Introducing 2016 Panel I Speakers:
Common Global Themes Surrounding the Stigmatization and Victimization of Women Substance Users As Seen Through a Culturally Relevant Lens
Speaker I: Dr. David Otiashvili, MD, PhD, Director, Addiction Research Center – Alternative Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia
Presentation Title: Role of Culture and Social Norms in Stigmatization of Women Who Use Drugs in the Republic of Georgia
Bio: Dr. David Otiashvili, MD, PhD, is the Director of the Addiction Research Center in Alternative Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia. Dr. Otiashvili graduated with a qualification in psychiatry from Tbilisi State Medical University in 1992 and spent 10 years in clinical work treating patients with substance use disorders. In 2003-2004, he studied substance abuse research as a NIDA Humphrey Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, USA. In 2014, he received his PhD in Health Psychology from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. For the last ten years he has been involved in addiction research, serving as the Georgian PI for a number of NIDA-funded international collaborative clinical trials. Dr. Otiashvili is involved with harm reduction and drug policy advocacy at a national and regional level
Speaker II: Dr. Linda Cottler, PhD, Associate Dean for Research and Planning at the College of Public Health and Health Professions and Dean’s Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine at the University of Florida
Presentation Title: Women in Afghanistan: More Similarities than Differences in Exposure to Drug Use and Physical Abuse
Bio: Dr. Linda Cottler, PhD, is the Associate Dean for Research and Planning at the College of Public Health and Health Professions, and Dean’s Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. Dr. Cottler’s research has focused on the development of culturally reliable and valid measures for identifying substance use, abuse and dependence, along with psychiatric disorders and their risk factors; innovative methods for conducting national surveys of high risk behaviors; and community based, peer-delivered interventions to change HIV risk behaviors and substance abuse. Her work has had international focus as well, extending internationally to Sydney, Taipei, Bangalore, Kenya and Afghanistan. Dr. Cottler’s research has been funded continuously since 1989; grants have been funded through NIDA, NIAAA, NCRR, NINR, NIMH, NHLBI, Pinney Associates and ESPN. In her career, she has received numerous awards for mentoring and excellence in research.
Speaker III: Dr. Lianne Urada, PhD, MSW, LCSW is an Assistant Professor at the University of California San Diego, Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine, and the Center on Gender Equity and Health
Presentation Title: Stigma and Abuse Histories of Sex Workers in the Philippines and Mexico: Implications for Community Mobilization
Bio: Dr. Lianne Urada, PhD, MSW, LCSW is an Assistant Professor at the University of California San Diego, Division of Global Public Health, Department of Medicine, and the Center on Gender Equity and Health. Her NIDA K01 award and NIH Fogarty International Center- University of California Global Health Institute GloCal grant examines community mobilization and its potential to reduce HIV/STI risk among women in the sex trade in Tijuana, Mexico. After receiving her PhD in Social Welfare at UCLA, she completed a NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Fordham University Research Ethics Training Institute Fellowship, and published on women and girls involved in sex trade and sex trafficking in the Philippines and Russia. Recently, she served as a Technical Review Committee member for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), reviewing studies on the prevalence of violence against women in the Pacific. She is a Co-investigator on an NIMH R01 Men Count study of HIV case management interventions with Black men in Washington DC., and for a U.S. nationwide Kaiser-funded community based HIV Test and Treat Initiative. She has held a License in Clinical Social Work since 1998 and worked with women, men, and families living with HIV for eight years in Los Angeles County. She is also on the Board of Directors for Christie’s Place, an agency transforming the lives of women affected by HIV/AIDS in San Diego.
Speaker IV: Dr. Joana Narvaez PhD, Psychologist, Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Brazila
Presentation Title: Circle of Re-traumatization: Sexual Abuse, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Sexual Risk Behavior in Drug Users: Does Gender Matter?
Bio: Dr. Joana Narvaez, PhD, graduated in 2004 Academic Accolade from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul with a specialization in Clinical Psychology. She obtained her master´s degree in Medical Sciences and her doctoral degree in Psychiatry at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Dr. Narvaez has conducted volunteer work at the Brazilian Red Cross for five years on projects related to drug addiction. She has also served as a researcher at the Research Center for Alcohol and Other Drugs (CPAD) – linked to Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre (HCPA). Currently, Dr. Narvaez is a public servant psychologist at the HCPA in the Addition Unit of Collaborating Centre for Drug and Alcohol. She is also a Professor of the Master’s course in Prevention and Assistance to Users of Alcohol and other Drugs at HCPA, and a journal reviewer in the area of addictions and clinical psychology.