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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

Jane Metrik presented at the Association for Psychological Science 29th Convention in Boston on 5/28/2017--giving a talk entitled "The mediating roles of sleep and coping motives in cannabis use and problems among returning veterans with Posttraumatic Stress and Major Depressive Disorders" at a symposium that was entitled “Understanding and Managing Distress with Cannabis: Neuropsychiatric Comorbidity and Targets for Treatment.”

Posted June 2017


Congratulations to Division 50 Fellows, Drs. Adam Leventhal and Lara Ray (former CAAS post-doctoral fellows), for receiving the APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions to Psychology in the area of applied research.

Tiffany Glynn and Dr. Jacob van den Berg published a peer-reviewed systematic review of interventions to reduce problematic substance use among transgender persons that was based on her master's thesis in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health.

Dr. van den Berg along with colleagues at Yale University hosted our third Network Community Research Workshop entitled "Community Research Capacity Building" on March 30 in Sturbridge, MA. This was a hands on workshop for community partners and researchers from around New England to build capacity in developing research and program evaluation methods to improve HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services.

Dr. van den Berg along with colleagues at Yale University held a Network Research Workshop entitled: "The Mathematics of Disease - Using Modeling Research in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care" on February 7, 2017 in Providence, RI. This event brought together over 30 researchers and community members from around the northeastern United States to discuss current and new HIV modeling projects.

Posted May 2017


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Researcher Spotlight

Patricia A. Cioe is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The objectives of her research are to develop a program that integrates behavioral and biomedical approaches to the study of smoking/nicotine dependence, and its co-occurrence with HIV infection and increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Her goal is to develop and implement evidence-based interventions to improve CVD risk perception and the adoption of heart-healthy behaviors in HIV clinical settings, with a focus on healthy diet, increased physical activity, and smoking cessation. After completing her doctoral studies at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester in 2012, she completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at CAAS. She is currently funded by a K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research. She is a member of the CAAS faculty, serves as Co-Chair of the CAAS Rounds Committee, and is a member of the CAAS Postdoctoral training committee. She has a broad background in nursing in urban centers serving the underserved, and has been a board-certified nurse practitioner for more than 20 years. She was the founding President of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Rhode Island Chapter, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.