WEB_KolaAfter 39 years on the faculty of the Mandel School and establishing a highly regarded substance abuse curriculum, Lenore A. Kola, PhD, associate professor of social work and former dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Case Western Reserve, has retired from teaching. Her career will be celebrated at a special event on August 22 hosted by Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, featuring tributes from her faculty and university colleagues.

Dr. Kola will continue to serve as co-director of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP), which is a partnership between the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine that provides technical assistance to service systems to help them implement behavioral health care innovations for people with mental and substance abuse disorders.

When Dr. Kola arrived at the Mandel School is 1975, substance abuse was not on the school’s radar. She changed that, establishing a curriculum specialization in alcohol and other drugs (AODA), focusing on interventions at both the micro and macro levels. She chaired the program for more than 30 years.

She also taught 12 different courses while a faculty member, six of which she developed and implemented. Over the span of 39 years, Dr. Kola received more than $7 million in federal, state and local foundation grants for training thousands of social work students and licensed professionals.

To make a donation in her honor to the Lenore A. Kola Endowment Fund, please contact Marianne Lax at 216.368.1832 or Marianne.Lax@case.edu.

To read a longer profile about Dr. Kola and her career, visit centerforebp.case.edu/stories/lenore-kola.

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