CASAA researcher, Dr. Witkiewitz, featured in Newsweek story about mindfulness meditation as a treatment for addiction.
The work of Dr. Katie Witkiewitz and her colleagues was recently cited in the Newsweek magazine story: The Neuroscience of Meditation, and the Virtues of Shutting Up. Building on this prior research, CASAA also recently received funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (R21 AA023661, Dr. Matthew Pearson, PI) to conduct a research study of the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms of mindfulness meditation as an intervention for alcohol use disorder.

Outstanding Training Opportunity Available
Announcement of Postdoctoral Positions: Alcohol Research Training Grant, "Alcohol Research Training: Change Methods & Mechanisms"

The Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) at the University of New Mexico anticipates three openings for post-doctoral fellow on our pre- and postdoctoral NIAAA Institutional Research Training grant. The goal of the grant is to prepare future NIH scientists to conduct research to (1) elucidate the processes of change in drinking behavior, (2) develop and test effective methods to effect change through self-change, treatment and indicated prevention, and (3) develop and test models to disseminate knowledge of effective interventions to diverse populations. Post-doctoral fellows may come from any discipline relevant to the goals of the training program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Additional information and application instructions can be found here.

NIH Grant Writing Seminar at CASAA: Feb 19 through May 7, 2015.
As a service to the UNM community, the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) is offering a 12-week seminar presenting a step-by-step approach to preparing a successful NIH research project grant application. Click here for details.

11th Annual Satellite Session - Research on Mechanisms of Behavior Change: Disseminating MOBC Science for Clinical Practice
Saturday June 20th, 2015
38th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism
San Antonio, TX
Click here for details.

CASAA Celebrates 25th Anniversary
The Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) was founded in 1989 to conduct research, provide service to the community, and train practitioners and students to improve the lives of those affected by alcohol and drug use. Click here for presentations, posters, and photos from the 25th anniversary celebration.

ICTAB - The 13th International Conference on Treatment of Addictive Behaviors
May 31 - June 4, 2015 in Odense, Denmark.
Call for Presentations -- Deadline January 26th.
Registration is now open.

Dr. Witkiewitz awarded 2014 APA Presidential Citation Dr. Witkiewitz was recently awarded a Presidential Citation from the American Psychology Association (APA) for her early career accomplishments, dedication to advancing the science and treatment of addictive behaviors, and service to the field.
Full article here.

Philip May, Ph.D. has received international recognition for his work with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Dr. May is currently studying FASD in South Africa with a $5.3 million grant awarded in 2013 by the National Institute of Health's National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The Starfish Award -- "for having the courage to make a difference" -- was presented by the Office of Interprofessional Continuing Education of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Dr. May was honored during closing ceremonies at the 5th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). In notes read prior to the award presentation, Dr. May was recognized for many years of research and documentation of the true prevalence of FASD, and for exposing how many individuals are affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol.

CASAA research featured in local PBS affiiate KNME's series, "Why did I become a scientist?"
Click here to see video of CASAA Director Dr. Barbara McCrady

Motivational Interviewing Professional Training DVD Series 1998 is now available for order online. This series of videotapes, produced at the University of New Mexico, provides an introduction to motivational interviewing by the psychologists who developed it. The tapes are intended to be used as a resource in professional training, offering six hours of clear explanation and practical modeling of component skills. Because it is helpful to see how a method is practiced in various contexts, the tapes include clinical demonstrations of the skills of motivational interviewing, showing ten different therapists working with twelve clients who bring a variety of problems.

CASAA is pleased to announce an internal "grants to get grants program."

Grants of up to $25,000 are available to qualified UNM and UNM-affiliated investigators to support pilot studies and grant writing efforts for addictions-related research. You may download more information here.