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Michael A. Dawes, M.D

Michael A. Dawes, M.D

Assistant Professor

South Texas Veterans Health Care System

Department of Psychiatry,

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Biographical Sketch

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate, Michael A. Dawes, M.D., received both his undergraduate degree (1982) and his medical degree (1986) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is board certified in Adult, Child/Adolescent, and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Dawes is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and is Medical Director of the Substance Abuse Treatment Program at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS). He has been PI and Co-Investigator on numbers clinical studies from the National Institutes of Health, examining the relationships among impulsivity, substance abuse, and suicidal behavior in adolescents and adults. He has research interest and experience in conducting clinical trials in substance-abusing adolescents and adults. Dr. Dawes plans to implement Screening, Brief Interventions, and Referrals for Treatment (SBIRT) practices in the STVHCS, and beyond.

Dr. Dawes has a strong interest in teaching. While at Wake Forest University Health Sciences, he received the 2007 Excellence in Teaching Excellence Award in the Section of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Dawes teaching interests also extend to the national level. As one example, he received national recognition by his participation in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's curriculum for training residents and faculty on the assessment and treatment of adolescent substance abuse. The curriculum, entitled "Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Curriculum for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Trainees, Practitioners and Other Health Professionals" was available on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Website, 2008-2009. Currently, he is the Department of Psychiatry liaison for training residents and fellows in Psychiatry to do SBIRT, for adolescents and adults with substance use problems, and is implementation SBIRT into the electronic medical record at the STVHCS.

Dr. Dawes' current research interests remain in adolescent substance abuse, with emphasis on understanding how impulsivity and bio-behavioral risk factors influence the progression of adolescent substance use. His current research funding includes a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, entitled "Impulsivity and Abstinence Outcomes in Cannabis-Using Adolescents." Additionally, he is collaborates with the NRLC on a study from the National Institute of Mental Health that examines the relationships among impulse control, substance abuse, and suicidal behavior during adolescent development. Future research plans include preventive and treatment interventions in substance-abusing adolescents.

Research Interests

Education

Year Degree Major Institution
2000 Fellowship Addiction Psychiatry St. Francis Medical Center - Pittsburgh
1997 Post Doc Adolescent Substance Use University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
1994 Residency Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Harvard Children's Hospital
1990 Residency Adult Psychiatry Medical College of Georgia
1986 M.D. Medicine University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
1982 B.A. Zoology/Chemistry University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Presentations/Publications with the NRLC

  • True Experimental Designs.

    Dawes, M. A. (2010). In N. J. Salkind (Ed.),

    Encyclopedia of Research Design (pp. 3:1543-1546). Sage Publications, Inc: Thousand Oaks, CA.

  • Type III Error.

    Dawes, M. A. (2010). In N. J. Salkind (Ed.),

    Encyclopedia of Research Design (pp. 3:1579-1581). Sage Publications, Inc: Thousand Oaks, CA.

  • Cannabis withdrawal among adolescent cannabis users in an outpatient research setting.

    Dawes, M. A., Liguori, A., and Dougherty, D. M. (2006).

    American Journal of Addiction, 15, 485-486. PubMed Icon

  • Drinking histories in alcohol-use-disordered youth: preliminary findings on relationships to platelet serotonin transporter expression with genotypes of the serotonin transporter.

    Dawes, M. A., Roache, J. D., Javors, M. A., Bergeson, S. E., Richard, D. M., Mathias, C. W., Ait-Daoud, N., Dougherty, D. M., and Johnson, B. A. (2009)

    Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 70, 899-907. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Prospective study of cannabis withdrawal in cannabis-using adolescents..

    Dawes, M. A., Richard, D. M., Mathias, C. W., and Dougherty, D. M. (2008).

    Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47, 1095-1096. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Adolescent suicidal behavior and substance use: Developmental mechanisms

    Dawes, M. A., Mathias, C. W., Richard, D. M., Hill-Kapturczak, N., and Dougherty, D. M. (2008).

    Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, 2, 13-28 PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Triple Blind Study.

    Dawes, M. A. (2010). In N. J. Salkind (Ed.),

    Encyclopedia of Research Design (pp. 3:1541-1543). Sage Publications, Inc: Thousand Oaks, CA

  • Failure to sustain prepulse inhibition in adolescent marijuana users.

    Mathias, C. W., Blumenthal, T. D., Dawes, M. A., Liguori, A., Richard, D. M., Bray, B., Tong, W., and Dougherty, D. M. (2011).

    Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 116, 110-116. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • L-tryptophan: Basic metabolic functions, behavioral research, and therapeutic indications.

    Marsh-Richard, D. M., Dawes, M. A.., Mathias, C. W., Acheson, A., Hill-Kapturczak, N., and Dougherty, D. M. (2009).

    International Journal of Tryptophan Research, 2, 45-60. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Functional activation and effective connectivity differences in adolescent marijuana users performing a simulated gambling task

    Acheson, A., Ray, K., Hines, C., Li K., Dawes, M. A., Mathias, C. W., Dougherty, D. M., and Laird, A. (2015).

    Journal of Addiction, 2015 (783106), 1-11. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • The effects of alcohol on laboratory-measured impulsivity after L-Tryptophan depletion or loading.

    Dougherty, D. M., Marsh, D. M., Mathias, C. W., Dawes, M. A., Bradley, D. M., Morgan, C. J., and Badawy, A. A.-B. (2007).

    Psychopharmacology, 193, 137-150. PubMed Icon

  • Behavioral impulsivity in adolescents with Conduct Disorder who use Marijuana.

    Dougherty, D. M., Mathias, C. W., Liguori, A., Marsh, D. M. Dawes, M. A. and Moeller, F. G. (2007).

    Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment, 6, 43-50.

  • Impulsivity, attention, memory, and decision-making among adolescent marijuana users

    Dougherty, D. M., Mathias, C. W., Dawes, M. A., Furr, R. M., Charles, N. E., Liguori, A., Shannon, E. E., Acheson, A. (2013).

    Psychopharmacology, 226, 307-319. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Impulsivity and clinical symptoms among adolescents with non-suicidal self-injury with or without attempted suicide.

    Dougherty, D. M., Mathias, C. W., Marsh-Richard, D. M., Prevette, K. N., Dawes, M. A., Hatzis, E. S., Palmes, G., and Nouvion, S. O. (2009)

    Psychiatry Research, 169, 22-27 PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Distinctions in behavioral impulsivity: Implications for substance abuse research.

    Dougherty, D. M., Mathias, C. W., Marsh-Richard, D. M., Furr, R. M., Nouvion, S. O., and Dawes, M. A. (2009)

    Addictive Disorders and Their Treatment, 8, 61-73. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon

  • Acquisition of rater agreement for the Stressful Life Events Schedule

    James, L. M., Mathias, C. W., Bray, B. C., Cates, S. E., Farris, S. J., Dawes, M. A., Hill-Kapturczak, N., and Dougherty, D. M. (2013)

    Journal of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 1:125, 1-5.

  • Ethical considerations in adolescent drug research, a response to “Conflicting ethics of confidentiality in adolescent drug research”

    Dougherty, D. M., Hill-Kapturczak, N., Ryan, S. R., Mathias, C. W., Dawes, M. A., Acheson, A., Charles, N. E., Furr, M. A., and Liguori, A. (2014).

    Psychopharmacology, 231(8), 1433-1435. DOI: 10.1007/s00213-013-3183-9 PubMed Icon

  • Intolerance to delayed reward in girls with multiple suicide attempts.

    Mathias, C. W., Dougherty, D. M., James, L. M., Richard, D. M., Dawes, M. A., Acheson, A., and Hill-Kapturczak, N. (2011).

    Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 41, 277-286. PubMed Icon PubMed Central - Free Full Text Icon