UAMS’ Bickel Named Researcher of the Year By Arkansas Psychological Association

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LITTLE ROCK – Warren Bickel, a recognized expert in addiction research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), recently was named Researcher of the Year by the Arkansas Psychological Association (ArPA).


Bickel, professor and the Wilbur D. Mills Chair of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Prevention for the Department of Psychiatry in the UAMS College of Medicine, was cited for his research into the underlying behavioral processes of drug dependence in humans and finding novel, cost-effective ways to deliver treatment. He received the award during the association’s Fall Convention on Oct. 26.


Bickel is director of the UAMS Center for Addiction Research, where researchers are seeking to break the cycle of addiction to tobacco and illegal drugs. In one project, a computer-based program is extending the reach of addiction treatment after Bickel found it worked as well as regular meetings with a substance abuse counselor.


Founded in 1949, ArPA is a non-for-profit, professional, statewide organization whose purpose is to advance psychology as a science, a profession and a means of promoting human welfare.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,430 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.5 billion a year. For more information, visit