Russell Wins National Award for Research in HR Policy and Substance Use Disorders


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Alex Russell, an assistant professor of public health, recently won an award for his research related to human resources policies that may help reduce drug and alcohol-related disorders among employees.

Russell partnered with Murphy Smith of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and David Kerry of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to author the award-winning paper, “Ensuring Effective HR Policies on Substance Use Disorders.”

The Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler Award for Outstanding Published Manuscript was presented at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association’s Gender and Work-Life Balance Section in August.

“In our article, we provide information that business leaders can use to better understand and formulate human resources policies to mitigate alcohol and other drug disorders, which affect millions of Americans. every year,” Russell said.

The authors note that companies can help alleviate employee stress by encouraging work-life balance. “Reducing work-related stress contributes to employee well-being, including making them less likely to turn to unhealthy painkillers, such as alcohol or other drugs. Facilitating work-life balance privacy leads to better job performance and better ethical behavior,” Smith said.

Russell’s research focuses broadly on hazardous alcohol use and alcohol use disorders and on advancing the science and practice of recovery. His academic work has been published in leading addiction journals, including Drug and alcohol addiction, Addictive behaviors, Journal of Alcohol and Drug Studies and Nicotine and Tobacco Research.


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