INSTITUT FÜR DUNCANIAN SUCHTFORSCHUNG
The Institut für Duncanian Suchtforschung (Institute for Duncanian Addiction Research) brings together a group of researchers with a common interest in applying a Duncanian approach to the study and control of public health problems of drug dependence and abuse.
Participants in the Institute's activities are particularly interested in Professor Duncan's self-medication hypothesis, which proposes that psychological dependence is another name for negatively reinforced behavior when the reinforcement results from the addict's use of drugs to medicate preexisting psychological distress, We also are interested in his nonjudgmental approach to the prevention and treatment of drug dependence, which has come to be known as harm reduction or harm minimisation.
Dr. David F. Duncan was a pioneer in the conceptual crossfertilisation of behavioral psychology, social epidemiology, and lifespan developmental psychology. The originality and power of his contributions has been such that he has been called "the Stephen Hawkings of public health."
Dr. Duncan is President of Duncan and Associates, a behavioral and policy studies consulting firm and a Director of the Fair View Clinic in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. He is also a Professor of Medicine at Brown University and was formerly Professor of Health Education at the University of Cologne and Southern Illinois University. He was a drug policy consultant to the Clinton White House and chairs the Council on Illicit Drugs Policy of the National Association for Public Health Policy in the U.S.