Dr. David Eddie is a research scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Recovery Research Institute and Center for Addiction Medicine, a clinical psychologist in Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Eddie holds a B.A. from Columbia University with honors in psychology, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, where he conducted research at the Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies. Dr. Eddie did his clinical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital before completing his post-doctoral training as a Harvard Medical School Livingston Fellow at the Recovery Research Institute.
His research seeks to better understand the psychological and psychophysiological causes and conditions that lead to people becoming addicted to alcohol and other drugs, and how these factors can also maintain addiction. He uses this knowledge to develop and study novel treatments for substance use disorder.
His current NIAAA and NIDA funded research projects include: 1) A study seeking to better understand affective and psychophysiological factors that heighten addiction relapse risk with the aim of developing cutting-edge, mobile health (mHealth) interventions driven by wearable biosensors. 2) A project assessing the efficacy of a novel mutual-help addiction recovery program based on physical activity known as The Phoenix. 3) A randomized controlled trial of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for substance use disorder utilizing wearable biosensors.