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SAN DIEGO - January 27th, 2021 - The Addiction Research Institute, announced today the appointment of Dr. I Jean Davis to the board of directors. “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. I Jean Davis to the Addiction Research Institute board of directors. She brings with her a unique perspective on wellness, behavioral and mental health and inclusion,” said Gene Barduson, founder of The Addiction Research Institute.

Dr. I Jean Davis has decades of experience as a community advocate, educator, clinician, and researcher. Her extensive education includes a BA in Psychobiology, a BS in Human Biology, an MS in Clinical Research, a Doctoral degree in Chiropractic Medicine, and a PhD in Preventative Medicine. She is widely known and recognized for her education, research, and expertise as a primary care provider, Associated Professor, Internal Medicine at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Past Medical Director and HIV Clinician at AIDS Health Foundation-Desert AIDS Project, and as a Clinician at Dusk to Dawn Urgent Care.

She completed an Integrated Health and Medicine Fellowship at the Academy of Integrated Health and Medicine (AIHM). Dr. Davis is the AIHM Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Task Force Co-Chair. She’s a current Board Member of the Beyond AIDS Foundation at AIHM and a member of the AAHIVM CA/HI Steering Committee.

Dr. Davis shared, “I plan to utilize my healthcare experience to make sure we look at solutions from both a medical and psycho-social point of view.” Her continued focus is on total health and the reduction of disorders and diseases which disproportionately impact underserved communities and related social determinants. These health disparities include but are not limited to HIV/AIDS, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Substance Abuse, Diabetes, and Renal Disease.

Dr. Davis’ previous experience in how progressive research can optimize disease treatment over time aligns clearly with the work The Addition Research Institute is focused on accomplishing.

To learn more about The Addiction Research Institute or to donate visit them at www.addictionresearchinstitute.org. The organization is also inviting those who’ve been impacted with addiction to share their story by submitting here. For ongoing updates, follow ARI on Facebook or sign up for updates here. Initial funding for The Addiction Research Institute has been provided by the Farrell Family Foundation.

About Addiction Research Institute 

The Addiction Research Institute exists to fund profound breakthroughs to cure addiction. The Addiction Research Institute’s (ARI’s) SOLE focus is on funding research to cure the disease of addiction. Shockingly, there is no significant private funding to advance treatment and cures for alcohol and drug addiction. With the /current status of research, there is only a 2% chance of remission from this disease. We are here to fuel breakthroughs that will dramatically improve the lives of all those afflicted with alcohol and drug addiction, and the lives of their families.



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Gene Barduson

Founder and Board Member

Gene is the Founder of the Addiction Research Institute. He served as CEO and board chairman for several healthcare companies, as well as a member of the board of trustees at Western University of Health Sciences, and currently serving on the Board Of Trustees at Scripps Health System. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, and his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Northern Iowa. Honorary Doctorate Degree of Letters, LHD (HON) from Western University of Health Sciences.

Mike Dusoe

Board Member

Mike is a licensed Psychotherapist focused on providing individual and couples counseling services. Specializing in work-related stress, substance abuse services, trauma, and mood disorders. 

He is the founder and operator of a successful mental health clinic and consulting company while also being an educator at the University of Utah and University of Phoenix, teaching graduate-level mental health coursework.

Dave Baron

Board Member

David Baron, DO, MSEd, is Senior Vice President and Provost of the Western University of Health Sciences and serves as Chief Academic Officer of the university. He is responsible for academic, accreditation, and budgetary affairs. Dr. Baron joined the university in May 2018 after serving for eight years in roles within the Department of Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine, including Vice Dean for Global Health, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosurgery, Vice Chair of the Department, and Chief of Service at Keck-USC Hospital.

He received his DO degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California (USC). He is the former Deputy Clinical Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), former President of the American College of Neuropsychiatry and the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, and chaired the Department of Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine from 1998-2010.

Dr. Baron was named a National Fulbright scholar in 2017-18 and conducted his research as Distinguished Chair in Brain Research at the University of Calgary. He also is the recipient of a Fulbright Specialist Award.

Scott Swartzwelder, Ph.D

Chief Researcher Advisor

Dr. Scott Swartzwelder is a clinical psychologist and neurobiologist and is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. 

His laboratory studies the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the brain, particularly on brain mechanisms of learning, memory, and affect during adolescence and early adulthood. His clinical work has focused on the assessment and treatment of Veterans and other patients with substance abuse disorders and cognitive dysfunction. He has published over 200 scientific papers, written four books translating the science of drug actions into lay language, and has trained more than 70 scientists and clinician-scientists.

In addition, he has created and taught several innovative college courses on brain mechanisms of memory and drug effects and has consulted extensively as a scientific advisor for multiple national institutes, federal departments, and public education and policy organizations. He was the lead content developer for AlcoholEdu, which millions of U.S. college students have used. 

He is a recent recipient of the Bowles Award for distinguished contributions to the understanding of the causes, prevention, and treatment of alcohol use disorder and alcohol abuse.

I Jean Davis, PhD, DC, PA, MSCR, FAIHM

Board Member
Dr. I Jean Davis has decades of experience as a community advocate, educator, clinician, and researcher. Her extensive education includes a BA in Psychobiology, a BS in Human Biology, a MS in Clinical Research, a Doctoral degree in Chiropractic Medicine and a PhD in Preventative Medicine.
Dr Davis is an Associated Professor, Internal Medicine at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Beyond AIDS Board Member, American Academy of HIV Medicine Board Member and CA/HI Academy of HIV Medicine Steering Committee Member.
She is the Past Medical Director and HIV Clinician at AIDS Health Care Foundation and Clinical Director and HIV Specialist at Desert AIDS Project. She’s presently an HIV Specialist and Trans Health Provider at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Dr Davis completed a Fellowship at Academy of Integrated Health and Medicine (AIHM). She is the AHIM BIPOC Co-Chair and AIHM Board Member. As an Integrated Provider, her focus is on disorders and diseases which disproportionately impact underserved communities.

Bill Kliewer


Bill pioneered the development of global fund-raising programs in the emerging countries of Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, India and other developing nations. He helped raise an additional $150 million to feed those who were starving during the Ethiopia famine. Bill has a vision and passion for helping grow charitable enterprises especially in the area of fundraising.

David Young

Board Member
David is the founder and CEO of Telecube Systems, a company working to deliver computerized, on-demand examination rooms with full assistive-intelligence capabilities. His prior work delivered the first commercially available cloud-computing solution to many high-profile tech customers. David is grateful for eight-plus years of sobriety.