News Archive

March 2017

Rachel Cassidy gave a presentation entitled “Effects of Nicotine Dose in Cigarettes on Perceived Health Risk and Subjective Response in Adolescent Smokers” at the Society for Nicotine and Tobacco Research Annual Conference in Florence, Italy.

As co-chair of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT)'s Adolescent Network, Suzanne Colby chaired the network's inaugural pre-conference workshop at the annual meeting in Florence, Italy. The workshop was entitled "Tobacco and Marijuana Co-use in Adolescents and Young Adults." Presentations covered: recent epidemiological data showing trends and patterns of use, and characteristics of co-users; qualitative findings related to emerging modes of co-use; impact and correlates of co-use; potential underlying mechanisms; the role of digital media in promoting co-use; and implications for clinical intervention with co-using adolescents. Dr. Colby also hosted the annual adolescent network member meeting at SRNT.

Christopher Kahler presented the talk "A double-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial of oral naltrexone for heavy drinking smokers seeking smoking cessation treatment" at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Meeting, Florence, Italy.

Christopher Kahler chaired the symposium on "Understanding and intervening on alcohol use in smokers who drink heavily" at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Meeting, Florence, Italy.

Damaris Rohsenow was invited by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to give a presentation titled “Strong Treatment Combinations Are Especially Important for Smokers with Alcohol Dependence: Evidence from Four Controlled Clinical Trials” at the meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, San Diego, May 23, 2017.

Damaris Rohsenow was invited to give a presentation titled “Clinical Investigations of Hangover: Methods and Symptoms” to a meeting of the Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, April 4, 2017.

Jennifer Tidey co-chaired a symposium at the SRNT conference in Florence, Italy on 3/10/17, entitled "Examining links between menthol use and smoking persistence in vulnerable populations". Her talk focused on mechanisms that might underlie the link between menthol use and smoking persistence in people with psychiatric illness.

Jennifer Tidey gave a presentation at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health in Austin, TX on 3/24/17, entitled "Nicotine Reduction in Smokers with Psychiatric Disorders", as part of a symposium that focused on the potential effectiveness of a national policy that would reduce the nicotine content of cigarettes sold in the US.

Jennifer Tidey chaired a symposium at the Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction meeting in Albuquerque NM on 3/25/17, entitled "A Behavioral Economic Perspective on Persistent Tobacco Use in People with Psychopathology". She was joined by CAAS T32 alumni Adam Leventhal, who also presented a talk, and Jim Murphy, who served as symposium Discussant.

Jennifer Tidey, a member of the Board of Directors for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), traveled to Washington DC on 3/28/17 to advocate for NIDA funding on Capital Hill along with other members of the CPDD Board. She met with congressional staffers in Senator Reed's, Senator Whitehouse's and Representative Cicillini's offices, and had the opportunity to speak with Senator Reed himself about the importance of maintaining NIDA funding to support drug abuse research and treatment.

In December,2016, Dr. Richard Longabaugh received the James Tharp Award from the Tharp Foundation. He was nominated for this award by the Research Society on Alcoholism for his contributions to alcohol treatment research, resulting in his receipt of the RSA 2016 Distinguished Researcher Award. The Tharp award, for $25,000, was gifted to Brown University

On March 6, 2017, Dr. Mollie Magill presented at Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work, NYC: While there is an emerging picture of how Motivational Interviewing (MI) affects behavior change, this literature has advanced rapidly in recent years. In the present meta-analysis, we test the full MI theoretical model to examine which pathways have support, under what conditions, and which, if any, require theoretical revision. Meta-analytic results will additionally serve as a springboard for discussion of MI mechanisms of change, key recommendations for trainers and providers, as well as the state of science in MI process research.

October 2016

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.

September 2016

Nancy Barnett, PhD, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, has been appointed as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the School of Public Health effective September 1, 2016. In this role, Nancy’s responsibilities will include oversight of processes pertinent to faculty searches and hiring, reappointments, promotions, annual reviews, and sabbaticals in the School. She will also represent the School with the Dean of the Faculty and relevant University Committees.

Dr. Barnett has been a member of the Brown faculty since 1999 and has served on numerous committees across the School of Public Health and the University that have advised on faculty initiatives, including on several faculty affairs task forces, search committees, and advisory groups.

