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As of Jan. 1, 2021, the Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute (ADAI) — formally the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute — joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as a core program.

Directed by Susan Ferguson, PhD, ADAI is a multidisciplinary research institute with a mission to advance research, policy and practice to improve the lives of individuals and communities affected by alcohol and drug use and addiction. The Institute has approximately 40 staff members made up of clinical and social psychologists, epidemiologists, public health experts and information specialists.

The placement of ADAI in Psychiatry will generate opportunities for collaboration that will further strengthen and advance substance use and addiction research. ADAI will work in collaboration with several active clinical and training programs, as well as with numerous faculty and staff involved in addiction psychiatry or substance use research.

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