Dr. Loretta P. Finnegan currently is Executive Officer of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and is President of Finnegan Consulting which addresses education, research, and treatment in issues relating to women’s health and perinatal addiction. She is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in these fields and amongst the first to develop a landmark program providing comprehensive services for drug dependent pregnant/post-partum women and their children. She is also credited with the development of an assessment tool for neonatal opioid abstinence which is used widely in neonatal units in the United States and many other countries. Past positions have included the following: Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Thomas Jefferson University (Ret.), Founder and Former Director of Family Center, Comprehensive Services for Pregnant Drug Dependent Women, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, and Former Medical Advisor to the Director, Office of Research on Women’s Health, National Institutes of Health, DHHS (Ret.). Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Finnegan received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania followed by a pediatric residency and fellowship in neonatology at the Philadelphia General Hospital, University of Pennsylvania Division. Dr. Finnegan has three honorary degrees: Doctor of Laws (Chestnut Hill College), Doctor of Science (Ursinus College), and Doctor of Science in Osteopathy (University of New England). Dr. Finnegan has been the recipient of many awards too numerous to mention. Over the past few decades, Dr. Finnegan has authored or co-authored more than 180 scientific publications and has spoken at scientific conferences in the United States and in many international settings where she has given nearly 1000 presentations on topics related to health issues in women and children. She has participated in international symposia, conferences and technical consultations or has been a visiting professor in 32 countries including Italy, France, Ireland, England, Portugal, Canada (Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia), Venezuela, Mexico, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Israel, Sweden, the Philippines, Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide), the Soviet Union, New Zealand (Auckland, Palmerston, North, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch), Scotland, Austria, Norway, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Belgium, South Africa, the Republic of Tatarstan-Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, Slovenia, Uruguay, Spain, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
Current and Past Volunteer Activities include: Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Association Board of Directors (President-2012-2014); Drexel University’s Leadership Council for the President (2012-2014); Board of Trustees, Philadelphia Health Education Corporation of Drexel University (2012-2014); Avalon Yacht Club Board of Trustees, Membership Chair (2009-2015); Board of Directors, Avalon Performing Arts Council (President-2014-2016); Board of Trustees, Bay Atlantic Symphony (Fundraising Committee) (2012-present), Avalon Lions Club (2011-present) (Membership Committee). DUCOM Advisory Council to the President (2015-present).