As an NIH funded faculty member in the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Dr. Barnett’s research focuses on developing and testing brief interventions for substance use among adolescents and young adults and incorporating various technologies into the assessment and treatment of addictive behaviors. Her research and active involvement in campus life committees, boards, and policy reviews have directly contributed to improved behavioral health promotion practices and policies for Brown students. She also has been actively involved in the NIAAA Post-Doctoral Fellowship Training Program in the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies as a mentor and training faculty member.

Dr. Barnett succeeds Joseph Hogan, ScD, Professor of Biostatistics who has led the School in the development of critical faculty related policies and procedures as well as launching the new Faculty Affairs website.

Next year at colleges in three states with different marijuana use laws, a team of public health researchers will study why students often use marijuana and alcohol simultaneously.
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August 2016

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.

Jacob J. van den Berg published an article with collaborators from Ghana on CFAR International Development Award. Citation is: Hushie M, Omenyo CN, van den Berg JJ, Lally MA. State-civil society partnerships for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in Ghana: exploring factors associated with successes and challenges. BMC Health Serv Res. In press.

Jacob J. van den Berg presented an oral presentation entitled, "Testing the healthcare empowerment model among persons living with HIV for medication adherence," at the 11th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in May 2016.

Along with Dr. Meg Sullivan from Boston Medical Center, Jacob J. van den Berg received a CFAR Developmental Award for a pilot project entitled: "Acceptability of next-generation pre-exposure prophylaxis formulations among young African American and Hispanic/Latino MSM at two urban STD clinics" with mentorship from Drs. Matthew Mimiaga and Phil Chan.

Jacob J. van den Berg received a 4-year research and training grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention entitled: "Reaching Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino MSM through social media about treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis" with mentorship by Dr. Don Operario.

Along with colleagues from the Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Jacob J. van den Berg co-led the 3rd annual symposium of the New England HIV Implementation Science Network on June 2, 2016, which drew nearly 125 researchers, practitioners, community organizations and public health agencies from throughout New England who are involved with HIV prevention and treatment efforts. The theme for the conference was reaching the targets of 90-90-90. The numbers refer to the UNAIDS goals that 90 percent of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90 percent will receive antiretroviral therapy; and 90 percent of those who receive the therapy will have viral suppression. If the goals are achieved, it is anticipated that the HIV epidemic could be conquered by 2030.

July 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.

Peter M. Monti served as a discussant in a symposium chaired by Yifrah Kaminer and John Kelly, “Innovations in adolescent alcohol treatment research: 12-step facilitation, treatment goals, social networks, and cultural adaptation”, which was presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting

June 2016

Liz Aston presented a talk entitled "Variation in the Cannabinoid Receptor (CNR1) Gene and Demand for Marijuana"​ at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) in Palm Springs, CA.

Kate Carey participated in a roundtable discussion evaluating the evidence for SBI with adolescents and young adults and charting new directions for future research at the Society for Prevention Research in San Francisco, CA on June 1st, 2016.

Jennifer Tidey presented a talk entitled "Environmental Smoke Exposure among Daily Smokers with Low vs. High Educational Attainment" at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) in Palm Springs, CA.

The 33rd Annual Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS) Year in Review and Postdoctoral Graduation was held on Friday, June 3, 2016. Following the presentation of awards, the Keynote Presentation was given by Bettina Hoeppner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Mass General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Her presentation was entitled “Smiling Instead of Smoking: Development of a positive psychology smoking cessation smartphone app for non daily smokers.”

Associate Professor Robert Miranda received the 2016 Mark Wood Outstanding Mentor Award.  

Post-doc Hayley Treloar received this year's Sharon Chauncey Fellowship Award.

 

Five Faculty received Research Excellence Awards this past year:

  • Damaris Rohsenow “Electronic Cigarettes effects on Perceptions and Motivation: A Pilot Study”
  • William Lechner “Working memory training combined with transcranial magnetic simulation for smoking cessation”
  • Angelo DiBello “Formative Research on Counter-Attitudinal Advocacy as a Brief Intervention for College Drinking”
  • Jennifer Merrill “Mobile delivery of descriptive and injunctive norms to target heavy drinking attitudes and behaviors”.
  • Ethan Mereish “The Unique Effects of Stigma on Physiological Reactivity and Substance Craving Among Young Sexual Minorities”

A Research Achievement Award was awarded to Tiffany Glynn to present her poster “Attending to the psychological distress among transgender individuals by promoting in-group identification: Implications of the Minority Stress Model for clinical work” at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

A Research Achievement Award was awarded to Kerri Hayes to present her poster “Initiation and progression through early drinking milestones in underage drinkers” at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism.

