Shelly Greenfield to Receive Smithers Award

The challenges in the treatment of female addiction patients have grown as more women take prominent positions in the workforce and research shows how they differ from male patients. A leader in recognizing and defining these differences will receive the R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award Friday.

Shelly Greenfield, MD, MPH, FASAM, will deliver her address, “Gender Differences in Addiction: Implications for Women’s Addiction Treatment,” when she accepts the Smithers Award during the Opening Scientific Plenary, from 8:30 to 10 am Friday in Orlando Ballroom III, Lower Level.

“The winner of the Smithers Award is recognized for accomplishments related to the care and research for substance use disorders, and in particular alcohol dependence,” said Gavin Bart, MD, PhD, FASAM, ABAM Diplomate, Chair of the Med-Sci Program Committee. “Dr. Greenfield won in recognition of her accomplishments for education related to substance use disorders, and more specifically education about women’s issues related to substance use disorders.

“Much of what we have learned about issues that women may face when they are seeking treatment for substance use disorders or when they are affected by substance use disorders has been compiled and disseminated through Dr. Greenfield’s writings and teachings. She is one of the most widely recognized experts in this area.”

Dr. Greenfield is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a principal investigator and co-investigator on federally funded research focusing on treatment for substance use disorders, gender differences in substance disorders, and health services for substance disorders.

At McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, she is Chief Academic Officer and the Director of Clinical and Health Services Research and Education in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program, Division on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She also was Director of the Harvard Medical School/Partners Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship and directed the substance abuse clinical rotations of the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program of Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals from 2005 to 2010.

Dr. Greenfield served as the Founding Scientific Director of National Alcohol Screening Day. She is a former Chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Addiction Psychiatry, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.