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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 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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Meet the Researcher: Former CAAS post-doc, James MacKillop, was recently interviewed about his research. Click here for the full interview: http://www.rsoa.org/MacKillop-MeetTheResearcher.pdf.

Jennifer Tidey presented "Effects of Treadmill Walking on Cigarette Craving, Withdrawal Symptoms and Smoking Behavior in Smokers with Schizophrenia", co-authored by Christine Goodwin and David Williams, at the SRNT meeting in Philadelphia on Feb 26th.

Damaris Rohsenow gave a talk, "Varenicline Helps Smokers with SUD Stop Smoking without Harming Recovery," on the safety and efficacy of varenicline for quitting smoking among smokers with substance dependence at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco on February 28, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Tara White, has recently published her study mapping extroversion types in the brain's anatomy. https://news.brown.edu/articles/2015/02/extroverts

Christopher Kahler presented a talk entitled "Smoking cessation in at-risk and problem drinkers" in a preconference workshop on "Treating Patients with Common Clinical Co-morbidities: What Clinicians and Researchers Need to Know" as part of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Meeting.

Posted March 2015


Nancy Barnett published an editorial on alcohol sensors and their potential for improving clinical care in Addiction.

Rachel Cassidy presented "Validation of a Respiratory Symptom Questionnaire in Adolescent Smokers: at the SRNT Annual Conference in Philadelphia in February.

Jennifer Tidey was elected to the Board of Directors for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD). Her term will begin after the annual CPDD meeting in June, 2015.

Meet the Researcher! Read all about former Brown trainee Lara Ray: http://www.rsoa.org/Ray-MeetTheResearcher.pdf

Posted February 2015


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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.