May 2016

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.

April 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.

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.”

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.

Dr. Jennifer Tidey presented a talk entitled "Effects of reduced-nicotine cigarettes in smokers with and without elevated depressive symptoms" on March 3rd at the SRNT conference in Chicago, IL.

Allecia Reid, former CAAS post-doc, recently received a Fulbright Scholar Award to spend a year in Liverpool conducting research on modeling of peer alcohol use. The project is titled "Self-affirmation as a Novel Strategy for Reducing Mimicry of Peer Alcohol Use: Testing Effects and Mechanisms."

February 2016

Dr. Christopher Kahler presented a plenary address on "Developing novel smoking cessation treatments for smokers with comorbidities" at the 2016 International Behavioral Health Conference in Hong Kong in January, 2016.

January 2016

With Co-Investigators Shannon Kenney (Brown postdoctoral fellow), Melissa Clark (University of Massachusetts, Worchester), Miles Ott (Augsburg College) and John Light (Oregon Research Institute), Dr. Nancy Barnett was awarded an R01 grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism titled “Reducing Hazardous Alcohol Use in Social Networks using Targeted Intervention.” This research will investigate whether reduction in hazardous drinking among members of a college residential social network is transmitted to other network members.

Dr. Sara Becker was invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment for a three year renewable term effective January 1, 2016.

December 2015

Kate Carey recently published an article in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The article is featured on the JSAD website and is available for open access: http://www.jsad.com/doi/10.15288/jsad.2015.76.829.

November 2015

Karen Friend, member of the CAAS training faculty, was chosen “Caregiver of the Year” by the Caregiver Alliance of Rhode Island for her work bringing recognition to Alzheimer’s disease. Karen strives to find the best care for her husband Jake and others suffering from this disease through her work in the community and research. The award ceremony took place in the Governor’s Reception Room at the State House with many of Karen’s friends and supporters present as she received a Citation from the Office of Congressman Langevin.

Please visit the following links for more information about Karen's research:

CBS News Article
alz.org Newsletter
WPRI Coverage

Patricia Cioe presented a talk titled “Prevalence and Correlates of Intermittent Smoking among MSM living with HIV” at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL in October 2015. While there, she also presented a poster on "A Qualitative Study of Wellness Perspectives among Persons Living with HIV (PLWH)."

Jennifer Tidey presented a talk entitled "Moderators of the Effects of 6-Week Use of Reduced-Nicotine Cigarettes on Daily Smoking Rate and Nicotine Intake" at the annual NIH Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science meeting in Bethesda, MD, 11/14/15.

October 2015

Sara Becker presented a talk, "What are the Key Characteristics of Quality Adolescent Substance Use Treatment: Defining Quality from the Customer's Perspective," at the Addiction Health Services Research Conference in Marina del Rey, CA on October 15, 2015

Dr. Becker was also quoted as an adolescent substance use treatment expert in a recent Huffington Post article titled, "Recovery Schools Save Teen Addicts, So Why Aren't They Everywhere?"

At the Vermont Center on Behavior & Health conference held in Burlington VT in October 2015, Jennifer Tidey presented a talk entitled "Behavioral Economics of Tobacco Among Individuals with Serious Mental Illness."

Jennifer Tidey was a co-author of a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine on 10/1/15, entitled "Randomized Trial of Reduced-Nicotine Standards for Cigarettes".

September 2015

On Sunday September 13, the CAAS AIDS Walk 2105 participated in the Providence event. The team of 11 consisted of CAAS faculty, postdocs, and SPH MPH and PhD students. The CAAS team was a top fundraising team for the third year in a row!

August 2015

Former CAAS post-doc Adam Leventhal received the Joe Cochin Young Investigator award during the CPDD conference in Phoenix, Arizona in June. He was introduced during the awards session by CAAS faculty member Jennifer Tidey, who had nominated him for the award.

July 2015

Jennifer Merrill organized a symposium titled "Diverse interventions for college student drinking: Examining for whom and how they work" which included her talk titled "Psychosocial predictors of non-response to brief motivational intervention for mandated college drinkers" at the 2015 annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, TX.

