UMD Faculty Member Edits Groundbreaking
Stress and Addiction: Biological and Psychological
, Ph.D. a University of Minnesota Medical School professor
of behavioral sciences, has developed and edited a book to bring together
the latest findings on the connection between stress and addiction. The
text assembles many of the latest research findings, thereby creating a
productive springboard to vital, timely information.
Michael Weaver, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Virginia Commonwealth
University (VCU) with certification in addiction medicine, recently reviewed
Stress and Addiction: Biological and Psychological Mechanisms
the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Web site. According to
Weaver, "there is a wealth of information available in the literature
about the intersection of addiction and stress, but it is widely scattered
through the neuroanatomical and behavioral fields. [This textbook] brings
together this body of literature nicely and concisely in a single volume...and
al'Absi presents future directions for consideration." Weaver is the
medical director for the VCU Substance Abuse Consult Service and director
for the addiction medicine rotation for residents, medical students, and
pharmacy students at VCU.
The book was published by Elsevier, an international publisher of science
and health information. Thirty-nine researcher/authors contributed to the
text including al'Absi and two others from the University of Minnesota Medical
School. The chapter, "Assessment of Stress in Research and Clinical
Settings", was co-written by al'Absi, Gary L. Davis, Ph.D., L.P, senior
associate dean of the Medical School in Duluth who has been chair of the
Behavioral Sciences Department on the Medical School's Duluth Campus since
1984, and Jane Hovland, Ph.D., R.N. LP, an associate professor at the Medical
School with expertise in mood disorders in adults and adolescents, chemical
dependency aftercare, suicide prevention and recovery and family conflict.
al'Absi also wrote the concluding chapter, "Current and Future Directions
of Research on Stress and Addictive Behaviors."
Another review on Amazon.com notes that, "Recent research has started
to specifically focus on understanding the nature of how stress contributes
to addiction - this research has influenced the way we think about addiction
and its etiological factors and has produced exciting possibilities for
developing effective intervention strategies; to date there has been no
available book to integrate this literature. This highly focused work integrates
and consolidates available knowledge to provide a resource for researchers
and practitioners and for trainees in multiple fields."
al'Absi is nationally known for his research on the links between stress
and addiction. His research focuses on: neurobiological mechanisms of stress
and risk for heart disease; biological and psychosocial predictors of addiction
and relapse; and brain functions associated with pain.
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is to educate students who will practice family medicine and other primary
care specialties in rural Minnesota and American Indian communities; to
provide high-quality academic and clinical education programs for professional,
graduate and undergraduate students, and to create distinguished research
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Posted July 16, 2007
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