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Emerging Addiction Science Seminar Series

The Emerging Addiction Science Seminar (EASS) Series, which started September 2018, is a seminar for Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies (CAS) faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and affiliates. The goals of EASS are to provide educational opportunities to CAS-affiliated students and postdocs focused on addiction-related perspectives, research topics, and methodologies facilitating conversations about emerging areas that may reflect fruitful avenues for research collaborations. EASS strengthens collaborative connections.


For EASS questions contact Peggy Swarbrick swarbrma@rutgers.edu.

Previous Sessions

February 8, 2024 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Investigating the Current Ketamine Landscape in the United States

Presenter Bio:
Dr. Palamar is an Associate Professor of Population Health at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, and Deputy Director of the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS). Dr. Palamar focuses on the epidemiology of use of new psychoactive substances and party drugs both in the general population and in high-risk scenes. This important work helps inform prevention and harm reduction efforts.

Free seminar (Now a Virtual event).

November 30, 2023 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Comorbid PTSD and Substance Use in Veterans: Implementing Internet-Based Interventions

Presenter Bio: Dr. Pedersen is an associate professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and an adjunct behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. His work focuses on substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders in veteran and young adult populations. He is interested in finding ways to target comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders. His work has examined constructs of guilt, mindfulness, pain, sleep, and adverse experiences as they relate to PTSD, alcohol, and cannabis use. Dr. Pedersen is also interested in using internet-based methods to help reduce alcohol misuse and promote treatment engagement among veterans and young adults.

Free seminar (in person)

Busch Campus – Smithers Hall Room 219
607 Allison Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

October 12, 2023 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Implementing a human ecology and equity framework to develop multi-level interventions for cannabis, alcohol and tobacco use

Presenter Bio: Dr. Goodwin is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, The City University of New York, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and a licensed Clinical Psychologist. Her work focuses on integrating the use of tools from clinical psychology, psychiatry and other medical specialties, health services, geography, health policy, demography, implementation science and the expertise of people with lived experience within a Human Ecology theoretical framework.

Free seminar

April 20, 2023 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Data Blitz

This session will focus on:
Examining the Influence of a Negative Affect Induction on Self-Reported Cannabis Use Variables by Brianna Altman, Ph.D.
Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement as an Adjunct to Methadone Treatment for Opioid Use by Nina Cooperman, Ph.D.

March 23, 2023 12:30 – 1:30pm via Zoom

Emerging Evidence on Psychedelic-assisted Treatments for Substance Use Disorders

with Albert Garcia-Romeu, Ph.D.

Description: Growing evidence suggests substantial therapeutic potential of psychedelic-assisted treatments for mental health conditions including mood and substance use disorders. Data from historical and contemporary studies examining psychedelic therapies will be presented along with a discussion of current hypotheses surrounding biological and psychological mechanisms of action relevant to psychedelic-assisted treatments. Important facets of psychedelic therapy models will be described in addition to potential risks and contraindications.

Bio: Albert Garcia-Romeu, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research examines the effects of psychedelics in humans, with a focus on psilocybin as an aid in the treatment of addiction. His current research interests include clinical applications of psychedelics, real-world drug use patterns, diversity in science, and the role of spirituality in mental health. He is a founding member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research and the International Society for Research on Psychedelics. He serves on the Board of Directors for the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) and is an Associate Editor for the journal Psychedelic Medicine.

March 9, 2023 12:30 – 1:30pm via Zoom

Affect, Emotion and Substance Use

With Tim Trull, Ph.D.

Bio: Dr. Timothy Trull, PhD is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor and Byler Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri department of Psychological Sciences. He is the director of the Personality and Emotion lab. Dr. Trull’s research interests are in the areas of diagnosis and classification of mental disorders, personality disorders, substance use disorders, psychometrics and clinical assessment as well as the relationship between personality and psychopathology, quantitative methods, and ambulatory assessment. Dr. Trull has marked expertise in ambulatory assessment, emotion dysregulation, addictions, and quantitative methods. Additionally, Dr. Trull has published a number of papers on the interface between affect, emotion, substance use, and psychopathology, especially borderline personality disorder and disorders of emotion dysregulation, including depression.

December 1, 2022 12:30 – 1:30pm via Zoom

Initial Findings on the Development of an Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Opioid Use Disorder and PTSD

With Tanya Saraiya, Ph.D.
Seminar Overview:
During this seminar, we will review preliminary pilot study on how to modify an existing, trauma-focused, integrated treatment for co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders.

Attendees will learn about the prevalence of co- occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and opioid use disorder, current integrated treatments on how to modify such a treatment to both men and women.

November 17, 2022 12:30pm - 1:50pm via Zoom

Pathways to Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder

Presenter: ”Katie Witkiewitz
”Pathways to Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder”
Thursday, November 17th, 2022
12:30pm – 1:50pm

November 3, 2022 12:30 – 1:30pm via Zoom

Advancements in Quantifying and Modulating neural Circuit Dysfunction in Substance Use Disorders

With Travis Baker, Ph.D.

October 20, 2022

Adriana Espinosa, PhD

Adriana Espinosa, PhD
“A multilevel life course framework for examining substance
use and use disorders among minoritized populations”
Thursday, October 20th, 2022
12:30pm – 1:50pm

October 6, 2022 12:30 – 1:30pm via Zoom

From Submission to Publication (and Beyond): A Look Behind the Curtain of Substance use Research Publishing for Early-Career Researchers

With Paul Candon, M.A.

May 19, 2022 12:30-1:30 pm (EST)

HRV in Addiction: Matters of the Heart (and Brain)

With Dr. Ian Frazier

April 28, 2022 12:30-1:30 pm (EST)

Comorbidity of Alcohol Use Disorder and Chronic Pain

With Dr. Ellen Yeung

April 7, 2022 12:30-1:30 pm (EST)

Characterizing chronic pain and co-occurring substance use in a community sample of younger and older adults

With Dr. Marilyn Horta:

March 24, 2022 12:30-1:30 pm (EST)

Qualitative and Content-Analytic Methods: A Primer for Health Researchers

With Dr. Emily Mroz

March 3, 2022 12:30-1:30 pm (EST)

Culturally Driven Research Partnerships to Promote Wellness and Recovery Outcomes

With Drs Alex Bauer, Peggy Swarbrick, and Crystal Brandow:

January 27, 2022 12:30-1:30 pm (EST)

NTACT VR: A Virtual Reality Platform for the Measurement of Drinking Topography

With Dr. Jeff Boisoneault