Currently Funded Research Projects

The following list shows RIA’s continued success in securing grants and financial support for its valuable research projects. The dedication of RIA scientists and their grantsmanship efforts have made this research possible. This section briefly describes each scientist’s individual projects as well as the funding sources and the amounts dedicated to each project.

1/28/16
Bostwick | Hequembourg | Hughes | Santuzzi
The study will track the frequency and types of microaggressions experienced by racially diverse bisexual women and examine their effects on participants’ mental health.
9/19/16
Cardozo | Thanos
Researchers are working to develop a combined cocaine and HIV vaccine based on a common protein scaffold shared by vaccines already in use.  
10/31/17
Chang | Dermen | Nisbet | Campbell-Heider | Casucci | Austin-Ketch | Loomis | Moss
The grant aims to integrate behavioral health into the only primary care clinic serving the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in order to increase access to mental health and substance abuse screening and treatment.
4/11/17
Connors | Maisto | Dearing | Lucke
The working relationship between the patient and therapist during treatment for an alcohol use disorder will be studied to examine its influence on treatment effectiveness and post-treatment functioning. 
9/22/17
Epstein | Eiden | Kong

This study will examine the effect of a two-year music enhancement intervention program on altering infants’ food motivation compared to motivation for alternative reinforcing activities.
1/26/16
Eiden | Nickerson | Lucke | Ostrov | Godleski | Schuetze | Wieczorek
This study will examine developmental pathways to violence, victimization and substance use in adolescents exposed to high levels of community violence.
1/26/16
Eiden | Colder | Homish | Schuetze | Molnar
This study is investigating the impact of prenatal and postnatal exposure to cigarette smoke and associated environmental risks on the development of children’s physiological, emotional and behavioral regulation, reactivity to stress, and social competence from birth to kindergarten age.
3/10/16
Goniewicz | Bradizza | Kozlowski
This study will investigate various brands and models of electronic nicotine delivery systems to measure nicotine levels in the products, nicotine yields in inhaled vapors, and the levels of nicotine effectively delivered into the bloodstream.
10/3/17
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.
1/26/16
Hequembourg | Livingston | Collins
In this study, researchers will examine sexual identity differences in the mechanisms associated with sexual assault.
1/26/16
Homish | Leonard
Researchers will examine changes in substance use and relationship functioning in couples in which one person is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. 
11/1/17
Hone
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.
1/26/16
Komatsu | Thanos | Hadjiargyrou
The overall goal of this research is to determine if methyphenidate (MP), sold as Ritalin, is harmful to skeletal development and if so, how to reduce its adverse effects.
5/23/16
Leonard | Collins
This grant funds a postdoctoral training program for scientists planning a career in addictions research.
1/26/16
Livingston | Miller | Testa | Derrick | Lucke | Nickerson
This research will examine the conditions under which bullying and sexual harassment among teens may contribute to emotional distress and the development of substance use.
9/27/16
Rychtarik | Danaher | McGillicuddy | Barrick
Researchers will continue to develop and assess a web-based program to help women learn essential coping skills for living with a partner who has an alcohol abuse disorder.
5/23/16
Richards | Lucke | Meyer
Researchers will explore the link between addiction and various behaviors, such as response to novelty, sustained attention, reaction time and preferences for rewards. 
12/5/16
Shen | Haj-Dahmane | Dlugos
Researchers will study prenatal exposure to ethanol and how that might alter brain mechanisms that influence addiction.
5/11/16
Stasiewicz | BradizzaLucke | Coffey | Gulliver
Researchers will study the effectiveness of Affect Regulation Treatment (ART) as an intervention for people with alcohol use disorders.
1/26/16
Stasiewicz | Bradizza | Dermen | Lucke
This grant will explore a number of tailored treatment approaches to determine which works best for people in relation to their drinking behavior prior to seeking help.
1/26/16
Stasiewicz | Bradizza | Lucke
This five-year study will research how an individual’s change in alcohol use prior to beginning treatment predicts success during and after a treatment program.
2/16/17
Testa | Livingston
This developmental research seeks to expand upon an existing approach to reduce college drinking as a way of preventing sexual victimization
5/25/16
Testa | Leonard | Collins
Researchers will examine the impact of alcohol and fluctuating levels of self-control on incidents of intimate partner aggression.
1/26/16
Testa | Derrick | Leonard | Collins
The acute effects of marijuana use within couples will be examined as a way of understanding the potential role of marijuana in understanding partner aggression, both immediately after use, and as it develops over time
3/18/16
Thanos | Hajnal
Researchers will investigate the potential neurological causes of increased propensity for alcohol use disorders by individuals who have undergone gastric bypass surgery.
8/14/17
Walitzer | Blanco | Stewart | Swiatek
Researchers will study the effectiveness of an alcohol treatment program which combines the medication Naltrexone with behavioral counseling and participation in mutual-help organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous.