Primary Appointments

  • Jasjit Ahluwalia


    Minority health and health disparities; nicotine addiction and smoking cessation (pharmacotherapy and behavioral interventions) in African Americans; mentoring and career development

  • elizabeth_aston

    Elizabeth Aston

    Assistant Professor (Research)

    Behavioral and pharmacological effects of marijuana; co-use of marijuana and alcohol; behavioral economics of substance use

  • nancy Barnett

    Nancy Barnett

    Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

    Brief alcohol interventions; naturalistic change in problematic alcohol use; alcohol biosensor technology research; computer-based assessment and intervention; adolescent and young adult populations 

  • Sara Becker

    Associate Professor (Research)

    Adolescent substance use; Direct-to-consumer marketing of evidence-based interventions; Dissemination and implementation approaches

  • Tanya Benitez

    Tanya Benitez

  • katie_biello

    Katie Biello

    Associate Professor (Research)

    HIV/STI prevention in marginalized populations, both domestically and internationally; social and sexual network analysis; social and behavioral determinants of health; racial/ethnic, gender, and sexual minority health inequities

  • Judson Brewer

    Judson Brewer

    Associate Professor

  • Kate Carey

    Kate Carey

    Professor; Doctoral Program Director

    Screening and brief interventions for at-risk drinkers; understanding mediators and moderators of intervention effects; social influences (e.g., perceived norms) on drinking behavior; assessing and enhancing motivation to change; alcohol’s effects on HIV risk behaviors

  • Rachel Cassidy

    Assistant Professor (Research)

    Tobacco regulatory research; Adolescent smoking; e-cigarette use behaviors; smoking cessation; behavioral economics.

  • Mark A. Celio

    Assistant Professor (Research)

    Uses qualitative and experimental methodology to better understand alcohol influences on sexual decision making.

  • patricia_cioe

    Patricia Cioe

    Assistant Professor

    HIV; smoking cessation; health promotion; cardiovascular risk; behavior change.

  • Akilah (Keita) Dulin

    Assistant Professor

    Neighborhood contexts of diet, physical activity, and obesity-related comorbidities; processes of neighborhood dynamics resulting from urban revitalization policies and public health interventions and the potential effects on the aforementioned behavioral and health outcomes; mixed methods approaches to identifying culturally appropriate childhood obesity interventions for under-served Asian populations; the roles of psychosocial stressors on health behaviors and cardiovascular disease risk factors.

  • Shira_Dunsiger

    Shira Dunsiger

    Assistant Professor (Research)

    Advanced statistical methodology; Mediators and moderators of treatment effects; Patterns of behavior change; Methods for analyzing longitudinal incomplete binary data; Effects of Adherence on Behavioral Outcomes

  • abigail_harrison

    Abigail Harrison

    Associate Professor (Research)

    Global health; social and contextual determinants of HIV/AIDS in South Africa; adolescent sexual risk behaviors and the transition to adulthood; gender, fertility and reproductive health; health disparities and structural interventions; qualitative and mixed methods research. 

  • Kristina Jackson

    Professor (Research)

    Developmental course, alcohol, initiation, progression, trajectories, adolescents, alcohol-tobacco comorbidity; longitudinal methodology and analysis, fine-grained data collection

  • Christopher Kahler

    Professor; Department Chair

    Smoking cessation; brief alcohol interventions; co-use of alcohol and tobacco; personality, affect, and addictions; alcohol and HIV/AIDS; positive psychology and positive psychotherapy

  • Caroline_Kuo

    Caroline Kuo

    Associate Professor

    Family behavioral and psychosocial interventions; culturally and contextually appropriate intervention adaptation and development; new HIV prevention strategies in vulnerable global populations; community-engaged HIV research and dissemination

  • Hector_Lopez-Vegara

    Hector Lopez-Vergara

    Assistant Professor

  • molly_magill

    Molly Magill

    Associate Professor (Research)

    Addictions treatment, behavioral or psychosocial interventions, longitudinal data-analysis; mechanisms of behavior change; mediators/moderators of treatment outcomes; process research

  • Bess Marcus

    Professor, Dean of School of Public Health

    Physical activity behavior, low-cost interventions to promote physical activity behavior in community, workplace, and primary care settings

  • rosemarie_martin

    Rosemarie Ann Martin

    Assistant Professor

    Addictions treatment, behavioral or psychosocial interventions, longitudinal data-analysis; mechanisms of behavior change; mediators/moderators of treatment outcomes; process research 

  • matthew_meisel

    Matthew Meisel

    Assistant Professor

    Social network analysis; emerging adults; respondent-driven sampling and other sample methods; alcohol misuse and alcohol-related consequences; nonmedical use of prescription drugs; co-use of alcohol and other drugs; health disparities.

