James L. York, PhD

James York

Title: Emeritus Research Scientist
Company: Research Institute on Addictions, State of University of New York at Buffalo
Location: East Aurora, New York, United States

James L. York, PhD, Emeritus Research Scientist at the State of University of New York at Buffalo, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements and leadership in science research.

An expert in neuroscience and addiction, Dr. York served the State of University of New York at Buffalo on a part-time basis from 1999 to 2005, previously serving the university as a postdoctoral trainee from 1972 to 1974 and research associate professor of psychology from 1981 to 1999. Since his retirement, he has been recognized as an emeritus research scientist of the school’s Research Institute on Addictions. Prior to this tenure, Dr. York was a summer student worker at the Neurophysiology Laboratory of Dr. Luis Marco at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute in 1966 and a laboratory technician in neurophysiology in the Department of Neurology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital from 1966 to 1967.

In addition to these roles, Dr. York is a referee for several scientific journals, including Psychopharmacology, Alcohol, the Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, Physiology and Behavior, Behavioral Pharmacology, and Alcohol and Drug Research, among others. He has also led 16 seminars, workshops and other invited presentations, as well as participated in numerous media interviews. In preparation for his career path, Dr. York pursued a formal education at Northwestern University, earning an undergraduate degree in engineering in 1961. He then attended Bradley University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1965. He went on to attain a graduate degree in psychology from Emory University in 1966 and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in 1972.

Between 1983 and 1989, Dr. York taught courses on drug and substance addiction, alcohol research and treatment, addictive behaviors, psychodynamics of tobacco dependence, and alcohol research and treatment. He was additionally featured in an article, “Research in Brief,” by the Research Institute on Addictions in 1995. Active with his local Unitarian Church, Dr. York has published 29 abstracts and over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles in myriad journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the U.S. Journal of Druga and Alcohol Dependence in 1990. He also served on the editorial board for Alcohol from 1998 to 2004, and contributed chapters to the “Encyclopedia of Chemistry” in 1977 and “Alcoholism and Aging, Advances in Research” in 1982.

A member of various organizations related to his field, Dr. York is the recipient of many awards and accolades throughout his career. Notably, he was given the Travel and Living Expense Award by the Summer Workshop on Pharmacogenetics in 1980, the Travel Award at the Eighth International Congress on Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics by the American Society on Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics in 1981, and a Recognition Award for Outstanding Career Accomplishments in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services in 1994. Furthermore, Dr. York received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and was selected for inclusion in the first edition of Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the East.

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