Centers & Institutes


The diversity of the Institutes and Centers listed below reflects the broad range of addiction and health-related projects undertaken by NDRI.


Institute for Biobehavioral Health Research conducts innovative interdisciplinary research that explores and involves all factors (e.g., biological, behavioral, social, cultural, and environmental) that may influence or impact the health of individuals, groups, and populations.

Director: W.S. Carlos Poston

Center on Community and Health Disparities Research features studies that involve ongoing interactive collaboration between NDRI researchers and community-based organizations and agencies – and most importantly, populations, clients and participants – as partners. Working with these partners, CCHD develops and tailors interventions to suit vulnerable populations’ distinct needs. This inclusive model increases the likelihood of identifying ways in which structural inequalities contribute to disproportionate burdens and consequences related to substance use and infectious diseases.

Director: Ellen Benoit

Deaf Research Projects (SSIC) investigates deaf consumers across health topics. Health surveys on computer in American Sign Language are developed and implemented with various segments of the deaf community. Research areas include substance use, tobacco use, HIV knowledge and risk, mental health assessment, and curriculum development. Qualitative and quantitative research methods are incorporated into all research.

Director: Elizabeth Eckhardt

Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research, a subset of the Institute for Biobehavioral Health Research, focuses on epidemiology, prevention and treatment of health risks facing firefighters and EMS professionals.

Director: Sara Jahnke

The Institute for Infectious Disease Research conducts research on HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, other blood-borne and/or sexually transmitted infections, and other infectious diseases.

Director: Sam Friedman

Institute for Research on Global Health and Youth at Risk aims to advance comparative epidemiological research on the causes and consequences of illness and disease among adolescent and young adult populations living in urban environments. Working within an interdisciplinary context, and with funding from federal, state, city and private sources, we maintain a particular focus on STDs/HIV, drug abuse, homelessness, sexuality and violence.

Director: Michael Clatts

Institute for Special Populations Research focuses on substance use/abuse among diverse, at-risk populations. These include persons involved in criminal behaviors and persons from marginalized groups such as the poor, the homeless, and those from particular ethnic groups.

Director: Eloise Dunlap

Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery is dedicated to finding a greater understanding of the psychosocial factors and processes that contribute to the development of addictive behaviors as well as to the initiation and maintenance of stable recovery from addictions.

Director: Alexandre Laudet

Center for Technology and Health employs cutting-edge technologies to achieve a new level of understanding of health behavior and develops innovative tools that may effectively expand the reach of evidence-based and cost-effective, health-related interventions.

Director: Michelle Acosta

Institute for Treatment and Services Research conducts efficacy and effectiveness health services research on all aspects of substance abuse treatment; especially innovative treatments and related services such as self-help for dually-diagnosed persons, peer mentoring for HIV-affected youth, job placement for methadone patients, and a nationwide survey of HCV services in drug treatment programs.

Director: Andrew Rosenblum



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