Laura Kwako

Chief of the Treatment, Health Services, & Recovery Branch, NIAAA

Dr. Laura Kwako is chief of the Treatment, Health Services, & Recovery Branch (THSRB) in the Division of Treatment and Recovery at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. THSRB supports research in broad categories including health services, behavioral health treatments and mechanisms of behavior change, recovery, clinical translational science, and digital interventions applied across the continuum of care. Other areas of interest include topics focusing on special emphasis and underserved populations, including NIH-designated health disparity populations, individuals with co-occurring disorders, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). During Dr. Kwako’s time at NIAAA, she has been involved in development of the Healthcare Professional’s Core Resource on Alcohol, as well as the Addictions Neuroclinical Assessment, an ongoing initiative in NIAAA’s Intramural Research Program. Dr. Kwako, a licensed psychologist, leads a weekly recovery-focused group at NIAAA’s inpatient treatment program for individuals with AUD, located at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.


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