Core Faculty

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  • Jasjit Ahluwalia

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Medicine

    Minority health and health disparities; nicotine addiction and smoking cessation (pharmacotherapy and behavioral interventions) in African Americans; mentoring and career development

  • Elizabeth Aston

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Behavioral and pharmacological effects of marijuana; co-use of marijuana and alcohol; behavioral economics of substance use; use of marijuana for medical purposes

  • Nancy_Barnett

    Nancy Barnett

    Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Brief alcohol interventions; naturalistic change in problematic alcohol use; alcohol biosensor technology research; computer-based assessment and intervention; adolescent and young adult populations

  • Sara Becker

    Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Adolescent substance use; Direct-to-consumer marketing of evidence-based interventions; Dissemination and implementation approaches

  • Michael Bernstein

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging

    Placebo effect/response; opioid use & misuse; experimental research; pain management

  • Christy_Capone

    Christy Capone

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Treatment of co-occurring substance use disorders (SUD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military Veterans

  • Kate_Carey

    Kate Carey

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Screening and brief interventions for at-risk drinkers; understanding mediators and moderators of intervention effects; social influences (e.g., perceived norms) on drinking behavior; assessing and enhancing motivation to change; alcohol’s effects on HIV risk behaviors

  • Rachel_Cassidy

    Rachel Cassidy

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Tobacco regulatory research; Adolescent smoking; e-cigarette use behaviors; smoking cessation; behavioral economics

  • Mark_Celio

    Mark A. Celio

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Uses qualitative and experimental methodology to better understand alcohol influences on sexual decision making

  • Patricia Cioe

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    HIV; smoking cessation; electronic cigarette use behaviors, health effects of cigarette smoking, health promotion; cardiovascular risk reduction change

  • Suzanne Colby

    Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Laboratory and clinical studies, treatment development, and instrumentation research related to adolescent and young adult substance use disorders. Innovative interventions targeting heavy drinking, HIV risk behavior, and smoking in various populations including adolescents, young adults, adults receiving        emergency medical care, and adults with schizophrenia

  • Kimberly Goodyear Chavanne

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Improving interventions and treatments for individuals with alcohol and other substance use disorders.

  • Rachel Gunn

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    The impact of simultaneous alcohol and marijuana use on alcohol consumption and consequences in the natural environment using ambulatory assessment and alcohol biosensors.

  • Carolina_Haass-Koffler

    Carolina Haass-Koffler

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Transitional research (neuroscience-human laboratory studies) examining biobehavioral mechanisms of addiction, focus on: stress (HPA/extrahypothalamic), neuroendocrine pathways (brain-gut axis, ghrelin, leptin, insulin) and ethanol pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics modeling

  • Lynn_Hernandez

    Lynn Hernandez

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research), Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

    Culturally appropriate intervention development, ethnocultural moderators of treatment outcomes; adolescents’ substance use and sexual risk trajectories

  • Kristina_Jackson

    Kristina Jackson

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)

    Developmental course, alcohol, initiation, progression, trajectories, adolescents, alcohol-tobacco comorbidity; longitudinal methodology and analysis, fine-grained data collection 

  • Tim Janssen

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Determinants of substance use initiation and substance use trajectories in adolescence using both longitudinal and event-level determinants. Interest in variety of quantitative statistical implementations (e.g. factor analysis, mixture, multilevel) using SEM framework.

  • Christopher_Kahler

    Christopher Kahler

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Chair of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Smoking cessation; brief alcohol interventions; co-use of alcohol and tobacco; personality, affect, and addictions; alcohol and HIV/AIDS; positive psychology and positive psychotherapy

  • Caroline_Kuo

    Caroline Kuo

    Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Family behavioral and psychosocial interventions; culturally and contextually appropriate intervention adaptation and development; new HIV prevention strategies in vulnerable global populations; community-engaged HIV research and dissemination

  • David_Lewis@brown.edu

    David Lewis

    Professor Emeritus of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor Emeritus of Medicine

