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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

Patricia Cioe presented a talk entitled "A Qualitative Study of Wellness Perspectives among Persons Living with HIV (PLWH)" at the annual meeting of the Eastern Nursing Research Society on April 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Carolina Haass-Koffler's original work, "Serum Insulin Levels are Reduced by Intravenous Ghrelin Administration but Do Not Correlate with Alcohol Craving in Alcohol Dependent Individuals," was accepted for publication on the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Carolina Haass-Koffler will receive a New Investigator Award and give an oral presentation entitled “Ghrelin as a Novel Possible Target to Treat Alcohol Craving and Role of Endogenous Hormones Serum Levels as a Biomarker" for the American Society Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) on May 31, 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Posted May 2016


Patricia Cioe was an invited speaker at the annual meeting of the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Rhode Island on April 2, 2016. She presented a talk titled “Alcohol and other Substance Use Disorders: A Clinical Approach to Pharmacotherapeutics”.

Rachel Cassidy presented "Adolescents’ Response to Nicotine Dose in Cigarettes: Preliminary Evidence from a Within-Subjects Laboratory Study" at the SRNT Annual Conference in Chicago, IL in March 2016.

Patricia Cioe presented a poster titled, “Baseline Optimism is Significantly Associated with Engagement in Treatment in Heavy Drinking Smokers in a Smoking Cessation Trial”, co-authored by William Lechner and Christopher W. Kahler, at the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco Annual meeting in Chicago on March 5, 2016.

Patricia Cioe was an invited guest speaker at the Harvard University Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and the HOPE Nursing Conference, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA meeting on January 20, 2016. She presented a talk titled “Wellness and HIV – Findings from a Qualitative Study”.

Jennifer Merrill won an Outstanding Research Presentation Award for her poster titled "A Time-varying Effect Model of the Dynamic Associations between Alcohol Use and Consequences over the First Years of College" at the Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction meeting in March in San Diego, Ca.

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.