Kathleen M. Carroll, PhD

Albert E. Kent Professor of Psychiatry; Director of Psychosocial Research, Division of Addictions; Principal Investigator, Psychotherapy Development Center for Drug Abuse

Research Interests

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Mental Disorders; Psychiatry; Psychotherapy; Substance Abuse Detection; Evidence-Based Medicine

Research Organizations


Psychiatry: Division of Substance Abuse | Psychology Section | Psychotherapy Development Center | Substance Abuse Research

Research Summary

My long-term goal is to improve the effectiveness of addiction treatment through:

  • More precise understanding of the treatments and mechanisms that produce the best outcomes in substance abusers;
  • Development, refinement, and evaluation of innovative behavioral approaches;
  • Working to increase the methodological quality of research in the field of substance abuse;
  • Evaluating effective means of transferring new technologies and fostering broader use of empirically supported treatments by the clinical community;
  • Training new researchers in the most rigorous methodology of treatment outcome research.

Current interests include computer-based treatments and training (CBT4CBT)

Specialized Terms: Addiction and treatment; Evidence-based treatments; Treatment development; Computer-assisted therapies; Research-practice partnerships; Clinician training; Psychotherapy-pharmacotherapy combinations; Neurocognitive effects of behavioral therapies

Extensive Research Description

Principal Investigator:

  • NIDA U10 “Clinical Trials Network: New England Node”
  • NIDA K05 “Psychotherapy of Substance Use Disorders”
  • NIDA R37 (NIH MERIT award) Computer Based Training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
  • NIDA P50 Psychotherapy Development Center.
  • NIDA R01 CBT4CBT for Spanish Speakers (with Dr. Manny Paris)

Selected Publications

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