Professor Isidore Obot
Isidore S. Obotis Professor and Head, Department of Psychology, University of Uyo, and Director, Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA), Uyo, Nigeria. Prior to this he served as Professor and Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Morgan State University School of Public Health and Policy in Baltimore, MD, and Scientist in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva. He has also worked at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, as a research fellow. His academic career began in the Department of Psychology, University of Jos, Nigeria, in 1985, after receiving degrees in clinical and social psychology from Loyola University Maryland and Howard University, Washington DC, (PhD), and a master of public health degree from the Harvard University School of Public Health. Professor Obot is the author of many papers on alcohol epidemiology and drug policy, a co-author of Drugs and the public good (Oxford, 2010), and editor of several books on drugs and alcohol published by WHO and CRISA. He is founding Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies and a member of the editorial boards of several journals on addiction, psychology and the health sciences. Professor Obot has consulted for many local and international organizations on drug-related issues, including the UNODC, Economic Commission of West African States, the African Union, and the West African Commission on Drugs. He is a member of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) and the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Alcohol Epidemiology.