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Published: Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute Library

March 2012

SOS was added to the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute Library .This library allows researchers to access freely this powerful tool in assessing AA-Related Helping among addicted populations.


Introducing: Hiren Bhakta

March 2012

Third Year medical Student Hiren Bhakta has recently joined the "Helping Others" team for his medical research requirements. Mr. Bhakta will explore the role of substance abuse and factors associated with risk of or protection from suicidality.


Award: Medical Student Research Award from the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation

March 2012

Third-year medical student Mr. Matthew Hirschtritt from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at CWRU was honored with the Medical Student Research Award for best entry. This award was presented at the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Foundation annual meeting. Mr. Hirschtritt's work with Dr. Pagano and other Department of Psychiatry staff demonstrated that youth with chronic depression and moderate alcohol use are more likely to respond better to treatment with fluoxetine (Prozac) compared to placebo. Additionally, these youth responded better than youth with temporary, situation-specific depression and heavy alcohol use. Dr. Pagano accepted the award on Mr. Hirschtritt's behalf.


Collaboration: Dr. Jeff M. Kretschmar

March 2012

Dr. Pagano met with Drs. Jeff Kretschmar and Dr. Daniel Flannery regarding potentially collaborative work. Dr. Kretschmar is a Research Assistant Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) at CWRU and the Senior Reserach Associate with the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education. Dr. Kretschmar evaluates the Fugitive Safe Surrender (FSS) program and before joining CWRU was the Project Director for the Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence at Kent State University. He is an expert on violence and aggression, mental health and substance abuse, evalutation science, suicide, and victimization.

Dr. Daniel Flannery is the Director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education and Dr. Semi J. and Ruth Begun Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS). Dr. Flannery's work focuses on youth violence, substance abuse prevention programs, psychological Assessment, research methodology, conduct disorders, and Child & Adolescent Psychopathology among several other social science domains.


Introducing: CWRU/UH Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)

March 2012

Dr. Pagano has joined the Case Western Reserve University Center for Aids Research (Case CFAR) as a full member. Since its foundation in 1994, the Case CFAR has been a center of excellence for both clinical and basic AIDS research. As the only NIH-funded CFAR in the Midwestern United States, it has provided members with national and international research, especially with respect to research in tuberculosis and HIV malignancy, microbicides, pathogenesis, virology, clinical trials, and training. Additionally, the Case CFAR is the first CFAR to make a major investment in international research.

As a full member, Dr. Pagano will be able to apply for Developmental Awards, be a mentor for the Minority HIV Research Training Program, International Scholars Program and participate in the CFAR Mentoring Program.


Published: Journal of the Society for Social Work Research

March 2012

The long-lasting partnership between Dr. Pagano and Dr. Amy Krentzman (University of Michigan) has culminated into the acceptance of the manuscript titled, "Does Higher Religiousness Benefit African American Adolescents Seeking Treatment for Substance Dependency?" Pending revisions, the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research will publish the manuscript. Results demonstrated that there are differential effects on race based on the extent to which religious practices and behaviors were conducted prior to treatment. Higher levels of religiosity prior to treatment indicate greater AAH and 12-step affiliation at discharge.

Krentzman, A.R., Pagano, M.E., Bradley, J.C., Johnson, S.M., Battle, D., Andrade,...Robinson, E.A.R. (in press). Does higher religiousness benefit African American adolescents seeking treatment for substance dependency? Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.


Recognition: Greater Good Science Center Showcase

March 2012

Dr. Pagano's interview for Greater Good Magazine, a national newsletter that disseminates groundbreaking scientific research on well being, was showcased in the Greater Good Science Center website (http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/).

Pagano, M. (2012, March 13). Staying Sober through Service. Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life. Retrieved April 3, 2012 from http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/staying_sober_through_service.


Media: Investigator Interviewed by Revista Visao Magazine

March 2012

Dr. Post garnered international attention with an interview by Clara Soares in Revista Visao a popular Portuguese magazine. (http://visao.sapo.pt/)


Lectures: Keynote Speaker at the National Collegiate Recovery Conference

March 2012

Where Does the Data Direct Us? Addiction Recovery Management and the Role of 12-step Mutual Help Resources. Keynote Speaker. National Collegiate Recovery Conference. Kennesaw, GA.

Kelly, J.F. (2012, March). Where Does the Data Direct Us? Addiction Recovery Management and the Role of 12-Step Mutual Help Resources. Keynote Speaker, National Collegiate Recovery Conference. Lecture conducted from Kennesaw, GA.


Lectures: Massachusetts Psychiatric Society

March 2012

Expanding Addiction Treatment for Young People. Invited Speaker. Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. Boston, MA.

Kelly, J.F. (2012, March). Expanding Addiction Treatment for Young People. Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. Lecture conducted from Boston, MA.


Lectures: Invited Speaker for Learn to Cope

March 2012

Addiction Etiology, Clinical Course, and Mechanisms of Treatment and Recovery. Invited Speaker. Learn to Cope. Boston, MA.

Kelly, J.F. (2012, March). Addiction Etiology, Clinical Course, and Mechanisms of Treatment and Recovery. Learn to Cope. Lecture conducted from Boston, MA.


Published: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

March 2012

A new study title, "Association between social influences and drinking outcomes across 3 years," was published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Dr. Stout and others published findings in this paper.

Stout, R.L., Kelly, J.F., Magill, M., & Pagano, M.E. (2012). Association between social influences and drinking outcomes across 3 years. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 77(3), 489-497.