Training Opportunities and Education

The Brown University Alcohol Research Center on HIV has numerous opportunities to offer to students, faculty, researchers and affiliates. These include, but are not limited to educational opportunities associated with the Behavioral and Social Science Intervention Master's Program and Postdoctoral training at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. There are also educational and training opportunities at the Brown University AIDS Program, The New England AIDS Education and Training Center and the Miriam Immunology Clinic. 

Behavioral and Social Sciences Doctoral Program






The PhD program in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences (BSHS) has recently received approval to become the 4th doctoral program offered by the Brown University School of Public Health. We are excited to welcome the inaugural class, which will matriculate in the Fall of 2014.

Doctoral training in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences at Brown University is inherently multidisciplinary. Students learn to employ behavioral and social science theory and methods to understand contemporary health problems.The signatures of Behavioral and Social Sciences training at Brown University include health behavior interventions development and evaluation, and collaboration across disciplines and between researchers and communities.  The program puts substantive focus on behavioral health issues such asdiet, physical activity and obesity; alcohol and other drug abuse; smoking and tobacco use; HIV risk behaviors; and behavioral medicine.Students in the Doctoral Program in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences demonstrate mastery of relevant theory and methods, assessed via coursework and examinations, and complete a dissertation that represents original research.

All students admitted to the PhD program receive funding in the form of a fellowship, teaching assistantship, or research assistantship. The funding package includes tuition, health insurance, and an annual stipend.  Four years of financial support is the norm for those entering with a relevant Master’s degree and five years for those entering without such a background.

Behavioral and Social Sciences Interventions (BSSI) Master's Program 

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The interdisciplinary master’s program in Behavioral and Social Sciences Intervention (BSSI) in the Brown University Program in Public Health trains graduate students who are interested in analyzing the complex behavioral and social determinants of public health, and in developing interventions to change behaviors and improve social contexts related to public health. 

The BSSI program is ideal for students who are interested in working in health program evaluation, program management, community-based organizations and other non-profit services, managed care, treatment intervention research, clinical trials, and many other fields. The BSSI program is also ideal for those interested in pursuing doctoral-level training in public health, psychology (e.g., clinical or counseling psychology, health or social psychology, community psychology), public policy, and social welfare. 

Our internationally respected faculty members are experts in the fields of alcohol and addiction, substance use, exercise and physical activity, diet and nutrition, cancer control, and HIV/AIDS, among other areas. We conduct research with diverse communities in Providence, Boston, other urban settings in the United States, and in international settings. We value diversity and are committed to addressing health disparities associated with race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and other forms of social inequality.

CAAS Postdoctoral Training

The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies has two associated training programs, one funded by NIAAA in alcohol abuse and addictions and one funded by NIDA in substance abuse. The training programs provide post-doctoral research training for behavioral, medical, and social scientists and health care professionals who wish to conduct high quality research in the early intervention and treatment of alcohol and other drug problems.

The training program stresses three objectives:

  • intervention should be guided by sophisticated and fully developed theory
  • theory should include cognizance of the biological, social, and cultural context in which interventions occur
  • research must be conducted using cutting edge techniques for measuring person, intervention and outcome variables

The training program is carried out within the administrative structure of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, part of The School of Public Health at 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 for Alcohol and Addiction Studies 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 primary aims of the Center are education and research. The Center's primary research focus is the discovery of more effective treatments and early interventions for alcohol and drug abuse. The Center aims to facilitate and conduct collaborative programs that encourage multidisciplinary approaches to the problems related to the use and abuse of alcohol and other substances. Currently, the Center has over 100 faculty members and professional staff formally associated with its work. These professionals are located within more than 10 university departments and 8 affiliated teaching hospitals.

Training staff is drawn from Center faculty. They are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competencies in conducting research related to the area of alcohol and substance abuse interventions and their enthusiasm for participating in the training program. At present there are 53 members of the research training faculty. Training faculty work primarily within various departments and teaching hospitals of the University.

