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M. Duncan Stanton, PhD, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Stanton has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the field of psychology

    LOUISVILLE, KY, August 09, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present M. Duncan Stanton, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Stanton celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Stanton's upbringing played a large role in his eventual decision to go into the field of psychology. His father was a scientist, as well as a science and mathematics teacher, and his mother had an outgoing personality. Dr. Stanton became interested in the workings of the human mind, which later shaped his career path.

Dr. Stanton spent many years as both an educator and psychologist and one of his earliest positions was working as the chief psychologist at Fort Dix, New Jersey, from 1968 to 1969. He then served with the 98th Medical Detachment in Vietnam the following year. Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Stanton worked in similar positions at Fort Meade, Maryland from 1970 to 1971, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Washington, D.C., where he was the assistant chief and the director of training for their psychology service from 1971 to 1972.

While in Vietnam, Dr. Stanton, who was then a captain, conducted and analyzed an anonymous research survey involving 2,372 Army personnel regarding their drug use and their estimates of such in their units. Its results drew the attention of the U.S. Senate Special Subcommittee on Alcoholism and Narcotics, which then asked him to testify at their Dec. 2, 1970, hearing on "Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the Military." Dr. Stanton's testimony, including his finding among enlisted men of similar levels of admitted self-use and their estimated in-unit use, received both front page newspaper and widespread TV news network coverage across the country. Of particular note was that "The CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite" devoted three full minutes of air-time to his testimony, including his responses to several questions by Subcommittee members. Consequently, that project became a key factor in Dr. Stanton being awarded a Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service by the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps in 1971. The study was then published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 1972.

In 1972, Dr. Stanton began his foray into academia, joining the department of psychiatry faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant professor and later as an associate professor. While there, his primary positions were as an associate clinical director of Penn Psychiatry's Inpatient Service at Philadelphia General Hospital from 1972 to 1974, and as a faculty member, the director of the Addicts and Families Program, and the director of Research at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic from 1974 to 1983. Dr. Stanton also held adjunct teaching roles, including as a family therapy trainer at the Drug Dependence Treatment Center of the Philadelphia VA Medical Center, now known as the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, from 1974 to 1979, as faculty for the Family Institute of Philadelphia from 1977 to 1983, and an instructor at the Wilmington Medical Center in Delaware from 1978 to 1979. A huge benefit arising from Dr. Stanton's overall Philadelphia experience was that he was fortunate enough to be able to work/interact with, learn from, be appreciated by, and become friends/colleagues with a number of important pioneers in his field who were present there at that time.

In 1983, internationally known and esteemed psychiatry pioneer Lyman C. Wynne, MD, PhD, who had established and directed the Division of Family Programs in the department of psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (and who was later, in 1986, elected as president of the American Family Therapy Academy) contacted Dr. Stanton. He offered him both a tenured professor of psychiatry (psychology) position, as well as Dr. Wynne's Division directorship (as Dr. Wynne was going into semi-retirement). Since that program was very highly respected in the field, Dr. Stanton happily accepted, and once there he worked with the faculty and staff to establish an AAMFT approved post-graduate family therapy training program, as well as increased clinical services. Also, in 1984 he recruited Susan H. McDaniel, PhD to join their faculty. Then, some years later Dr. McDaniel became Division director, expanded its operation (including faculty and staff), changed its name to Institute for the Family, and eventually, in 2016, was elected president of the American Psychological Association. Finally, and regarding Dr. Stanton's other activities while there, in 1989 he served as a visiting faculty member at Harvard Medical School's department of continuing education. He was also active in research, serving as a co-investigator for five grants, as well as principal investigator for two others, the last being a National Institute on Drug Abuse research study that started in 1995. Those, particularly the last one, thus became demanding to the point that he decided to step down as Division director and switch to the position of Division research director.

In 1997 Spalding University successfully recruited Dr. Stanton to be dean of their School of Professional Psychology and Social Work, as well as a tenured professor, and he joined them in August of that year. Then, later during that academic year, in June of 1998, he applied as principal investigator for, and succeeded in obtaining, a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for a large-scale randomized controlled trial, and that began in September of 1998. Consequently, in mid-1999 his position was elevated from dean to vice president for academic research. However, given that his research project had become his primary activity, in late 1999 Spalding honored him as a professor emeritus of psychology, a designation which he continues to hold up to the present. Parallel to that, and due to the demand for more staff members, as well as increased office and storage space, in 2001 Dr. Stanton moved his NIAAA grant office from Spalding to a co-recipient of the grant's funding, i.e., The Morton Center, where he then served as their research project director until 2012.

