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CAS invites research collaborators and addiction education instructors within and outside of Rutgers University to be part of its multidisciplinary teams. Our associate members come from many backgrounds and expand the technical skills and theoretical perspectives available to our researchers and educators.
Associate Professor, Rutgers University
I specialize in Health Services Research, focusing on aging and mental health.
Director, Brain Health Institute, Rutgers University
My research is in the realm of cognitive neuroscience; addiction neuroscience; rats; circuits; orexin; norepinephrine; hypothalamus and the locus coeruleus.
Sudie Back, Ph.D.
Professor, Medical University of South Carolina
I work on treatments for substance use and PTSD, in particular trauma-focused treatments
Associate Professor, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University
My research focuses on examining and improving cognitive control functioning in substance use disorders using image-guided transcranial magnetic stimulation.
Professor, Rutgers School of Social Work
My research involves violence prevention including resilience and bystander intervention.
Dean and Professor, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University
I do psychotherapy research: outcome and process.
Expert Content Director/Senior Research Scientist, CDM, Inc.
My work is on culturally responsive knowledge translation from science to practice in substance use, mental, and co-occurring disorders.
RBHS Instructor, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
My research focuses on identifying genetic, environmental, and neural risk for externalizing disorders and leveraging this information to improve clinical treatment and assessment of risk..
Qiana L. Brown, Ph.D., MPH, LCSW
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Rutgers University
From a health equity lens, Dr. Brown’s research focuses on system-level change to improve maternal and child health, centering on preventing prenatal substance use and examining the role of the built and social environments and health and social policy in shaping substance use and other health outcomes among women, youth and families.
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Rutgers School of Public Health, Rutgers Center for Pharmacoepidemiology
My research focuses on studying the use, effectiveness, and safety of pharmaceuticals prescribed to treat mental illnesses in young people.
Professor of Psychiatry, Rutgers University
I focus my research on adolescent and young adult substance use.
Professor, Rutgers University
My research centers on research assessment reactivity effects and mechanisms of behavior change underlying AUD treatments.
Associate Director of Research, Addiction Research Institute Assistant Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work University of Texas at Austin
My research focuses on substance use among adolescents and emerging adults, digital health solutions for substance use disorders, and neurocardiac function and substance use disorders.
Chancellor Rutgers University
My scholarly focus is on understanding the internal lives of children through two critical areas- aging and child psychopathology.
Associate Professor, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University
My work has centered around developing and evaluating novel interventions for substance use disorders.
Peter J. Economou , Ph.D., ABPP
Associate Professor, GSAPP, Rutgers University
I focus on sports/performance psychology and third wave cognitive and behavioral therapy.
Assistant Professor, The City College of New York
My work seeks to identify inter-intrapersonal and environmental markers of health and health-related behaviors with emphasis on racial and ethnic minorities and immigrant populations.
Assistant Professor, Adelphi University
My work characterizes how the social world shapes decision-making, reward valuation and underlying neural function across the lifespan.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences
My work focuses on the role of anxiety and interoceptive sensitivity in behavioral health (e.g., tobacco, alcohol, exercise avoidance), with a sub-focus in female-specific health.
Professor and Assiciate Dean for Research, Boston University School of Social Work.
My research is on HIV/STI infections among Asian Americans, acculturation, health risk behaviors (tobacco use, binge drinking, sexual activity); Health care utilization among Asian American adolescents and sexual minority populations; Health status and health care utilization among people with mental illness.
Professor of Neurobiology, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
My work involves placebo-controlled studies investigating the abuse-related and potential therapeutic effects of cannabis.
Kristina Jackson, Ph.D.
Professor, Rutgers University, RARC Associate Director of Epidemiology, Etiology, and Prevention 
My work is in initiation and progression of alcohol use in adolescence and young adulthood; environmental and contextual influences on alcohol and cannabis use, including social media.
Associate Professor/Research Scientist VI, Columbia University Irving Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute
I work on medications development for opioid use disorder and opioid overdose harm reduction.
Professor, University of Washington
I do etiological and clinical trials research on the impact of trauma, including PTSD and comorbid substance use disorders.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina
I have been doing research in the addiction and comorbidity field for over 25 years.
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
I am broadly interested in applying principles from decision neuroscience and computational psychiatry to understand mechanisms of addicted behavior and associated subjective and emotional states.
Research Scientist, UNC Health Sciences at the Mountain Area Health Education Center.
My work is focused on behavioral health needs among criminal justice involved populations.
President, Kriger Consulting
I provide education and consulting services for healthcare and nonprofit organizations.
Former Director, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program CAPS, Rutgers University
I am the director of an on campus alcohol/drug counseling program as part of health and counseling services at Rutgers New Brunswick.
Kennedy-Leavy Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
I do research broadly on substance use disorders.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Clinical Program, Rutgers University
My current research program employs a multi-method approach toward identifying underlying cognitive-affective and biological risks for co-occurring emotional symptomatology and health risk behaviors, with a focus on nicotine dependence.
Lisa Litt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, The New School for Social Research
I work on educating clinicians about integrative treatment for substance misuse and traumatic stress.
Associate Professor, The City College of New York
I am a clinical psychologist whose research focuses on the interplay between traumatic stress and substance misuse. I am especially interested in how a harm reduction framework can help integrate mental health and addiction care models.
Training Director, Phoenix Center, Greenville, SC
I am a social worker specializing in clinical supervision, motivational interviewing, SBIRT, and leadership trainings.
Bob Lynn, Ed.D.
CEO, Addiction and Behavioral Health Alliance
Develops methods for the assessment and placement of clients and client centered care coordinated treatment systems focused on research and outcome data.
