Welcome to the National American Indian and Alaska Native (AI & AN) Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) website. At the National AI & AN ATTC, we provide educational opportunities for those interested in substance abuse treatment and counseling, including health professionals in primary prevention and treatment of substance abuse. We are housed in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, and offer services nationwide for consulting, technical assistance, and continuing education seminars, focusing specifically on the American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Dr. Peter E. Nathan, a pioneering researcher whose studies demonstrated the power of psychological interventions to treat alcoholism and other substance abuse, died on May 8 in Iowa City, Iowa, after a brief illness. He was 81.
At the time of his death, Dr. Nathan was the University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Public Health Emeritus. He earlier served as Iowa’s provost and acting president. He also helped found the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University and was director of the university’s Center of Alcohol Studies.
In 1999, he received the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Knowledge “for his original contributions to psychological science, his ability to disseminate important psychological viewpoints in a wide variety of policy-making positions, and his successful administrative leadership in education and training,” according to the award citation.
Dr. Nathan’s research confirmed the effectiveness of psychological interventions to treat alcoholism and substance abuse. His findings spurred an explosion of research and influenced clinical applications in the field. He made seminal contributions to diagnostic decision-making, syndromal analysis and science-based treatments of psychopathology. He helped found the field of social and behavioral science of addiction.
Dr. Nathan was one of the first psychologists invited to join the panel of psychiatrists developing the third edition of the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the American Psychiatric Association’s closely followed classification of mental health disorders. It was published in 1980. He also worked on DSM-IV, which was published in 1994.
Dr. Nathan authored or co-authored nearly 20 books, including “Abnormal Psychology,” “A Guide to Treatments that Work, 1 – 4th Edition” and “Treating Mental Disorders.” He also contributed hundreds of articles to scholarly journals. He served as the U.S. delegate in psychology for Oxford University Press, and was editor in chief of the 120-volume Oxford Library in Psychology and Oxford’s online psychology series.
A Celebration of Life will be at 11 AM, Saturday, September 24th at the Levitt Center, 1 West Park Road, Iowa City.
We would like to share our latest Newsletter, Volume 3: Special Issue, which focuses on the care of Native LGBTQ and Two Spirit identified clients. Rick Haverkate wrote about the particular wellness needs of LGBTQ and Two-Spirit identified clients; we also share thoughts about the meaning and history of the term "Two Spirit" and the history of LGBTQ identified individuals and inclusiveness within Native communities from Apacuar/Tutmalria Larry Kairaiuak, Sean Bear, and Mary K. Winters. Also included in this issue are "Best Practices for Treating of Native Transgender Women," by Michaela Grey, and an overview of our forthcoming curriculum, "Honoring Our Relations: Increasing Knowledge on Native LGBTQ/Two-Spirit Wellness" by Lena Thompson.