Wayne State University

Wayne State NIDA-funded researcher named fellow of the American Psychological Association; presents research at numerous professional meetings in 2012

DETROIT - Dr. Steven Ondersma, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences in Wayne State University's School of Medicine and the Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute, was recently named a Fellow of Division 37 (Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice) of the American Psychological Association. This honor was given to Dr. Ondersma for his research regarding substance abuse among pregnant and post-partum women.

Dr. Ondersma is a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded researcher. He is currently in the midst of an N = 500 randomized trial examining whether an indirect, computer-delivered brief intervention that is intended to reduce drug use without implying or presuming drug use on the part of the participant, can lead to reduced drug use among post-partum women.

Dr. Ondersma has made numerous presentations in the past year that focuses on his research. These include:

  • January 10, 2012: Dr. Ondersma interviewed for the Craig Fahle Show on WDET, an NPR station in Detroit, regarding his research with post-partum women. Visit http://www.wdetfm.org/shows/craig-fahle-show/episode/steven-ondersma-curbing-drug-abuse-new-mothers/ for the full interview.
  • January 30-31, 2012: Dr. Ondersma was an invited presenter and panelist for the Institute of Medicine workshop, “Child Maltreatment Research, Practice, and Policy for the Next Decade.“ (Summary available at http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2012/Child-Maltreatment-Research-Policy-and-Practice-for-the-Next-Decade.aspx.) He discussed maltreatment in multi-problem families, especially those in which drug and alcohol abuse are present.
  • August 2, 2012: Dr. Ondersma was an invited presenter and panelist for NIH-sponsored symposium, at the APA Convention in Orlando, on “Increasing Implementation via Technology. “
  • August 30, 2012: Dr. Ondersma was an invited presenter and panelist for Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP, part of the Executive Office of the President) meeting, “Leadership Meeting on Maternal Addiction, Opioid Exposed Infants and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.” In attendance were representatives from many sectors of the government, including House and Senate offices, NIH, CDC, SAMHSA, Justice, etc. See links below for more information. Dr. Ondersma spoke in Parts 2 and 4.
    • Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3sJTbJOWBU
    • Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCIp6skzv9I
    • Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZMDBVQJ8u0
    • Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WNQVkzOyq8

• September 12-14, 2012: Dr. Ondersma was an invited participant in the CDC meeting, “Expert meeting on perinatal illicit drug abuse.” The meeting included leaders in the area of perinatal drug use identification and treatment.


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