predict substance abuse treatment success, monitoring
outcomes of substance abuse treatment in Iowa, evaluating treatment experiences
for clients overcoming methamphetamine addiction, and describing the experiences
of elderly Iowans with alcohol abuse problems. The program recently completed
a study of the efficacy of a prison-based cognitive treatment program for
parole violators and another that addressed issues relevant to positive youth
development in Iowa.
"Our society spends billions of dollars cleaning up the aftermath of
substance abuse that causes enormous human suffering. We are trying to work
towards prevention and effective treatment," Arndt said.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.