Christopher Kahler presented a talk titled "MI theory meets communication theory: A multi-dimensional system for rating MI sessions that target multiple risk behaviors" at the Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas in June 2015.

Damaris Rohsenow presented the results of her study as "Treating smokers in substance treatment with contingent vouchers, nicotine replacement and brief advice adapted for sobriety settings" at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence in Phoenix, AZ, in June 2015. While there, she also presented a poster on "Treating smokers in substance treatment with contingent vouchers, nicotine replacement and brief advice adapted for sobriety settings."

June 2015

Jennifer Merrill presented a talk titled "Alcohol Consequences in Their Own Words: A Qualitative Examination among Young Adult Drinkers" at the 41st Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society in Munich, Germany on June 1, 2015.

Sara Becker was invited to be a guest blogger for the American Psychological Association's Division of Clinical Psychology to discuss how direct-to-consumer marketing can potentially be applied to increase the use of effective treatments. Her piece can be viewed at the following link: https://www.div12.org/increasing-the-use-of-effective-behavioral-treatments-through-direct-to-consumer-marketing/

Caroline Kuo will present "Developing a family-based intervention for adolescent HIV prevention in South Africa" at the South African AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa in June 2015.

Caroline Kuo will be serving on the scientific committee of the AIDS Impact Conference and presenting an oral paper, Developing a family intervention to build resilience for HIV prevention and mental health.

Molly Magill moderated the symposium titled 'What Can Process Research Do For You? A Tale of Three Types of Clinical Trial Outcomes' and presented 'Probing Non-Significant Matching Effects in a Large-Scale Clinical Trial' at the International Conference on the Treatment of Addictive Behaviors annual conference held in Odense, Denmark in June 2015. Other presenters at this symposium included Nadine Mastroleo and Lynn Hernandez. The discussant for this Symposium was Tim Apodaca.

May 2015

Jennifer Tidey presented a talk entitled "Smoking and Psychiatric Illness: Why is there a connection? What can we do about it?" at Crossroads RI on 5/4/15.

April 2015

A new study by researchers in Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies finds that children given a sip of alcohol before sixth grade were more likely to have had a full drink or have gotten drunk by ninth grade than those who didn’t get a sip. Click here for the full story: https://news.brown.edu/articles/2015/03/kidsip

While “pregaming” before a party is an integral part of many college students’ social scenes, it could have more adverse consequences than are typically expected, according to a new study involving a University researcher. Click here for the full story: http://www.browndailyherald.com/2015/04/07/study-examines-effects-of-pregaming/

Sara Becker was an invited guest speaker at the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University on March 12, 2015. She presented a talk titled "Direct to Consumer Marketing: A Complementary Approach to Traditional Dissemination and Implementation Efforts" and then had meetings with the Directors of Marketing, Adolescent and Family Research, Health Law and Policy, Policy Research and Analysis, and Digital Communications.

March 2015

Meet the Researcher: Former CAAS post-doc, James MacKillop, was recently interviewed about his research. Click here for the full interview: http://www.rsoa.org/MacKillop-MeetTheResearcher.pdf.

Jennifer Tidey presented "Effects of Treadmill Walking on Cigarette Craving, Withdrawal Symptoms and Smoking Behavior in Smokers with Schizophrenia", co-authored by Christine Goodwin and David Williams, at the SRNT meeting in Philadelphia on Feb 26th.

Damaris Rohsenow gave a talk, "Varenicline Helps Smokers with SUD Stop Smoking without Harming Recovery," on the safety and efficacy of varenicline for quitting smoking among smokers with substance dependence at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco on February 28, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Tara White, has recently published her study mapping extroversion types in the brain's anatomy.https://news.brown.edu/articles/2015/02/extroverts

Christopher Kahler presented a talk entitled "Smoking cessation in at-risk and problem drinkers" in a preconference workshop on "Treating Patients with Common Clinical Co-morbidities: What Clinicians and Researchers Need to Know" as part of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Meeting.

February 2015

Nancy Barnett published an editorial on alcohol sensors and their potential for improving clinical care in Addiction.

Rachel Cassidy presented "Validation of a Respiratory Symptom Questionnaire in Adolescent Smokers: at the SRNT Annual Conference in Philadelphia in February.

