John Rogers Knight, Jr., MD


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John R. Knight, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Associate Director for Medical Education at the HMS Division on Addictions. He is the founder and director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Knight's research aims to develop and test a complete set of medical practice guidelines for adolescent substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment. He has served as Principal Investigator of studies on primary care office management of adolescent substance abuse funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute. He was one of eleven recipients nationwide of research support under the Alcohol and Spirituality RFA from NIAAA and Fetzer. His study assessed the relationship of religiousness, spirituality, and adolescents decisions to drink. Dr. Knight has served three terms on the AAP's national Committee on Substance Abuse. He has published more than one hundred original scientific articles, clinical reviews, book chapters, and curricula. He is a chapter author in the Harvard Medical school textbook Soul of Medicine. Dr. Knight has served on national expert panels for NIAAA, NIDA, NIDCR, SAMSHA, the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. Dr. Knight received his MD degree from University of Vermont College of Medicine. He served as an intern and resident at Albany Medical Center and completed a postgraduate fellowship in General Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital in 1992 . In 2004 he received a K07 Academic Career Award from NIAAA. In 2008 he was named as the first incumbent of the Boston Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Developmental Medicine. In 2011 he received the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the John P. McGovern Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. In 2013 he received the James H. Tharp Award from the American Society for Addiction Medicine.