  • Richard_Longabaugh

    Richard Longabaugh

    Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

  • Hector Lopez-Vergara

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Dysregulatory risk factors for substance use and psychopathology, with an emphasis on executive functioning, motivational, and memory processes

  • Molly Magill

    Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Areas of mentorship capacity include mechanisms of behavior change research; statistical analyses in the context of clinical trials; meta-analysis of addictions treatments effects; and therapist training, fidelity monitoring, and implementation science

  • Rosemarie_Martin

    Rosemarie Ann Martin

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Addictions treatment, behavioral or psychosocial interventions, longitudinal data-analysis; mechanisms of behavior change; mediators/moderators of treatment outcomes; process research

  • matthew_meisel

    Matthew Meisel

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Social network analysis; emerging adults; respondent-driven sampling and other sample methods; alcohol misuse and alcohol-related consequences; nonmedical use of prescription drugs; co-use of alcohol and other drugs; health disparities

  • Jennifer Merrill

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Alcohol misuse and consequences among young adults; subjective evaluations of alcohol-related consequences; alcohol-induced blackouts; use of ecological momentary assessment to understand young adult drinking; brief alcohol interventions; longitudinal data analysis; qualitative methods

  • Jane Metrik

    Jane Metrik

    Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Pharmacological and psychological bases of acute effects of marijuana on behavior and decision-making process; genetic factors and other individual differences characterizing users most vulnerable to development of cannabis use disorders; alcohol, marijuana interactions, and cross-reactivity

  • Robert_Miranda_Jr

    Robert Miranda

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Research program on the treatment of adolescents with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders, with a special focus on testing new pharmacological interventions and using novel strategies to monitor how adolescents behave in their natural environment

  • Mollie Monnig

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Research interests include 1) effects of alcohol and other drugs on the brain’s white matter and metabolism, using magnetic resonance spectroscopy and diffusion weighted MRI; 2) alcohol use in the context of HIV infection; 3) biomarkers linking behavior to immune response

  • Peter_Monti

    Peter Monti

    Donald G. Millar Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Director of Alcohol and Addiction Studies

    Alcohol treatment; brief interventions; mechanisms of change; cue reactivity; pharmacotherapy; adolescent use and abuse; alcohol and HIV/AIDs 

  • Cara Murphy

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Research interests: addictions treatment; nicotine addiction; smoking cessation, e-cigarette use behaviors; multiple health behavior change; behavioral economics; obesity; weight gain prevention

  • Don Operario

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    HIV prevention in high-risk communities - domestic and international; behavioral/social determinants of health in race/ethnic, gender and sexual minority populations

  • Hayley Padovano

    Research is designed to bridge theory and research from the human laboratory to the natural environment through the pairing of longitudinal ecological momentary assessment (EMA) in adolescents' daily lives with psychophysiological assessments in a controlled laboratory setting

  • Damaris Rohsenow

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Pharmacotherapy and behavioral treatment for smoking among substance abusers; effects of pharmacotherapies for alcohol or smoking on mechanisms of effect; cue reactivity; measures development for alcohol, smoking, cocaine use/abuse/treatment; behavioral treatments for cocaine dependence

  • Robert Swift

    Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Clinical and laboratory research on the pharmacological treatment of alcohol and drug abuse and dependence

  • Jennifer Tidey

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Tobacco regulatory science; smoking and other drug use in people with psychiatric illness; human behavioral pharmacology laboratory research; contingency management

  • Jacob Vandenberg

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Assistant Professor of Medicine

    The development and evaluation of community-based behavioral and biomedical health interventions for underserved and marginalized groups. Advancing the integration of health informatics (eHealth/mHealth) and behavioral strategies for preventing HIV/STIs among MSM

  • Tara White

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Neural basis of individual differences in emotion and drug effects using fMRI, monoamine challenge; validated laboratory assessments of temperament, affect and behavior

  • Tyler Wray

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Using technology to prevent HIV/STIs and improve care; Alcohol and HIV; Statistical learning; Adaptive ecological and “just-in-time” interventions; User-centered design; Addictions; Healthcare use and adherence