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

New Faculty Hires

Mark Celio
Assistant Professor (Research) of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Carolina Haass-Koffler
Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Kristine Marceau Ostanek
Assistant Professor (Research) of Behavioral and Social Sciences

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Dr. Richard Longabaugh is the recipient of the 37th Annual RSA Distinguished Researcher Award. This award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the study of alcohol abuse and alcoholism and who has demonstrated themselves to be a leader in the field. Dr. Longabaugh is a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research) and is a recognized leader in alcohol treatment research.

Former faculty member Dr. Lorenzo Leggio is recipient of the 29th Annual RSA Early Career Investigator Award. This award is given to an individual(s) who has demonstrated themselves to be a motivated thinker and a leader at a young stage in their academic career. Dr. Leggio is currently an Investigator in the Joint NIAAA-NIDA Section on Clinical Psychoneuroendocrinology and Neuropsychopharmacology.

Posted March 2016

Four CAAS faculty were awarded new grants on March 1, 2016. Christopher Kahler was awarded an R34 by NIAAA, “Development and Pilot Testing of a Multimodal Web-Based Program to Address Heavy Drinking during Smoking Cessation.” Three new faculty members received K01 mentored training grants: Mark Celio was awarded a K01 from NIAAA, “Effects of Acute Alcohol on Sex-Specific Delay Discounting and Subsequent Sexual Decision Making among MSM.” Carolina Haass-Koffler also received a K01 from NIAAA, “Mifepristone as a Pharmacological Intervention for Stress-Induced Alcohol Drinking.” Finally, Kristine Marceau was awarded a K01 from NIDA, “Bio-behavioral Developmental Origins of Adolescent Substance Abuse.”

Posted April 2016

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Researcher Spotlight

Lynn Hernandez is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at the Brown University School of Public Health. Dr. Hernandez’s research focuses broadly on the development and implementation of culturally appropriate behavioral interventions for adolescents of diverse ethnic/racial backgrounds. Recognizing the important role that target community members play in shaping culturally competent treatment approaches, Dr. Hernandez conducts her research within a Community-Based Participatory Research model. Within this model, members of ethnic/racial minority communities are seen as the experts and are actively involved during various stages of the treatment development and implementation process. As a result, Dr. Hernandez has been working actively with high schools, community agencies, clinics, and adolescent substance use tasks forces across Rhode Island to develop and implement culturally appropriate interventions that are easily accessible for at-risk youth and their families. Dr. Hernandez is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIAAA K01 award to examine the preliminary efficacy of a school-based culturally adapted intervention for Latino adolescents’ alcohol use and sexual risk taking behaviors, as well as the PI of a COBRE pilot project through the University of Vermont in Burlington to examine the efficacy of a financial incentives intervention delivered within a community STI clinic to increase HIV testing among Latino emerging adults.