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Recovery Research Institute

ENHANCING RECOVERY THROUGH SCIENCE

The Recovery Research Institute is a leading nonprofit research institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, dedicated to the advancement of addiction treatment and recovery.

Addiction is one of the greatest public health crises of our time, with staggeringly high rates of mortality, disease and disability.

We need scientific research to  improve the effectiveness of addiction treatment and recovery efforts, to find out what is and what is not working, and why certain pathways to recovery work for some individuals and not others.

 

At the Recovery Research Institute, we know that stable and long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug use disorders is possible. Rates of recovery can continue to be improved through focused scientific investigation and a commitment to public education.

MISSION

To enhance the public health impact of addiction recovery science through the summary, synthesis, and dissemination of scientific findings and the conduct of novel research.

Founded in 2012 by Dr. John F. Kelly, the Recovery Research Institute is a team of innovative scientists working through. Research, Education and Outreach to enhance recovery through science, conducting and disseminating the most up-to-date research findings for individuals, familie, healthcare professionals, and 

2-3 Post-Doctoral Fellows

FUNDED PER YEAR

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Research

Our groundbreaking research has changed everything from the way addiction is talked about to the way it is treated, with notable findings that:

Long-term recovery support services are key when treating a chronic illness such as addiction.

Fun activities with others in recovery and building relationships with recovery role models is central to the recovery process for many.

Words such as drug “abuse” and “abuser” increase stigmatized attitudes and act as a barrier to individuals seeking treatment.

EDUCATION

We translate the technical science of addiction medicine to allow audiences at every level of expertise to understand and engage with important findings.

Maintains recoveryanswers.org as a trusted source for addiction science with hundreds of consumable articles and useful resources.

Publishes the Recovery Bulletin, a free monthly e-publication summarizing the latest and best research in addiction treatment and recovery.

Manages the Addictionary®, a glossary of more than 200 terms that define and align the language of addiction, while also fighting stigma.

OUTREACH

From grassroots to government, we inform the conversation on addiction recovery and treatment.

Consultants to national organizations, federal agencies in the U.S. and foreign governments, contributors to the first ever U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.

Active across multiple social media platforms to increase awareness of ongoing and important updates in public policy news and information.

Participates and organizes events annually to disseminate knowledge on addiction.

(left) Dr. John F. Kelly and Former Director of ONDCP Michael Botticelli

(right) Dr. Kelly meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May

A DONOR-FUNDED INITIATIVE WITH A BIG IMPACT

since its inception in 2012. the RRI to date has a long list of achievements.

since its inception in 2012. the RRI to date has a long list of achievements.

Philanthropic donations have provided seed money that has allowed the institute to win federal grants for larger research studies that further support the institute.

From awards recognizing promising post-doctoral network, to lifetime achievement awards, the RRI team of researchers have unparalleled talent and expertise

From awards recognizing promising post-doctoral network, to lifetime achievement awards, the RRI team of researchers have unparalleled talent and expertise

Philanthropic donations have provided seed money that has allowed the institute to win federal grants for larger research studies that further support the 

From awards recognizing promising post-doctoral network, to lifetime achievement awards, the RRI team of researchers have unparalleled talent and expertise

From awards recognizing promising post-doctoral network, to lifetime achievement awards, the RRI team of researchers have unparalleled talent and expertise

Your support is needed to make this life-saving research possible. Join us in working to end this crisis

To conduct research on successful sustained recovery, predictors of relapse, and emerging treatment technologies to enhance long-term recovery outcomes.

To increase efforts to advise state and federal governments about empirically-informed national alcohol and other drug strategy.

To train the next generation of scientists in addiction research.

ADDICTION TREATMENT AND RECOVERY OPTIONS

The Multiple Pathways to Recovery

Learn More About the Large Variety of Evidence-based Addiction Treatment and Recovery Options Avaliable

FACULTY/STAFF
Brandon Bergman Ph.D. Recovery Research Institute Associate Director Staff

Brandon Bergman, Ph.D.

Associate Director

RECOVERY RESEARCH INSTITUTE STAFF MEMBER DAVID EDDIE, PH.D.

David Eddie, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Corrie Vilsaint, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Recovery Health Equity

RECOVERY RESEARCH INSTITUTE STAFF MEMBER ALEXANDRA ABRY

Alexandra Abry

Senior Clinical Research Program Manager

RECOVERY RESEARCH INSTITUTE STAFF MEMBER Dr. Bettina Hoeppner

Bettina Hoeppner, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Research

DR. LAUREN HOFFMAN - RECOVERY RESEARCH INSTITUTE RESEARCH SCIENTIST

Lauren Hoffman, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Christopher Rattan, MPH

Health Communications Manager

Hazel Simpson

Clinical Research Coordinator

Emily Hennessy, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Biostatistics

Agata Pietrzak

Clinical Research Coordinator

Sam Levy

Clinical Research Coordinator

Sam Lapoint

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Catherine Weerts

Clinical Research Coordinator

Maya Matlack

Clinical Research Coordinator

Aaron Yang

Clinical Research Coordinator

Ji Won Yoon

Clinical Research Coordinator

Richard Fletcher, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Alana Johnston

Clinical Research Coordinator

Brendan Kelleher

Clinical Research Coordinator

Paige Krasnoff

Clinical Research Coordinator

Jenny O’Connor

Clinical Research Coordinator

Alex Tansey

Clinical Research Coordinator

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