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Thomas F. Babor, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor and Health Net, Inc. Endowed Chair in Community Medicine and Public Health
Academic Office Location:
Community Medicine and Health Care
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-6325
Phone: 860-679-5459
Fax: 860-679-5463

Community Medicine Website

Dr. Babor spent several years in postdoctoral research training in social psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and subsequently served as head of social science research at McLean Hospital's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center in Belmont, MA. In 1982 he moved to the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He has served as the Scientific Director at the Alcohol Research Center and the interim Chair of the Psychiatry Department before moving to Community Medicine in 1998.

Dr. Babor is head of the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care and directs an active research program. He is also Associate Editor-in-Chief and Regional Editor of the international journal, Addiction (Latest key findings, Wiley Blackwell homepage).

B.A.Manhattan CollegePsychology
M.A.University of ArizonaPsychology
Ph.D.University of ArizonaSocial Psychology
M.P.H.Harvard School of Public HealthPsychiatric Epidemiology

Post-Graduate Training
FellowshipUnited States GovernmentNational Defense Education Act Title IV Fellowship
FellowshipHarvard Medical SchoolResearch Fellow, NIMH Research Training Program in Social Psychiatry, Boston City Hospital
FellowshipGerman Marshall Fund Fellowship, Foreign Language Training Program for Social Scientists
PostdoctoralHarvard School of Public HealthPsychiatric Epidemiology Postdoctoral Fellowship

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Distinguished International Scientist Collaboration AwardCentre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, Stockholm University
First Prize in Public Health CategoryBritish Medical Association
Medical Book Competition Alcohol: No Ordinary CommodityOxford University Press
The Jellinek Memorial PrizeUniversity of Toronto
Physicians Health Services Chair in Community Medicine and Public Health
Research Scientist Development Award National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Dr. Babor teaches Psychiatric Epidemiology, an elective in the Master of Public Health Program and serves as an advisor to graduate students.
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Working Group on Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioural Disorders WHO Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department Advisory CommitteeExternalInternational2011
International Society of Addiction Journal Editors Professional/Scientific OrganizationPresidentExternalInternational2008
Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalInternational2006
International Society of Addiction Journal Editors Professional/Scientific OrganizationVice PresidentExternalInternational20062008
Adicciones Editorial BoardEditorExternalInternational2005
Addiction Editorial BoardAssociate Editor in ChiefNational2005
Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System. National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC. Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational20042006
Strategic Planning Process, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionProfessional/Scientific OrganizationExternal PartnerExternalNational2004
CDC Guide to Community Preventive Services, Alcohol Initiative. Center for Disease Control and PreventionProfessional/Scientific OrganizationCoordination TeamExternalNational2004
Journal of Mental Health Editorial BoardEditorExternalNational2002
Comité Scientifique, Alcoologie et Addictologic Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational2002
International Society of Addiction Journal Editors Professional/Scientific OrganizationChairmanExternalInternational2001
British Society for the Study of Addiction (Honorary Member) Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational2000
Scientific Advisory Board, University of Connecticut Health Center Pepper Center on AgingAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity2000
University of Connecticut Health Center, Center in Health Policy and Primary CareAdvisory CommitteeMemberUConn Health CenterUniversity1998
The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Substance Abuse Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalState19962000
Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Policy Council Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalState1996
Panel on Effectiveness and Outcomes: National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and AlcoholismAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalNational19951996
Regional Editor for the Americas, Addiction Editorial BoardEditorExternalRegional1993
Journal of Studies on Alcohol Professional/Scientific JournalEditorial BoardNational19922002
Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI), Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN), the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST), World Health Organization, Geneva Editorial BoardEditorial CommitteeExternalInternational19921996
Drug and Alcohol Dependence Editorial BoardEditorial BoardNational1989
British Journal of AddictionEditorial BoardMemberExternalInternational19891992
NIAAA Clinical and Treatment Subcommittee (ALCP-1), Alcohol Psychosocial Research Review Committee.Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberNational19881991
Alcohol Psychosocial Research Review Committee, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Research CommitteeMemberExternalNational19881991
Research Society on AlcoholismProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1987
"Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol-Related Problems: An Update on Research Opportunities." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. Study SectionMemberNational19871989
"Treatment of Alcohol Problems." Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. Study SectionMemberExternalNational19871989
Epidemiology manuscripts, Journal of Studies on AlcoholProfessional/Scientific JournalField EditorExternalNational19871992
Alcohol, Health and Research WorldEditorial BoardMemberExternalNational19861994
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Professional/Scientific OrganizationConsultantExternalNational19861993
Drug Abuse Advisory Committee, Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, MD Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalState19851987
Societé Francaise d'Alcoologie Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational1984
Work Group to Revise DSM-III, American Psychiatric Association Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberNational19841987
Veterans Administration Medical Research Service Merit Review Board for Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Research CommitteeMemberExternalNational19841987
User Board, National Clearinghouse on Alcohol InformationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational19841986
Division of Mental Health, World Health OrganizationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationTemporary AdvisorExternalInternational19831995
Task Force on Instrumentation, WHO/ADAMHA Joint Project on Diagnosis and Classification of Mental Disorders and Alcohol and Drug-Related Problems Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalInternational19821995
American Public Health Association (Council on Alcohol Policy) Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1978
American Psychological AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1972
Dr. Babor's research interests include screening, diagnosis, early intervention, and treatment evaluation, as well as cultural factors related to alcohol and drug problems.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Substance Abuse: Alcohol Use Disorders
    Babor, T.F., Kranzler, K.R., Haernandez-Avlia, C.A. and Ungemack, J.A. Psychiatry 2003 Jan;