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Special Topics in Addiction

Last Offered:

Thursdays 12:30 2:00, January 10 - March 20, 2008
Division on Addiction
101 Station Landing, 2nd Floor, Suite 2100
Medford, MA 02155

Course Director Dr. Debi LaPlante, PhD
Faculty Dr. Sarah Nelson, PhD
Faculty Ms. Allyson Peller, MPH

The Division on Addiction offers a special course that will cover the latest empirical research related to addiction. Using a new model of addiction (i.e., addiction syndrome) as the framework, the course will cover topics related to both chemical (e.g., alcohol) and behavioral (e.g., gambling) objects of addiction.

Please Note: The presentations and publications listed below are password-protected. Please send an email to for the passwords associated with the course readings.

Jan 10 Debi LaPlante / Addiction Syndrome

Jan 17 Sarah Nelson / Addictive behavior & psychiatric comorbidity

Jan 24 Allyson Peller / Behavioral healthcare issues and assessment

Jan 31 Debi LaPlante / Gender & addiction

Feb 7 Sarah Nelson / Addictive behavior and crime

Feb 14 Allyson Peller / Technology & addiction

Feb 21 - School Vacation

Feb 28 Debi LaPlante / Stability of addictive behavior

Mar 6 Sarah Nelson / Addiction & self-regulation

Mar 13 John Kleschinsky, MPH (guest lecturer) / Challenges for longitudinal addiction research

Mar 20 Allyson Peller / Brief interventions and assessments

  • LaBrie, RA LaPlante, DA Peller, AJ Shaffer, HJ Bernhard, BJ Harper, A Schrier, T & Thomas, M. An Assessment of Brief Problem Gambling Intervention in Nevada. In: Final Report. Medford, MA: Cambridge Health Alliance, Division on Addiction, 2007. (Sponsored by the State of Nevada Department of Public Health.)

  • Click here to download PowerPoint Presentation PDF file.


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