Research at CRIA

CRIA scientists are engaged in dozens of short- and long-term research projects on addiction-related topics, including alcohol and illicit drug use and abuse, prescription drug abuse, smoking, addiction treatment and infant/child development.

CRIA is a recognized leader, both nationally and internationally, in the study of substance abuse and addiction. Our researchers work in a culture of scientific and organizational support that nurtures creativity, multidisciplinary thinking and research success.

Researchers employ a wide range of standard and cutting-edge methodologies, including surveys, laboratory experiments, ecological momentary assessments, clinical outcome studies, Web-based assessments, neuroimaging and sophisticated statistical techniques.

Research Funding

CRIA historically acquires a mix of support from New York State, federal, foundation and corporation sources for conducting research.

Current research is supported by:

National Institutes of Health

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute of Justice

Subaccounts with UB colleagues:

Industrial and Systems Engineering, NIAAA

School of Public Health and Health Professions, NIDA

Subawards with colleagues from other institutions:

Stonybrook University, SUNY REACH

Research Staff

Robert Rychtarik, PhD, and student

CRIA’s world-renowned scientists work collaboratively in a collegial, respectful environment. Their principal specialties include branches of psychology, neuroscience, public health and sociology, and this diversity informs their investigations into the myriad causes, consequences and treatments of addictions.