The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) of the National Institutes of Health recently awarded Stephen A. Maisto, professor of psychology in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences, a Senior Scientist Research and Mentorship Award. The prestigious national award recognizes outstanding senior scientists who are leaders in their field.
The five-year grant, which can be renewed for an additional five years, provides an opportunity for well-respected scholars to enhance and expand their research programs. In addition to their research, award recipients are expected to disseminate their expertise by mentoring junior investigators engaged in their own research activities.
Maisto is nationally recognized for his research in the areas of alcohol and substance abuse treatment and prevention, and HIV prevention, and for his work in developing and assessing substance abuse intervention and treatment programs. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 journal publications, two dozen book chapters, and several books, including his most recent "Drug Use and Abuse," now in its 5th edition (2008 Thomson Wadsworth Publishing Co.), and "Alcohol Problems" (2007 Hogrefe & Huber Publishers).
"On behalf of the College of Arts and Sciences, I offer our most sincere congratulations to Professor Maisto for this national recognition of his achievements as a scholar and researcher," says Dean George Langford. "This award provides an unprecedented opportunity for Professor Maisto to further his research, support the efforts of those who are at the beginning of their careers, and to continue his role as a national leader in the field of substance abuse research, treatment and prevention. "
Maisto's most recent area of research focuses on developing ways to integrate treatment for behavioral and psychological problems into the primary care medical setting. Primary care providers traditionally screen clients for such problems as depression, substance abuse, smoking, and other issues and then refer them to specialized treatment and prevention programs. Maisto says some people may be more receptive to participating in programs offered by their family physician rather than going to a specialist with whom they are unfamiliar. He is exploring ways to adapt intervention programs to the primary care setting, identifying issues within the medical system that either facilitate or prevent primary care providers from offering these kinds of services, and evaluating behavioral and psychological intervention services that are provided in the primary care setting.