Ken Winters, Ph.D.



Ken Winters, Ph.D. is the director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, and a Senior Scientist with the Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA. He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in psychology (Clinical) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His primary research interests are the assessment and treatment of adolescent drug abuse. Dr. Winters has published numerous research articles in this area, and has received several research grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and various foundations. He currently directs grants funded by NIH to study the effectiveness of brief interventions with drug abusing adolescents. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse and the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, and he was also the lead editor for two Treatment Improvement Protocol Series published by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA) that focused on adolescent drug abuse assessment and treatment. Dr. Winters is a consultant to many organizations, including the Hazelden Foundation, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the Partnership for Drug-Free America, World Health Organization, and the Mentor Foundation (an international drug abuse prevention organization).

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