Dr. Pandina was recruited to Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies (CAS) in 1973 to expand its focus from alcohol to also include other drugs. After twice serving as Acting Director, Dr. Pandina was appointed CAS Director in 1993, and served in that position through 2016. He is a Professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
In 1979, CAS was awarded one of the first Research Center grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). As part of that Center, a longitudinal study of the development of alcohol use and alcoholism was initiated. Dr. Pandina served as principal investigator of this study, the Rutgers Health and Human Development Project (HHDP), which was funded for more than 20 years by the NIAAA and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). He and his colleagues also received additional funding for this study from a variety of public and private sources. The HHDP followed three cohorts of New Jersey adolescents from adolescence into adulthood, and resulted in more than 150 peer-reviewed publications.
In 2003, Dr. Pandina spearheaded the Rutgers Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center (TRPC) grant, supported by NIDA. This project developed and evaluated substance prevention programs during important life transitions. In addition, this program addressed the needs of college students deemed at high risk, including student athletes and treatment mandated students.
Recently, Dr. Pandina has been the principle investigator on several grants from the NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and private foundations, which provide training to counselors and other professionals in the field of addictions. During the course of his career, Dr. Pandina has led significant research projects that contributed to knowledge on the etiology, development, predictors, and consequences of alcohol and drug use over the life course, psychosocial correlates of use, brain mechanisms and drug action, and innovative approaches to substance use prevention.
Dr. Pandina has been a leader in drug prevention and intervention activities on the Rutgers campus, developing programs, policies and procedures for student athletes and serving as Chair of the University Alcohol and Campus Life Committee for several years. He served as the President of Alcohol Research Documentation, Inc. from 1993 to 2015 and during his tenure oversaw the publication of the CAS scholarly journal, the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, the oldest substance-related journal published in the United States.
At the national level, Dr. Pandina provided service to the National Institutes of Health as a member of grant review committees and served as a NIDA Scholar in Residence. In addition to being a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), he was past president of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behavior, which later became the Society of Addiction Psychologists (Division 50). He has also served on the Advisory Boards of several research institutes throughout the country.
- Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University
- Professor of Clinical Psychology, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University (Past)
- Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
- Fellow, American Psychological Association
- Authored more than 100 publications
- Private consultant for criminal and civil litigations regarding effects of alcohol and drugs
- Director, Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
- President, Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behavior (Currently Division 50 APA)
- Advisory Board, Alcohol Education Center, University of Florida Brain Institute, Gainesville, Florida
- Member, Advisory Panel of Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, State of New Jersey
- Member, Driving Under the Influence Task Force, Department of Human Services, Division of Addiction Services, Intoxicated Driving Program, Trenton, NJ
- Member, Advisory Council, New Jersey Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) State Incentive Grant (SIG), Department of Human Services, Division of Addiction Services, Trenton, New Jersey
- Co-Chair, New Jersey State Epidemiological Workgroup (SEOW), Department of Human Services, Division of Addiction Services, Trenton, New Jersey
- President, Alcohol Research Documentation, Inc., Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University