The World Health Organization, NIDA, and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) together have selected this year’s recipient of the International Traveling Fellowship Award. Hetta Gouse, Ph.D., University of Cape Town, South Africa, received the award based on her research into the investigation of the effects of methamphetamine in a South African sample using detailed neuropsychological testing and a functional magnetic resonance imaging reward task. The award enables Dr. Gouse to make a 1-week research visit with a NIDA-supported research grantee and participate in the NIDA International Forum and the CPDD Annual Scientific Meeting in June 2012.
Dr. Gouse is an early-career investigator who is building an innovative program of research to examine the clinical relevance of neuropsychological function in substance abuse treatment outcomes as well as HIV prevention and care. She plans to visit Adam W. Carrico, Ph.D., and others in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, where they will discuss future potential collaborative research to examine the clinical relevance of neuropsychological function for HIV prevention among methamphetamine users.