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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

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The Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies is located at 121 South Main St., Providence, RI.

Center News

As the recipient of the 37th Annual RSA Distinguished Researcher Award, Dr. Richard Longabaugh presented "The evolution of an alcohol treatment researcher". 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 received the 29th Annual RSA Early Career Investigator Award at this year's meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism in New Orleans. 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.

Postdoctoral trainee Hayley Treloar received the 2016 RSA Gordis People's Choice Award, for her poster and presentation "Adolescents’ craving and subjective responses to alcohol and cannabis in daily life: Associations with dependence in two 2 ecological studies."

Former postdoctoral trainee John F. Kelly in collaboration with the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors has issued a recommendation against the use of terminology that can stigmatize people who use alcohol, drugs, other addictive substances or who have an addictive behavior. Read more about it here.

Posted August 2016


Nancy Barnett chaired a symposium at the RSA annual conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana in June, 2016. Other CAAS affiliates who were presenters in the symposium were Bob Stout (faculty), Matthew Meisel (postdoctoral fellow), and Allecia Reid (postdoctoral alum).

Jennifer Merrill received an Early Career Investigator Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism's Mechanisms of Behavior Change Satellite Session.

Kate Carey presented a talk entitled "Effect of Email boosters after a brief alcohol intervention for mandated college students" at the 39th annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, in New Orleans, LA.

Posted July 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.