Faculty Profile: Susan Ramsey, PHD

Susan Ramsey, PHD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)
Psychiatry & Human Behavior; Medicine
Work: +1 401-444-7831
Susan Ramsey's research focuses on the confluence of psychiatric, substance use, and medical issues. She currently serves as principal investigator on three National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies: testing a brief alcohol intervention for depressed patients who drink heavily, developing and testing an intervention to prevent depression among methadone maintenance patients receiving treatment for hepatitis C, and developing and testing an HIV risk intervention for pregnant drug users.

Institutions

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Research Description

Susan Ramsey's research focuses on the confluence of psychiatric, substance use, and medical issues. She currently serves as principal investigator on three National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies. The first is a study examining the efficacy of a brief alcohol intervention for depressed patients who drink heavily. The aim of the second study is to develop and test a cognitive-behavioral intervention to prevent the onset of depression among methadone maintenance patients undergoing interferon treatment for hepatitis C. The goal of the third study is to develop and test an HIV-risk behavior intervention for pregnant women in drug abuse treatment.

Grants and Awards

Member, Special Emphasis Panel, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 2004.

Affiliations

American Psychological Association (APA)
APA Division 50 (Addictive Behaviors)
Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy
International Association of Motivational Interviewing Trainers
Society of Behavioral Medicine

Funded Research

Trazodone for Sleep Disturbance-Early Alcohol Recovery. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
09/27/01-07/31/05. Co-Investigator (P. Friedmann, PI), (AA13243).
This is a randomized double-blind trial of Trazodone for sleep-disturbed alcoholics undergoing detoxification from alcohol.

Development of an Exercise Intervention for Alcoholics, NIAAA.
12/01/01-11/30/04. Co-Investigator (R. Brown, PI), (AA13418).
This study aims to develop an exercise intervention for alcohol dependent patients.

Applying Exercise Intervention to Drug Treatment, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
12/01/01-11/30/04. Co-Investigator (R. Brown, PI), (DA14599).
This study aims to develop an exercise intervention for drug dependent patients.

Brief Intervention to Reduce Drinking Among Batterers, NIAAA.
07/01/03-06/30/08. Co-Investigator (G. Stuart, PI), (AA014193).
The goal of this project is to examine the efficacy of a brief alcohol intervention among men enrolled in batterer intervention groups.

Improving Smoking Cessation Outcomes in Heavy Drinkers, NIDA.
08/15/03-04/30/07. Co-Investigator (C. Kahler, PI), (DA015534).
The goal of this project is to examine the efficacy of a brief alcohol intervention among heavy-drinkers who are attempting smoking cessation.

Preventing Depression in MMT Patients on Interferon, NIDA.
09/01/03-06/30/06. Principal Investigator (DA016797). $911,684.
The goal of this project is to develop and conduct pilot testing of a cognitive-behavioral intervention to prevent depressive episodes among methadone maintenance treatment patients undergoing antiviral treatment for hepatitis C.

Brief Alcohol Intervention with Depressed Patients, NIAAA.
09/05/03-05/31/08. Principal Investigator (AA013895). $1,843,646.
The goal of this project is to examine the efficacy of a brief alcohol intervention among heavy-drinking depressed patients.

Reducing HIV Risk Among Pregnant Women in Drug Treatment, NIDA.
09/30/05-08/31/09. Principal Investigator (DA020930). $1,492,726.
The goal of this project is to develop and test an HIV risk behavior intervention for pregnant women in drug abuse treatment.