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University of Iowa News Release

May 16, 2003

Adolescent Substance Abuse Expert To Speak May 20

Ken Winters, Ph.D., an expert on adolescent substance abuse and pathological gambling, will speak at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 in Room 2189 of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Building (MERF) on the University of Iowa campus.

His lecture, "What's Motivation Got to Do with It? Brief School-Based Intervention for Adolescent Drug Abusers," is presented by the UI College of Public Health Continuing Education and Seminar Series Committee. The event is free and open to the public.

Winters is the director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research and an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include adolescent drug abuse assessment and intervention, developmental factors that contribute to the development of drug abuse, and treatment of problem gambling.

Winters received his bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in psychology (clinical) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has published several assessment tools and numerous articles in the area of adolescent substance abuse and pathological gambling. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse and is an associate editor for the Journal of Gambling Studies and the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

He consults for many organizations, including the Hazelden Foundation, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Mentor Foundation (an international prevention organization). Winters' previous experience includes appointments as a psychology research scientist at Stony Brook and a staff psychologist at a community mental health center.

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647, debra-venzke@uiowa.edu.