Joseph J. Westermeyer, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., has been named by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) as the 2013 recipient of the R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award. Dr. Westermeyer is being recognized for his continuing support of the ASAM, and his crucial role in guiding alcohol research in America.
Dr. Westermeyer is a VA HSR&D-funded researcher with the Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, and has served as a VA HSR&D reviewer and panel chair. He maintains an active research program, focusing on cross-cultural mental health issues. He has published over 100 articles, and he currently is on the editorial boards of several journals, including the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, American Indian Alaska Native Mental Health Research, and World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review.
Dr. Westermeyer earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 1961, completed a residency in psychiatry, and returned to the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Master of Public Health degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychiatry and Anthropology. He is also a Professor of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota, and a staff psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Addictive Disorders Service at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.