Faculty Profile: Lynda Stein, PhD

Lynda Stein, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Psychiatry & Human Behavior


Dr. Stein was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS) from 2000-2006. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Brown and is also Professor of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Stein received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Kent State University with an emphasis in forensic psychology, completed her internship at the Medical College of Virginia, and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at CAAS. Her primary research areas include substance abuse and other risky behaviors in persons involved in the justice system, treatment outcome studies, and assessment. She has been PI or Co-I on several federally-funded grants focused on assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults involved in the justice system. These include randomized clinical trials to increase treatment engagement, mechanisms relating conduct disorder and drug abuse, use of family interventions, reduction of risky sexual behaviors and crime, group processes, and implementation research. In addition, she has initiated two postdoctoral fellowships in juvenile forensic psychology at CAAS, funded by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) in partnership with the Rhode Island Training School (RITS), a local juvenile detention facility. She has served as Director of Juvenile Forensic Psychology Training at Brown University and is the Director of Research at the Rhode Island Training School.

Research Description

1) Research in justice and other social service settings.
2) Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 12-Step Facilitation, Psycho-Ed, and Meditation to treat substance use and other problem behaviors in adults and youth
3) Enhancement of services use and treatment engagement
4) Group processes
5) Family interventions
6) Assessment development
7) Systems change and implementation research
8) Sample bias and response bias

Grants and Awards

Early Career Investigator Award, College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), 2003.

Junior Investigator Award, Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), 2004.

Research Excellence Award, College of Arts and Sciences, University of RI, 2009.


American Psychological Association

College on Problems of Drug Dependence

Research Society on Alcoholism

Other Affiliations:

Post-Doctoral Training Faculty, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2000-present.

Center for Prisoner Heath and Human Rights


Chair of RITS Research Review Committee, RI Training School, Cranston, RI, 2002-present.

Chair, Juvenile Forensics Post-Doctoral Program Admissions Committee, 2003-2008.

Member of Criminal Justice – Drug Abuse Treatment Studies-2 (CJ-DATS-2) Assessment Workgroup and Medication Assisted Treatment Workgroup, 2009-present.

Admissions Committee, NIAAA & NIDA post-doctoral fellowship, Brown University, 2001-2004.


Consultant, Sustaining Tobacco Abstinence after Incarceration (DA024093; PI Clarke), National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, MD, 2009-2011.

Consultant, A Web Application to Reduce Heavy Drinking in DWI Offenders (PI-Hester), Behavior Therapy Associates, Albuquerque, NM, 2011-2012.

Editorial Boards:

Psychological Services, 2005-2011.

Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, 2011-present

Funded Research

"Motivational Interviewing for Incarcerated Teens (R01 DA-13375)." National Institute on Drug Abuse, $1.26 million. Terms: August, 2000 – July, 2006. PI – Stein.

"Motivational Interviewing for Incarcerated Teens (Competitive Supplement; R01 DA-13375)." National Institute on Drug Abuse, $186,000. Terms: August, 2002 – July, 2006. PI – Stein.

"Continuity of Care for Drug-Addicted Offenders in RI (U01 DA-016191)." NIDA, $599,000. Terms: November, 2002 – March, 2007. PI – Friedmann; Co-I – Stein.

"Mechanisms Relating Conduct Disorder and Drug Abuse (R21 DA-016904)." National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institute of Mental Health, $465,500. Terms: July, 2003 – June, 2006. PI – Miranda, R.; Co-I – Stein.

"Juvenile Forensic Psychology Training Program (DCYF-LS2)." Department of Children Youth and Families of Rhode Island, $337,000. Terms: August, 2003 – July, 2008. PI – Stein.

"An Affect Management Intervention for Juvenile Offenders (R21 DA-019245)." NIDA, $375,000. Terms: October, 2004 – September, 2006. PI – Brown; Co-I – Stein.

"Motivation and Skills for THC/ETOH+ Teens in Jail (R01 DA-018851)." National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (NIAAA), $3,401,064. Terms: September, 2004 – August, 2011. PI – Stein.

"Partner-Specific HIV Risk Reduction for Drug Using Incarcerated Adolescents." National Institute on Drug Abuse, $196,133 (R01 DA-022921). Terms: April, 2007 – March, 2012. PI – Rosengard; Co-I – Stein.

"Motivation & Skills for Detained Teen Smokers (R01 DA-DA020731)." National Institute on Drug Abuse, $3,776,805. Terms: September, 2007 – August, 2013. PI – Stein.

"MI: Empowering Women to Make Contraceptive Choices While Incarcerated (R01 HD054890)." National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, $1,484,579. Terms: June, 2008 – May, 2013. PI – Clarke; Co-I – Stein.

"Continuum of Care for Drug-Involved Offenders (3U01DA016191-06A1)." National Institutes on Drug Abuse, $3,853,647. Terms: April, 2009 – March, 2014. Co-PI - Stein.

"Sustaining Tobacco Abstinence Post-Release in Smoke-Free Jails (1R01DA024093). " National Institute on Drug Abuse, $910,000. Terms: Aug, 2009 - July, 2011. PI-J. Clark, Co-I – Stein.

