Mindy Thompson Fullilove, M.D., is a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. She is a board-certified psychiatrist, having received her training at New York Hospital-Westchester Division and Montefiore Hospital. She has conducted research on AIDS and other epidemics of poor communities, with a special interest in the relationship between the collapse of communities and decline in health. Her work in AIDS is featured in Jacob Levenson’s The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS in Black America (Random House, 2004). She is the author of Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It (Random House, 2004) and The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place (University of Nebraska Press, 1999). Her current work focuses on the connection between urban function and mental health.
Peggy Murray, Ph.D., M.S.W., is senior adviser for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (IAAA) and is responsible for IAAA’s research translation initiatives in health professions education. She also serves as an adjunct professor at the Catholic University School of Social Work. She is coauthor of A Medical Education Model for the Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol-Use Disorders, a 20-module curriculum and faculty development course for medical school faculty in the primary care specialties. The model has been translated into five languages and implemented in eight countries to date.
The relationship of alcohol misuse to aggressive behavior and violence is a complex one, and research has shown that this relationship is more than associative. In addition to alcohol misuse promoting aggressive behavior, victimization as a result of violence can lead to excessive alcohol consumption. Strategies to prevent violence must take this into account and, to be effective, must deal with the alcohol use of both the perpetrators and the victims of violence. Alcohol affects the person and behavior at many levels from the cell, to the brain, to the individual as a whole, to particular neighborhoods and micro cultures, to the global society. For more than 20 years, Dr. Murray has worked at the IAAA in positions that have led to collaboration with scientists across all of its divisions and offices. She hopes to bring a broad perspective on alcohol misuse to the identification of effective approaches to global violence prevention.
Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D., is director of the Graduate Center for Gerontology, chairperson of the Department of Gerontology, associate dean for research, and professor at the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky (KY). She serves on the editorial board of the Gerontologist, the Journal of Applied Gerontology, and the Journal of Elder Abuse and