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Research Interests

Since its establishment, the Division of Addiction Psychiatry has grown rapidly and continues to lead the way into several specific areas of research.

Research teams consisting of Division faculty along with experienced clinicians from the disciplines of public and behavioral health are currently engaged in research programs. We take great pride in our research accomplishments in the following areas:

  • Tobacco Research Program
  • Medication Clinical Trials
  • Behavior Therapy Development Research Program
  • Co-occurring Mental Illness and Addiction
  • Genetics and Addiction

The Division of Addiction Psychiatry conducts research studies and clinical trials that examines behaviors associated with tobacco use, develops and evaluates new smoking cessation treatments, assess the effects of nicotine, and to explores new applications and combinations of Nicotine Replacement Therapy and non-Nicotine Replacement Therapy treatments.

Jill Williams, M.D., Professor & Division Director, conducts research on smokers with serious mental illnesses including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and was the recipient of a NIDA Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award. Her research examines differences in nicotine intake, cigarette puffing and nicotine craving in individuals with schizophrenia in hopes that these discoveries will lead to better treatments in the future.

Marc L. Steinberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, conducts research on tobacco use and dependence, particularly in vulnerable populations such as those with mental illness and low socioeconomic status.  Dr. Steinberg is interested in psychosocial treatment development, proposed mediators of tobacco dependence treatment such as task persistence/ distress tolerance, and using motivational interviewing to encourage smokers to quit.  Dr. Steinberg is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and is active in the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT).  He is currently Deputy Editor for the international peer reviewed journal, Nicotine & Tobacco Research.  Additional information on Dr. Steinberg's work can be found at the Tobacco Research & Intervention Lab website.

Nina Cooperman, Psy.D., Assistant Professor is the recipient of a NIDA Career Development Award to develop a smoking cessation intervention for methadone maintained smokers. Dr. Cooperman has been Principal or Co-investigator on several NIH funded studies, including projects investigating  adherence to antiretroviral medications among HIV-infected drug users, smoking cessation interventions for smokers seeking treatment in the emergency department, and risky behavior among women in Mumbai, India. She is a member of the Motivational  Interviewing Trainers Network, has published many peer-reviewed research papers, and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences.

As a result of our research activities the division actively publishes articles and presents research findings at national conferences.