Dr. Alterman, Psychiatry

Dr. Arthur I. Alterman, faculty member in the department of psychiatry and the Center for Studies of Addiction in the Perelman School of Medicine since 1984, passed away October 5, 2011, at age 72.

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Alterman earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Temple University, a master's in psychology from Brown University and a PhD in experimental psychology from George Washington University in 1970.

Dr. Alterman was a continuously funded VA scientist from 1971-1994 and a VA career scientist from 1992-1994. He was appointed professor of psychiatry in psychology in 1988. He served as the associate scientific director of the Center for Studies of Addiction from 1987-1992 and as the scientific director from 1992-2000 where he was most recently a senior scientist.

Prior to coming to Penn, he was on staff at the Coatesville VAMC and at Highland Drive VAMC.

His primary research interests included characterization of risk factors for substance abuse; delineation of antisociality in substance abusers and the relation of antisociality and other personality disorders to treatment response; and comparison of the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of treatments for cocaine dependence, alcohol dependence, and nicotine dependence.

He authored approximately 250 publications.

Dr. Alterman is survived by his wife, Joan; and son, David.

Donations may be made to Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch St., Fifth Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103.