Currently Funded Research Projects

The following list shows CRIA’s continued success in securing grants and financial support for its valuable research projects. The dedication of CRIA 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.

  • Affect Regulation Training (ART) for Alcohol Use Disorder: A Stage II Efficacy Trial
    Bradizza | Stasiewicz | Lucke | Coffey | Gulliver
    Researchers will study the effectiveness of Affect Regulation Treatment (ART) as an intervention for people with alcohol use disorders.
  • Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program
    Chang | Barrick | GriswoldDermen | 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.
  • Internalizing Problems, Motivation, Peers and Development of Adolescent Drug Use
    This project will study the role of internalizing problems (e.g., anxiety and depression) and social context (e.g. peers, parents) on the development of substance use in adolescents.
  • Dyadic Influence Processes among Heavy Drinking Couples
    This Mentored Research Scientist Award entails structured training and research activities that will enable the awardee to examine the nature, use, and relative effectiveness of the full range of social control (i.e., influence, regulation) strategies used among romantic partners aimed at reducing high-risk drinking behavior.
  • Effects of Prenatal Cocaine on Early Brain Functional Connectivity and Behavior
    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.
  • Prenatal Ethanol Exposure and Nitric Oxide Signaling in Serotonin Neurons
    Researchers will study how prenatal alcohol exposure alters the function of the brain's serotonin system.
  • Health Evaluation of the Results of Opioid Intervention Court (HEROIC)
    Homish | Kahn
    This project will compare outcomes of Opioid Intervention Court (OIC) participants with a comparison group of participants enrolled in a traditional Drug Treatment Court (tDTC). Specifically, we will examine changes in treatment, physical and mental health, social and environmental factors, and justice related outcomes, This study addresses the leading cause of accidental death in the United States-drug overdose. This study is significant because to date, there has not been a rigorous evaluation of the effectiveness of opioid intervention courts. This project will exert a sustained and powerful influence on the research fields of public health intervention and implementation science to inform public health policy and strategies.
  • Operation: SAFETY (Soldiers and Families Excelling Through the Years)
    Operation: SAFETY is a longitudinal research study that examine the health and well-being of U.S. Army Reserve/National Guard Soldiers and their partners.
  • Research Training on Alcohol Etiology and Treatment
    Leonard | Collins | Homish
    This grant funds a postdoctoral training program for scientists planning a career in addictions research.
  • TAAR 1 Modulation of Addiction-Related Effects of Nicotine
    This research explores the potential therapeutic value of Trace Amine Associated Receptor 1 (TAAR 1) agonists for nicotine addiction.
  • Nicotine Amplification of Behavioral and Neural Responses to Alcohol Cues
    This study will use animal models of alcohol drinking to determine under which conditions nicotine enhances alcohol intake.
  • Effects of Cigarette Filter Ventilation on Cigarette Appeal and Preferences for Combusted and Noncombusted Tobacco Products
    O’Connor | Bradizza
    This project will assess whether removing ventilation from cigarette filters lowers cigarette product appeal among smokers.
  • Mapping Heterogeneous Dopamine Signaling in Sub-Regions of the Olfactory Tubercle and its Effect on Psychostimulant-Induced Behaviors
    The study will help define the role of the olfactory tubercle (OT) in mediating substance use disorder-related neurochemical and behavioral phenomena and will provide more effective therapeutic targets.
  • Alcohol-Involved Sexual Assault Risk the Routines of Daily Life: A Social Goal Perspective
    Researchers will examine the ways in which women may enter into and navigate high risk contexts and activities (routine risk activities) that are known to be associated with sexual assault.
  • Harnessing the Power of Friends to Reduce Sexual Assault Risk
    Read | Livingston
    This study seeks to develop and complete a preliminary test of a brief intervention designed to prevent sexual assault (SA) among college women.
  • The Stop Spinning My Wheels Project
    Rychtarik | Danaher | McGillicuddy | Barrick
    Researchers will continue to develop and assess web-based programs to help women learn essential coping skills for living with a partner who has an alcohol use disorder.
  • Prenatal Ethanol Exposure on Executive Function
    The study will investigate if prenatal alcohol exposure leads to immature neurodevelopment of the medial prefrontal cortex, a brain region controlling executive function.
  • Prenatal Tobacco and Cannabis Exposure: A Translational Study
    Researchers will address the large public health problem of comorbid use of tobacco and cannabis during pregnancy.