MARTI Announces Name Change to Reflect New Initiatives and Directions

Posted on 1/28/2016 2:11:59 PM

The new name for the institute is the Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute for Community and Behavioral Health. The name change builds on MARTI’s regional and national reputation in the areas of addictions and domestic violence and now reflects the institute’s new initiatives and future directions. 

Under the leadership of Victor Garcia, director, and Alex Heckert, associate director, the institute’s initiatives have expanded to include alcohol and drug treatment, veterans’ reintegration, mental health issues, environmental health, and training conferences. Initiatives currently under development are Latino community health, immigrant health, and ethnographic training on health issues in disadvantaged communities. The new name drops “Addictions” from the current title and adds the qualifier “for Community and Behavioral Health.”

MARTI’s identity and strong reputation have been established over years of successful grant-funded research and training projects. The new name keeps the iconic MARTI acronym to help maintain the institute’s long and consistent track record among a number of communities in the Commonwealth and its credibility and high regard among various constituencies. MARTI’s future research and training will cover an array of topics associated with both community and behavioral health.

Founded in 1988 by Robert Ackerman and Edward Gondolf, the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute (MARTI) was one of the first of the 40-plus centers and institutes at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). For decades, MARTI has been a powerhouse organized around a consortium of academic and professional experts in the field of alcohol abuse treatment, domestic violence intervention, and related mental health issues. Garcia and Heckert have led MARTI since 2012, after Ackerman and Gondolf retired from IUP.