The Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA)

The Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) is a Category III Research Center at UNM with more than $9 million in annual external funding.  CASAA investigators, affiliated with the Departments of Economics, Communication and Journalism, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Sociology, are leaders nationally in clinical research, research on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and research on reducing harm from alcohol use.  CASAA serves as the Southwest Node for the NIDA Clinical Trials Network.  CASAA also is the home for the New Mexico Statewide FASD Prevention Program and the UNM Campus Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP).  CASAA investigators mentor UNM junior faculty, pre- and post-doctoral fellows, and undergraduate students; CASAA also provides campus-wide training on research grant writing.  CASAA currently has funding from NIH for an Institutional Research Training grant that supports eight fellows at the pre- or post-doctoral level.  CASAA works closely with community treatment providers, tribal governments, and State of New Mexico task forces to translate research knowledge into effective prevention and treatment programs.

 CASAA’s Vision

 At CASAA our first priority is to reduce suffering caused by substance use and other addictive behaviors.  We do this by generating high quality prevention and treatment research.  We settle for nothing less than the highest standards of scientific integrity in our research and applied programs.  Attention to human diversity strengthens our science and makes it relevant to our larger society.  We do our best work by collaborating with colleagues and working across disciplines, which helps us answer more important questions about substance abuse than we otherwise could.  At CASAA we are committed to sharing our knowledge with fellow scientists, practitioners and individuals who are directly impacted by substance use.  It matters to us that our work makes an impact both here in our state and in our larger community.

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