Associate Professor Randy Koch, Ph. D., was selected as the 2016 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) International Program Awards of Excellence winner for the Excellence in Mentoring category.
After nearly a decade as associate coordinator of the VCU Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program on Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Policy, Koch became the coordinator of the fellowship program in 2015. As coordinator, Koch ensures that the NIDA-supported Humphrey Fellows receive the academic, technical and leadership training that makes the program so worthwhile. NIDA International Awards of Excellence winners are selected based on contributions to areas essential to the mission of the NIDA International Program: mentoring, international leadership and collaborative research.
In addition to his work with the NIDA Humphrey Fellows, Koch studies tobacco use prevention and program performance and outcome measurement for community-based substance abuse services. Working with one of the first VCU Humphrey Fellows, Koch and the South African Medical Research Council have been implementing and testing a system of performance measures for that country’s treatment services.
The 2016 Awards of Excellence winners were announced on June 11 at the 21st annual NIDA International Forum in Palm Springs, California. The 2016 Forum focused on “Global Developments in Drug Trends, Practice, and Policy.”