Roll Honored at WSU Spokane for Faculty Excellence
Becki Meehan, WSU Spokane/WSU News Service, 509-358-7528, email@example.com
John Roll, director, WIMHRT/WSU Spokane, 509-358-7612, firstname.lastname@example.org
SPOKANE, Wash.ó Amidst the celebration at Washington State University Spokaneís Commencement, John Roll, current director of the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training (WIMHRT), received a big round of applause for being named the 2008 WSU Spokane Faculty Excellence Award winner. Roll received this award in recognition of his outstanding teaching, research, leadership and community service.
Roll, who has been with WSU Spokane since 2004, is a nationally recognized leader in substance abuse research. Noted by his faculty colleagues as one of the nationís most productive scholars in the field, he has a publication record that includes ten book chapters, 57 journal articles, and over 75 abstracts on substance abuse. He has received funding from federal, state and local sources in addition to industry and foundation support.
As a teacher, he is frequently pursued as an advisor and mentor both at WSU and other universities. He lectures to psychiatry residents throughout the country. Roll is a Fellow and president-elect of the American Psychological Associationís Division of Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse. He was appointed in 2006 by Gov. Gregoire to serve on two Washington State committees, including an executive commissioner of the Eastern State Hospital Advisory Board and vice-chair of the Governorís Council on Substance Abuse.
Roll holds a doctoral degree in experimental psychology from WSU. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Vermont Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory and the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center. Prior to joining WSU Spokane, he held faculty positions at Wayne State Universityís Research Division on Substance Abuse and the University of California Los Angeles, where he eventually became the director of behavioral pharmacology in UCLAís Integrated Substance Abuse Programs.
Roll received an engraved pewter medallion and a check for $1,000 sponsored by Spokane Teachers Credit Union.