Awarded the SAMHSA MFP Clinical Research Post-doctoral fellowship for FY 2009- 2010 at the University of California, San Francisco. His post-doctoral research focuses on Perceived Control and Psychosocial/Physiological Functioning in Substance Abusing Older African Americans. Margaret Wallhagen, PhD, Director of the John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at UCSF, is his faculty advisor and mentor. Dr. Pope is also the first author of an article, "The Social Determinants of Substance Abuse in African American Baby Boomers: Effects of Family, Media Images, and Environment," slated for publication in the June/July issue of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing
. Moreover, Dr. Pope was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Mental Health America
(MHA). MHA is the "nation’s largest and oldest community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans live mentally-healthier lives."
successfully defended his oral defense, “Substance Abuse and Older African Americans,”on March 20, 2008 at the University of California, San Francisco.
Mr. Pope also presented two poster presentations:
“Avoidance of Drug Dependence: Two Studies of Older African Americans,” at the Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy’s Second Annual Health Disparities Conference, April 10 – 12, 2008 in New Orleans, LA
“Winick’s Drug Dependence Theory in Two Studies of Older African Americans,” during the 2008 Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) conference, April 17 – 19, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Grove, CA.
Participated in a panel presentation with Mary Black, RN,MS, during the Leadership Conference of the John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Nursing Initiative. They received many accolades for their extraordinary leadership and strong influence on the success of the conference, December 2007, in San Diego, CA.
Robert also presented on “Ethnicity, Culture and Chronic Illness Discourses: Challenges and Opportunities in Research with Underserved Groups,” at the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) 60th Annual Convention and again during the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association, Inc. (NCEMNA) 4th National Conference, March 6 – 9, 2008 in San Diego, CA.