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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Nancy Barnett was an invited speaker at the Addiction Treatment Technology Summit in Chicago, IL.  Her talk was titled "Alcohol Biosensors: Research Background and Clinical Applications"

Sara Becker gave a presentation titled, 'Sounds like CSI': How Consumers of Adolescent Substance Use Treatment Perceive the Term Evidence-Based Practice at the Addictions Health Services Research Conference held in Boston, MA.

Damaris Rohsenow presented her research on "Voucher-based Smoking Treatment with Nicotine Replacement and Motivational Advice for Smokers in Substance Treatment" and on "Intolerance for Withdrawal Discomfort and Motivation Predict Voucher-Based Smoking Treatment Outcomes for Smokers with Substance Use Disorders" at the meeting of the Society of Research on Nicotine and Tobacco - Europe in September 2014.

Posted September 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.