Meet our Staff
The Utah Addiction Center has been based in the office of the University of Utah Senior Vice President for Health Sciences since its inception in 2000. This unique administrative configuration positions the UAC under the immediate guidance of the University of Utah Senior Vice President for Health Sciences. Such an advantageous arrangement affords the Center direct connections to the colleges, schools and departments most likely to house the health-related disciplines and personnel requisite for successful interdisciplinary research on substance abuse. As an expression of administrative support, the UAC recently has been provided 2,000 square feet of new space in U of U Research Park. The suite consists of five offices, a spacious conference room, reception area, and a workroom.
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.
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 is the director of the Utah Addiction Center and a tenured professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology. He has been supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) as the P.I. on: >10 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). He continues as a Senior Advisor to NIH on the trans-NIH Molecular Libraries Roadmap Program. Dr. Hanson has authored >210 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, 11th ed.|
Dr. Barbara Sullivan has worked extensively in both school and community based substance abuse prevention and treatment programs. Most of her direct service experience has focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating substance abuse treatment programs for high risk minority youth and women. She has also been involved in the development and implementation of community based coalitions. From 1990-2002, Dr. Sullivan served as Director for Salt Lake County's Division of Substance Abuse Services where she oversaw the development of Utah's first detoxification program for women with children, the first jail based therapeutic community for incarcerated substance abusing offenders, the first assessment staff embedded in the Third District Family Dependency Drug Court, and the first Medicaid funding stream for substance abusing women with dependent children. Since joining the Utah Addiction Center in 2002, Dr, Sullivan has provided leadership in developing model public policy and legislation to integrate primary and behavioral health services. She teaches in the Graduate School of Social Work and serves as the Project Director/Principal Investigator for the Central Rockies ATTC. She has provided training on the prevention and treatment of addictions, adolescent brain development, and cognitive impairment to audiences throughout the country.
|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 a Research Associate and Program Evaluator (ATTC-Region 8 Grant) 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. He is in the process of completing a 5-year grant project from NIDA examining the cultural accommodation of substance abuse treatment for Latino adolescents. He is also a licensed psychologist in the State of Utah. More information regarding his 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 masters 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 Searcy is the Project Manager 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 12 years of experiences as a Training and Events Coordinator.|
|Erica Fearnley is the office assistant at the Utah Addiction Center. She has a bachelor’s degree of English from the University of Utah. She provides assistance with the administrative needs of the UAC|