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RIA’s Frone named APA Fellow, authors new book

By Cathy Wilde

Release Date: December 5, 2013

Cover of Michael Frone's book "Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use in the Workforce and Workplace."
“To be elected a Fellow of the APA, a scientist must achieve national standing and recognition of his or her work.”
Kenneth Leonard, director, Research Institute on Addictions
University at Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Michael Frone, PhD, senior research scientist at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions, has been named a Fellow of the Society of Addiction Psychology, which represents Division 50 of the American Psychological Association (APA). 

Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions in the field of psychology.

Frone received Fellow status in APA’s Division 14, the Society for Industrial and Organization Psychology, in 2008. 

“To be elected a Fellow of the APA, a scientist must achieve national standing and recognition of his or her work,” said Kenneth Leonard, director of the Research Institute on Addictions. “Dr. Frone’s research has been at the forefront of his field, and his Fellow status is very well-deserved.”

Frone is the author of “Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use in the Workforce and Workplace,” an authoritative look at substance abuse on the job and among workers.

Published by APA this year, Frone’s book reviews more than 30 years of research on workforce and worksite alcohol and drug use and challenges many commonly held beliefs about this issue.

For example, Frone shows that current research fails to support a significant link between workers’ drug or alcohol use and worker productivity, and also fails to show that drug testing and employee assistance programs deter substance use. Frone suggests that these relations require further study within the context of a more sophisticated model.

A nationally recognized expert on employee health and substance use, Frone is the co-editor of “The Psychology of Workplace Safety” and the “Handbook of Work Stress.” He has conducted or collaborated on several NIH-funded national surveys and has published numerous book chapters and journal articles dealing with organizational behavior and management, psychology and sociology of health, and alcohol and drug use.

Frone received his doctorate from UB and has been with the Research Institute on Addictions since 1986.

RIA is a research center of the University at Buffalo and a national leader in the study of alcohol and substance abuse issues. RIA’s research programs, most of which have multiple year funding, are supported by federal, state and private foundation grants. Located on UB’s Downtown Campus, RIA is a member of the dynamic Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and helps promote UB’s strategic focus on research initiatives.

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