, MD, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry, has been recognized by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP
) for exemplary work in furthering the goals of the President’s National Control Strategy.
Over the summer stakeholders were asked to nominate Advocates for Action
– people who are making a difference in their communities through their work to reduce drug use and its consequences.
In nominating Thurstone, Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA
) Director Tom Gorman, noted Thurston's research on youth substance addiction and advocacy of evidence-based prevention have helped contribute to ONDCP’s efforts to promote safe, healthy, and drug-free communities.
In addition to formal recognition in the release of the ONDCP’s magazine Strategy, Thurstone also will have a feature blog to share his work and to describe how it furthers the National Drug Control Strategy.
Thurstone is one of fewer than three dozen physicians in the United States who are board certified in general, child and adolescent and addictions psychiatry. His research on adolescent substance abuse disorders has contributed to the understanding of the impact of drugs on the adolescent mind.
He also is co-director of the ENCOMPASS Consulting Team
of researchers and clinicians at the University responsible for developing a fully-ntegrated, research-based intervention for young people with co-occurring substance and mental health problems that can be implemented in 'real world' community-based mental health, substance treatment, and school-based settings