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UTSA hosts psychiatric disorder expert Donald Dougherty May 4

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.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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