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Rutgers Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies

The Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies (CAS) in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology is a multidisciplinary institute dedicated to substance use research, education, and training. Our collaborations intersect with key translational health domains, broadening impact in the field of addiction science. CAS researchers and educators provide expertise on alcohol and other substance use topics for the public through local, national, and international media outlets.


Our NIH-supported research programs seek to understand how mind, body and brain processes impact alcohol and other substance use behaviors, how health disparities unfold over the lifespan for those with alcohol and other drug use disorders, and how best to treat those with traumatic stress and substance use disorders in the community.


Our educational programs offer weekly professional development seminars, specialty opioid intervention training for law enforcement, workshops and conferences for psychologists and other medical professionals, and a 3-day summer school. All of our addiction education programs immerse participants in the latest models for prevention and intervention.

The Journal of Studies on Alcohol And Drugs

The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs is the oldest substance-related journal in the United States, and is housed at CAS.

Factors Associated With Acquiring a Medical Marijuana Card: A Longitudinal Examination of Young Adults in California

Studies have documented greater risk for heavy marijuana use and consequences among adolescents and young adults who have acquired medical marijuana cards. With the cards, they are enrolled in their state’s medical marijuana program and granted access to medical marijuana dispensaries. It is unknown, however, what factors influence young people to acquire medical marijuana cards,

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The Association Between Negative and Positive Affect and Alcohol Use: An Ambulatory Study

Negative and positive affect are proposed to play a crucial role in alcohol use and the development of alcohol use disorder. Results from ambulatory studies that measure momentary affect and subsequent alcohol use have been mixed, particularly regarding negative affect. We attempted to identify within-person moderators (i.e., time between assessments, prior blood alcohol content) that

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Rutgers CAS News

January 16, 2020

Dry January For Beginners

In the mid-1960's, more than 40 percent of the U.S. population were...

January 3, 2020

The Four-Sentence Letter Behind the Rise of Oxycontin

In 1980, the New England Journal of Medicine published a...

December 19, 2019

Former NJ Doctor Accused of Prescribing Nearly 1.5 Million Opioids Over Last 3 Years

Morris Starkman of Cinnaminson, NJ was taken into custody a...

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