Division on Addiction

Alleviating addiction-related social, medical, and economic burdens through research, education, training, and outreach.

Alcohol use during pregnancy: Who is at greatest risk?

Drinking during pregnancy poses serious health risks to the fetus and can result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, miscarriage, and still birth. Despite these established consequences, between 15 and 20 percent of women drink alcohol at some point during their pregnancy. However, certain women may be at higher risk for drinking during pregnancy than others….

Research News

We are pleased to announce a new dataset that has been included in the Transparency Project titled “Gamblers’ perceptions of stakeholder responsibility for minimizing gambling harm.” This data comes from a study with two primary goals: 1) describe the extent to which a sample of casino gamblers holds a distributed sense of responsibility for minimizing gambling…

Join Our Team

The Division is hiring a Post Doc Researcher. Read more about this exciting opportunity and apply here.

Announcing new Division Leadership

The Division is pleased to announce an exciting change in leadership. On February 28, 2019 Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, CAS retired from his role as Director of the Division. Dr. Shaffer will remain active at the Division as a Distinguished Faculty member and in his role on the Harvard Medical School faculty as the Morris…

Research News

The Division is pleased to announce a new research study and partnership: The GVC-Division on Addiction Internet Gambling Research Collaborative. This is a 5-years study on gambling and gambling-related problems among patrons of GVC Holdings PLC, the multinational sports bettering and gaming group. Learn more about this study.

CHARGE 2019 Is Here!

CHARGE is the Cambridge Health Alliance Readiness for Gambling Expansion initiative. CHARGE activities take place throughout the year, especially during the month of March as we recognize Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Stay tuned as we continue to announce upcoming CHARGE activities.

Congrats!

We are proud to announce that Debi A. LaPlante, Ph.D., Director of Research and Academic Affairs at the Division on Addiction, is the recipient of the 2018 Scientific Achievement Award. This prestigious award is given by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG).

CARS Update

Since its release in June 2017, more than 600 people have registered to use CARS in settings ranging from substance use and DUI treatment programs to court and corrections facilities. During the past year, we released five updates to the tool that improved functionality and enhanced security. Looking ahead, our development team in hard at…