Team

Glen R. Hanson, DDS, Ph.D

Glen R. Hanson, DDS, Ph.D

Title:  Director

Dr. Glen Hanson received his D.D.S. from UCLA in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Utah in 1978 and completed a fellowship in Neuropharmacology in 1980 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH, Bethesda MD). Dr. Hanson practiced dentistry full and part time over a 10-year period. He is currently a tenured professor in the University of Utah School of Dentistry and in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology in the College of Pharmacy. He is the Associate Dean, and was the Interim Dean, for the University of Utah School of Dentistry. He also currently serves as the Director of the Utah Addiction at the University of Utah and helps to oversee the Central Rockies ATTC (Addiction Technology and Transfer Center) from SAMSHA. He was the acting director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on the neurobiology of the psychostimulants such as methamphetamine. Dr. Hanson has testified multiple times before the United States Congress and the State of Utah Legislature on issues of drug abuse policy and is frequently interviewed by local and international press about these topics. He is a member of the State of Utah Legislative Advisory Committee on Drugs of Abuse. Because of this background, during the past 2 years he has helped to develop an SBIRT program at the University of Utah School of Dentistry. He is the author of over 230 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has been awarded over $35 million in NIH (National Institutes of Health) grants to conduct research related to drug abuse and its treatment. Finally, he is the senior author for a leading college textbook on drug abuse titled “Drugs and Society”, which is in its 13th edition.

Annette E. Fleckenstein, MS, Ph.D

Annette E. Fleckenstein, MS, Ph.D

Dr. Annette Fleckenstein received her Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology from Michigan State University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Intramural Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).  She is a past-President of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics,  and is currently a tenured professor in the University of Utah School of Dentistry.   She has been a NIDA-funded researcher for 20 years.  Dr. Fleckenstein is an author of a leading college textbook on drug abuse titled “Drugs and Society”, which is in its 13th edition.

Email:  annette.fleckenstein@hsc.utah.edu

Jason Burrow-Sanchez, Ph.D

Dr. Jason Burrow-Sanchez is a professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. His research areas include the prevention and treatment of substance abuse in adolescent populations in school and community settings with a particular interest in Latino adolescents. He recently completed a 5-year NIDA funded grant examining the cultural accommodation of substance abuse treatment for Latino adolescents.

Email:  jason.burrow-sanchez@utah.edu

Phone:  (801) 581-6212

Aaron Fischer, Ph.D, BCBA-D

Dr. Fischer is currently collaborating with several colleagues at the University of Utah and other universities, University of Utah students, and local school administrators to facilitate his research agenda. If you are interested in collaborating on research, joining his research team, or in pursuing a graduate degree (i.e., MA or PhD) in school psychology at the University of Utah, please contact Dr. Fischer by email.

Email:  aaron.fischer@utah.edu

Phone:  (801) 587-1842

Abbie Paxman, M.S.

Abbie Paxman, M.S.

Title:  Operations Manager

Abbie Paxman, M.S., is the operations manager of the Utah Addiction Center (UAC) at the University of Utah where she is responsible for grants and contracts administration, financial management, development, as well as general office management. She earned her master’s degree in quantitative economics at the University of Colorado in 2003. Since joining the Utah Addiction in 2003, Ms. Paxman has managed countless grants and contracts, overseen the “Patient Interventions” and “Family Interventions” film projects, served on the Utah Prevention Advisory Council and State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup, and prepared and presented the UAC’s annual budgets to the Vice President for health Sciences. In addition to her work at the UAC, Ms. Paxman manages the grants and contracts department at the School of Dentistry.

Marjean Searcy Nielsen, MPP

Marjean Searcy Nielsen, MPP

Marjean Searcy Nielsen currently serves as the program director for the Central Rockies Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network. Ms. Nielsen’s professional experience includes; program development, public policy, fund raising, grant management, staff supervision, office management, strategic planning and partnering with businesses and agencies. Ms. Nielsen assisted individuals with sever and persistent mental illness to obtain employment, housing and rebuild social networks through a Clubhouse model program. Additionally, she coordinated a multiagency partnership, the Salt Lake City COPS Methamphetamine Initiative which received national recognition as an effective response to the methamphetamine epidemic. Ms. Nielsen also served as the Logistic Coordinator for the 2002 Olympics Medals Plaza and the 1999 Tornado Disaster Police Operations Command Center. Ms. Nielsen was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Utah Pharmaceutical Drug Crime Project where she launched a statewide training initiative and public awareness campaign. Ms. Nielsen represented Utah in various meetings with the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, U.S. Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration. She also served as the Salt Lake City Police Department grants manager providing strategic planning, design, development and project management. Ms. Nielsen received her bachelors of arts from Southern Utah University and a master of public policy at the University of Utah.

Shannon Christensen, MBA

Shannon Christensen, MBA

Shannon Christensen is the academic program manager for the Central Rockies Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network at the Utah Addiction Center, University of Utah. Specifically, she identifies the needs of the addictions workforce within Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. She works with each state within the region to identify specific regional needs to improve the quality of addictions treatment and recovery support. She plans, develops, and establishes new programs and conferences to meet identified needs of educational and research groups. She coordinates academic and research programs, strategic direction, marketing goal achievement, and product delivery. She connects professionals to the latest research and information through skills training and coaching, education, conferences, workshops, and publications. She earned her master’s degree in business administration from Colorado Technical University.

Rori Douros

Rori Douros

Rori Douros is the lead training coordinator for the Central Rockies Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) housed at the Utah Addiction Center. She provides logistics support for training and technical assistance activities, including marketing, registrations, continuing education certificates, and onsite support. Rori has over 19 years of experiences as a training and events coordinator.

Erica Fearnley

Erica Fearnley

Erica Fearnley is the project coordinator for the Utah Addiction Center at the University of Utah.  She provides assistance with trainings, events, and conferences. She also provides administrative support for staff and guest lecturer travel, purchasing, and accounting. She also maintains the departmet website. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.

Sara Booth

Sara Booth

Sara Booth is the GPRA coordinator for the Central Rockies Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) housed at the Utah Addiction Center. She currently studies english at the University of Utah. As the GPRA Coordinator she is responsible for assembling GPRA survey packets, creating/sending online GPRA surveys for virtual events, and entering GPRA and non-GPRA event data into the hub. She also attends to any other tasks that need attention.

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