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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Research Institute on Addictions?

RIA is a research center of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, and a national leader in the study of alcohol and substance abuse issues. RIA’s research programs, most of which have multiple-year funding, are supported by federal and private foundation grants. RIA is located at 1021 Main Street, Buffalo, New York.

What kinds of research are conducted at RIA?

Research includes topics related to a variety of issues, including the following: the etiology, prevention and treatment of addictions; the role of alcohol and other drugs in violence; needs of special populations, including minorities, women and youth; family functioning and its relationship to alcohol and substance use; the assessment and treatment of persons arrested for driving while intoxicated; the social, medical, psychological and neurophysical aspects of addictions; gambling.

Do you offer research training?

RIA has an NIAAA-funded postdoctoral training program for qualified individuals who seek to pursue a career in alcohol research. The program focuses on two primary areas: (1) etiology and course of alcohol use and misuse and (2) treatment of alcohol use disorders. Further information can be obtained by contacting either Kenneth E. Leonard, PhD, or R. Lorraine Collins, PhD, by email or by telephone, 716-887-2566.

Do you offer treatment services?

Addictions treatment is offered on an outpatient basis in the Buffalo area through RIA’s Clinical Research Center. A culturally diverse staff of licensed and certified professionals from the fields of psychology, medicine, nursing and alcoholism counseling provides services to clients and their families. For treatment services outside RIA’s area, contact the the Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resources (RADAR) Center in your state, the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA) or the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Do you have statistics available on alcohol, drugs and related subjects?

We do not maintain statistical files for public dissemination, but encourage you to contact the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services in Albany (518-473-3460) or the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information in Maryland (800-729-6686 or 301-468-2600) for statistical information as well as free publications on a variety of topics.

What is the history of the Research Institute on Addictions?

For a brief outline of RIA’s founding in 1970 and its return to the University at Buffalo in 1999, visit our History page.

Why is RIA a fragrance-free facility?

RIA is a fragrance-free facility for the health of our employees and visitors. Employees must refrain from using personal fragrance products that are perceptible to others, including perfumes, colognes, lotions, powders and other similar products. Visitors are asked to follow these guidelines as well. Fragrance sensitivities are a serious medical concern for affected individuals. Common sensitivities to fragrant chemical exposure include headaches, respiratory problems, asthma, and skin irritations.

Where can I get more information about RIA?

If after visiting our website you still have questions about RIA, contact us by email at webmaster@ria.buffalo.edu, by telephone at 716-887-2566, or by fax at 716-887-2252.

How do I find out about jobs at RIA?

RIA job opportunities are now posted on the UB Jobs website.