Alan Budney, Ph.D., Joins UAMS Department of Psychiatry

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LITTLE ROCK – Alan J. Budney, Ph.D., has joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine as a professor in the Center for Addiction Research (CAR).


Budney was recruited from the University of Vermont in Burlington where he was an associate professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology. His research interests include development of innovative behavioral treatments for dependence on marijuana, cocaine and other substances, in adults and adolescents, and human laboratory investigations of behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms underlying substance abuse.


Budney received his master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., and graduated with high distinction with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pennsylvania State University.


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 more than 2,320 students and 690 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 $4.3 billion a year.


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