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

CAAS post-doctoral associate Mollie Miller and CAAS professor Jennifer Tidey co-chaired a Collaborative Programming Symposium at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association entitled "Electronic Cigarettes: State of the Science”.

Congratulations to Jennifer Merrill, who recently received an Early Career Achievement Award from the ABCT Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group. She will be presenting her work at ABCT in New York, NY on Friday, October 28, 2016.

On May 1, 2016, Sara Becker was awarded an R34 from NIDA, "Adolescents Transitioning from Residential Treatment to the Community: Improving Outcomes via a Computer Assisted Parenting Program."

Sara Becker, Lynn Hernandez, Anthony Spirito, and other Brown colleagues have a manuscript in the October edition of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, titled "Moderators of Brief Motivation-Enhancing Treatments for Alcohol-Positive Adolescents Presenting to the Emergency Department."

Kristi Gamarel's and Don Operario's work was quoted in an article in Psychology Today on romantic relationship among transgender people.

At the Alcol a Nudo (Naked Alcohol) Conference on October 27, 2016 at the University of Camerino, Italy, Carolina Haass-Koffler will present a combination of in vitro, in vivo, rodent and human studies, that represents a comprehensive translational effort to define the discrete biological role of corticotropin releasing factor binding-protein. The results provide converging evidence supporting the role of corticotropin releasing factor binding-protein in alcohol use disorder.

Jacob J. van den Berg's paper entitled, "Using syndemics theory to investigate risk and protective factors associated with condomless sex among youth living with HIV in 17 U.S. cities," was accepted for publication in AIDS & Behavior.

Jacob J. van den Berg's encyclopedia entries on internalized transphobia, homosexuality, heterosexist bias in the DSM were accepted for publication in the forthcoming "The Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender" by Dr. Kevin Nadal.

Jacob J. van den Berg was awarded a one-year renewal contract from the Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Kristi Gamarel and Chris Kahler just received notice that their manuscript was published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Citation: Gamarel, KE, Brown, L, Kahler, CW, Fernandez, MI, Bruce, D, Nichols, S, and the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Intervention (in press). Prevalence and correlates of substance use among youth living with HIV in clinical settings. Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Posted October 2016

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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.