SUNY Buffalo Student Selected for NIDA Dissertation Award

Philip Smith, Doctoral Student, Community Health and Health Behavior

Published October 7, 2011

Mr. Philip Smith, a doctoral student in Community Health and Health Behavior at the University at Buffalo SUNY School of Public Health and Health Professions, has received a dissertation award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to support his dissertation research on illicit drug use and intimate partner violence.

Substance use and intimate partner violence are important public health concerns. Mr. Smith’s study will build upon previous research, which has speculated that illicit drug use may increase verbal conflict in relationships. Such conflicts can result in a greater likelihood of intimate partner violence. His research will focus on improving the understanding of the association between illicit drug use and intimate partner violence in newly married couples, a population that is at high risk for relationship violence.