Warren Bickel Joins UAMS Psychiatry Faculty

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LITTLE ROCK – Warren Bickel, Ph.D., has joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as director of the new Arkansas Center on Addictive Behaviors, a joint program of the UAMS Colleges of Medicine and Public Health.


Bickel is also Wilbur D. Mills chair of alcoholism and drug abuse prevention in the UAMS College of Medicine and director of the Interdisciplinary Tobacco Program in the UAMS College of Public Health.


Bickel was recruited from the University of Vermont in Burlington where he was a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry and director of the Chittenden Center, an addictions treatment program. Bickel has experience in examining the behavioral processes that underlie drug dependence in humans and has conducted research that examines novel cost-effective ways to deliver treatment. 


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,170 students and 650 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Center on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute.