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April 19, 2007

Nathan Honored For Community Engagement

Peter E. Nathan, University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology and professor of community and behavioral health, has received the UI College of Public Health's award for faculty achievement in community engagement.

The award, conferred annually by the College of Public Health's Board of Advisors, recognizes a faculty member for application of theory, research and practice to address public health challenges at the community level.

"Over a distinguished career, Peter Nathan has conducted groundbreaking work in the recognition and treatment of alcohol abuse and other addictive behaviors," noted Stephen Ummel, chair of the College of Public Health Board of Advisors. "We are extremely pleased to honor him with this well-deserved award."

Nathan's current research is focused on binge drinking of undergraduate students. He has published or has in press more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, more than 20 books or monographs, and more than 90 chapters in scholarly books. He has earned many honors, including the American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Knowledge in 1999. He also has served on numerous editorial boards and professional review panels.

At the local level, Nathan is an active member of the Iowa City Alcohol Awareness Work Group. He has provided testimony to the city council and presented information to community organizations in an effort to intervene in underage and excessive alcohol consumption in Iowa City.

Prior to joining the College of Public Health faculty in 1990, Nathan held several faculty positions at Rutgers University, including chair of the Department of Clinical Psychology, the Henry and Anna Starr Professor of Psychology, and director of the Center of Alcohol Studies. During his time at the UI, Nathan's duties have ranged from vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculties to provost and acting president.

In his nominating letter, Richard C. Dobyns, M.D., UI professor of family medicine, described Nathan as a determined and knowledgeable leader with a strong commitment to public service.

"I can speak best of how his leadership, resolve and exceptional knowledge of the field have furthered local efforts to correct issues of both underage and abusive drinking," Dobyns wrote.

In a supporting letter, Ralph Wilmoth, director of Johnson County Public Health, called Nathan "a role model of the meaning of community involvement, reaching far beyond classroom observations, essays and research projects."

The 2007 award for Faculty Achievement in Community Engagement was presented at the College of Public Health Board of Advisors meeting Tuesday, April 17.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Daniel McMillan, 319-335-6835, Writer: Brandy Huseman.

PHOTO: A photograph of Peter Nathan is available on the College of Public Health Web site at