Core Faculty Trainers

  • Jasjit Ahluwalia

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences , Professor of Medicine

    Minority health and health disparities; e-cigarettes; nicotine addiction and smoking cessation (pharmacotherapy and behavioral interventions) in vulnerable and ethnic minority populations; 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

    Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

    Brief alcohol interventions; peer influence and social networks; bystander intervention for alcohol; alcohol biosensor research; computer- and smartphone-based assessment and intervention

  • Sara Becker

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

    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

  • Kate Carey

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Enhancing the efficacy of brief interventions for at-risk drinkers; understanding mediators and moderators of intervention effects; harnessing social influences (e.g., perceived norms) to modify drinking behavior; alcohol use and sexual risk behaviors 

  • Rachel Cassidy

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

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

  • 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 and Human Behavior, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Laboratory-based and clinical research, primarily related to adolescent and young adult tobacco product use. Interest in qualitative/mixed methods research, ecological momentary assessment, and in brief motivational interventions for alcohol and other substance use.

  • 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

    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, 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

  • Kristina Jackson

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    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

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

    Addressing alcohol misuse in HIV care; Mechanisms of behavior change in alcohol interventions for HIV prevention and care; Smoking cessation; co-use of alcohol and tobacco;  positive psychology and positive psychotherapy

  • 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

  • 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

    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

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    My primary research areas are: 1) theory and application of social network analysis; 2) social influence and selection on alcohol use and other co-occurring behavior, 3) developmental transitions and milestones among young adults not in four-year college, and 4) application of bystander intervention to alcohol use

  • 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

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

    Human laboratory models of cannabis and alcohol use disorders; behavioral pharmacology of marijuana; behavioral treatment of alcohol and cannabis use disorders; psychiatric comorbidity with cannabis use disorder; drug expectancy; drug-related cognitions and decision making

     

  • Robert Miranda

    Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, CAAS Postdoctoral Training Director

    Understanding of how substance misuse and addiction develops and progresses during adolescence, with the ultimate goal of advancing clinical practice; treatment of adolescents with alcohol and other substance use 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

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

    Addictions treatment; smoking cessation, e-cigarette use behaviors; multiple health behavior change; behavioral economics; obesity; weight gain prevention

  • Don Operario

    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

  • Damaris Rohsenow

    Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Pharmacotherapy and behavioral treatment for smoking among substance    abusers; effects of pharmacotherapy for alcohol or smoking on mechanisms of effect; cue reactivity; measures development for alcohol, smoking; medications for opioid dependent people in the justice system

  • 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; cigarette, e-cigarette and other tobacco product use in vulnerable populations (youth, adults with substance use disorders, people with HIV, people with mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia); human behavioral pharmacology laboratory research; contingency management

  • Hayley Treloar Padovano

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

    Developmental changes in substance-use outcome expectancies, affectivity and impulsivity, and subjective responses to alcohol and cannabis over time; Longitudinal and nested data analysis; Ecological momentary assessment

  • Jacob van den Berg

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

    Development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based behavioral and biomedical health interventions for racial and sexual minority populations; Advancing the integration of eHealth and behavioral strategies for preventing HIV/STIs and reducing risk of substance use

  • Tara White

    Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Neural basis of individual differences in emotion and drug effects using structural MRI, functional MRI, MR spectroscopy; monoamine challenge; validated laboratory assessments of temperament, affect and behavior 

  • Tyler Wray

    Edens Family 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