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Pathways to Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction

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Our researchers study the many factors that can lead to addiction, including prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, social/cultural influences, family dynamics and personality types.

Research on pathways to substance use, abuse and addiction ranges from studies of the prevalence of and risk factors for prescription drug use, alcohol/energy drink misuse, and other addictive behaviors such as gambling; to prenatal exposure to substances and postnatal environment on the development of problem behavior and substance use; to intimate partner behaviors in the development of and recovery from alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse.

Current pathways to substance use and abuse projects underway at RIA include:

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.
1/28/16
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.
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.
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.
1/26/16
Livingston | Nickerson
Researchers and focus groups will evaluate videos developed to help parents talk to their young children about personal safety and sexual abuse.
2/8/16
Livingston | Eiden | Leonard
Researchers will explore the effect of early childhood risks, such as parental alcoholism, on teens’ involvement with dating violence.
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.

RIA Researchers Investigating the Pathways to Substance Use, Abuse and Addiction