Wellness Research in the UMass Department of Psychiatry
Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry
at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center.
Dr. Ziedonis is an internationally recognized leader in co-occurring mental illness
and addiction, in particular tobacco dependence. He is a leader in promoting wellness
- especially in mental health and addiction treatment settings. He is co-author
of the Learning about Healthy Living manual that includes addressing nutrition,
exercise, smoking cessation, spiritual approaches, and stress management. His research
includes a focus on integrating wellness interventions into traditional psychiatric
treatment, including complementary and alternative approaches.
Dr. Ziedonis has served as an advisor to President Bush’s New Freedom Commission
on Mental Health and serves as a Senior Fellow for SAMHSA’s Co-Occurring Disorders
Center for Excellence and the TIPS on Co-Occurring Disorders. He also serves on
the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Committee on Gulf War and Health: Smoking Cessation
in Military and Veteran Populations. Most recently, Dr. Ziedonis was invited to
join the Massachusetts Oxycontin and Heroin Treatment Commission. He is the recipient
of numerous awards and grants from the NIMH, NIDA, CSAT, and other agencies, including
grants on Addressing Tobacco through Organizational Change, Motivational Enhancement
Therapy for multiple problems, Dual Recovery Therapy, and Smoking Cessation Treatments.
He has written over 100 peer-reviewed and other publications and co-edited three
books and over 5 behavioral therapy manuals for co-occurring disorders. He serves
on the Editorial Board of The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
and The Journal of Groups in Addiction & Recovery.