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Researching Addiction through Mobile Technology

October 2, 2020

Kenzie L. Preston, PhD
Chief, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Research Branch
National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program
Baltimore, MD

About the Presentation: Dr. Preston will be presenting on the development of a mobile health toolbox to study addiction, primarily Opioid Use Disorder and cocaine use, and its use in translational research.

About the Presenter:  Dr. Preston has been conducting drug abuse research in illicit drug users since 1982 when she completed her Ph.D. training in pharmacology and began a post-doctoral fellowship in the area of human behavioral pharmacology at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Since 1991, Dr. Preston has been an independent investigator overseeing research in the 60-patient-outpatient substance abuse treatment research program at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program (NIDA IRP).  Dr. Preston’s major research interests are the development and testing of substance abuse treatment and the use of ecological momentary assessment (EMA) and real-time location (GPS) data to investigate the process of relapse. She has extensive experience with drug use monitoring with biospecimen analysis, abuse liability assessment and conducting clinical trials of substance abuse treatment. Dr. Preston has a demonstrated record of successful and productive laboratory and field studies in an area of high relevance to the assessment of substance abuse treatment outcomes, abuse liability, pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic analyses, and patterns of drug use. She has a long history of mentoring post-baccalaureate and post-doctoral fellows, many of whom have gone on to successful academic and/or research careers.