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Dr. Rohsenow is a professor (research) of Behavioral and Social Sciences, associate director of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University, and a senior research career scientist at the Providence VA Medical Center. She is director of a postdoctoral T32 training grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse on Substance Abuse Intervention Outcome Research in its second five-year period. She has published hundreds of scholarly articles and chapters primarily in the area of substance use and abuse, and co-authored the second edition of the book, Treating Alcohol Dependence. Over the past two decades, her work has focused on studying basic processes and conducting treatment outcome studies for addictive disorders including smoking, alcohol abuse, and cocaine abuse, using both behavioral and pharmacologic approaches.
Dr. Rohsenow is currently Principal Investigator on a NIDA grant to evaluate contingent reinforcement for smoking abstinence when added to nicotine replacement and an intervention to motivate substance abusers to quit smoking; and a NIDA grant to evaluate the efficacy of the medication varenicline for smoking abstinence among substance dependent patients who smoke. She has completed a study of the effects of a new medication (baclofen) on tobacco withdrawal and smoking cue reactivity; a study of the effects of ondansetron crossed with high dose naltrexone on drinking urges among abstinent alcoholics and on reactions to alcohol ingestion among alcoholic drinkers not seeking treatment, as moderated by promising individual difference variables (genetic and history); and several studies of the efficacy of motivational intervention, brief advice to quit smoking to encourage smoking cessation, and contingent vouchers among smokers with alcohol or substance dependence in residential treatment. She currently collaborates on a nationwide survey of effects of energy drinks mixed with alcohol and was co-Principal Investigator on studies of the acute and residual effects of caffeinated beer on driving performance and sleep disruption. She recently completed various grant-funded studies of the effects of hangover on maritime ship handling, neuropsychological abilities, and academic performance, after developing an acute hangover scale for use in laboratory investigations. She is also co-investigator on grants investigating medication or smoking effects on urges and drinking of social drinkers in the lab or natural environment, studies of interventions with teen or young adult drinkers, effects of smoking medications on responses of schizophrenic smokers, and several grants with current or former postdoctoral fellows.
Dr. Rohsenow is Director of the CAAS's T32 postdoctoral training grant from NIDA on substance abuse intervention outcome research, and serves on the training committee for the Center's NIAAA-funded postdoctoral training grant on alcohol intervention research. The combined T32 program that she serves on has 15-16 fellows in training each year with a variety of seminars and training opportunities. In recent years she mentored five faculty with a career development awards (one currently). She has mentored numerous psychology residents in research placements and postdoctoral fellows in clinical research training.
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