Alan Budney

Alan Budney, PhD

Professor of Psychology, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Dr. Alan Budney is a Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 1989. He was a postdoctoral fellow and faculty member at the University of Vermont from 1990 to 2005, and then was a Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences until he moved to Dartmouth in 2012. Over the last 20 years he has conducted extensive research on the development and evaluation of innovative behavioral treatments for substance abuse, specializing in cannabis use disorders in adults and adolescents. His clinical research has focused on integrating abstinence-based contingency management interventions with more traditional therapies, and using computer-assisted therapies to enhance the cost effectiveness of these approaches. He has also conducted a series of human laboratory and survey studies characterizing the cannabis withdrawal syndrome. Dr. Budney is a Fellow and past President of Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse) of the American Psychological Association, and is the current President of Division 50 (Addictions). He was a member of the substance use disorders working group for the development of the DSM-5, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. He has served on numerous grant review committees at the National Institutes of Health, was on the scientific review board of the Center for Medical Cannabis Research at the University of California San Diego, and participated regularly with the Office of National Drug Control Policy on their Marijuana and Kids Media Campaign. Dr. Budney has been an active member of many community task forces targeting reduction in delinquency, violence, and substance abuse. Much of his research is conducted in collaboration with his wife and colleague, Dr. Catherine Stanger.

Dr. Budney is an avid sports fan and enjoys the theatre. He will play golf with anyone interested whenever possible, enjoys downhill skiing when not injured, and would love to BBQ if you’d like to stop by his home in Hanover, NH.