  • jennifer_merrill

    Jennifer Merrill

    Assistant Professor

    Alcohol misuse and consequences among young adults; subjective evaluations of alcohol-related consequences; use of ecological momentary assessment to understand young adult drinking; brief alcohol interventions

  • Jane_Metrik

    Jane Metrik

    Associate Professor (Research)

    Pharmacological and psychological bases of acute effects of marijuana on behavior and decision-making process; genetic factors and other individual differences characterizing users most vulnerable to development of cannabis use disorders; alcohol marijuana interactions and cross-reactivity

  • Matthew Mimiaga


    HIV/AIDS and infectious disease epidemiology; sexual and gender minority health; mental health and substance use disorders (behavioral medicine and psychiatric epidemiology); and global health

  • Mollie_Monnig

    Mollie Monnig

    Assistant Professor

    Alcohol and drug effects on brain white matter, neurometabolism, and cognition; alcohol use in the context of HIV infection; inflammatory biomarkers.

  • Peter M. Monti

    Donald G. Miller Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Director of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies

    Alcohol treatment; brief interventions; mechanisms of change; cue reactivity; pharmacotherapy; adolescent use and abuse; alcohol and HIV/AIDs

  • Jennifer_Nazareno

    Jennifer Nazareno

    Assistant Professor

  • Amy Nunn

    Amy Nunn

    Executive Director, RI Public Health Institute, Associate Professor

    Racial disparities in HIV infection and linkage to care in the US; working with faith and other community leaders to eradicate racial disparities in HIV infection in the US; access to medicines and other technologies in developing countries, and community-based research and mobilization.

  • Don Operario

    Don Operario

    Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

    HIV prevention in high-risk communities - domestic and international; behavioral/social determinants of health in race/ethnic, gender and sexual minority populations

  • jennifer_pellowski

    Jennifer Pellowski

    Assistant Professor

    HIV treatment adherence; sexual and reproductive health of women; culturally and contextually appropriate behavioral intervention design and evaluation; social and contextual determinants of health

  • Patricia_Risica

    Patricia Risica

    Associate Professor

    Obesity, nutritional epidemiology and eating behaviors; the influence of location of fat on the body with disease risk; weight gain during pregnancy and keeping weight after pregnancy; breastfeeding; and diabetes, heart disease and obesity among African American women, in addition to Alaska Natives and other native peoples around the polar parts of the globe

  • Damaris Rohsenow

    Professor (Research)

    Pharmacotherapy and behavioral treatment for smoking among substance abusers; effects of pharmacotherapies for alcohol or smoking on mechanisms of effect; cue reactivity; measures development for alcohol, smoking, cocaine use/abuse/treatment; behavioral treatments for cocaine dependence

  • rochelle_rosen

    Rochelle Rosen

    Assistant Professor

    Design of culturally relevant health behavior interventions using qualitative methodology; health research in the Pacific islands of American Samoa; vaginal microbicide acceptability

  • Cynthia Rosengard

    Associate Professor (Research)

    Understanding contextual influences on adolescents' and young adults' sexual and reproductive health behaviors. Development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidenced-based interventions to decrease sexually-transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy

  • Jennifer_tidey

    Jennifer Tidey

    Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

    Tobacco regulatory science; smoking and other drug use in people with psychiatric illness; human behavioral pharmacology laboratory research; contingency management

  • Jacob Vandenberg

    Assistant Professor (Research)

    The development and evaluation of community-based behavioral and biomedical health interventions for underserved and marginalized groups. Advancing the integration of health informatics (eHealth/mHealth) and behavioral strategies for preventing HIV/STIs among MSM

  • tara_white

    Tara White

    Assistant Professor (Research)

