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Welcome to the “Ask the Expert” page of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence Web site.
Every month, Dan Dubovsky, M.S.W., the Center’s FASD Specialist, or a special guest will use this space to write about
an aspect of FASD in response to questions from the Center’s audience.
It is our hope that this column will provide vital, up-to-date information on FASD for a variety of stakeholders.
Screening for FASD among women in substance abuse treatment programs - April 2014
FASD experts Therese Grant, Ph.D., and Dan Dubovsky, M.S.W., discuss the importance of screening women in substance abuse treatment programs for FASD,
and their work on developing an effective screening tool. Dr. Grant is an associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine,
and Mr. Dubovsky is the FASD Specialist with the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence.
FASD: The Current Relevance of an Age-Old Problem - March 2014
Callie Gass, Project Director with the FASD Center for Excellence, discusses some of the history of alcohol use in pregnancy, the current relevance of fetal
alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) as a public health concern, and the steps that the FASD Center and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
are taking to address public awareness, prevention, and treatment.
Article and Poll Spotlight Public Misperceptions of Drinking During Pregnancy - February 2014
Dan Dubovsky, FASD Specialist with the SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence, discusses a recent article by a journalist and mother who candidly admits drinking
during her three pregnancies, but now wonders about the damage alcohol can do. Results of an online poll accompanying the article spotlight common public
misperceptions about drinking during pregnancy.
Survey finds ongoing concerns with alcohol use during pregnancy - January 2014
This month, Drs. Margaret Mattson and Rachel Lipari provide us with their insights on findings related to alcohol use among pregnant women and women of
childbearing age, from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) for 2011-12. This survey is conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA), where Drs. Mattson and Lipari are researchers in the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.
- Questions & Answers about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - October 2013
In this edition, we are pleased to have Dr. Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors (NACBHDD),
to provide his insights on the implications of the ACA, both in general and specific to FASD prevention and intervention.
- International FASD Awareness Day and the 40th Anniversary of FAS - September 2013
In our first edition, we had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones and Dr. Ann Streissguth, two
of the seminal early researchers in the field. Most of the breakthroughs in FAS and FASD over the last 40 years may not have been
possible without their groundbreaking work, and we appreciate them taking the time to provide their perspectives.
DISCLAIMER: The views, opinions, and content of this column are those of the authors/experts and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS.