Isidore Obot

Isidore S. Obot is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Uyo, Nigeria. He was previously a professor and chairperson of Behavioral Health Sciences at the School of Public Health and Policy, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. He also served as a scientist in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, where his responsibilities included the coordination of several international projects on the epidemiology of alcohol use and the prevention of alcohol related problems. Before his appointment at WHO, Obot worked at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and as a research fellow of the U.S. National Institutes of Health in drug dependence epidemiology.

In 1990, Obot founded the nonprofit Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse to focus greater attention on drug and alcohol issues in Nigeria. He has consulted for several national and international organizations on substance abuse issues and serves as editor of the African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies. He is a technical advisor to the West Africa Commission on Drugs and a widely recognized expert on drug policy and drug-related health services in Africa.

Obot received a PhD in psychology from Howard University and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.