"MI: Empowering Girls to Make Contraceptive Choices While on Probation (R01HD065942)." National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, $3,476,000. Terms: September, 2011 – June, 2016. PI-Stein.

"Alcohol Screening & Brief Intervention in Juvenile Justice: Filling the Gap (R01AA-021855)." National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, $3,231,896. Terms: September, 2012 - August, 2017. PI-Stein.

Teaching Experience


1993:"Personality", 2 terms, 40-150 graduate and undergraduate students.

1994: "General Psychology", 200 undergraduates.

1992, 1995: "Psychometric Methods", 40 graduate students per term.

1993, 1996: "Statistical Inference", 40 graduate students per term.

1993-1997: "Individual Investigation and Research", 33 undergraduates.

2001-2004: "Research Methods", 2 undergraduates each term.

2002: "Individual Investigation in Substance screening Methods", 2 undergraduates.

2002-2004: Intern Supervisor in "Juvenile Corrections Experience", undergraduate interns.

2002-2005: NIAAA/NIDA Post-Doctoral Fellowship Supervisor, 2 fellows.

2002-2008: "Juvenile Forensic Psychology Post-Doctoral Training Program", 6 post-doctoral fellows.

2005-2007: Trainer in Motivational Interviewing, Relaxation Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Substance Education; 5 trainees; 150 hours.

2006: Psy 692, "Causes & Correlates of Conduct Disorder;" 1 graduate.

2006-present: Psy 103, "Self-Understanding", 350 undergraduates.

2006-2009: Dissertation advisor, 4 graduate students.

2006-2009: Dissertation Preliminary Exams, 4 graduate students.

2007: Masters primary advisor, 3 graduate students
Psy 489, "Assessment of Delinquency," undergraduate course.
Psy 599, "Thesis Research," 2 graduates.
Psy 670, "Conduct Disorder and Substance Abuse," 1 graduate
Psy 692, "Racial/Ethnic Factors Related to Smoking," 1 graduate
Psy 693, "Assessment of Crime and Substance Use," 1 graduate
Psy 693, "Mentoring Undergraduates in Research," 1 graduate

2007-2008: How to Conduct Empirically-based Supervision in Behavioral Treatments, 1 post-doc

2008: Psy 599, "Thesis Research," 3 graduates.
Psy 692, "Influence of Race/Ethnicity on Treatment Outcome," 1 graduate

2009: Psy 692, "Treatment of Adolescent Substance and Disruptive Behavior Disorders," 1 graduate
Psy 599, "Thesis Research," 1 graduate.
Psy 699, "Dissertation Research," 1 graduate.

2010: Masters primary advisor, 2 graduates.
Psy 489, "Experiences in Research," undergraduate course.
Psy 599, "Thesis Research," 1 graduate.
Psy 699, "Dissertation Research," 1 graduate.
Dissertation Preliminary Exams, 3 graduates.
Dissertation advisor, 3 graduate students.
Graduate School Admissions, 30 students & faculty

Psy 460, "Substance-Troubled Person," guest lecturer: Client Engagement, 50 undergraduates
Psy 488, "Teaching Assistance in Psychology," 1 undergraduate.
Psy 599, "Thesis Research," 1 graduate.
Psy 692, "Substance Abuse Issues in Incarcerated Adolescents," 1 graduate
Psy 692, "Mentoring the Undergraduate Teaching Assistant," 1 graduate.
Psy 699, "Dissertation Research," 1 graduate
Mentoring in corrections research, 2 PhD-level faculty/staff, 1 hour per week.

Psy 699, "Dissertation Research," 1 graduate.
Mentoring in corrections research; 1 PhD-level faculty/staff, 1 graduate student; 2 hours per week.

Psy 489, "Experiences in Research," undergraduate course (topic: Medical issues of incarcerated women).
Psy 699, "Dissertation Research," 1 graduate.
Mentoring in corrections research; 1 PhD-level faculty/staff, 2 graduate students; 2 hours per week.


1997: "Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Case Study", 40 students, faculty and staff (single seminar).

1998: "Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy", 20 students, faculty and staff (single seminar).

2001-2007: Trainer in "Motivational Interviewing," 7 trainees, 60 hours.

2002, 2004 & 2005: "The Relationship of Antisocial Personality Disorder & Psychopathy to Substance Abuse", 10 faculty and post-doctoral fellows for each of 3 seminars.

2002: "Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse in Correctional Settings", 10 faculty, and post-doctoral fellows (single seminar).

2002-2005: Co-Trainer in "Motivational Interviewing," 10 trainees, 10 hours.

2002-2009: Mentoring in corrections research, 6 post-doctoral fellows, 2 hours per week; 2 MDs, 2 hours per month; 4 PhDs, 1 hour per week.

2003, 2006, 2009, 2011: "Ethics: Coerced Samples," 30 faculty and post-doctoral fellows for each of 4 seminars.

2004: "Club Drugs," 10 faculty and post-doctoral fellows (single seminar).

Selected Publications

  • Please see Lynda Stein's Curriculum Vitae. ()