RESEARCH FOCUS

Social and Health Consequences of Substance Use and Misuse

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We examine the impact of addiction on interpersonal relationships, the workplace, sexual behavior, aggression and other social and health problems.

Our experts have established lines of research on diverse paths including high school/college gambling and substance use; alcohol and drugs in the workforce/workplace; and aggression, affect, restraint, moods and drinking. Research on women's substance use has expanded into studies about sports, gender and substance use; risky sexual behavior; alcohol-related stressors among sexual minorities; and alcohol, sexual assault and sexually transmitted disease.

Current social and health consequences research underway at RIA includes:

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. 
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
2/16/18
Hequembourg | Livingston | Collins
In this study, researchers will examine sexual identity differences in the mechanisms associated with sexual assault.
2/16/18
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

Researchers at RIA Investigating the Effects of Substance Use and Misuse on Negative Social and Health Outcomes: