Dr. Gary Tsai is the Medical Director for Los Angeles County Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC). He discusses his priorities for substance abuse treatment in LA County. One of the more concerning trends is the dramatic increase of opioid use, both prescription drug and heroin use.
Dr. Tsai is promoting LA County's Al-impics, an athletic competition for those in recovery, including teams from various treatment agencies in the city. Among the guests will be Actor Danny Trejo, Interventionist Candy Finnigan, and Boxer Mia St. John.
Saturday May 30, 2015
Los Angeles Harbor City College
1111 Figueroa Place
Wilmington, CA 90744
Rachel Gonzales, Ph.D. is a research psychologist who joined Azusa Pacific's Department of Psychology as an associate professor in 2011. She has extensive training in public health, developmental and health psychology, and addiction medicine/psychiatry. Her teaching and research integrate qualitative and quantitative research methods, with a focus on the application of behavioral and social-system-level theories to understand the etiology and maintenance of risky behaviors among diverse populations. Primary interests include tertiary prevention and disease management approaches, including wellness/health promotion; adolescent and young adult health.
She is researching the recovery from substance use, taking a developmental social approach, and serves as the principal investigator on a five-year, NIH-funded grant to develop and test the utility of a mobile-based continuing care recovery support program (text messaging) for youth transitioning out of substance abuse treatment. She is also an affiliated scholar in the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs within the Department of Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Timothy W. Fong, M.D. is and Addiction Psychiatrist and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.
He is the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. The purpose of this program is to examine the underlying causes and course of problem and pathological gambling and to develop effective, evidence-based treatments. He is also the director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic, a teaching clinic that specializes in the treatment of all disorders of addiction. Finally, he is also the director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, which provides high-level training in addiction psychiatry.
For more information, you may visit the UCLA Gambling Studies Program.