Clinical Research

The MGH-Harvard Center for Addiction Medicine delivers clinical evaluation, consultation, and study-related clinical care in a multidisciplinary setting.

In The News

May, 2013:

A. Eden Evins contributed an article on marijuana legalization to the New York Times opinion pages.

April, 2013:

Dr. Luke Stoeckel will be a Visiting Scientist in the Gabrieli lab at MIT beginning in July 2013.

Dr. Luke Stoeckel, Dr. Eden Evins, and Caroline Chan have organized the 'Optimizing Real Time fMRI for Neurotherapeutic Discovery and Development' symposium at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study for July 2013.

Dr. John Kelly gave the keynote address at the Fourth Annual Collegiate Recovery Conference at Texas Tech University on “Recovery Among Youth in the College Environment.”

March, 2013:

Dr. John Kelly presented a talk on “Twelve-step Facilitation and Substance Abuse Treatment” as part of the Awakening to the New Science of Mutual Help for Drug Addiction Recovery Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

February, 2013:

Dr. John Kelly participated in an Addiction Psychiatry Workshop organized by the Ministry of Health Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization in Safat, Kuwait.

January, 2013:

Dr. John Kelly is the organizer and sponsorship co-chair for the Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction, a collaborative meeting on Addiction, sponsored by APA Divisions 28 and 50 in May 2013.

October, 2012:

Dr. John Kelly and Dr. William White's article "Broadening the Base of Addiction Mutual-Help Organizations" was part of the Special Issue of the Journal of Groups in Addiction and Recovery.

Dr. Luke Stoeckel, Dr. Eden Evins, Julia Stern, and Erika Weisz received the Best Translational Award in the Department of Psychiatry at the 2012 MGH Clinical Research Day.

June, 2012: Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier presented a poster on “Benzodiazepine use and buprenorphine treatment outcomes: a retrospective study” at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence in Palm Springs, CA.

Dr. John Kelly will present 5 posters at the Annual Conference of the Research Society on Alcoholism. The titles of the posters are: “Listening to youth: Adolescents’ self-reported reasons for alcohol and drug use as a unique predictor of treatment response and outcome,” “Characteristics and treatment response in adolescents with and without family history of alcohol and drug disorder,” “Emerging adults and Alcoholics Anonymous: Attendance, involvement, and recovery-related benefits in the year following residential treatment,” “How do justice-system involved adolescents fare in outpatient alcohol and drug treatment?”, and “Assessing Youth Participation in AA-Related Helping: Validity of the Service to Others in Sobriety (SOS) Questionnaire in an Adolescent Sample.” He will also present a Symposium on “Mechanisms of behavior change among transitional-aged youth in residential treatment.”

May, 2012: Dr. Sungwon Roh was selected as a 2012 NCDEU New Investigator Award at the 52nd Annual NCDEU meeting, sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, which will be held May 29 – June 1, 2012, in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition, he will present a poster on "Cognitive Effects of Mecamylamine and Varenicline on Schizophrenia" at the meeting.

Dr. John Kelly was invited to give a presentation at the British/UK Parliament in London on May 9th on addiction recovery services and the science on mutual aid organizations. He also presented the opening plenary at the UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders in London, UK on May 10th.

Dr. Gustavo Angarita presented a talk on Sleep Disorders and Addictions for the North Suffolk Mental Health Association on May 15th.

Dr. John Kelly is going to be President of the American Psychological Association's Division on Addiction starting in August 2012 for a three year term.

Dr. John Kelly gave a presentation on “Empirical Awakening: The New Science on AA and 12-step Treatment “ at the Addictions in 2012 Conference organized by McLean Hospital Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse on May 18th.

Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier gave a lecture on “SBIRT for Alcohol use” to first year medical students in Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

April, 2012: Dr. Gladys Pachas received a fellowship and travel award to the ASCP (American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology) 11th Annual Workshop on Clinical Trials in Psychopharmacology held on April 24-26, 2012 in NYC.

Dr. John Kelly presented at three symposium panels on adolescents and young adults, criminal justice involvement, and substance use disorder treatment response and outcomes at the Joint Meeting on Adolescent Treatment Effectiveness (JMATE) in Washington, DC.

Dr. Luke Stoeckel received a NIH/NIDA K23 Mentored Career Development Award (2012-2017).

Dr. Luke Stoeckel was an Invited Participant at the NIH/NIMH Career Development Institute for Psychiatry (2012-2013).

Dr. Luke Stoeckel received a NIH/NIDA Travel Award to present at the 2012 APA Annual Convention in August.

Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier, in collaboration with Drs. Bettina Hoeppner, A. Eden Evins, and Gladys Pachas, presented a poster on “Feasibility of ActiWatch ScoreTM for recording skills practice and conducting ecological momentary assessment in a RCT of mindfulness training vs. cognitive-behavioral therapy for tobacco smoking cessation” at the International Symposia for Contemplative Studies in Denver, CO.

Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier gave a presentation on “Bringing Mindfulness to Difficult Populations: Considering Clinical and Research Challenges, Sharing Solutions” at the International Symposia for Contemplative Studies in Denver, CO.

Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier gave a lecture on “Mindfulness in Addictions Treatment: Clinical Applications and Mechanisms” as part of the Mindfulness in Psychotherapy Certificate Course at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Newton, MA.

Dr. John Kelly presented Grand Rounds at the Harvard University Mental Health Services on “The role of Alcoholics Anonymous in addiction recovery: What does the science tell us?”

Dr. Luke Stoeckel was an invited speaker at the Voice of Young Science U.S. Representative Sense About Science Media Workshop 2012.

Dr. John Kelly and Ms. Julie Yeterian’s article “Empirical Awakening: The new science on mutual help and implications for cost containment under health care reform” was featured as the cover story on the UKs top addiction recovery magazine Addiction Today. http://www.addictiontoday.org/addictiontoday/2012/04/empirical-awakening-new-science-on-mutual-help.html.

March, 2012: Dr. Luke Stoeckel discussed his efforts after attending the Standing up for Science Media workshop on the Boston Blog http://blogs.nature.com/boston/2012/03/13/sense-about-science-boston-area-scientists-get-media-training.

Dr. Sungwon Roh gave a lecture on "Hikikomori and Internet Addiction in Korea" at the First International Workshop on Internet Addiction in Yokohama, Japan on March 16, 2012.

Dr. Zev Schuman-Olivier gave a presentation on “Mindfulness-Oriented Treatment for Young Adults with Substance Abuse” at the Northeast College Counseling Directors Annual Conference in Brunswick, ME.

Dr. John Kelly gave one of the keynote addresses at the National Collegiate Recovery Conference in Kennesaw, GA. It was the third annual collegiate recovery conference. http://ccpe.kennesaw.edu/ncrc.html

Dr. John Kelly has been working with Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the US Department of Education on recovery high school efforts as well as collegiate recovery support initiatives, which are rapidly expanding around the country. Dr. Kelly has also been working with the federal government on figuring out what is known about their effectiveness and what we need to know.

February, 2012: Dr. Luke Stoeckel was a guest on the One Hour at a Time, Voice America Health and Wellness Talk Radio. http://www.voiceamerica.com/guest/12824/luke-stoeckel

Dr. John Kelly presented a talk on Recovery Support Services at the The Betty Ford Institute Annual Conference on Recovery: New Strategies held at Rancho Mirage, CA.