In his own academic pursuits, Dr. Stanton first attended Alfred University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1962. He continued his education at the George Washington University, receiving a Master of Arts in clinical psychology in 1964. In 1968, Dr. Stanton earned a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical and community psychology with minors in experimental and social psychology from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Stanton is a diplomate in both clinical psychology and family psychology under the American Board of Professional Psychology. He considers the first highlight of his career to be when he was invited to present at a conference in Canada. Subsequent to that, he received numerous other invitations to present his work, resulting in over 500 presentations/workshops in 27 different countries across five continents. One of those invitations resulted in Dr. Stanton serving as a visiting professor for the Fulbright Commission in Argentina for a five-week period during 1991.

Another highlight of Dr. Stanton's career was when the White House's Office of Drug Abuse Policy asked the National Institute on Drug Abuse to recommend a specialist regarding the family aspects of substance abuse and, in response, NIDA told them that he was "the world's expert on the family and drug abuse." The White House's Office of Drug Abuse Policy thus invited him to join them as a consultant, and he honorably remained in that White House role from 1977 to 1981. The author of over 150 publications, he continues to publish in his field. Among Dr. Stanton's most recent publications have been chapters in "The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment" in 2015 and in the "Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy" in 2018.

Since 1968, Dr. Stanton has authored numerous publications on psychology. He has contributed articles and chapters to various professional journals and books throughout his tenure and, since 1980, he has lent his expertise on 16 editorial boards, including 13 journals, prior to 2016. A longtime member of the board of directors for Family Process Press from 1982 to 1999, he flourished in the same capacity for the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse from 1980 to 1990. In addition, over the years, Dr. Stanton has been cited and quoted within numerous newspapers and publications, some examples being The Washington Post, The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, and Psychology Today.

Dr. Stanton has been the chair of various review committees, task forces, and site visit teams for the National Institute on Drug Abuse since 1975 as well as both the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Since 1970, he has served on more than 75 governmental and private agency advisory boards.

In recognition of his exemplary work in his field, Dr. Stanton has received a number of accolades, including a Top Educator designation by Marquis Who's Who in 2018. Inducted to the Schenectady City School District Hall of Fame in 2008, he has celebrated as a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations in 2005 and a grantee of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism from 1998 to 2012. Honored by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy with an Award of Appreciation for Lifetime of Service to Marriage and Family Therapy by the Kentucky Division in 2004 and a Cumulative Contribution to Family Therapy Research Award in 2003, Dr. Stanton was further presented with a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association in 2001, a Legacy Circle Award from the National Council on Family Relations in 1999, a Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy in 1997, and a Plaque of Appreciation from the Foundation for Parents in Action in Argentina in 1991.

Accepting both an Award in Appreciation for Dedication to the Enhancement of Family Life and a Certificate of Recognition of Long-Standing Service from the National Council on Family Relations in 1988, Dr. Stanton was elected as a fellow in five divisions of the American Psychological Association from 1987 to 1994, and recipient of an Annual Distinguished Fellow Award from the Pikes Peak Mental Health Center in 1980. Highlighted for Outstanding Research Contribution in Marital and Family Therapy by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy that same year, he garnered grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which ran between 1974 and 1998. Attaining a Decorated Bronze Star Medal (as noted above) in 1971, Dr. Stanton has obtained a myriad of additional prestigious honors and awards.

A high proportion of Dr. Stanton's visibility, in addition to the awards he has received in his field, has arisen from the grants and studies which he has directed or been involved with, as well as their consequent publications. Following his Vietnam drug abuse study, he was active as a principal investigator for eight research grants including randomized controlled trials and a clinical trial as sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and those helped in the treatment of substance abuse problems, as well as the family and mental health treatment for Southeast Asian Refugees. The funding for those eight totaled $4.3 million, averaging at $533,000 per grant. He was also a co-investigator for seven other grants between 1988 to 1997 which dealt with AIDS/HIV treatment, drug and alcohol abuse, and prevention and protective services for abused or neglected children. During this time, Dr. Stanton produced one of his most widely cited publications, a meta-analysis across the outcome studies of family-couples treatment for drug abuse, co-authored with Dr. William R. Shadish, which was notably featured in the APA's Psychological Bulletin in 1997.

Throughout his career, Dr. Stanton has maintained professional affiliations with a variety of organizations. Those organizations, and the year he became a member of each, include the American Psychological Association (1969), the National Council on Family Relations (1974), the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (1978), the American Family Therapy Academy (1979), the South African Institute of Marital and Family Therapy (1983), the International Family Therapy Association (1987), and the Association Sistemica de Buenos Aires (1992). He is proud that his work has been used to help others. A celebrated Marquis listee, Dr. Stanton has been featured in more than 35 editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in Science and Engineering and Who's Who in the World.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Stanton has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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