Charles A Maher, PsyD, CMPC, FAASP
Senior Director, Department of Personal, Team, and Organizational Performance/ also Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Rutgers University, Cleveland Indians Baseball Organization/also GSAPP, Rutgers University
My professional practice and work is in sport and performance psychology, with a particular emphasis on fostering the mental health of athletes, coaches, and other performers, including teaching such populations how to cope effectively with the risks encountered in competitive, high-stakes environments (people, places, things, circumstances).
Director, Center on Violence Against Women & Children and Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
My work focuses on understanding the etiology and prevention of violence against women.
Professor and Chair of Psychology, The City College of New York
My research encompasses cognitive neuroscience of attention.
Fellow, Quantitative Psychology, Research Triangle Institute International 
My research has a focus on advances in measurement and analysis in behavioral drug and alcoholism treatment contexts. My complementary work focuses on causal inference in non-experimental data, mostly as it relates to the evaluation of substance use and youth violence prevention programs.
Associate Dean and Full Professor, Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University; Mount Sinai Beth Israel Psychotherapy Research Program, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
My research has a focus on treatment failure, resistance, alliance ruptures: Intervention & training.
Keith Murphy, MA, LPS, LCADC
Directory of ADAP (Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program)
I create, guide, and manage the ADAP program within the Counseling Center (CAPS) on the Rutgers New Brunswick Campus.  
Professor, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
I work on understanding how best to treat PTSD and other common post traumatic reactions.  
Lia Nower, JD, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Center for Gambling Studies, School of Social Work, Rutgers University
My work focuses on interactive gambling including Internet gambling and sports wagering; etiology and treatment of gambling disorder and comorbidy addictions; and the intersect of video gaming and gambling.
Distinguished Professor; Director, Center for Prevention Science; Co-Director, Northeast and Caribbean Prevention Technology Transfer Center; Rutgers School of Social Work
My research is focused on grassroots community groups and empowerment-based interventions to prevent or ameliorate conditions that cause social and health disparities.
Affiliate Scholar, Teachers College, Columbia University
I am a clinical psychologist by training, originally from Brazil, and a researcher focused on public health issues including commercial determinants of health, prevention of substance use and, more recently, implementation and dissemination science.
Associate Professor, Department of Health Informatics, Rutgers School of Health Professions, RBHS
I endeavor to understand neurocognitive mechanisms underlying cocaine and opioid addiction and develop effective behavioral and pharmacological interventions.
Professor, Rutgers University
I study treatment development and dissemination for severe and chronic mental health problems, including suicidal behavior and borderline personality disorder.
Debra Ruisard, DSW, LCSW, LCADC
Psychotherapist, Private Practice; Part time Lecturer, Rutgers School of Social Work
I am committed to the treatment of co-occurring trauma and addiction and the education of clinicians and students in treating trauma survivors.
Senior Research Psychologist, RTI International
I am an applied developmental psychologist with a focus on mental health services research.
Distinguished Professor, Director, Endocrine Program, Rutgers University
My current research focuses on understanding how stress promotes infection, cancers and alcohol-related diseases using the laboratory rodent as an animal model. Also, we are evaluating the feasibility of cell therapy, gene therapy and tissue-targeted transgenic procedures to understand and prevent stress problems and cancers in normal and alcoholic individuals.
Carolyn Sartor, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research
My program of research is aimed at refining etiological models of risky alcohol, cannabis, and nicotine use in the adolescent to young adult years to reflect variations within and across race/ethnicity and gender. My work integrates developmental and health disparities perspectives to identify socio-environmental and familial influences, including trauma exposure, neighborhood conditions, religious involvement, discrimination, and parenting as well as genetic liability to substance use disorders.
Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University
I am committed to helping women recover from stress and trauma using the brain fitness program known as MAP Train My Brain.
Vice President of Education and Research, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
I am a scientist-practitioner who conducts scholastic and clinical research on a variety of addiction-related topics.
Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Chief Business Officer for Rutgers University
Directs and facilitates financial strategy, management, and strategic planning for Rutgers – New Brunswick.
Assistant Professor, Adelphi University
My research combines computational approaches with brain imaging to investigate how we learn and make decisions about other people, how these processes are shaped by implicit biases, and how they are in paired in mental disorders.
Professor, Rutgers RWJMS
I conduct research on tobacco use and dependence, particularly in underserved populations such as those with psychiatric illnesses and socioeconomic disadvantage.
Professor, Rutgers University
I direct the Center for Communication and Health Issues in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers.
Professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Hospital-based consulting psychiatrist who has created and directed comprehensive curricula that teaches behavioral science and psychiatry through popular culture. Related, I am very interested in teaching opportunities at the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
I work on: Pavlovian Sign-Tracking Model of Drug Addiction; The Sign-Tracker Trilogy; animal behavior.
Science Librarian, New Brunswick Libraries, Rutgers University
As former Director of Information Services at the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, I keep providing information related to addiction studies for researchers, educators, and addiction professionals.
Mark West, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University SAS
My research focuses on neural, immune, and affective measures in animal models of opiate or cocaine addiction.
Distinguished Professor Emerita, Rutgers Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies
I research the development, etiology, consequences and prevention of substance use over the life course.
Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
My work has been in various aspects of Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorder with expertise in Tobacco Use Disorder, Co-Occurring Disorders, Educating Health Care Providers and Health Care Policy.
Founder/CEO, The Center for Great Expectations
I am passionate about continuing to advance substance use and mental health disorder treatment through the lens of trauma.
Minge Xie, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Statistics, Rutgers University Department of Statistics
My main focus of research is on foundations of data science, statistical inferences, and fusion learning.
My research has been heavily focused on using novel pattern discovery and machine learning approaches to help understand the consequences of alcohol and substance misuse at genetic, brain, and behavioral levels.