The Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) is a national leader
in the study of substance use and abuse, addiction and treatment.
For more than 40 years, we have conducted groundbreaking research
on significant addiction issues. RIA is a key contributor to the
university’s reputation for research excellence and a proud
member of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
RIA is home to bright, passionate scientists whose work covers a
wide range of addiction-related topics. They work in a culture of
scientific and organizational support that nurtures creativity and
We share knowledge with other researchers, treatment providers,
legislators and the public to aid understanding of
addiction-related issues through regular news releases, seminars,
conferences and our Expert Summaries series.
Our Clinical Research Center (CRC) is the only treatment program
in New York State designed specifically for clinical research and
plays a fundamental role in the Institute’s ability to test,
apply and monitor innovative treatment strategies.
Research by RIA Director Kenneth Leonard, PhD, showing that
couples who smoke marijuana are less likely to engage in domestic
violence has been featured in multiple new outlets, including New York Magazine and The Washington Post.
Jaye Derrick, PhD, found that watching reruns of favorite TV
shows can strengthen willpower and increase positive social
behavior. Her findings were featured in recent issues of the Chicago
Digest and Men's
Research by Kathleen A. Parks, PhD, finds that college women who
were victims of sexual assault are three times more likely than
their peers to experience further victimization. Learn more in her
interview with WBFO.