Co-Associate Director Dr. Maureen Walton Selected as Department of Psychiatry Associate Chair for Research and Research Faculty Development

We congratulate Co-Associate Director Dr. Maureen Walton, MPH, PhD, who has been selected as Associate Chair for Research and Research Faculty Development for the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry.

From Greg Dalack, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry:

Dr. Walton has a long and distinguished record of research accomplishment. Following completion of her PhD at Michigan State University, her career in the department began with her post-doctoral fellowship at Michigan, in what was then called the Alcohol Research Center. She is currently Professor of Psychiatry, Associate Director for Child Research, in our Addiction Center, Director of Research and Senior Associate Director of the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center.

She is a leading expert in developing interventions, particularly technology and social media based interventions, to reduce alcohol, other substance use disorders and violence in youth, and has been consistently, federally funded since 1991. Most recently, she as lead PI, with Erin Bonar as MPI, successfully competed for HEAL grant funding to study interventions to prevent opioid use disorder among adolescents in the Emergency Department. She is also currently PI on two other R01 grants and co-investigator on multiple other grants in her broad collaborative network.

Dr. Walton has over 190 peer-reviewed publications, including articles in prestigious journals such as New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. For the past four years she has served as a standing member of the NIH study section, Intervention to Prevent and Treat Addictions, and is currently appointed as Chair of that committee. In addition, she is an accomplished mentor to post-docs and junior faculty, and was recognized this past year for doing the most internal grant reviews in our internal grant review program. Her experience, qualifications and vision for the work in this Associate Chair position make her an outstanding fit for this role.