The University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, Texas
This year's conference will feature multidisciplinary sessions exploring topics related to drug abuse, including the neuroscience of drug abuse, intimate partner violence, and sociocultural and community factors.
The theme of our conference "bridging science and society" provides a platform for discussions among research scientists, behavioral health providers, law enforcement officials, and students in fields related to drug abuse. Our keynote speaker Dr. Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, will help to facilitate conversations and connections between researchers and community members. His address will focus on the complex interactions between drugs of abuse and the neurobiology and environmental factors that mediate human behavior and physiology. In his popular book, High Price, Dr. Hart interweaves his own experiences in communities vulnerable to drug abuse together with recent scientific research to argue that drugs do not turn people into criminals.
Other sessions will explore factors affecting access to treatment programs, the role of environmental stress in addiction, the use of Motivational Interviews in treatment and research, culturally tailored intervention programs, and the neuronal aspects of vulnerability to drug abuse. Speakers and participants will come from a variety of universities across the country, from the National Institutes of Health, and local agencies.
In addition, several student-oriented activities are scheduled, including a research poster session, networking opportunities, and a breakout session on developing a research career in substance abuse research.
Occurring over two days Thursday, May 29, and Friday, May 30, 2014, the conference will be held at The University of Texas at El Paso, Tomas Rivera Conference Center. Because seating is limited, we ask that you complete your registration form as soon as possible.
This conference is sponsored by the Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center and the Vulnerabilities in Drug Abuse (VIDA) Project at the University of Texas at El Paso.
We welcome researchers, treatment providers, and others interested in vulnerability to drug abuse in Hispanic communities. Seating will be limited, so we encourage early registration.
Carl Hart (born 1966) is an associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University. Hart is known for his research in drug abuse and drug addiction. Hart was the first tenured African American professor of sciences at Columbia University.
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