Directors named to two ICPSR archives

New directors have been named for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) and the National Drug Abuse and HIV Data Program (NAHDAP).

SAMHDA will be led by John E. Marcotte, whose research specialties include data management and security, power analysis and sampling, and longitudinal data analysis. His latest publications examine long term care of the elderly. Marcotte recently served as the Director of Research Data Services for the School of Arts and Sciences and Senior Statistician for the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in demography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

SAMHDA promotes the access and use of the nation’s preeminent substance abuse and mental health research data by assuring accurate public use data files and documentation to support a better understanding of this critical area of public health. It is a project of the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

The new leader of NAHDAP is Amy Pienta, who also serves as ICPSR’s Director of Acquisitions. Pienta’s areas of research specialization include the demography of aging, marriage and family in later life, and health and retirement. Her work has also addressed the use of addictive substances later in life, including a paper published in the Journal of Health and Aging on smoking cessation and marriage. She has been with ICPSR since 2003 and will continue her role as Director of Acquisitions. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

NAHDAP acquires, preserves, and disseminates data on HIV and drug addiction to encourage social and behavioral research on major issues affecting public policy. NAHDAP is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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