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.
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
The Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies is located at 121 South Main St., Providence, RI.
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.
Jennifer Tidey presented a talk entitled "Smoking and Psychiatric Illness: Why is there a connection? What can we do about it?" at Crossroads RI on 5/4/15.
Posted May 2015
A new study by researchers in Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies finds that children given a sip of alcohol before sixth grade were more likely to have had a full drink or have gotten drunk by ninth grade than those who didn’t get a sip. Click here for the full story: https://news.brown.edu/articles/2015/03/kidsip
While “pregaming” before a party is an integral part of many college students’ social scenes, it could have more adverse consequences than are typically expected, according to a new study involving a University researcher. Click here for the full story: http://www.browndailyherald.com/2015/04/07/study-examines-effects-of-pregaming/
Sara Becker was an invited guest speaker at the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University on March 12, 2015. She presented a talk titled "Direct to Consumer Marketing: A Complementary Approach to Traditional Dissemination and Implementation Efforts" and then had meetings with the Directors of Marketing, Adolescent and Family Research, Health Law and Policy, Policy Research and Analysis, and Digital Communications.
Posted April 2015
Caroline C. Kuo, MPhil, DPhil is a behavioral and social scientist whose global public health research has focused on addressing HIV risk, psychological distress, and alcohol and substance use among HIV infected and affected families; men who have sex with men; incarcerated populations; and sex workers. She has conducted community-based epidemiological studies, mixed methods studies, and intervention development and testing in South Africa, Kenya, Mexico, and the USA. Her current research focuses on developing resilience-based interventions to address health disparities in families living in generalized endemic settings; the development of biobehavioral HIV prevention approaches; and testing of novel new interventions to reach and engage young people in HIV testing, treatment, and care.