Research Centers

BSS faculty are affiliated with highly active and productive research centers at Brown. Many hold joint faculty appointments in the following Centers. 

The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies' mission is to promote the identification, prevention, and effective treatment of alcohol and other drug use problems in our society through research, education, training, and policy advocacy. Our faculty conducts empirical research in a variety of areas of alcohol abuse/dependence, drug abuse/dependence and tobacco use, ranging from laboratory investigations of mechanisms through treatment or early intervention to policy. 

The Institute for Community Health Promotion aims to improve health, especially in underserved populations, by conducting interdisciplinary research and education to empower individuals, providers, organizations, and communities to practice and promote healthier behaviors and environments. Current projects focus on improving dietary habits, increasing physical activity, weight control, encouraging smoking cessation, and using culturally sensitive materials to promote better health.

The Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine aim to improve health through behavioral change and the integration of behavioral and biomedical science using clinical, community, and laboratory-based research. The Centers' research bridges biomedical, sociobehavioral, and population/public health scientific disciplines. Faculty members are committed to both basic research on discovering the mechanisms underlying behavioral factors in health and illness, as well as to applied research on the translation of these discoveries for clinical and community health improvement.

The Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research is a nationally prominent research center that studies the diverse health and social service needs of elderly and other persons with chronic illnesses. The research findings of center faculty have, as intended, figured prominently over the years as valuable guides for government agencies making decisions regarding policy aimed at improving health and health care for our aging and disabled populations. Initiating new lines of research on previously unstudied or understudied populations is a hallmark of the center work.

The International Health Institute (IHI) was established in 1988 to develop, promote, and coordinate the international health activities of Brown University faculty and students. The IHI's mission is to apply interdisciplinary perspectives to research and training to improve the health of populations in developing countries. Since its inception, IHI faculty have established research collaborations with institutions in developing countries and developed supervised research experiences for Brown University undergraduate, graduate and medical students with our foreign partners. The IHI is one of several academic units involved in strengthening global health research, training and service activities at Brown University.

The Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is a joint research effort between Tufts and Brown Universities and their affiliated hospitals and centers. CFAR provides scientific leadership and institutional infrastructure dedicated to HIV/AIDS research, strengthens capacity for HIV/AIDS research in developing countries, simulates scientific collaborations in interdisciplinary and translational research, fosters scientific communication, sponsors training and education, disseminates CFAR research findings and the importance of AIDS research through community outreach, establishes collaborative research and supporting HIV/AIDS research networks, promotes and sponsorsinnovative HIV/AIDS initiatives, facilitates development of AIDS therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics through promotion of scientific interactions between CFAR investigators and industry, and supports research on prevention and treatment of HIV infection in hard-to-reach populations, especially in inner city women, intravenous substance users and disadvantaged minorities. 

Population Studies Training Center  is an internationally respected demography research and training center. Research at the PSTC is innovative and interdisciplinary, and is characterized by its focus on social issues rather than specific demographic outcomes. Reflecting PSTC's strong connection to three social science departments — Anthropology, Economics and Sociology — as well as our links to public health, political science, education, and environmental studies, PSTC focuses on providing a better understanding of the social structures and systems underlying population structure and well-being. These foci provide a better context in which to consider and debate major social issues and policy. 

Brown University AIDs Program (BRUNAP) supports the provider community with frequent updates of information, while enhancing primary provider skills and knowledge concerning HIV disease and AIDS; offers training opportunities to minority providers and providers who treat underserved communities; offers multiple levels of training, including didactic presentations, participatory workshops, clinical consultation, and hands-on clinical training; and emphasizes targeted CME and CEU accredited training for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other health professionals.