Registration Now Open for the 9th Annual InWomen’s Conference

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9th Annual International Women’s and Children’s
Health and Gender Group Conference

Friday, 10 June 2016, 9:00 to 17:30,
La Quinta Hotel, Palm Springs, CA, USA 

This conference will be held one day prior to the 78th Annual Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and just before the NIDA International Forum

Register for the InWomen’s Conference at


Welcome:                    Loretta Finnegan, MD, CPDD Executive Officer
Opening Remarks:    Wendee Wechsberg, PhD, Conference Chair; Director, RTI Global Gender Center; Principal Scientist and Director, Substance Use Gender, and Applied Research Program

Panel Session 1:   Common Global Themes Surrounding the Stigmatization
and Victimization of Women Substance Users As Seen Through a Culturally Relevant Lens

  • Role of Culture and Social Norms in Stigmatization of Women Who Use Drugs in the Republic of Georgia  
    David Otiashvili, MD, Director, Addiction Research Center, Alternative Georgia
  • Women in Afghanistan: More Similarities than Differences in Exposure to Drug Use and Physical Abuse
    Linda Cottler, PhD, MPH, Associate Dean for Research and Planning, Dean’s Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine at the University of Florida
  • Stigma and Abuse Histories of Sex Workers in the Philippines and Mexico: Implications for Community Mobilization
    Lianne Urada, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Professor, Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego
  • Circle of Re-traumatization: Sexual Abuse, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Sexual Risk Behavior in Drug Users: Does Gender Matter?
    Joana Narvaez, PhD, Psychologist, Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Brazil

   Topical Discussion Tables & Lunch

  1. Using Trauma-Informed Substance Abuse Treatment to Prevent Gender-Based Violence Among Women Who Use Drugs
  2. Using Structural Interventions for Women Who Use Drugs
  3. HIV Prevention and Treatment for Women and Adolescents Who Use Drugs
  4. Growing the Gender Field: Developing Scientific, Clinical, and Academic Leaders
  5. Implementing Evidence-based Substance Abuse Interventions for Women Receiving Health Services
  6. Substance Use and Abuse in the LGBTQ Community: Assessment, Intervention, and Treatment
  7. Essential Practice Guidelines for Wraparound Services with Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs
  8. Addressing the Epidemic of Prescription Opiate Use Among Women
  9. Addressing the Increase in Modified Tobacco Product Use Among Women 

 Panel Session 2:  Young Women, Adolescents, and Transgender Individuals


  • Drug Treatment as HIV Prevention Among Women and Girls Who Inject Drugs From a Global Perspective: Progress, Gaps, and Future Directions
    Sandra Springer, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases
  • Outcomes From a Pilot Test for Out-of-School, Substance-Using, At-Risk Female Adolescents in South Africa
    Felicia Browne, ScD, MPH, Research Public Health Analyst, Substance Use, Gender, and Applied Research Program, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
  • Women in Crisis: Addressing Substance Use Disparities and Risks Facing Transgender Women
    Claudia Powell, MEd, Associate Research Social Scientist, Director of Evaluation, University of Arizona, Southwest Institute for Research on Women
  • Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for At-Risk Adolescents in Residential Substance Abuse Treatment in Israel
    Sharon Rabinovitz-Shenkar, PhD, Associate Professor of Criminology, University of Haifa, Israel; Director of the Unit for Excellence in Research & Study of Addiction (ERSA); Senior Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Society

 Cultural Expression
Poster Session
Closing Remarks and 10thYear Conference Plan


Online registration available until May 27, 2016
*Note lunch and selected discussion table may not be available if you opt to register on site.



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