Dr. Robert L. Balster:
American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Service and
Robert (Bob) Balster was selected for his extraordinary service to the
psychological sciences. His service to psychology and psychopharmacology
throughout his academic career has been broad and significant. Dr.
Balster has held key leadership positions in professional psychological
and psychopharmacological organizations, including the APA. He has
served on numerous governmental advisory panels and grant review
committees, and serves as editor and on editorial boards of several
psychopharmacological journals. Dr. Balster has also served the field
through his teaching and mentoring of students, many of whom have gone
on to become national leaders in the field. These and other service
activities to the psychological sciences, his kind demeanor, and his
ability to listen to others have gained him the widespread respect and
appreciation that he richly deserves by those in his field.
On August 17, 2007, at the annual convention of the American
Psychological Association in San Francisco, CA Dr. Robert Balster
received the Brady-Schuster Award from the APA Division of
Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse. The Award honors a scientist who
“conducts outstanding research underscoring the fundamental importance
of behavioral science to psychopharmacology or substance abuse.” The
Award is named for two of the early leaders in behavioral pharmacology
research, Drs. Joseph V. Brady and Charles R. Schuster.
Dr. Balster is currently the Luther A. Butler Professor of Pharmacology
and Toxicology and Director of the Institute for Drug and Alcohol
Studies (IDAS) at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research focuses
on neurobehavioral pharmacology and substance abuse.