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Featured Projects

Addiction Lifespan & Development Lab

Dr. Lee’s lab is currently executing an NIH-funded research project (R00-AA024236) involving three annual waves of data collection with a sample of past participants of a longstanding longitudinal and multigenerational study of familial alcohol use disorder. Reassessing these participants as they age into late midlife and older adulthood will allow Dr. Lee’s lab to investigate relations between health and problem drinking in midlife and older adulthood. In particular, there is an interest in testing the possibility that health may increase in importance as a mechanism of drinking-related reduction in later periods of the adult lifespan (e.g., older adulthood). Other factors that will be investigated due to their potential relevance to associations between health and problem drinking include social (e.g., family) support, affect and coping style, and alcohol-effect sensitivity.
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The College Pile Up Study (Recruiting NOW)

We are recruiting first-year Rutgers students for the College Pile Up study. Our goal is to understand how typical college health behaviors, such as drinking alcohol and experiencing high levels  of stress, affect the cardiovascular system. You can earn up to $500+ dollars while participating in the study! You will be compensated $5 every week you fill out a survey and it takes less than three minutes.
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Exercise Psychophysiology Lab

Schizophrenia is associated with clinically significant cognitive impairment, with deficits observed in attention, processing speed, memory, and executive functioning. Cognitive impairment often precedes first-episode schizophrenia and is uniquely associated with worse clinical outcomes. In collaboration with colleagues from Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, we are evaluating the efficacy of a combined aerobic and resistance exercise (CARE) program to enhance cognitive function in schizophrenia patients. This research has the potential to advance exercise as a behavioral treatment in psychiatric care.
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PROJECT HARMONY. A Virtual Clinical Trial (VCT): Meta-Analysis with Individual Patient Data for PTSD and Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Use Disorders.

PTSD and AOD are frequently co-occurring disorders. Individually, they each pose significant public health problems, which are substantially exacerbated by their comorbidity. Project Harmony,  funded by a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism grant, will synthesize disparate data from over 50 existing PTSD and alcohol and other drug disorders (AOD) treatment studies (resulting in a total of 4,544 study participants) to examine the relative efficacy of different AOD/PTSD treatments. Led by a team of experts in PTSD/AOD treatment and clinical trials from Rutgers Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies (Hien (MPI) & Ruglass), RTI International (Morgan-Lopez (MPI) & Saavedra), Medical University of South Carolina (Back, Brady & Killeen) & Columbia University (Campbell), the VCT study will use three novel and sophisticated data analytic approaches- meta-analysis of individual patient data, integrative data analysis, and propensity score weighting- to provide clear and definitive recommendations regarding which PTSD/AOD treatments are optimally effective. It will also indicate who is more or less likely to benefit from specific treatments, and whether the mechanisms of change in these treatments are similar or distinct. See https://www.projectharmonyvct.com/ for more details.
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