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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," Arndt said.

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 abuse research.

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.

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