Jennifer Tidey was elected to the Board of Directors for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD). Her term will begin after the annual CPDD meeting in June, 2015.

Meet the Researcher! Read all about former Brown trainee Lara Ray: http://www.rsoa.org/Ray-MeetTheResearcher.pdf

January 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Diane Logan, a CAAS postdoctoral fellow and First Prize recipient of the 2014 Archambault Teaching Award. This award is designed to recognize and reward excellence in teaching in the Brown University summer programs. Award recipients are selected based on their ability to influence, motivate and inspire students to learn.

Associate Professor (Research) Jennifer Tidey talks about her research on very-low nicotine cigarettes and smoking cessation in the mentally ill. http://www.fairwarning.org/2015/01/long-ago-stripped-glamorous-image-smoking-keeps-tight-grip-mentally-ill

December 2014

Jennifer Tidey presented an invited talk entitled “Schizophrenia and Smoking: Using Behavioral Laboratory Research to Inform Treatment Development” at the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center, Dartmouth University-Geisel School of Medicine, November 2014.

Caroline C. Kuo presented two papers at the APHA Conference: "Adapting an evidence-based family intervention program for adolescent HIV prevention in South Africa" and "PrEP Acceptability, Access and Predicted User Behaviors in US Male Sex Workers: Implications for Effectiveness."

Ricardo "Rick" Smith (IT specialist), Suzanne Sales and Timothy Souza (Data Core Team), and Dr. Caroline Kuo (Assistant Professor) have developed innovative new uses of technology to increase the rigor of mobile data collection for HIV research in developing countries.  Their efforts are now being recognized with the technology industry award, the 2015 CSO Security Confab Award (awarded to Brown University), for the innovative application of security software to address complex HIV research challenges in South Africa.  

November 2014

On October 31, 2014, Jennifer Tidey was the guest speaker at the annual meeting of Tobacco-Free Rhode Island, a statewide network of organizations and individuals working to reduce rates of tobacco use in RI. She presented "Smoking and Serious Mental Illness: Research and Action."

October 2014

Congratulations to Patricia Cioe, who just received notice that her Career Development Award, entitled "​Cardiovascular Risk Perception and Wellness in HIV-infected Adults" has been funded by the National Institute on Nursing Research. Dr. Cioe will finish her NIDA-funded postdoctoral fellowship at CAAS at the end of October, and then transition to the faculty at CAAS as Assistant Professor and PI of this K award. She will be working with Drs. Chris Kahler, Kate Morrow, and Matthew Freiberg.

Molly Magill presented "Brief intervention mechanisms: What does current research on Motivational Interviewing process have to offer?" at the Annual INEBRIA Conference as part of a Plenary Debate on "What makes brief intervention work?" with former CAAS Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Jacques Gaume. September 2014, Warsaw Poland

Jennifer Tidey presented a talk entitled "Menthol vs. non-menthol cigarette smoking topography in smokers with schizophrenia and heavy smokers without psychiatric illness" at the SRNT-Europe conference in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in Sept 2014.

September 2014

Nancy Barnett was an invited speaker at the Addiction Treatment Technology Summit in Chicago, IL.  Her talk was titled "Alcohol Biosensors: Research Background and Clinical Applications"

Sara Becker gave a presentation titled, 'Sounds like CSI': How Consumers of Adolescent Substance Use Treatment Perceive the Term Evidence-Based Practice at the Addictions Health Services Research Conference held in Boston, MA.

Damaris Rohsenow presented her research on "Voucher-based Smoking Treatment with Nicotine Replacement and Motivational Advice for Smokers in Substance Treatment" and on "Intolerance for Withdrawal Discomfort and Motivation Predict Voucher-Based Smoking Treatment Outcomes for Smokers with Substance Use Disorders" at the meeting of the Society of Research on Nicotine and Tobacco - Europe in September 2014.

July 2014

Molly Magill gave a plenary presentation at the 4th annual International Conference on Motivational Interviewing in Amsterdam, Netherlands entitled "Testing Motivational Interviewing theory to inform direct practice: Lessons from meta-analysis."

At the Annual Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, which took place in Bellevue, WA in June, Kristina Jackson presented a study on "Understanding the association between early life events and perceived stress in predicting initiation of alcohol use in a middle-school sample" and Molly Magill presented her work "Examining the primary model of causal process in motivational interviewing with alcohol use and other addictive behaviors."

