Our Self-Medicating Culture

Genevieve AmesGenevieve Ames, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and Associate Director
Prevention Research Center/Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation
Professor in the School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley

Genevieve Ames received her doctorate in Medical Anthropology from the University of California at San Francisco and Berkeley. Her current positions are Senior Scientist and Associate Director at the Prevention Research Center/Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, and Professor in the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley where she directs the NIH Post-Doctoral Training Program in Prevention Research Science. Dr. Ames has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense and State of California to conduct research on cultural and other environmental influences on problematic drinking among young adults, blue collar populations, and women in the context of the workplace, military and family. She is widely published on identifying risk factors for alcohol and drug problems and thereafter guidelines and conceptual frameworks for prevention of substance abuse. She serves on NIH Advisory panels, grant review committees, and professional boards of directors. Her current research is investigating barriers to alcohol, drug and PTSD treatment for National Guard Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tammy AndersonTammy L. Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice
University of Delaware

Tammy Anderson, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, University of Delaware. She has been studying drug abuse and addiction for more than 15 years and has published a book and numerous papers on the subject. Her current interests are in the medicalization of drug addiction and the social consequences of gambling. Anderson is currently writing a book on deviance.

Peter BensonPeter Benson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology
Washington University in St. Louis

Peter Benson received his doctorate in Anthropology from Harvard University. His current position is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Benson conducts research on the history of the tobacco industry and the place of tobacco in contemporary American society. He is the author of Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Face of a Global Industry, which is based on long-term field study in North Carolina. Dr. Benson is also widely published on issues of culture, politics, and health in Guatemala, where he has conducted anthropological research for over a decade. His current research is a comparative project that looks at the regulation of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms in the United States in the last century.

Agnes JosAgnes Jos, LPC
Regional Manager, South

Agnes Jos is a Regional Manager at Community Treatment, Inc. (COMTREA). COMTREA is a federally qualified health center serving Jefferson County, Mo. In addition, Agnes provides individual, couples, and family counseling. Agnes has also worked as an Adult Case Manager, has supervised the Adult Community Support Specialists as well as the Case Managers, and has managed the Psychosocial Rehabilitation program at COMTREA. Previous to COMTREA, Agnes worked as a Psychiatric Technician at an inpatient hospital. Although Agnes worked on all the units, she primarily worked on the co-occurring substance abuse and mental health unit.

Agnes received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She obtained her Master's of Arts in Counseling from Saint Louis University. Currently, Agnes is a doctoral student in Marriage and Family Therapy at Saint Louis University. Agnes is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Eric MillerEric J. Miller
Professor of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law

Eric J. Miller is a Professor of Law at Saint Louis University School of Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, jurisprudence, and critical race theory. Professor Miller’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of criminal justice with sociology and criminology; the study of problem-solving courts; and legal theory.

Professor Miller received an LL.B. from the University of Edinburgh, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, where he was also a Charles Hamilton Houston Fellow. He clerked for the Hon. Myron H. Thompson in the Middle District of Alabama and the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Margo PiggMargo Pigg, LPC, NCC, CCDP-D
Executive Vice President/Adult Services

Margo Pigg is the Executive Vice President/Adult Services of Community Treatment, Inc. (COMTREA). Margo has worked in behavioral health for over twenty four years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, her master’s degree in education with emphasis in counseling and has her license as a professional counselor, in the state of Missouri. She is currently enrolled in an MBA program, with graduation in April of 2013. Margo has earned certification/diplomate status in co occurring disorders treatment and is also a trained mediator.

Margo has been with COMTREA for over twenty four years and prior to her current position as Executive Vice President for the Adult Division, she began her career in direct service as a therapist, case manager and community support specialist.

She has also served in other capacities as Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Director, Vice President of Adult Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services and also served as the Director of Behavioral Health at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, which is now Mercy Jefferson, for their inpatient and outpatient units.

Margo has membership on many committees within the state of Missouri such as the Behavioral Health Network, Advisory Board, Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers Board of Directors and the Committee for Professional Counselors-State of Missouri. Margo is a third term board member of the Jefferson County Developmental Disabilities Resource Board/Next Step for Life, member of the Festus/Crystal City Rotary and previous school board member for Dunklin R-5 School District.

William Ray Price, Jr.William Ray Price, Jr.
Partner, Armstrong Teasdale
Former Judge of the Missouri Supreme Court

William Ray Price, Jr. joined Armstrong Teasdale’s Litigation practice group after serving on the Missouri Supreme Court for 20 years. While on the court, he served two terms as chief justice—only the fourth judge to do so since the adoption of the Missouri Court Plan in 1940. As a member of the judiciary, Price authored over 300 published opinions dealing with almost every aspect of Missouri law including: class actions, merchandising practices, non-competition agreements, arbitration clauses, insurance, products liability, toxic torts, medical malpractice, defamation, land use, premises liability, condemnation, trusts and estates, and state taxation. During his term, Price championed the development of drug courts and criminal sentencing reform. He also served on a number of national boards that focus on improving the education of judges in a wide variety of subjects

Nick RedingNick Reding
Journalist and author of the book Methland
Visiting Scholar, Saint Louis University School of  Law 

Nick Reding received his B.A. in Creative Writing and English Literature from Northwestern University in 1994. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from N.Y.U., where he was a University Fellow from 1995 until 1997. He lived in New York City for thirteen years, where he worked as a magazine editor, a graduate school professor, and a freelance writer. His first book, The Last Cowboys at the End of the World, was published by Crown in 2001. Methland is his second book. He has written for Harper’s, Food and Wine, Outside, Fast Company, and Details. He is currently working on his third book, Heartland, about what the Midwest will look like in fifty years.

Peter VenturelliPeter J. Venturelli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology and Criminology
Valparaiso University

During the past 26 years, Dr. Peter J. Venturelli is an Associate Professor at Valparaiso University in the Department of Sociology and Criminology. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Chicago. Since 1988, Dr. Venturelli has coauthored Drugs and Society (Jones and Bartlett Learning) now in its 11th edition, including publication of Drug Use in America: Social, Cultural, and Political Perspectives, (Jones and Bartlett Learning, 1994).

In addition to teaching full-time undergraduate and graduate students at Valparaiso University, Dr. Venturelli’s other qualifications and experiences in academia and professional life include: chairing the Department of Sociology and Criminology; serving as a board member at the Baldwin Research Institute; publishing research in drug and ethnic anthologies and scholarly journals; authoring more than 35 conference papers at national and regional professional sociological meetings; serving in elected and administrative positions in professional drug research associations; receiving several research grants involving drug use and ethnicity; and authoring article in several sociological encyclopedias.

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