Richard E. Vatz, Ph.D. has been associate psychology editor at USA TODAY MAGAZINE for 13 years. His academic interests have included the rhetoric and language associated with drugs and drug use. He has published over two hundred and fifty articles, commentaries and reviews on rhetoric, psychiatry, politics and drug issues in a variety of professional journals and newspapers, including Forbes Mediacritic, The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of The American Medical Association, Law And Society Review, The Journal of Mind And Behavior, Duquesne Law Review, Journal of Psychiatry and Law, The Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Baltimore Sun. He has won a variety of teaching awards at Towson University, and is the longest serving member of Towson University's University Senate, 22 years at the end of his current term. He was the 1994 winner of The Thomas Szasz Award, awarded by the Center for Independent Thought and Laissez-Faire Books.Professor Vatz has commented on the above topics for local and national media, including CBS radio, Pat Buchanan's nationally syndicated radio show, William F. Buckley's "Firing Line," CNN's "Larry King Live" and "Crossfire," and "Donahue." In Baltimore, he has provided hundreds of 'expert' appearances on television stations WMAR, WJZ, WBFF, and WBAL-Radio over the last 20 years.