Dr. Brooke Molina, Director of the Youth and Family Research Program, has been named the recipient of the 2018 RSA Marlatt Mentorship Award.
The Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) was established in 1976 to assist and encourage the application of research to the solution of problems related to alcoholism. Today, the Society serves as a meeting ground for scientists; providing a forum for communication among researchers and promoting the acquisition and dissemination of scientific knowledge in the areas of basic science, risks and resiliency, education and prevention, treatment, outcome and recovery, and policy and economics.
The RSA Marlatt Mentorship Award recognizes an individual whose mentoring of young researchers in the alcohol research field is demonstrated to be exceptional and, therefore, should be recognized by his/her peers. Dr. Molina is devoted to mentoring the next generation of mental health scientists, reflected in her training roles as Co-Director of the Developmental Alcohol Research Training T32 and the Career and Research Development Seminar. She uses a developmental perspective to study the course and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse and the disruptive behavior disorders with a focus on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She is passionate about conducting collaborative, transdisciplinary science that leads to improved outcomes for children with ADHD and other youth at risk of addiction.
The RSA Awards Committee noted that Dr. Molina’s mentees are “quite impressive and productive,” having received K and R01 awards, and that she has co-authored more than 75 publications with these trainees. She has “a uniquely strong balance of scientific aptitude, knowledge, professionalism, leadership skills, supportive guidance, pragmatism, kindness, and sense of humor.” They also said that she is “well-known for supporting whatever path fits best for a trainee rather than having them do what might fit best for her or others, adapting her mentorship to their needs and goals.”
Congratulations to Dr. Molina for receiving this prestigious award!