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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.

Treatment of Alcohol Dependence in Primary Care Compared With Outpatient Specialist Treatment: Twelve-Month Follow-Up of a Randomized Controlled Trial, With Trajectories of Change

The purpose of this study was to investigate if brief treatment for alcohol dependence in primary care with the 15-method was as effective as specialist addiction care. In addition, we sought to investigate trajectories for change of alcohol consumption.

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Pathways Linking Childhood Physical Abuse to Alcohol Misuse in Adolescent Boys and Girls: A Prospective Cohort Study From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The purpose of this study was to identify if childhood physical abuse is a risk factor for adolescent alcohol misuse and the specific pathways linking childhood physical abuse and alcohol misuse in boys and girls.

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Rutgers CAS News

August 3, 2020

Vaping Ban “A Joke”, Says Expert

In 2019, the growing popularity of flavored e-cigarettes, which unintentionally...

July 10, 2020

Drink it Down: The Liquor Journey

According to estimated data, total alcohol sales have risen about...

June 5, 2020

The Loneliest Number & You

In October 2011, long before most Americans had even heard...

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