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About the Editor

About the Editor

(p. ix) Kenneth J. Sher

Kenneth J. Sher, PhD, is Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri. He received his undergraduate degree from Antioch College (1975), his PhD in clinical psychology from Indiana University (1980), and his clinical internship training at Brown University (1981). His primary areas of research focus on etiological processes in the development of alcohol dependence, factors that affect the course of drinking and alcohol use disorders throughout adulthood, longitudinal research methodology, psychiatric comorbidity, and nosology. At the University of Missouri he has directed the predoctoral and postdoctoral training program in alcohol studies, and his research has been continually funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for more than 30 years. A Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Psychological Association, his research contributions have been recognized by professional societies including the Research Society on Alcoholism (where he was awarded the Young Investigator Award, the Distinguished Researcher Award, and the G. Alan Marlatt Mentoring Award) and the American Psychological Association (the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Division on Addictions and a Presidential Citation), as well as by the University of Missouri (the Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creativity and the President’s Award for Research and Creativity) and the National Institutes of Health (a MERIT Award and a Senior Scientist and Mentoring Award). Throughout his career, he has been heavily involved in service to professional societies (e.g., he is current president-elect of the Research Society on Alcoholism and serves on the American Psychological Association’s Policy and Planning Board and Council of Representatives). He also has a long history of service to scholarly publications, serving as an associate/field editor for both disciplinary journals (Clinical Psychological Science, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Bulletin), and specialty journals (The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, and Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research). His current work is focused on attempting to define the “core” of addiction and developing methods to improve the diagnosis of alcohol use disorders.