Social and Health Consequences of Substance Use and Misuse

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We examine the impact of addiction on interpersonal relationships, the workplace, sexual behavior, aggression and other social and health problems.

Our experts have established lines of research on diverse paths including high school/college gambling and substance use; alcohol and drugs in the workforce/workplace; and aggression, affect, restraint, moods and drinking. Research on women's substance use has expanded into studies about sports, gender and substance use; risky sexual behavior; alcohol-related stressors among sexual minorities; and alcohol, sexual assault and sexually transmitted disease.

Current social and health consequences research

This Mentored Research Scientist Award entails structured training and research activities that will enable the awardee to examine the nature, use, and relative effectiveness of the full range of social control (i.e., influence, regulation) strategies used among romantic partners aimed at reducing high-risk drinking behavior.
Researchers will examine the ways in which women may enter into and navigate high risk contexts and activities (routine risk activities) that are known to be associated with sexual assault.
Read | Livingston
This study seeks to develop and complete a preliminary test of a brief intervention designed to prevent sexual assault (SA) among college women.
This study will use animal models of alcohol drinking to determine under which conditions nicotine enhances alcohol intake.
This research will test alcohol’s effects on men’s perception of sexual interest from women and women’s perception of risk for sexual assault.
Eiden | Thanos
Researchers will address the large public health problem of comorbid use of tobacco and cannabis during pregnancy.
Hequembourg | Livingston | Collins
In this study, researchers will examine sexual identity differences in the mechanisms associated with sexual assault.
Chang | Barrick | Griswold | Dermen | Elze | Janikowski | Austin-Ketch | Campbell-Heider
This project will train graduate students to provide empirically supported, team-based addictions prevention and treatment services in integrated behavioral health-primary care settings located in underserved Western New York communities.
Testa | Livingston
This developmental research seeks to expand upon an existing approach to reduce college drinking as a way of preventing sexual victimization
Grewen | Eiden
Researchers will study the effects of prenatal cocaine and other drug exposures including opiates on the development of infant brain connections during the first year of life.
Testa | Leonard | Collins
Researchers will examine the impact of alcohol and fluctuating levels of self-control on incidents of intimate partner aggression.