Our Vision

  At the Center on Alcohol, Substance Use And Addictions (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 training 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 use 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.

Our Work

  CASAA investigators, affiliated with the Departments of Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences, Family and Community Medicine, and Internal Medicine are leaders nationally in 12-step research; research on Motivational Interviewing and the Community Reinforcement Approach; family-involved treatment models; training and dissemination research; development of instruments; studies of mechanisms of change; clinical research in special populations, particularly adolescents, women, Hispanics, American Indians, and criminal justice populations; research on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders; and research on methods to reduce harm from risky drinking.

CASAA is the home for the UNM Campus Office of Substance and Alcohol Prevention (COSAP). CASAA has long-standing relationships with a number of community-based treatment programs that are available as sites for clinical trials. The relationships between CASAA and these treatment facilities are on-going and reciprocal, and CASAA is widely regarded as a key resource for the development and testing of empirically supported treatments for alcohol and other substance use disorders. In addition, CASAA has uniquely strong relationship with several pueblos.


Our Key Research Initiatives


NIAAA Funded Research

National Institute on Alchohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being.

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NIDA Funded Research

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA is the lead federal agency supporting scientific research on drug use and addiction.

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Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Lead Conveners

Katie Witkiewitz, Ph.D.,Jonathan Brigman, Ph.D. Cassandra Boness, Ph.D.

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Southwest CTN

Principal Investigator

Kimberly Page, PhD, MPH, MS

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Principal investigators

Katie Witkiewitz, Ph.D., Mathew Pearson, Ph.D

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CASAA Research Services

and Web/IT Support

Research Data Services (RDS) and CASAA IT/Web Support.

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News and Upcoming Events

We Celebrate our Research Administrators!
September 25, 2022

September 25th is National Research Administrator Day and we want to thank all of those who support research administration for CASAA investigators and trainees. Research administrators are so critica…

Announcement of Postdoctoral Positions
January 13, 2022

The Center on Alcohol, Substance use, And Addictions at the University of New Mexico (UNM) has two postdoctoral research opportunities on a newly awarded Center grant examining effectiveness, mec…