Spotlight on Research

Dr. Thomas Hanlon, Senior Research Scientist, Retires After a 52-Year Relationship With FRI


For over 50 years, researchers at FRI have received federal, state, county, and private funding to conduct studies in the fields of substance abuse, health, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and criminal justice. Recent research has focused on the development and assessment of innovative strategies in pharmacotherapy, psychosocial treatments, biobehavioral HIV interventions, and prevention. Research at FRI is conducted by an interdisciplinary group of social scientists, whose work has garnered widespread recognition resulting from its contribution to both scientific knowledge and clinical practice. Presently, research studies and clinical trials are being conducted by FRI investigators both within the U.S. and throughout other parts of the world. Throughout its history and into the future, FRI is committed to contributing to the well-being of society through studies designed to alleviate health and social problems facing communities.


FRI has provided education and outpatient substance abuse counseling services for adolescents and adults for over 35 years in Baltimore County, Maryland, through Epoch Counseling Center. These services have been funded through federal, state, and county grants and contracts. FRI operates four centers and serves community residents through a variety of services. In addition to individual, group and family counseling, FRI offers state-certified DUI/DWI education and treatment programs, on-site drug screening, substance abuse evaluations, educational presentations, HIV testing and counseling, and support groups for family and friends. FRI is currently expanding its services for specific populations to include buprenorphine administration, anger management services, trauma care, and treatment for clients with co-occurring disorders.

Grants Administration

By managing all of the functions of grants administration, beginning with the pre-award process through completion of the research project, FRI allows scientists to focus on their research. This division of labor relieves the researchers of the necessary, but extremely time-consuming, work of grants management and allows them to concentrate on their work. FRI’s sound management practices ensure that program objectives are met and that project funds are disbursed in accordance with regulations. FRI’s successful history of grants management has always depended on its ability to build and maintain productive and respectful professional relationships with investigators and by offering a multitude of administrative services to support their research objectives.

Researcher Profile
  • Robert P. Schwartz, M.D., FRI’s Medical Director, is an addiction psychiatrist and former Director of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse ...  More
  • Frank J. Vocci, Ph.D., FRI’s President and Senior Research Scientist, spent 11 years at the FDA, rising to the level of Chief of the Drug Abuse Staff ...  More
  • Barry S. Brown, Ph.D. has worked in the fields of mental health, criminal justice, and substance abuse as both clinician and researcher for the past 45 years. More
  • Thomas E. Hanlon, Ph.D. has had an extensive career in behavioral assessment and treatment evaluation, beginning in 1956 ... More
  • Jerome H. Jaffe, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, University of Maryland School of Medicine,...  More
  • Timothy W. Kinlock, Ph.D. has considerable expertise and experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative drug abuse treatment interventions for ... More
  • Cathy J. Reback, Ph.D. focuses on the intersection of HIV risk behaviors, substance use, sexual identity and gender identity.  More
  • Diana H. Caldwell, Ph.D. research interests focus on innovative data collection strategies that promise to improve the reliability and validity of survey ... More
  • Steven B. Carswell, Ph.D. focuses on community and environmental factors and their relationship to the incidence and prevalence of youth and adult...  More
  • Michael S. Gordon, D.P.A. conducts substance abuse and HIV research with criminal justice populations. Dr. Gordon’s research is focused on drug abuse ... More
  • Shannon Gwin Mitchell, Ph.D. is a Community Psychologist specializing in health promotion and disease prevention research ... More
  • Sharon M. Kelly, Ph.D. investigates ways of improving substance abuse treatment services, implementation, and delivery for opioid-dependent individuals. More
  • Monique E. Wilson, Dr.P.H researches health disparities plaguing African American and other minority communities. More specifically...  More
  • FRI is pleased to welcome Dr. Melicia Whitt-Glover as an Affiliated Senior Research Scientist. Melicia Whitt-GloverDr. Glover is President and CEO of Gramercy Research Group in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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  • FRI Named Top Workplace 2011 Top WorkplaceFriends Research Institute was recently named to the list of “The Baltimore Sun Top Workplaces” for 2011. FRI had a high survey response rate from its employees.
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  • Medical Director Robert Schwartz presented research findings in Russia. [ More ]

  • Dr. Robert Schwartz Invited to Serve on Editorial Board of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment (JSAT) [ More ]

  • Dr. Robert Schwartz Invited to Serve As IAS-NIDA Fellowship Mentor for prospective fellows in the 2012 Round. [ More ]
  • In PressEducation and Urban SocietyCarswell, S.B., Hanlon, T.E., O'Grady, K.E., & Watts, A. (in press). Correlates of risky sexual activity for urban African American youth in an alternative education program. [ More ]
  • Education and Urban SocietyCarswell, S.B., Hanlon, T.E., Watts, A., & O’Grady, K.E. (in press). Prevention-related research targeting African American alternative education program students. [ More ]

  • Journal of Sex ResearchReback, C.J., & Larkins, S. (2011) HIV Risk Behaviors among a Sample of Heterosexually Identified Men who Occasionally have Sex with Another Male and/or a Transwoman. [ More ]
  • Addictive BehaviorsReback, C.J., & Shoptaw, S. (2011) Development of an Evidence-based, Gay-specific Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Intervention for Methamphetamine-abusing Gay and Bisexual Men. [ More ]
  • Substance Abuse Coviello, D. M., Cornish, J.W., Lynch, K. G., Boney, T. Y., Clark, C. A., Lee, J. D., Friedmann, P. D., Nunez, E.D., Kinlock, T. W., Gordon, M. S., Schwartz, R.P., & O’Brien, C. P. (in press) A multi-site pilot study of extended-release injectable naltrexone treatment for previously opioid-dependent parolees and probationers. Substance Abuse.
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  • Journal of Offender Rehabilitation Gordon, M.S., Kinlock, T.W., Couvillion, K., Schwartz, R.P., & O’Grady, K. (in press). A Randomized Clinical Trial of Methadone Maintenance for Prisoners: Prediction of Treatment Entry and Completion in Prison. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation. [ More ]
  • Behavioral Sciences and the Law Gordon, M.S., Kinlock, T.W., & Miller, P.M. (in press). Medication assisted treatment research with criminal justice populations: Challenges of implementation. Behavioral Sciences and the Law. [ More ]