Biographies

Bankole A. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.

Bankole A. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.

Professor Johnson serves as Alumni Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. He is also a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and a Professor in the Department of Medicine.

He is the Principal Investigator on National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded research studies utilizing neuroimaging and molecular genetic techniques. Professor Johnson's clinical expertise is in the fields of addiction, biological, and forensic psychiatry. Honors include service on numerous NIH review and other committees including special panels. Professor Johnson is the 2001 recipient of the Dan Anderson Research Award for his "distinguished contribution as a researcher who has advanced the scientific knowledge of addiction recovery."

He received the Distinguished Senior Scholar of Distinction Award in 2002 from the National Medical Association. Professor Johnson also is an inductee of the Texas Hall of Fame in 2003 for contributions to science, mathematics, and technology, and in 2006 he received the American Psychiatric Association's Distinguished Psychiatrist Lecturer Award. Professor Johnson is on the editorial board of The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology and reviews for more than 20 journals in pharmacology, neuroscience, and addiction medicine. He has written more than 200 publications. Professor Johnson also has edited two books: Drug Addiction and Its Treatment: Nexus of Neuroscience and Behavior and Handbook of Clinical Alcoholism Treatment.

Professor Johnson graduated in Medicine from Glasgow University in 1982, and trained in Psychiatry at the Royal London and Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals. Additional to his medical degree, he trained in research at the Institute of Psychiatry (University of London), and conducted studies in psychopharmacology for his doctoral thesis (degree from Glasgow University) on the Medical Research Council unit at Oxford University. Most recently, in 2004, Professor Johnson earned his Doctor of Science degree in Medicine from Glasgow University. This is the highest degree that can be granted in science by a British university. His primary area of research expertise is the psychopharmacology of medications for treating addictions. Professor Johnson is a licensed physician and board-certified psychiatrist throughout Europe and in the U.S.

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