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In Press: New Article to be Published in "Addiction"

John Kelly, Robert Stout, Maria Pagano

January 2012

Kelly, J.F., Hoeppner, B.B., Stout, R.L., & Pagano, M.E. (in press). Determining the relative importance of mechanisms of behavior change within Alcoholics Anonymous: A multiple mediator analysis. Addiction.

In Press: New Article to be Published in "Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research"

Maria Pagano, Amy Krentzman

January 2012

Collaborator Dr. Amy Krentzman's (University of Michigan) first-authored manuscript using data from the ''Helping Others'' project entitled, ''The Role of Religiousness on Substance-Use Disorder Treatment Outcomes: A Comparison between Black and White Adolescents,'' will be published in the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research. Results demonstrate the extent to which religious practices and behaviors prior to treatment show differential effects by race. Additionally, higher levels of religiousness prior to treatment indicate greater AAH and 12-Step affiliation at discharge.

Media: Investigator Interviewed by American Medical News

January 2012

American Medical News interviewed Dr. Stephen Post regarding his "It's Good to be Good: 2011 5th Annual Scientific Report on Health, Happiness and Helping Ohers" article published in December 2011 issue of The International Journal of Person Centered Medicine. Dr. Post explained the effects of volunteering and giving on health and the impact it may have in the medical industry. (

Post, S. (2012, January 17). Volunteering can boost physical and mental health. Retrieved April 3, 2012.

Introducing: New Partnerships

January 2012

Collaborators include Dr. Benjamin Rodriguez (University of Southern Illinois), Dr. Stephen Melka (The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee), and Dr. Steven Lancaster (Drake University).

Dr. Rodriguez is Chair of the Department of Psychology and Associate Professor at the University of Southern Illinois. Dr. Rodriguez holds expertise in adult anxiety disorders, specifically social anxiety disorder (SAD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); cognitive/attentional aspects of anxiety and depressive conditions; and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Dr. Melka is a Doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern Illinois and Fellow at The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. His research interests include anxiety disorders, emotion regulation, assessment, and psychometrics.

Dr. Lancaster is Associate Professor of Psychology at Drake University. While his research focuses on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) he has recently been expanded to include how people generally respond to traumatic and stressful experiences and what predicts these responses.