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Grand Rounds--Jack and Nancy Westman Lectureship--Holly Waldron, PhD


Wednesday, September 25th
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

RUB Auditoirum 

Event Overview

Title: Functional Family Therapy for the Treatment of Adolescent Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Behavioral Health Problems

Disclousures: Dr. Waldron has an Employee Equity Interest in Lifft Co.

Hosting Faculty: Polly Gipson, PhD

CME Availalbe: Yes
APA Credit will also be availalbe for this lecture.

Holly Waldron, PhD
Oregon Research Institute

Dr. Waldron is a Senior Scientist at ORI and is the director of the Center for Family and Adolescent Research (CFAR), with adolescent drug-abuse treatment programs in Portland, Oregon and Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has nearly 30 years of experience in clinical work and research with adolescents and their families including randomized clinical trials evaluating individual and group motivational enhancement and cognitive behavioral therapies (MET-CBT), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) intervention for parents of resistant youth, and contingency management (CM) and technology-based strategies for adolescent substance abuse, HIV-risk, and related problem behaviors. Dr. Waldron is bilingual and much of her research and clinical work has focused on Spanish-speaking Hispanic or Latino youth and families in the United States and Latin America. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator for an 11-site effectiveness trial of FFT in California. To assist with supervision of therapists in California, Santiago, Chile, and other distal sites, Dr. Waldron has developed a technology platform for conducting direct supervision using internet resources. Dr. Waldron is also taking a lead role on several technology-focused treatment projects, including a web-based parenting intervention in which all data collection and intervention sessions are delivered online and a tele-health study in which therapists will deliver FFT services to families in rural areas via Internet-based video connection.

Jack and Nancy Westman Lectureship

Jack C. Westman, M.D. was a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and president of Wisconsin Cares, Inc., an organization that promotes public policies to enhance the well-being of childrearing families.  Dr. Westman received a BS, MD, and MS from the University of Michigan and was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School before joining the University of Wisconsin in 1965.

Nancy K. Westman received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and devoted her volunteer life to supporting the well-being of young persons and their families. She was co-chair of Project Understanding, a Mississippi-Wisconsin program that began in 1968; treasurer of Canyon Scholars, a Mexican-U.S. scholarship program for Tarahumara Indians that began in 1999; and treasurer of the Bethel Parish Shop.

The Westman’s endowment gift to the University of Michigan Medical School was inspired by their lifelong commitment to child advocacy, family well-being, children’s and parents’ rights, and public policy. This annual lectureship was established to promote interest in the actual life circumstances of young people – the families, neighborhoods, and communities in which they live.