SPOKANE – The Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing has hired John Roll as associate dean for research. Roll recently served as the director of the Washington Institute for Mental Health Research and Training at WSU.
Roll will begin his new position Aug. 1. As associate dean, he will be
responsible for facilitating faculty research at the College of Nursing, collaborating with stakeholders to advance the College’s research agenda, providing leadership in the establishment and implementation of the College’s strategic plan for research-related activities and maintaining an established program of research.
“Dr. Roll is an exceptionally strong scientist, and it is a pleasure to bring him to the College of Nursing,” said Patricia Butterfield, dean of the WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing. “John’s work addressing substance abuse treatment is an exceptional fit with other research underway within our college. He is an ambitious scientist, a common-sense thinker, and a faculty member truly committed to improving the lives of families affected by the scourge of substance abuse.”
Roll, who has been with WSU Spokane since 2004, is a nationally recognized leader in substance abuse research. Noted by his faculty colleagues as one of the nation’s most productive scholars in the field, he has a publication record that includes numerous book chapters, journal articles and abstracts on substance abuse. He has received funding for his research from federal, state and local sources in addition to industry and foundation support.
As a teacher, he is frequently pursued as an advisor and mentor both at WSU and other universities. He lectures to psychiatry residents throughout the country. Roll is a Fellow and president-elect of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse. He was appointed in 2006 by Gov. Gregoire to serve on two Washington State committees, including an executive commissioner of the Eastern State Hospital Advisory Board and vice-chair of the Governor’s Council on Substance Abuse.
“I am eager to begin my new position as associate dean for research. The college has many excellent faculty, and I look forward to supporting their exciting research efforts,” said Roll. “The profession of nursing touches everyone’s life at some point; I am honored to have the opportunity to play a role in advancing the field.”
Roll holds a doctoral degree in experimental psychology from WSU. He has held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Vermont Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory and the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center. Prior to joining WSU Spokane, he held faculty positions at Wayne State University’s Research Division on Substance Abuse and the University of California Los Angeles, where he eventually became the director of behavioral pharmacology in UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs.
“I am confident that John will take research in the College of Nursing to a higher level, allowing us to examine public health problems that are affecting all Washingtonians,” said Butterfield.