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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.

Effects of Extensions and Restrictions in Alcohol Trading Hours on the Incidence of Assault and Unintentional Injury: Systematic Review

We undertook a systematic review to assess the effects of extensions and restrictions in trading hours of on- and off-license alcohol outlets. We included new primary studies that help address limitations in previous reviews.

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Measuring Drug Use Among Drivers: How Accurate Is Self-Reported Use?

There has been considerable work validating self-reported drug use with bioassays, but these studies have not been conducted with respondents on the roadway. The objective of this study was to assess the validity of drivers’ self-reported drug use.

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Rutgers CAS News

March 19, 2020

Sugar Addiction: More Serious Than You Think

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that an adult living...

March 12, 2020

Mapping Mental Health: Dr. Swarbrick & The Eight Wellness Dimensions

Wellness (n.)            A conscious, deliberate process that requires a...

March 12, 2020

Cannabis 24/7?

Cannabis legalization has received significant attention from online journalism through...

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