Igor Koutsenok, M.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
E-mail: ikoutzenok@ucsd.edu 
PHONE #: (858) 334-4602
FAX #: (858) 334-4601

Web: www.ccarta.com


Igor Koutsenok, MD, MS, is Assistant Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSD School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Criminality & Addiction Research, Training & Application (CCARTA). He graduated as a medical doctor in 1982 at the University in Kiev, School of Medicine (Ukraine). In 1990 he completed his psychiatry residency training and received degree as psychiatrist from the Medical University in Sofia (Bulgaria). In 1994-1996 he worked at the University of London, Department of Addictive Behavior and Psychological Medicine at St. Georges Hospital Medical School, where he received a Masters Degree in Addictive Behavior. Before joining UCSD he worked in Bulgaria as Head of Department at the National Center for Addictions and Deputy Director of the Institute of Psychology. He served as an expert for many international organizations such as the Council of Europe, European Union, and the United Nations.

In 1997, Dr. Koutsenok was recruited by the UCSD Department of Psychiatry. His responsibilities include curriculum development and training on substance abuse and addiction treatment issues for a large variety of professionals involved in dealing with substance abusing offenders. Dr. Koutsenok led the design and implementation of the Workforce Development Training series for substance abuse counselors and criminal justice professionals working in custody and community based treatment programs in California. Dr. Koutsenok is one of the trainers for the National Drug Court Institute, providing training and education for judges and members of the judicial system nationwide. Dr. Igor Koutsenok and Dr. David Deitch designed an innovative approach to reduce recidivism in parolees, which in 2006 was presented to and authorized by the California legislature as Senate Bill 618 – Offender Re-Entry Program. He is the UCSD FACT (Forensic Addiction Treatment Certification) Board of Education Director, Director of the Offender Substance Abuse Treatment Institute, and Director of the UCSD Summer Clinical Institute in Addictions Studies. Also, he is the Primary Investigator on the Motivational Interviewing Training Project for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice – one of the world’s largest training projects in motivational interviewing.

He is the CCARTA Director since 2007.

He has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific publications and book chapters, such as “Substance Abuse: A Comprehensive Textbook” 4th edition, 2004, and “Treatment of Drug Offenders”, Vol. 1, 2005, and Vol. 2, 2007, “The Praeger International Collections on Addictions”, 2009. He has been invited as guest speaker to numerous conferences and professional gatherings nationwide and in more than 15 countries.

Research Focus
Substance abuse, addictive behavior, treatment of substance abusing offenders, training of clinical personnel.

Clinical Focus
Addictions and addictive behavior

Selected Publications

  • Koutsenok, I., & McClure, S., Advances in Corrections-Based Treatment: Building the Addiction Treatment Workforce, In: “The Praeger International Collection on Addictions”, A. Brown-Miller (Ed.)., Praeger Publisher, Westport, CT, 2009, p.p. 359-377.
  • Cook, J., McClure, S., Koutsenok, I., Lord, S., The Implementation of Inmate Mentor Programs in the Correctional Treatment System as an Innovative Approach, Journal of Teaching in the Addictions, Vol. 7 (2), 2008, 123-132.
  • D. Deitch, Koutsenok, I., Marsolais, K. “Therapeutic Community Treatment in Prisons” In: Leukefeld, C. (Ed.) Treatment of Drug Offenders. New York: Springer, pp.127-137, 2002.
  • D. Deitch, Koutsenok, I., and Ruiz, A, “Prison-Based Therapeutic Community Substance Abuse Treatment: Benefits for Correctional Personnel”, In: Criminal Justice Policy. California: Sage Publications, (in press).
  • D. Deitch, Koutsenok, I., Marsolais, K., “Training of Clinical Personnel”, In: Textbook of Substance Abuse, 5th Edition (in press)

University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0603 La Jolla, CA 92037-0603
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