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Butler Institute welcomes scholar Lena Lundgren as new executive director

Lena Lundgren

April 24, 2017

The Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) at the University of Denver is excited to announce that Lena Lundgren will join the GSSW faculty as full professor and executive director of the Butler Institute for Families effective Sept. 1, 2017. Her depth of experience as a scholar and leader of national and international research partnerships and initiatives—and her vision for addressing substance use in the context of family well-being—will greatly amplify the institute's impact on children, families, and communities.

Professor Lundgren's distinguished career includes 2017 induction as a Fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and delivery of the prestigious Society for Social Work and Research Aaron Rosen Lecture in 2014. Professor Lundgren was promoted to full professor at Boston University in 2008 and has served as the university's associate dean for research since that time. She has directed the Boston University Center for Addiction Research and Services since the late 1990s.

Professor Lundgren's research focuses on health disparities; disparities in access, use and outcomes of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment; and the relationship between injection-drug use, SUD treatment utilization and the spread of HIV. She is lead author of the forthcoming book Screening, Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders: Evidence Based Practices in the Era of Integrated Care. Professor Lundgren holds an MA in policy research and analysis and a PhD in social work from the University of Chicago.

Founded in 1994, the Butler Institute is the University of Denver's largest extramurally funded center. Its robust portfolio includes research and evaluation as well as organizational development, capacity building, training, and consultation encompassing all 50 states and numerous tribal nations. Content includes early childhood development, child welfare, youth services, and larger workforce-development considerations.

"I am happy and proud to be the new executive director of the Butler Institute and to join the Graduate School of Social Work's community of great scholars," Professor Lundgren says. "Everyone at the Butler Institute and GSSW has come to the same conclusion I have: If you want to promote family well-being, you need to include a focus on mental health and substance-use disorder prevention and treatment. We all look forward to working on new opportunities in research, organizational capacity building and training on integrating behavioral health and primary care, always with a focus on reducing disparities in access, use and outcomes of health- and welfare-related services."