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Fals-Stewart Earns Hazelden's 2007 Dan Anderson Research Award
Date:12/21/2007

CENTER CITY, Minn., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- William Fals-Stewart, Ph.D., professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, has earned the 2007 Dan Anderson Research Award for his study that documents the benefits of partner involvement in the treatment of female alcoholics. Sponsored by the Butler Center for Research at Hazelden, the award honors a single published article by a researcher who has advanced the scientific knowledge of addiction recovery.

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Fals-Stewart earned the award for his study, "Learning Sobriety Together: A Randomized Clinical Trial Examining Behavioral Couples Therapy With Alcoholic Female Patients," published in a 2006 issue of Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (Vol. 74, No. 3, pages 579-591). The study found that behavioral couples therapy plus individual alcoholism counseling was significantly more effective in terms of improving outcomes (along different dimensions of drinking behavior and relationships adjustment) than were two other treatment conditions.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to receive the award," said Fals-Stewart, who teamed with Gary R. Birchler, Ph.D., and Michelle L. Kelley, Ph.D., on the study. "This research represents the work of my whole research team. We're very grateful for the recognition."

In his study, Fals-Stewart and colleagues compared behavioral couples therapy (BCT) for married or cohabitating female alcoholics and their nonsubstance-abusing spouses or intimate partners with individual-based treatment only and psychoeducational attention control treatment. One hundred and thirty-eight participants were randomly assigned to one of three 32- session outpatient therapies. In the BCT group, the nonsubstance-abusing partner was an active participant in 12 of the sessions, while partners d
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