UTSA hosts psychiatric disorder expert Donald Dougherty May 4

Donald Dougherty

Donald Dougherty

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(April 29, 2011)--The UTSA Department of Psychology will present Donald Dougherty, William and Marguerite Wurzbach Distinguished Professor in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at the University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio, as part of Spring 2011 Speaker Series at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4 in the University Center Travis Room (2.202) on the UTSA Main Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

His presentation will focus on "Conceptualization and Measurement of Impulsivity and Its Relationship to Psychiatric Disorders."

Dougherty is director of the Neurobehavioral Research Laboratory and Clinic (NRLC) and co-director of the Research Residency Program. His research is on impulsive behavior with a primary emphasis on problems associated with drug abuse and suicidality.

His current projects include examining how drug abuse and early stressful life events adversely affect adolescent development of impulse control as well as their relationship to the development of other adolescent psychopathology. Additional interests include the identification of biological and behavioral risk factors for child and adult psychopathology.

At the NRLC, Dougherty and his colleagues have developed behavioral software paradigms for objectively assessing underlying mechanisms of different types of cognitive impulsivity. These paradigms have been validated in numerous studies and are freely available to other researchers.

The long-term goals of the NRLC are to use information gathered from their research program to inform the development of better treatment and community-based substance abuse prevention programs.

Dougherty received a bachelor's degree of psychology from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va., and master's and doctoral degrees from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. His post-doctoral education includes training programs at the University of Michigan and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.