The Clinical Psychology Training Consortium in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (DPHB) at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University offers three types of postdoctoral fellowships. Investigator-funded fellowships, APA-accredited fellowships, and Institutional and Individual NIH-funded research fellowships.

Brown University AIDS Program (BURNAP)

  • Support the provider community with frequent updates of information, while enhancing primary provider skills and knowledge concerning HIV disease and AIDS.
  • Offer training opportunities to minority providers and providers who treat underserved communities.
  • Offer multiple levels of training, including didactic presentations, participatory workshops, clinical consultation, and hands-on clinical training.
  • Emphasize targeted CME and CEU accredited training for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other health professionals.

New England AIDS Education and Training Center

 The New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEAETC), established in 1988, is one of eleven Regional Education Centers and five National Centers, funded by Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) with Ryan White Part F dollars and sponsored regionally by Commonwealth Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The AETC Program is administered by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HIV/AIDS bureau. The goal of our program is to provide education and clinical training opportunities for health care providers addressing effective counseling, diagnosis, treatment, care management of individuals living with HIV/AIDS, as well as to assist in prevention efforts. The project serves ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireRhode Island, and Vermont. The NEAETC offers programs in collaboration with community health centers, Ryan White affiliates, hospitals and medical centers, state and local health departments, AIDS service organizations, medical, nursing, dental and osteopathic schools, and other community agencies.

NEAETC provides training and education for nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, social workers, dentists as well as other health care providers. We offer multiple educational opportunities including clinical consultation and skills building and we provide nurse, physician and social worker continuing education credits (CEU and CME) for many of our programs. Our programs enhance competency in HIV prevention and care, improving services for people living with HIV infection.

New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center

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The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies Distance Learning Program is a collaborative effort between the Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England, the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies and the Program in Public Health located within the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, RI.  

The purpose of the Distance Learning Program is to provide a range of health care professionals including addiction treatment providers, counselors, social workers, nurses, psychologists, and physicians with access to continuing education courses covering a range of topics relating to advances in addiction treatment and prevention. Please view the calendar below for a list of upcoming courses and information.

The program provides flexible pricing for each 6-10 credit course based on the level of continuing education credential selected as follows:                       

Miriam Immunology Center Research



The clinical research program at the Immunology Center has grown because of the outstanding work of faculty in infectious diseases, general internal medicine, pediatrics and behavioral medicine. 

Program initiatives:

  • The Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research is under the leadership of Charles C.J. Carpenter, MD. It is funded by an NIH center grant, awarded in 1998 in recognition of excellence in HIV research. 
  • The Center for Substance Abuse Treatment  funded a major three-year grant to Josiah Rich, MD, to provide primary care and outreach to active injection drug users. The program's focus is HIV/STD diagnosis and prevention, Hepatitis B and C testing, Hepatitis B vaccination and linkage to substance abuse treatment. Funding through the Open Society Foundation and the American Federation for AIDS Research allows the prescription of clean needles to prevent further spread of HIV and Hepatitis.
  • Susan Cu-Uvin, MD, and her team have identified factors that influence genital tract HIV shedding. This has important implications for both sexual transmission and vertical transmission of HIV from mother to child. The effective suppression of HIV viral load in the plasma has resulted in suppression of HIV RNA expression in the genital tract. Resistant virus may shed in the genital tract and be transmitted from mother to child or to a sexual partner.
  • Lifespan was awarded an NIH grant enabling Karen Tashima, MD, and Timothy Flanigan, MD, to join the AIDS Clinical Trials Group which evaluates HIV treatments. This network has defined effective long term treatments for HIV over the past 10 years and fostered investigations into the complex interplay between immunologic suppression, viral replication and treatment.
  • Behavioral medicine and infectious diseases joined to develop an intervention to decrease HIV/STD risk behaviors among young men leaving prison. As one of four sites funded by the Centers for Disease Control, the center works closely with correctional and non-correctional professionals to develop and eventually evaluate an intervention that may not only decrease HIV risk behaviors, but also decrease substance abuse and recidivism.