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 of Biostatistics
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 2014

The Annual Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS) Year in Review and Postdoctoral Graduation was held on Friday, June 6. James Murphy, Ph.D., delivered the Ketnote Presention on "Behavioral Economics: Implications for the Conceptualization and Treatment of Addiction." Click here for details.

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On October 31, 2014, Jennifer Tidey was the guest speaker at the annual meeting of Tobacco-Free Rhode Island, a statewide network of organizations and individuals working to reduce rates of tobacco use in RI. She presented "Smoking and Serious Mental Illness: Research and Action."

Posted November 2014

Congratulations to Patricia Cioe, who just received notice that her Career Development Award, entitled "​Cardiovascular Risk Perception and Wellness in HIV-infected Adults" has been funded by the National Institute on Nursing Research. Dr. Cioe will finish her NIDA-funded postdoctoral fellowship at CAAS at the end of October, and then transition to the faculty at CAAS as Assistant Professor and PI of this K award. She will be working with Drs. Chris Kahler, Kate Morrow, and Matthew Freiberg.

Molly Magill presented "Brief intervention mechanisms: What does current research on Motivational Interviewing process have to offer?" at the Annual INEBRIA Conference as part of a Plenary Debate on "What makes brief intervention work?" with former CAAS Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Jacques Gaume. September 2014, Warsaw Poland

Jennifer Tidey presented a talk entitled "Menthol vs. non-menthol cigarette smoking topography in smokers with schizophrenia and heavy smokers without psychiatric illness" at the SRNT-Europe conference in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in Sept 2014.

Posted October 2014

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Researcher Spotlight

Damaris Rohsenow, Ph.D., studies the effectiveness of various combinations of approaches to treating smoking among smokers with substance use disorders.