Utah Addiction Center

UAC Team

The Utah Addiction Center is housed within the School of Dentistry.

The Utah Addiction Center works with the Edward G. Callister Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to increasing knowledge about the biological, personal and social factors that underlie substance misuse and is committed to the support of research, education and scientifically-based treatment.

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On July 1, 2011, Dr. Vivian Lee became the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, Dean of the School of Medicine, and CEO of the University of Utah Health Care. Dr. Lee came to the University of Utah from NYU School of Medicine where she most recently served as the inaugural Vice Dean for Science, Senior Vice-President and Chief Scientific Officer of NYU Medical Center. In her University of Utah roles, she oversees an academic health sciences complex that includes four major schools – the University of Utah School of Medicine and Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Health – and also leads a health care system comprising four hospitals, dozens of clinical and research specialty centers, a network of 10 neighborhood Salt Lake City area health centers, and more than 1,000 board-certified physicians serving patients from six Intermountain states and beyond.

A graduate of Harvard-Radcliffe College, Dr. Lee was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University, where she received a doctorate in medical engineering. Returning to Harvard Medical School, she earned her M.D. with honors. She completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Duke, where she also served as Chief Resident and trained as a fellow in Body and Cardiovascular MRI and Thoracic Imaging at NYU. A member of Alpha Omega Alpha, she received NYU’s Orloff Award in 2001 for research. Dr. Lee completed an M.B.A. at NYU’s Stern School of Business in 2006 and was among Crain’s New York Business magazine’s “40 under 40: New York’s Rising Stars". She recently was awarded the Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award. She has served as mentor for over 40 faculty, fellows, residents and students.

She is a Professor of Radiology in the School of Medicine, and is currently principal investigator for three NIH R01 grants. She recently served as Chair of the Medical Imaging NIH study section and is a Fellow and past President of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). On the Editorial Board of leading journals in imaging, Dr. Lee has authored over 140 peer-reviewed research publications, and a recent textbook, Cardiovascular MRI: Physical Principles to Practical Protocols. Dr. Lee’s research focuses on the development of quantitative functional MRI for the improved understanding of physiology and disease. In 2005 and 2011 Dr. Lee received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.


Dr. Glen Hanson (D.D.S., Ph.D. in pharmacology) is the director of the Utah Addiction Center and a tenured professor in the School of Dentistry and the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology in the College of Pharmacy. He is the Associate Dean of Research for the School of Dentistry. He has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA, NIH) as the P.I. on: >15 R01s; 2 Program Projects; and a K05 (Senior Scientist) award. During an NIH sabbatical, Dr. Hanson served as the acting director of NIDA (2001-2003) and the director of the Division of Neurobiology and Behavioral Research (2000-2001). Dr. Hanson has authored >220 peer-reviewed papers on topics of neuropharmacology, drug abuse and neurodegenerative disorders. He is the senior author for the drug abuse college text Drugs and Society, which is in its 12th ed.


Dr. Annette Fleckenstein earned her B.S. and M.S. from Western Michigan University, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.  She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Intramural Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).  She is a tenured professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, and a member of both the Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience and the Biological Chemistry Program.  She has been supported by NIDA as the principal investigator on several R01s and a K02 award.  She is currently the President-Elect of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and has served on several NIH grant review study sections.   She has authored over 100 manuscripts and book chapters on topics involving neuropharmacology, drug abuse and neurodegenerative disorders, and is an author of the textbook “Drugs and Society.”

Jason Burrow-Sanchez Dr. Jason Burrow-Sanchez is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. He is also the Principal Investigator of the Central Rockies Region 8 Addiction Technology and Transfer Center (ATTC) funded by SAMHSA at the Utah Addictions Center, University of Utah. He earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Oregon in 2003. His research interests include the prevention and treatment of substance abuse problems for adolescents in school and community settings with a particular interest in Latino adolescents. His research has been funded at the national, state and local levels and has published numerous articles, chapters and books. Further, he is a licensed psychologist in the State of Utah. More information regarding his program of research can be found at:http://tartarus.ed.utah.edu/users/jason.burrow-sanchez/

Abbie Paxman, M.S., is the Operations Manager of the Utah Addiction Center 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 Center’s annual budgets to the Vice President for health Sciences. In addition to her work at the Center, Ms. Paxman has served as a Volunteers of America Utah board member since 2009.

 Marjean Marjean Searcy is the Project Director for the Central Rockies Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network. Specifically, she assists the Principle Investigator to provide training and technical assistance to Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Through these efforts the Central Rockies will improve and strengthen the addiction treatment workforce and upgrade practice standards. Ms. Searcy’s professional experience includes assisting individuals with severe and persistent mental illness to obtain employment, housing and rebuild social networks through a Clubhouse model program. Additionally, she coordinated two multiagency taskforces, the Salt Lake City COPS Methamphetamine Initiative and the Utah Pharmaceutical Drug Crime Project. Ms. Searcy also served as the Logistic Coordinator for the 2002 Olympics Medals. Ms. Searcy received her Bachelors of Arts from Southern Utah University and is licensed as a Social Service Worker in Utah.

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 13 years of experiences as a Training and Events Coordinator.


Erica Fearnley is the Program Assistant at the Utah Addiction Center. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. She provides assistance with trainings and events, as well as other administrative needs for the UAC.


Dr. Aaron Fischer serves as the Evaluator for the Central Rockies Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) housed at the Utah Addiction Center. Dr. Fischer has been working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families for over 10 years. He graduated from the University of Miami, where he earned a bachelors degree in psychology and worked as a research coordinator at the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.  Dr. Fischer completed his masters and doctoral degree in school psychology at Louisiana State University.  Before arriving at the University of Utah in 2014, he completed his predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at the May Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.  His internship and graduate work focused on providing evidence-based practice in schools, hospitals, and mental health clinics for children with disabilities and their families.  Specifically, Dr. Fischer’s clinical interests concentrate on the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with ASD, as well as providing support and training to their families.  As such, his scholarship is considerably influenced by his applied work in those areas.  Additionally, Dr. Fischer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  He has experience in the assessment and treatment of behavior problems, as well as the acquisition of adaptive skills, in individuals with ASD and developmental disabilities.


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.


Ashley Groves is the GPRA Coordinator for the Central Rockies Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) housed at the Utah Addiction Center. She recently graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelors in Exercise and Sport Science. 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.