The Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS) is an internationally renowned research center in alcohol research. The mission is twofold: to conduct collaborative research that will lead to more effective treatment for alcohol and drug abuse, and to create a nationwide program in substance abuse, education and training for psychologists, physicians, medical students, and health care professionals.

Through its affiliation with the Medical School and the School of Public Health, CAAS occupies a unique position within Brown University. The Center was established by Brown University in 1982 as part of the Division of Biology and Medicine, under the directorship of David Lewis, M.D. The Center is one of 20 centers at Brown established by the President of the University to encourage interdisciplinary scholarly work that cuts across traditional department lines. The Center’s research endeavors are continually reinforced by both the National Institutes of Health as well as by peer review journals at a pace that defies both the “leveling off” of the NIH budget and any cap on academic productivity.

Center Leadership

Peter M. Monti, Ph.D., Center Director

Suzanne Colby, Ph.D., Associate Director
Jeffrey Griffin, Associate Director, Finance and Administration
Christopher Kahler, Ph.D.Associate Director, Chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Damaris Rohsenow, Ph.D., Associate Director
Robert Swift, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Director

Contacting CAAS

The Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies is located at 121 South Main St., Providence, RI.

Featured News

CAAS Year In Review 2015

The Annual Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS) Year in Review and Postdoctoral Graduation was held on Thursday, June 11. Click here for details.

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Karen Friend, member of the CAAS training faculty, was chosen “Caregiver of the Year” by the Caregiver Alliance of Rhode Island for her work bringing recognition to Alzheimer’s disease. Karen strives to find the best care for her husband Jake and others suffering from this disease through her work in the community and research. The award ceremony took place in the Governor’s Reception Room at the State House with many of Karen’s friends and supporters present as she received a Citation from the Office of Congressman Langevin.

Please visit the following links for more information about Karen's research:

CBS News Article
alz.org Newsletter
WPRI Coverage

Patricia Cioe presented a talk titled “Prevalence and Correlates of Intermittent Smoking among MSM living with HIV” at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL in October 2015. While there, she also presented a poster on "A Qualitative Study of Wellness Perspectives among Persons Living with HIV (PLWH)."

Jennifer Tidey presented a talk entitled "Moderators of the Effects of 6-Week Use of Reduced-Nicotine Cigarettes on Daily Smoking Rate and Nicotine Intake" at the annual NIH Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science meeting in Bethesda, MD, 11/14/15.

Posted November 2015

Sara Becker presented a talk, "What are the Key Characteristics of Quality Adolescent Substance Use Treatment: Defining Quality from the Customer's Perspective," at the Addiction Health Services Research Conference in Marina del Rey, CA on October 15, 2015

Dr. Becker was also quoted as an adolescent substance use treatment expert in a recent Huffington Post article titled, "Recovery Schools Save Teen Addicts, So Why Aren't They Everywhere?"

Posted October 2015

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Researcher Spotlight

Molly Magill, Ph.D. is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health and the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Dr. Magill’s research focuses broadly on evidence-based treatment for alcohol and other drug use disorders, and determining both treatment-specific and common factor mechanisms of behavior change. This work arises from her position that empirically-driven efforts to refine existing modalities may be the most cost-efficient means of improving intervention outcomes for behaviors of concern to Public Health. The primary method in Dr. Magill’s research is the use of observation-based data collection to study interactions within therapy sessions, and to link these data with analyses of client behavior outside of therapy sessions. This micro-approach to understanding intervention process is fairly new to the addictions field, but has been ongoing and fruitful for some time in the mental health and general psychotherapy literature. Dr. Magill’s current research includes two NIAAA-funded studies to test the theoretical model proposed to explain therapeutic benefit from Motivational Interviewing as applied to a range of behavioral outcomes.