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Gail Carol Nelson

Gail Nelson

Dr. Nelson is the Associate Director of the Dartmouth Center on Addiction, Recovery and Education, a collaborative effort of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School. She is also a member of the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School.

Gail has served in the area of alcohol and addiction medicine for over 20 years in a variety of capacities: as author, as professor, as research scholar, as Training Fellow for the National Institute for Native Leaders in Higher Education, as a Continuing Education Specialist, as designer of educational programs and conferences, as consultant to state health departments and college programs, as coordinator of a county council on alcoholism, and as state certified chemical dependency counselor. She has developed and conducted workshops in different parts of the country for physicians and other health care professionals, for educators and diverse communities on topics related to alcohol and other drug use, addiction and recovery. Since 1990, she has been affiliated with Dartmouth College where she helped create and continues to teach an interdisciplinary class for undergraduate and medical students on the dynamics of addiction and recovery within individuals, families and communities. (Alcohol and Addiction Medicine: Symbols and Substance, Psychiatry 606, cross-listed with Sociology 59) This course is taught together with other members of the Dartmouth Medical School Faculty and with members of the Dartmouth College Faculty. Her doctoral dissertation on the nature of addiction and recovery was published by Hazelden in 1989 as the text Alcoholics in Recovery: Spiritual and Cultural Revitalization. A new work will shortly be available: Practicing Peace: Alcoholics in Recovery of Freedom.

Last Updated: 3/13/14