Susan Young, Research Director
For the past few months, my 4th grader has been experiencing a small, but significant, ‘wellness deficit’ when it comes to her primary occupation, school. I blame homework.
Tom Crowley, my colleague of 26 years and my first academic mentor at the University of Colorado, recently retired after more than 40 years of work dedicated to researching and treating addictions and associated psychiatric conditions. He is an icon in the substance abuse field, who has been awarded many millions in research dollars and has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers.
However, these honors and accomplishments were not what shined brightest as I attended several events celebrating his amazing career. Instead, what seemed most impressive was the legacy he has left behind. I am not referring only to the multiple residential and outpatient treatment programs he built or to the Division of Substance Dependence, which he established in a time when addiction was viewed more as a socially-driven, rather than biologically-driven, disease.