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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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With Co-Investigators Shannon Kenney (Brown postdoctoral fellow), Melissa Clark (University of Massachusetts, Worchester), Miles Ott (Augsburg College) and John Light (Oregon Research Institute), Dr. Nancy Barnett was awarded an R01 grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism titled “Reducing Hazardous Alcohol Use in Social Networks using Targeted Intervention.” This research will investigate whether reduction in hazardous drinking among members of a college residential social network is transmitted to other network members.

Dr. Sara Becker was invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment for a three year renewable term effective January 1, 2016.

Posted January 2016

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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.