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Christopher W. Kahler, PhD-Professor (Research)
Dr. Kahler is Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the Public Health Program at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He received his Ph.D. in 1998 from Rutgers University and joined the Brown Medical School faculty that year. He is currently the Director of Biostatistics at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Dr. Kahler's work focuses on (a) the role of personality and emotion in heavy alcohol use and smoking, (b) the etiology and treatment of combined heavy drinking and smoking, and (c) the role of alcohol in the treatment of HIV infection. He is currently the Principal Investigator on an NIAAA-funded laboratory study on alcohol administration and smoking relapse risk, an NIAAA-funded randomized clinical trial of naltrexone for at-risk and problem drinkers seeking smoking cessation treatment, and an NCI-funded treatment development project to adapt Positive Psychotherapy for use in smoking cessation treatment with low positive affect smokers. He is also the Scientific Director of the NIAAA-funded Alcohol Research Center on HIV (ARCH) and is PI of a major research component evaluating a brief alcohol intervention in a primary care setting for HIV-infected men who have sex with men. His most recent publications focus on (a) alcohol use and smoking cessation, (b) hostility, depressive symptoms, sensation seeking and smoking cessation outcome, (c) the application of item response theory to measures of alcohol problems, and (d) personality, psychopathology and smoking.
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