RESEARCH FOCUS

Developing and Improving Addiction Treatment

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RIA is at the forefront of testing and refining new treatment options for providers who deliver real-world intervention to patients experiencing alcohol and drug-related problems.

Clinical psychologists and others who have expanded their work to encompass training and intervention are studying addictive behaviors and developing treatments for clinicians to implement with patients fighting addictions.

Current treatment research underway at RIA includes:

12/7/17
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.
12/5/17
Bradizza | Stasiewicz | Lucke | Coffey | Gulliver
Researchers will study the effectiveness of Affect Regulation Treatment (ART) as an intervention for people with alcohol use disorders.
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.
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.
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. 
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
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.
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.  
5/23/16
Leonard | Collins
This grant funds a postdoctoral training program for scientists planning a career in addictions research.
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.
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.

Current RIA Treatment Researchers