Rutgers Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies Faculty Members Honored at The 2019 Annual Center for Great Expectations (CGE) Gala

Nov, 2019

Dr. Marsha Bates, Distinguished Research Professor at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies (CAS), and Dr. Denise Hien, GSAPP Professor and Director of The CAS were honored at The Center for Great Expectations (CGE) Annual Gala, “Empowering Futures, Transforming Communities,” on the evening of Friday, October 18.

Dr. Bates and Hien were among 8 other members of the Rutgers community receiving 2019 Humanitarian of the Year award, which recognized the award recipients for their contributions in helping to shape and evolve CGE’s trauma-informed model. Dr. Bates’ relationship with CGE dates back to 2012, when she began collaborating with CGE to examine the real-world utility of translational science models. Dr. Hien’s honor stems from her work with CGE on a number of projects, including a PCORI grant she hopes to obtain to study “A Comparative Effectiveness Trial for PTSD and Substance Use Disorders.”

For over 20 years, CGE has focused on preventing and treating mental health and substance use disorders, by providing a safe environment for families impacted by trauma and abuse. CGE prides itself as a leader in the field of treatment that uses its unique Trauma C.A.R.E. model to empower and support over 600 individuals annually. The CGE 2019 annual gala raised over $150,000, which they will use to continue to service the community. The fundraiser, which took place at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, focused on displaying hope-filled stories of transformation, while also providing opportunities for attendees to get involved. The event included an online silent auction, dining and dancing, and a great deal of celebration. 

The Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies (CAS) in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology is a multidisciplinary institute dedicated to substance use research, education, and training. Learn more about CAS here

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Dr. Denise Hien Dr. Denise Hien with GSAPP Dean Francine Conway The CGE Annual Gala


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