Kathleen Carroll, PhD

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

Research Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Division of Addictions | Division of Substance Abuse | Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP) | Psychology Section | Psychotherapy Development Center | Substance Abuse Research

Drug use, Addiction, and HIV Research Scholars (DAHRS)

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Interests

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Cognitive Science; Evidence-Based Medicine; Mental Disorders; Neurosciences; Psychiatry; Psychiatry and Psychology; Psychotherapy; Substance-Related Disorders

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)

Clinical Trials

Conditions Study Title
Addictive Behaviors, Mental Health & Behavioral Research Previous Study | Return to List | Next Study Influence of Medication on Functional Connectivity
Addictive Behaviors, Alcohol Addiction, Mental Health & Behavioral Research Efficacy and Mechanisms of CBT4CBT for Alcohol Use Disorders
Addictive Behaviors, Mental Health & Behavioral Research FMRI of N-acetylcysteine
Mental Health & Behavioral Research The Effect of Cognitive Enhancement as a Precursor to Computer Based Training for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT4CBT) (Project 1)
Addictive Behaviors, Mental Health & Behavioral Research, Tobacco Addiction Effects of Brief Training on Craving Regulation


  • International Scientific Committee France (2011)

    Annales Medico-Psychologiques

  • Update on addiction treatment research Paris, France (2009 - 2009)

    Plenary session in Les Journees de L’Albatros : Actualities de la researche clinique et therapeutique en addictologie.

  • Addiction Treatment Trieste, Italy (2009)

    Comitato Scientifico del Dipartimento Politiche Antidroga (Member, Scientific Advisory Committee to the Department of Drug Policy, Government of Italy

  • Addiction and Treatment Vienna, Austria (2007)

    Consultant to United Nations Office of Drug and Crime (UNODC)

Selected Publications

See list of PubMed publications

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