The Division on Addiction is currently working on the following projects:

The Division is committed to challenging stigma and misinformation about addiction, and its work represents worldwide collaborations. The Division’s primary research areas of interest include:

  •      Psychiatric comorbidity of DUI offenders
  •      Psychiatric comorbidity and addiction
  •      Epidemiology of gambling- and gaming-related problems
  •      Substance use disorders
  •      Addiction treatment and treatment outcomes, including relapse
  •      Addiction among vulnerable populations
  •      Theories and models of addiction
  •      Etiology of addiction

The Division supports open science through The Transparency Project—a data sharing repository.

The Division supports scientific dissemination through The BASIS—a free weekly research summary.

The Division’s research agenda is driven, in part, by the Syndrome Model of Addiction, an overarching theoretical framework that conceptualizes various expressions of addiction (i.e., chemical or behavioral) as opportunistic disorders that have common underlying etiological factors. Figure 1 illustrates of these relationships.


The Division uses a syndrome framework to understand addiction as a cluster of symptoms and signs with multiple opportunistic expressions, as well as to test various aspects of the model and disseminate findings. The Division has produced more than 150 publications to date. For a complete list, visit our online Library.

Division Funders within the Last Five Years:

The Division on Addiction currently receives funding from the Addiction Treatment Center of New England via the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility; DraftKings; EPIC Risk Management; the Gavin Foundation via the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; GVC Holdings PLC; The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations via the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of General Medical Sciences and National Institute on Drug Abuse); The Integrated Centre on Addiction Prevention and Treatment of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Hong Kong; Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Problem Gambling Services; St. Francis House via the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Addiction Services; and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas via MGM Resorts International.

During the past 5 years, the Division on Addiction has also received funding from Aarhus University Hospital with funds approved by The Danish Council for Independent Research; ABMRF – The Foundation for Alcohol Research; Caesars Enterprise Services, LLC; the David H. Bor Library Fund, Cambridge Health Alliance; DraftKings; Fenway Community Health Center, Inc.; Heineken USA, Inc.; Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services; Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and University of Nevada, Las Vegas via MGM Resorts International.