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Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D.

Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D.

Member, RiverMend Health Scientific Advisory Board

Chief, Division of Addiction Research Director, Biobehavioral Core, UF CTSI

My Clinical Expertise:

  • Acute & Chronic Substance Use
  • Neurobehavioral Research
  • Aging & Alcohol Use
  • Alcohol Use, Abuse & Dependence Among Women

For decades, Dr. Nixon and her team have conducted programmatic work regarding both the neurobehavioral and psychosocial concomitants of acute and chronic substance use. A significant component of their work focuses on understudied groups, specifically women, non-reservation residing American Indians/Native Americans, and older adults. In the conduct of this work, Dr. Nixon conducts laboratory studies, community-focused projects and treatment-based investigations.

In addition to women’s issues, Dr. Nixon has maintained an active research presence in the area of aging and moderate alcohol use. She and her team have one of the only active programs exploring the cognitive and behavioral effects of lower alcohol doses on older, healthy men and women. She is considered one of the world’s experts in research looking at alcohol use, abuse and dependence among women. The importance of this work is partially reflected by the fact that she and her team have received three separate NIH awards to address these critical questions. Her work is regularly featured in the press, including an article in Time Magazine.

She is the President of the Society of Addiction Psychology (Div. 50, American Psychological Association), co-Chair of the Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee for the Research Society on Alcoholism, (RSA) and past president of the RSA. Her work with the RSA previously resulted in her receipt of the Seixas award for service. She is a frequent NIH reviewer for projects focusing on neurobehavioral consequences, sex and aging and those initiatives requiring strong scientific and/or training integration.

  • Ph.D.
  • President of the Society of Addiction Psychology
  • Co-Chair of the Government Affairs and Advocacy Committee for the Research Society on Alcoholism
  • Former President, RSA
  • Researcher: neurobehavioral and psychosocial concomitants of acute and chronic substance use; aging and moderate alcohol use
  • Founder: only active programs exploring the cognitive and behavioral effects of lower alcohol doses on older, healthy men and women
  • Considered one of the world’s experts in research looking at alcohol use, abuse and dependence among women
  • Recipient, three NIH awards
  • Work is published in the press, including an article in TIME Magazine
  • NIH reviewer for projects focusing on neurobehavioral consequences, sex and aging and those initiatives requiring strong scientific and/or training integration

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