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McNair Scholars


Henry Winters

     Henry Winters is earning a baccalaureate of science in Human Services/Psychology with an emphasis on drug and alcohol research and evaluation of treatment modalities.  Henry anticipates graduating from Southern Oregon University in June of 2015.  Henry is currently a senior at Southern Oregon University with a 4.0 GPA and is on track to graduate with university honors.

     Henry is currently engaged in researching group dynamics at the Veterans Administration Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics (SORCC) Community Integration Program (CIP) in White City, Oregon.  This summer Henry will submit the results of his research project for publication.  This project is part of a larger planned study that will incorporate biological factors related to neurotoxicity, post-acute withdrawal symptoms, physical and dietary health, and comorbid early and late onset traumas (e.g. , post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual trauma, and axis II diagnoses) in conjunction with psychological factors of cognitive origins: stress reduction and sleep therapy. It is hoped that these studies will offer insight into high rates of recidivism encountered in drug and alcohol treatments.  Henry has been working with veterans for the past five years.  His passion to improve U.S. service veterans’ health care consumes much of his daily activities and spurned his interest in continued relevant research—to improve treatment care modalities to these individuals.

     Henry has been involved in numerous volunteer opportunities ranging from counseling patients at VA SORCC to assisting homeless veterans’ through Southern Oregon Stand Down. He also was a Veteran Peer Mentor at the Addictions Recovery Center. Henry continued to help others by facilitating an addictions recovery group and a smoking cessation class.

     Henry received the Veterans of Oregon Honorable Service Medal as well as earned a Certificate of Achievement with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for completing the Family-to-Family Education Program. He received an Outstanding Honors Certificate, HS 260 Group Counseling Study, at Rogue Community College (RCC). He was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for continued participation in the CIP. Henry obtained a Certified Recovery Mentor (CRM) and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC I) accreditation from the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO). Currently, Henry is pursuing the next level of certification, the CADC II.

     In addition to community involvement, Henry has continued to excel in his academic career. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor society, (Alpha Zeta Pi chapter). He is a SOU Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program Scholar.  Henry was awarded the Provost scholarship from Southern Oregon University (SOU), belongs to the honor society, and holds the top GPA in his graduating class in psychology and sociology.

McNair Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mary Russell-Miller, Associate Professor of Psychology 

Curriculum Vitae


2013 McNair Scholar Symposium

Presentation Pamphlet: Post-Acute Care Practices for Veterans From Substance Use Disorder

Presentation: Post-Acute Care Practices for Veterans From Substance Use Disorder