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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.

Center News

Nancy Barnett, PhD, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, has been appointed as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School of Public Health effective September 1, 2016. In this role, Nancy’s responsibilities will include oversight of processes pertinent to faculty searches and hiring, reappointments, promotions, annual reviews, and sabbaticals in the School. She will also represent the School with the Dean of the Faculty and relevant University Committees.

Dr. Barnett has been a member of the Brown faculty since 1999 and has served on numerous committees across the School of Public Health and the University that have advised on faculty initiatives, including on several faculty affairs task forces, search committees, and advisory groups.

As an NIH funded faculty member in the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Dr. Barnett’s research focuses on developing and testing brief interventions for substance use among adolescents and young adults and incorporating various technologies into the assessment and treatment of addictive behaviors. Her research and active involvement in campus life committees, boards, and policy reviews have directly contributed to improved behavioral health promotion practices and policies for Brown students. She also has been actively involved in the NIAAA Post-Doctoral Fellowship Training Program in the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies as a mentor and training faculty member.

Dr. Barnett succeeds Joseph Hogan, ScD, Professor of Biostatistics who has led the School in the development of critical faculty related policies and procedures as well as launching the new Faculty Affairs website.

Posted September 2016


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Researcher Spotlight

Jennifer Tidey is a Professor (Research) in the departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Behavioral and Social Sciences. The twin goals of her research are to identify mechanisms underlying the high rates of cigarette smoking in people with serious mental illness and to develop effective smoking cessation treatments for these smokers. A large proportion of her research effort is devoted to the new area of tobacco regulatory science, the aim of which is to provide the FDA with the science it needs to make regulatory decisions about cigarettes and other tobacco products, in order to reduce the impact of tobacco on public health. She is a core member of the CAAS faculty, Director of the CAAS Addictive Behaviors Laboratory and an Associate Director of the NIDA T-32 training program. She is an Associate Editor for the journals Nicotine & Tobacco Research and Tobacco Regulatory Science, serves on an NIH study section and is a member of the Board of Directors for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD). Trained as a behavioral pharmacologist at Tufts University, Dr. Tidey completed post-graduate training at Harvard University and the University of Vermont before coming to Brown in 1999.