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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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Jennifer Merrill organized a symposium titled "Diverse interventions for college student drinking: Examining for whom and how they work" which included her talk titled "Psychosocial predictors of non-response to brief motivational intervention for mandated college drinkers" at the 2015 annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, TX.

Christopher Kahler presented a talk titled "MI theory meets communication theory: A multi-dimensional system for rating MI sessions that target multiple risk behaviors" at the Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas in June 2015.

Damaris Rohsenow presented the results of her study as "Treating smokers in substance treatment with contingent vouchers, nicotine replacement and brief advice adapted for sobriety settings" at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence in Phoenix, AZ, in June 2015. While there, she also presented a poster on "Treating smokers in substance treatment with contingent vouchers, nicotine replacement and brief advice adapted for sobriety settings."

Posted July 2015


Former CAAS post-doc Adam Leventhal received the Joe Cochin Young Investigator award during the CPDD conference in Phoenix, Arizona in June. He was introduced during the awards session by CAAS faculty member Jennifer Tidey, who had nominated him for the award.

Posted August 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.