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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Associate Professor (Research) Jennifer Tidey talks about her research on very-low nicotine cigarettes and smoking cessation in the mentally ill. http://www.fairwarning.org/2015/01/long-ago-stripped-glamorous-image-smoking-keeps-tight-grip-mentally-ill

Posted January 2015

Jennifer Tidey presented an invited talk entitled “Schizophrenia and Smoking: Using Behavioral Laboratory Research to Inform Treatment Development” at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, Dartmouth University-Geisel School of Medicine, November 2014.

Caroline C. Kuo presented two papers at the APHA Conference: "Adapting an evidence-based family intervention program for adolescent HIV prevention in South Africa" and "PrEP Acceptability, Access and Predicted User Behaviors in US Male Sex Workers: Implications for Effectiveness."

Ricardo "Rick" Smith (IT specialist), Suzanne Sales and Timothy Souza (Data Core Team), and Dr. Caroline Kuo (Assistant Professor) have developed innovative new uses of technology to increase the rigor of mobile data collection for HIV research in developing countries.  Their efforts are now being recognized with the technology industry award, the 2015 CSO Security Confab Award (awarded to Brown University), for the innovative application of security software to address complex HIV research challenges in South Africa.  

Posted December 2014

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Researcher Spotlight

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.