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Dworkin Named WIU Psychology Chair

January 26, 2009

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MACOMB, IL - - Steve Dworkin, internationally recognized for his research on the neuropsychopharmacology of abused substances, has been appointed chair of Western Illinois University's Department of Psychology, effective Jan. 12, according to College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Dean Inessa Levi.

He came to Western Illinois from Jacksonville (AL) State University, where he was a professor and head of the psychology department.

"I am pleased to welcome Steve to our community," said Levi. "He brings with him a vast amount of administrative ability and expertise in behavior, pharmacology and substance abuse studies. Dr. Dworkin will play an integral role in forming our Center for Education and Research on Substance Abuse, which is a priority goal for the college both in terms of academics and the current capital campaign."

Dworkin has received both private and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding; and he has published extensively in several areas including behavior analysis, behavior pharmacology and the neuroscience of addiction. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a member of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), the Society for Neuroscience and Association for Behavior Analysis (ABA) International. He has reviewed manuscripts for the major journals in the field and served on NIH and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) study sections.

A Baltimore (MD) native, Dworkin earned his baccalaureate degree at the University of Maryland. He earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Florida, and he completed post-doctoral training in neuroscience at the Louisiana State University Medical Center (Shreveport) in psychiatry and pharmacology and the Wake Forest School of Medicine in pharmacology and physiology. He had held posts at Louisiana State University, Wake Forest University's Bowman Gray School of Medicine, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Duke University and Med Associates, Inc.

Jeff Dodd, College of Arts and Sciences, assisted with this copy.

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