Statements from Div. 28 Member-at-Large Candidates

Mark Smith Member-at-Large Statement

Mark Smith, PhDWhen I look over the list of individuals who have served as Member-at-Large, I see many important figures in our field, many of my professional mentors, and many of my closest friends - it would be an honor to follow in their footsteps. I have been a behavioral pharmacologist for 22 years, and I have spent the majority of my career developing translational models to examine the factors that contribute to substance abuse. I have mentored undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, and I have taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level. I have been a member of Div. 28 since 1999, and I have served on the Executive Committee almost continuously since 2007, serving as Secretary (2007-2011), Liaison to the Science Directorate (2011-2012), and Program Chair (2011-2013). I am proud to call Div. 28 my professional home. I am also active in several professional societies that might be considered sister organizations of Div. 28 (e.g., CPDD), and I believe my leadership experience in those organizations will serve the division well. In recent years, the division has worked to increase the diversity of its membership, to attract students and young investigators, to advocate for science and evidence-based practices, and to nurture the professional development of its members. In short, the division is an important resource for us as substance abuse researchers and clinicians. I am whole-heartedly committed to supporting the continued growth of our division, and I would be honored to serve as Member-at-Large.