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RIA's Frone named APA fellow

By CATHY WILDE

Published December 6, 2013

Book cover: Alcohol and Illicit Drug Use in the Workforce and Workplace

This new book by Michael Frone published earlier this year by the American Psychological Association, takes an authoritative look at substance abuse on the job and among workers.

Michael Frone, senior research scientist at UB’s 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,” says 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 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 co-editor of “The Psychology of Workplace Safety” and the “Handbook of Work Stress.” He has conducted or collaborated on several National Institutes of Health-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 RIA since 1986.