The Purpose of Training
The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies has two associated training programs, one funded by NIAAA in alcohol abuse and addictions and one funded by NIDA in substance abuse. The training programs provide post-doctoral research training for behavioral, medical, and social scientists and health care professionals who wish to conduct high quality research in the early intervention and treatment of alcohol and other drug problems.
The training program stresses three objectives:
- intervention should be guided by sophisticated and fully developed theory
- theory should include cognizance of the biological, social, and cultural context in which interventions occur
- research must be conducted using cutting edge techniques for measuring person, intervention and outcome variables
The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
The training program is carried out within the administrative structure of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, part of The School of Public Health at Brown University. The Center was established by Brown University in 1982 as part of the Division of Biology and Medicine, under the directorship of David Lewis, M.D. The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies is one of 20 centers at Brown established by the President of the University to encourage interdisciplinary scholarly work that cuts across traditional department lines. The primary aims of the Center are education and research. The Center's primary research focus is the discovery of more effective treatments and early interventions for alcohol and drug abuse. The Center aims to facilitate and conduct collaborative programs that encourage multidisciplinary approaches to the problems related to the use and abuse of alcohol and other substances. Currently, the Center has over 100 faculty members and professional staff formally associated with its work. These professionals are located within more than 10 university departments and 8 affiliated teaching hospitals.
Training staff is drawn from Center faculty. They are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competencies in conducting research related to the area of alcohol and substance abuse interventions and their enthusiasm for participating in the training program. At present there are 62 members of the research training faculty. Training faculty work primarily within various departments and teaching hospitals of the University.
The Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, also has two types of postdoctoral fellowships, under the direction of Elizabeth McQuaid, Ph.D., which are based on source of funding. Hospital-based clinical research fellowships are funded by hospital revenue and individual faculty research grants.