Div. 28 Awards

2019 Div. 28 award winners

Congratulations to award winners: Alan Budney, PhD, Allison Kurti, PhD, and Jacob Borodovksy, PhD.
By Catherine Stanger, PhD

Please join me in congratulating our 2019 Div. 28 award winners. We had many excellent candidates nominated in all three categories, and I would like to thank all the nominees and those who nominated them for their participation this year. Div. 28 has an outstanding roster of early career and senior scientists doing excellent work. Now, for our winners:

MED Associates Brady-Schuster Award 

Alan Budney, PhD Alan Budney, PhD
Professor in the department of psychiatry
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

This award honors a mid-career or senior scientist (at least 15 years after doctoral degree) who conducts outstanding research underscoring the fundamental importance of behavioral science to psychopharmacology or substance abuse.

This year’s winner is Alan Budney, PhD. Budney is a professor in the department of psychiatry and the center for technology and behavioral health at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Budney has conducted extensive research on the development and evaluation of innovative behavioral treatments for cannabis use disorders in adults and adolescents. He has also conducted human laboratory and survey studies characterizing cannabis use and withdrawal and has recently been most interested in using social media recruitment strategies to assess the impact of the changing legal landscape of cannabis.

Young Psychopharmacologist Award  

Allison Kurti, PhD Allison Kurti, PhD
Research assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and psychological science
University of Vermont

This award honors a young scientist conducting original, meritorious work in psychopharmacology and encourages excellence in research at the interface between the disciplines of pharmacology and psychology.

This year’s winner is Allison Kurti, PhD. Kurti’s research focuses on multifaceted approaches to reducing substance use among vulnerable populations. Specifically, Kurti is interested in innovative methods of reducing tobacco use among reproductive-aged women that span the domains of tobacco control and tobacco regulatory science. Her research includes developing a smartphone-based smoking cessation treatment for pregnant women, examining effects of low nicotine content cigarettes among nonpregnant women of reproductive age and leveraging national datasets to study cross-sectional and longitudinal tobacco use patterns among both nonpregnant and pregnant women.

Outstanding Dissertation Award 

Jacob Borodovksy, PhD Jacob Borodovksy, PhD
PhD in health policy and clinical practice (epidemiology and statistics focus) at the Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine
Postdoctoral fellow at the Health and Behavior Research Center
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

This award honors the best doctoral dissertation in psychopharmacology and substance abuse.

This year’s winner is Jacob Borodovsky, PhD. Borodovsky completed his PhD in health policy and clinical practice in 2018 at Dartmouth College and The Center for Technology and Behavioral Health. His graduate mentors were Lisa Marsch, PhD, Alan Budney, PhD, and Emily Scherer, PhD. The title of his dissertation is “Leveraging Social Media to Rapidly Assess the Effects of Cannabis Legalization.” The dissertation had two overarching aims: 

  • Understand how specific components of legal cannabis laws (e.g., permitting dispensaries versus home cultivation) were cross-sectionally associated with cannabis-related norms, risk perception, knowledge of cannabis products and risky behaviors (e.g., driving under the influence).
  • Evaluate the feasibility of using social media to conduct an online cannabis cohort study.

Borodovsky is currently conducting substance use epidemiology research as a postdoc under the mentorship of Richard Grucza, PhD, and Laura Bierut, PhD, at the Health and Behavior Research Center within the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Borodovsky finds the control and regulation of psychoactive substance use to be one of the most interesting aspects of our culture. He hopes to build a systematic line of impactful and policy-relevant epidemiological research that clarifies the causes and consequences of substance use in the population.

The award ceremony for the 2019 winners will be held at the 2019 APA convention in Chicago this August. Congratulations to all, and we look forward to your presentations.