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About Douglas M. Ziedonis

Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Ziedonis is an addiction psychiatrist internationally recognized for his research and leadership in addressing co-occurring addiction and mental illness, in particular tobacco and also food addiction. He and his research team have been well funded by many NIH, SAMHSA, Foundations, Veteran Affairs (VA), and state research grants, including developing and evaluating medication and behavioral therapy approaches (dual recovery therapy, smoking cessation, obesity, motivational enhancement, mindfulness, open dialogue) and organizational change interventions (MISSION for homeless veterans, ATTOC for addressing tobacco, Integrative Treatment, etc). They also do genetic and neuroimaging studies. He has served on numerous NIH Review Committees, editorial boards, and national committees. His current global research initiatives include projects in China, Korea, Finland, Latvia, United Kingdom, and Norway. He is an author on over 150 peer-reviewed articles, numerous chapters, 3 co-edited books and 15 behavioral therapy manuals. He served as an advisor to President Bush’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, the President’s Cancer Panel, and the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Committee on Gulf War and Health: Smoking Cessation in Military and Veteran Populations. He received the Norman H. Edelman Clinical Science Mentoring Award and the UMass Women's Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentoring to Women Faculty. Dr. Ziedonis graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina, Pennsylvania State University’s Medical School, UCLA’s General Psychiatry residency & Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, and Yale University’s School of Public Health. He served on faculty at Yale University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School & Rutgers University’s Center for Alcohol Studies.


Present Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Psychiatry

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • Council of Deans Fellow, Association of American Medical Colleges (2013-2014)
  • Outstanding Mentoring Award, Women's Faculty Committee, University of Massachusetts Medical School (2011)
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Network of Depression Centers (2011)
  • Best Doctors in America (1998, 2002-2012)
  • Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (2010 -)
  • American Psychiatric Association – Senior Mentor APA Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators (2005, 2009, 2010)
  • Special Commission on Oxycontin and Heroin (Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts) (2009 -)
  • Establishment of the Doug Ziedonis Mentoring Award, UMass Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center (2007- )
  • Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Gulf War and Health: Smoking Cessation in Military and Veteran Populations, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (2007-2009)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – Mental Health Services Research in Mental Health Specialty Settings – Review Committee (SRSP) (2006-2010)
  • Norman H. Edelman Clinical Science Mentoring Award, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (2006)

Contact Information

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Department of Psychiatry
55 Lake Avenue, North
Worcester, MA 01655
Phone: 508-856-3066
Fax: 508-856-2725


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