    Neural basis of individual differences in emotion and drug effects using fMRI, monoamine challenge; validated laboratory assessments of temperament, affect and behavior

  • David Williams

    Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Health Equity Research, Master's Program Director

    Role of affect in health behavior; exercise promotion; smoking cessation; health behavior theory testing and development 

  • tyler_wray

    Tyler Wray

    Assistant Professor (Research)

    Using technology to prevent HIV/STIs and improve care; Alcohol and HIV; Statistical learning; Adaptive ecological and “just-in-time” interventions; User-centered design; Addictions; Healthcare use and adherence

Secondary Appointments

  • Bruce Becker

    Professor of Medicine

    Smoking cessation in the clinical setting; ADHD/ADD, injuries, and treatment adherence; Improving IV Cannulatioin in children and adults in the Emergency Department

  • Beth Bock

    Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)

    Developing and testing innovative interventions for smoking cessation, exercise promotion, with an emphasis on the use of computer-based and mobile technologies to promote health behavior change.  Development of new behavioral theory to enhance our understanding of the process of decision making for stopping drug use among incarcerated individuals. 

  • Willoughby Britton

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)

    Sleep, emotional disturbances, and new treatment/prevention strategies for mood disorders. The neurophysiological effects of mindfulness meditation in depression, including executive, affective, sleep, EEG, and endocrine functioning.

  • michael_carey

    Michael Carey

    Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Behavioral assessment and interventions for sexual risk reduction, HIV/STD prevention, and sexual health promotion; mechanisms of health behavior change; health promotion for multiple health behaviors; health disparities.

  • suzanne_colby

    Suzanne Colby

    Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

    Laboratory and clinical studies, treatment development, and instrumentation research related to adolescent and young adult substance use disorders. Innovative interventions targeting heavy drinking, HIV risk behavior, and smoking in various poplulations including adolescents, young adults, adults receiving emergency medical care, and adults with schizophrenia.

  • Kate M. Guthrie

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

    HIV/STI prevention and reproductive health: evaluating user sensory perceptions and experiences of biomedical prevention technologies, such as vaginal and rectal microbicides and multipurpose prevention technologies; assessing product perceptibility, acceptability and use behaviors (adherence); biomedical prevention technology design and development; assessment and prevention intervention development.

  • Carolina_Haass-Koffler

    Carolina Haass-Koffler

    Assistant Professor (Research)

    Transitional research (neuroscience-human laboratory studies) examining biobehavioral mechanisms of addiction, focus on: stress (HPA/extrahypothalamic), neuroendocrine pathways (brain-gut axis, ghrelin, leptin, insulin) and ethanol pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics modeling.

  • Eric Loucks

    Associate Professor of Epidemiology

    Research focuses on elucidating biological mechanisms by which social factors such as mindfulness, education, and early life adversity may influence cardiovascular disease. Dr. Loucks has generated research findings that have helped to better understand how biological factors such as inflammatory markers, epigenetics, blood pressure, obesity, lipids, amongst others, may be important mechanisms through which social factors could influence cardiovascular disease. He is now increasingly moving into practical applications of the work, including randomized controlled trials of mindfulness interventions for cardiovascular disease risk reduction.

  • Lori_Scott-Sheldon

    Lori A.J. Scott-Sheldon

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

    Methodological and statistical tools for evidence-based medicine; meta-analysis; measurement; stress and coping; alcohol; novel tobacco products; tobacco regulatory science; sexual health; HIV/AIDS.

  • Sarah Skeels

    Teaching Associate, Tufts University

  • Laura_stroud

    Laura Stroud

    Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

    Biobehavioral mechanisms of risk for depression and addiction (smoking/nicotine dependence); focus on child/adolescent and perinatal-fetal-infant transitions; physiological (HPA, neuroendocrine) responses to stress  in children/adolescents, infants, and pregnant mothers; HPA and fMRI response to social stressors in relation to risk for depression/addiction, maternal smoking and depression during pregnancy and effects on fetal and infant stress response and neurobehavior, emergence of sex differences in depression across the adolescent transition.


Adjunct and Research Associates


In Memoriam

  • Albert Wesson

    Professor Emeritus

  • Mark Wood

    Professor, University of Rhode Island