The Institut für Duncanian Suchtforschung (Institute for Duncanian Addiction Research) brings together a group of researchers with a common interest in applying a Duncanian approach to the study and control of public health problems of drug dependence and abuse.
Participants in the Institute's activities are particularly interested in Professor Duncan's self-medication hypothesis, which proposes that psychological dependence is another name for negatively reinforced behaviour when the reinforcement results from the addict's use of drugs to medicate preexisting psychological distress, We also are interested in his nonjudgmental approach to the prevention and treatment of drug dependence, which has come to be known as harm reduction or harm minimization.
Professor David F. Duncan was a pioneer in the conceptual cross-fertilization of behavioural psychology, social epidemiology, and lifespan developmental psychology. The originality, breadth and power of his contributions have been such that he has been called "the Stephen Hawkings of public health."
Dr. Duncan is President of Duncan and Associates, a behavioural and policy studies consulting firm and a Director of the Fair View Clinic in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. He is also a Professor of Medicine at Brown University and was formerly Professor of Health Education at the University of Cologne and at Southern Illinois University. He served as a drug policy consultant to the Clinton White House and chairs the Council on Illicit Drugs Policy of the National Association for Public Health Policy in the U.S.