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13th Annual Satellite Session Research on Mechanisms of Behavior Change
The Mechanisms of Behavior Change satellite session is a free one-day event before the Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting that provides a venue for the synthesis and formal dissemination of mechanisms of change research in alcohol and substance use disorders.
Saturday June 24th, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
40th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism Scientific Meeting,
Denver, CO
Call for Papers: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
We are inviting manuscripts for a Special Section of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs in three specific areas of mechanisms of behavior change (MOBC) research:
  • systematic reviews of MOBC findings;
  • methodological developments for MOBC research; and
  • dissemination of novel findings from recent MOBC-focused empirical studies.
    Please click here for more information.

    Research Participant Opportunities
    Are you interested in participating in a research study at CASAA? Click here to see studies that are currently recruiting.

    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) announces one new postdoctoral position on our 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. Additional information and application instructions can be found here.

    Dr. McCrady receives the 2016 Marlatt Mentorship Award
    Barbara McCrady received the 2016 MARLATT MENTORSHIP AWARD at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism in New Orleans on June 29, 2016. This award is given to an individual whose mentoring of young researchers in the alcohol research field is demonstrated to be exceptional. Dr. McCrady, over her career at Brown, Rutgers, and now at the University of New Mexico, has had impact on a great many later-to-be scientists and research clinicians. In parallel to her own prestigious career of work in alcohol use disorder treatment research, she has been the major advisor to more than 35 doctoral students and has taught, supervised, and mentored a much larger group of research and clinical trainees, all of whom remember her unyielding support and commitment to the development and facilitation of their careers and intense dedication to them, both professionally and personally. As one of the nominees noted, "Despite their accomplishments, both [Dr. McCrady and Dr. Marlatt] were eager to spend time with individuals more junior, to help pave the way for young scientists and to do so in a supportive, generous way. She is an ideal candidate to honor Alan's memory".

    Dr. McCrady receives a Lifetime Achievement Award
    Barbara McCrady received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Addictions Special Interest Group, November, 2015

    Dr. Witkiewitz receives the G. Alan Marlatt Mid-Career Award
    Katie Witkiewitz received the G. Alan Marlatt Mid-Career Award, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Addictions Special Interest Group, November, 2015

    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.

    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.

    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.