Current Research Projects

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Advancing Recovery Through Science

The Building the Science of Recovery Community Centers Project is a new, NIDA-funded project aiming to promote the development of a comprehensive recovery community center (RCC) research network to study the usage of RCCs by individuals taking medication to help with the treatment of opioid use disorder. We are collaborating with all relevant stakeholders on a new seminar series and the distribution of tools, products, and research materials that will support the building of a cumulative RCC science, hosting all of that information here.

 

The Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Study is a study with the goal of better understanding how the brain recovers during medication treatment for opioid use disorder and how brain recovery relates to addiction recovery. The study is currently recruiting adults who have recently started buprenorphine or methadone treatment for opioid use disorder.

 

The Alcohol Recovery Health Study is a one-year study into factors that predict positive and negative experiences during recovery, such as reduction in impulsivity and changes in social network composition, for individuals with alcohol use disorder.

 

The Recovery Pathways Study is a two-year study that examines the various pathways followed in new recovery attempts for individuals with alcohol problems, in order to determine which recovery pathways and preferences are empirically-supported and lead to sustained remission.

 

The SMART Recovery Study is the first-ever investigation into the clinical and public health utility of participation in SMART Recovery, by examining its effectiveness as a peer-based recovery pathway.

 

AA Mechanisms of Behavioral Change is a five-year prospective quasi-experimental study that systematically examines three facets of impulsivity and conducts ego-centric social network analyses to test the mechanisms of behavior change through which the mutual-help organization, Alcoholics Anonymous, confers benefits.

 

The Vignette Study is a privately funded study looking to identify the optimal language to use when describing alcohol or other drug addiction.

 

MAPS Application – the Measurement Assisted Practice System (MAPS) will be a software platform and application that facilitates continuous quality improvement in clinical care for addiction.

 

Recovery Online is recruiting emerging adults (18-29 years old) with alcohol use disorder to investigate the intersection between social network sites and substance use disorder treatment and recovery outcomes.

 

The Mind and Body Recovery Study is looking to inform the development of integrated bio-behavioral treatments for alcohol and other substance use disorders by identifying the psychological and biological vulnerabilities in individuals that heighten the risk for relapse.

 

The Biosensor Study is developing algorithms that will enable commercially available smartwatches to detect stress in real time. When high levels of stress are detected, relapse prevention apps on a user’s smartphone will be triggered to provide the user with immediate relapse prevention support.

 

Smiling Instead of Smoking (SIS) is a project consisting of three studies to develop a positive psychology-based smartphone app to support non-daily smokers as they quit smoking.

 

Early Stage Investigator Education – through this NIH-funded conference programming grant, we award 20 travel awards annually to early stage investigators to attend the American Psychology Association annual conference, at which individuals host science symposia, career development panel discussions, and poster sessions.

 

The Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Alcohol and Other Drug Use Disorder Recovery Study is a secondary data analysis to establish the first line of nationally representative research on health equity in long-term problem resolution (≥ 5 years), and recovery-related mechanisms, ultimately translating findings into actionable targets for clinicians, policy, and public health proposals that can eliminate the identified disparities.

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