June 2014

Peter M. Monti recently gave the Centennial Lecture in Public Health Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso. His invited presentation was “The Role of Alcohol in the Prevention and Treatment of Sex Risk Behavior and HIV”. Dr. Monti also presented Surgery/Trauma Grand Rounds at Texas Tech University, Health Sciences Center, in El Paso.

May 2014

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Rachel Cassidy, who just received notice that her Career Development Award in tobacco control regulatory research, entitled "Evaluation of Very Low Nicotine Content Cigarettes in Adolescent Smokers" has been selected to receive funding. Rachel is currently finishing up one year of NIDA-funded postdoctoral fellowship at CAAS, and then will transition to become PI of the K01 award, working with CAAS faculty Jennifer Tidey, Kristina Jackson, and Suzanne Colby over the next five years. Congratulations, Rachel!

February 2014

Chris Kahler recently attended the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. He presented the talk: UNDERSTANDING AND ADDRESSING THE ALCOHOL-SMOKING CONNECTION: FROM LAB TO CLINIC TO POLICY.

CAAS Associate Professor, Jennifer Tidey, gave a presentation entitled "Smoking topography comparison of usual-brand and very low nicotine cigarettes across a 5-hr period in heavy smokers with and without schizophrenia" on Feb 7, 2014 in Seattle WA, at the annual meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. Co-authored by CAAS Post-Doctoral Trainee Rachel Cassidy and CAAS Assistant Professor Cinnamon Bidwell, this presentation focused on how an FDA-regulated reduction in the nicotine content of cigarettes might affect smoking behavior in people with schizophrenia.

Please join the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences for two talks:

Kathy Etz (NIDA) on Funding Opportunities for Community-Based Participatory Research, Thursday 2/27

Judy Arroyo (NIAAA) on Building Capacity for Health Disparities Research and Supporting Diversity in Training and Research, Friday 2/28

Click here for further details.

December 2013

Jennifer Tidey gave an invited presentation on Oct 25th entitled "Contingent Incentives for Reducing Smoking among People with Schizophrenia" at the III International Congress on Dual Disorders in Barcelona, Spain.

Jennifer Tidey is the PI of a major research component within a NIDA-funded Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS) grant. Her project will be examining whether a FDA-mandated reduction in the nicotine content of cigarettes would have net positive or negative consequences for smokers with major depressive disorder.

September 2013

Kate Carey gave a presentation on July 15 at the STI & AIDS 2013 World Congress in Vienna, Austria, titled "Understanding the link between alcohol use and STIs: Two tests of mediation."

Carey, K.B., Senn, T.E., Coury-Doniger, P., Urban, M.A., & Carey, M.P. (2013, July). Understanding the link between alcohol use and STIs: Two tests of mediation. Poster presented at the STI & AIDS 2013 World Congress, Vienna, Austria.

Cinnamon Bidwell gave a presentation entitled "Smoking Motives As Novel Intermediate Phenotypes of Nicotine Dependence" at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association on July 31, 2013.

Kristina Jackson gave a presentation entitled "Prevalence and Correlates of Sipping and Full Drink of Alcohol" at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association on August 3, 2013.

Kristina Jackson was awarded a K02 from NIAAA entitled "Developmental Methodology as Applied to Research on Adolescent Alcohol Use." The focus of this mid-career award is to apply developmental methods to several prospective studies on underage alcohol use to illustrate and address key challenges that arise when translating theory to empirical findings by applying newly emerging methods for modeling development.

June 2013

Dr. Damaris Rohsenow gave a presentation on June 17 that was entitled "Contingent Vouchers, Patch and Brief Advice for Smokers in SUD Treatment: Preliminary Results" at the Contingency Management Working Group at the annual meeting of the College on Problems in Drug Dependence, San Diego, CA.

Dr. Kate Carey is the 2013 recipient of the CAAS Post-doctoral Fellowship Faculty Mentoring Award.

The following award recipients were announced at the CAAS Annual Year in Review and Postdoctoral Graduation Ceremony on June 7, 2013:

  • Jennifer Merrill, Ph.D. Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2014
  • Caitlin Abar, Ph.D. The Sharon Chauncey Award, 2013
  • Kate Carey, Ph.D. CAAS Outstanding Mentor Award, 2013