Our Vision:

At CASAA our first priority is to reduce suffering caused by substance use and other addictive behaviors. We do this by generating high quality prevention and treatment research. We settle for nothing less than the highest standards of scientific integrity in our research and applied programs. Attention to human diversity strengthens our science and makes it relevant to our larger society. We do our best work by collaborating with colleagues and working across disciplines, which helps us answer more important questions about substance abuse than we otherwise could. At CASAA we are committed to sharing our knowledge with fellow scientists, practitioners and individuals who are directly impacted by substance use. It matters to us that our work makes an impact both here in our state and in our larger community.

Our Work:

CASAA investigators, affiliated with the Departments of Psychology, Sociology, Communication and Journalism, Economics, and Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences are leaders nationally in 12-step research; research on Motivational Interviewing and the Community Reinforcement Approach; family-involved treatment models; training and dissemination research; development of instruments; studies of mechanisms of change; clinical research in special populations, particularly adolescents, women, Hispanics, American Indians, and criminal justice populations; research on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders; and research on methods to reduce harm from risky drinking.

CASAA is the home for the UNM Campus Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP). CASAA has long-standing relationships with a number of community-based treatment programs that are available as sites for clinical trials. The relationships between CASAA and these treatment facilities are on-going and reciprocal, and CASAA is widely regarded as a key resource for the development and testing of empirically supported treatments for alcohol and other substance use disorders. In addition, CASAA has uniquely strong relationship with several pueblos.

Our Funding:

CASAA investigators are supported by research grants from the National Institutes of Health, other Federal Agencies, Private Foundations, the State of New Mexico, and the University of New Mexico.

Our People:

CASAA's Director is J. Scott Tonigan, Ph.D. UNM faculty members conduct research at CASAA on a full- or part-time basis. CASAA provides extensive research training opportunities for pre- and post-doctoral fellows as well as undergraduate students. CASAA staff members have extensive expertise in research design and implementation, project management, program evaluation, data collection and management, and data analysis. CASAA supports close to 100 full- and part-time staff and students in training.

CASAA Supports the Grand Challenge Initiative: Substance Use Disorders

This collaborative venture combines two approaches to achieve amazing results! By 2040, we will reduce alcohol, opioid, and other substance mortality by 50%, substance-related consequences (including overdose, injury, and accidents) by 50%, crime, incarceration, and recidivism by 30%, adverse childhood experiences by 30%, and overall economic costs of substance related morbidity and mortality by 30%.