Organizing Committee Members Series of - Addiction Science Conferences
University of Florida
Kenneth Blum, is currently Chairman of the Board and Chief Scientific Officer of LifeGen, Inc. and managing partner of Reward Deficiency Solutions, LLC. He is a retired Professor of Pharmacology at University of Texas, and San Antonio, Texas where he served for 23 years. He is currently Courtesy Professor of the Department of Psychiatry University of Florida College of Medicine. He serves as Scientific Director, PATH Foundation, New York, NY. He is the Senior Scientific Advisor for G&G Holistic Addictions Treatment Center, North Miami Beach, Florida. He is also Research Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Wake Forest College of Medicine.
Kenneth Blum(Research Area)
Alcohol & Psychiatric Genetics, Chemical Dependency, Psychiatric Genetics, Pharmacology
Board of Director
Columbia County Pathways to Recovery
Lynda Hacker Araoz(Biography)
Lynda Hacker Araoz has a Master's degree in both Clinical Social Work and English Literature and has worked as a Prevention Coordinator, adolescent/family therapist, Director of Support Services and faculty member at several colleges. She is also the author of The Weight of a Feather: A Mother's Journey through the Opiate Addiction Crisis, released by Morgan James Publishing in November 2018. In her book, she vividly describes the impact of her son's addiction on other family members as well as the trials along his road to recovery. Ms. Araoz is currently a member of Friends of Recovery-NY, the Board of Directors of Columbia County Pathways to Recovery, CCPR help-line staff for parents and others looking for treatment options and college faculty at HVCC.
Lynda Hacker Araoz(Research Area)
Drug Addiction and Research
Connect Heath, Australia
Jasminka Vuckovic-Kosanovic is the Clinical Manager of the Gamblerâ€™s Help program, at Connect Health and Community, in Melbourne, Australia. She has made a significant contribution to community services in particular, designing and implementing early intervention programs in youth mental health and homelessness embedding trauma-informed care into clinical practice and service design. Her extensive clinical management experience in the community health sector has been brought to bear on clinical complexities of cognitive disability associated with acquired brain injury, childhood trauma, and co-occurring gambling, mental health and other addictive disorders. She has implemented interactive online video psychological interventions and prevention programs for individuals with problematic gambling behaviour, and families who are mostly new to treatment. Jasminka has a Masters of Global Health and Social Work, with her main interest in co-occurring mental health and addictive disorders, has prepared a number of paper presentations, and peer-reviewed articles on these topics.
Jasminka Vuckovic-Kosanovic(Research Area)
Mental Health and Addictive Disorders