ISAP Researchers' Profiles
Daniel L. Dickerson, D.O., M.P.H.
Daniel Dickerson, D.O., M.P.H., is a double board-certified psychiatrist and addiction psychiatrist and an Assistant Research Psychiatrist at the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been affiliated with ISAP since 2007.
Dr. Dickerson’s research interests focus on substance abuse among American Indians/Alaska Natives (AIs/ANs) and in developing culturally tailored substance abuse treatments for AIs/ANs. His research interests also include community-based participatory research and translating his research findings to the broader community. He is the Principal Investigator on a National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)-funded R-21 study, “Drum-Assisted Recovery Therapy for Native Americans (DARTNA).” This study focuses on the final development of a culturally-relevant treatment approach utilizing drumming and a follow-up pilot study of this treatment protocol. Dr. Dickerson has authored publications on the substance abuse treatment outcomes among AIs/ANs, substance abuse patterns among at-risk AIs/ANs, mental health and substance abuse characteristics among urban AI/AN youths, and development of culturally-appropriate psychiatric and substance abuse treatment programs for urban AI/AN youths. He is also the author on the chapter: American Indians/Alaska Natives in the 5th edition of Lowinson and Ruiz’s Substance Abuse: A Comprehensive Textbook.
Education and Training
- Berry College, Mt. Berry, Georgia, B.S., Biochemistry, 1997
- Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, D.O., 2001
- Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, General Psychiatry Residency, 2001-2005
- Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 2005-2007, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
- A.T. Still University, Kirksville, Missouri, 2008, Master of Public Health
- Evaluation of substance use characteristics in American Indian/Alaska Native populations
- The role of culture on substance use behaviors
- Development of substance abuse treatments for American Indians/Alaska Natives
UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs
11075 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Dickerson DL, Fisher, DG, Reynolds GL, Baig S, Napper LE, Anglin MD. Substance Use Patterns among High-Risk American Indians/Alaska Natives in Los Angeles County. American Journal on Addictions. 2012; 21:445-52
Dickerson DL, Johnson CL, Castro C, Naswood E, Leon JMP. CommUNITY Voices: Integrating traditional healing services for urban American Indians/Alaska Natives in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Learning Collaborative Summary Report. February, 2012.
Dickerson DL, Johnson CL. Development of a culturally-appropriate treatment program for urban American Indian/Alaska Native youths with psychiatric and substance use disorders: Incorporating Community Feedback. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs 2011 43(4).
Dickerson DL, Spear S, Marinelli-Casey P, Rawson R, Li L, Hser YI. American Indians/Alaska Natives and substance abuse treatment outcomes: positive signs and continuing challenges. Journal of Addictive Diseases 2011 Jan:30(1):63-74.
Dickerson DL. (2011) Substance Abuse: A Comprehensive Textbook, Fifth Edition. Chapter: American Indians/Alaska Natives. 2011.
Dickerson DL, Johnson CL. Mental health and substance abuse characteristics among a clinical sample of urban American Indian/Alaska Native youths in a large California metropolitan area: a descriptive study. Community Mental Health Journal 2010 Dec 16 [Epub ahead of print]
Dickerson DL, Leeman RF, Mazure CM, O’Malley SS: Inclusion of women and minorities in clinical trials of FDA-approved pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation. American Journal on Addictions 2009 Jan-Feb;18(1):21-28
Dickerson DL, O’Malley S, Canive J, Thuras P, Westermeyer J: Nicotine Dependence and comorbid psychiatric and substance use disorders in a sample of American Indian Veterans. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 2009 Jan 1;99(1-3):169-75
Westermeyer J, Dickerson DL. (2008) The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, Fourth Edition. Chapter: Minorities.
Dickerson, DL: Meeting the mental health care needs for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, NAMI Advocate, Winter 2006
Last updated - 03/15/2013
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