Center for Addiction & Prevention Research
The Center for Addiction and Prevention Research (CAPR) includes a dedicated group of multidisciplinary faculty and staff who aim to assess health risk behaviors, develop effective interventions and policies, and translate these into communities to reduce the associated health burdens.
CAPR research targets vulnerable populations throughout the United States, specifically military personnel and rural Appalachians. Our faculty, staff, and collaborators are located in multiple locations across the country. CAPR research focuses primarily on the three health behaviors that contribute the most to daily-adjusted life years lost in the United States: tobacco use, alcohol abuse, and overweight/obesity. A secondary focus is to develop effective interventions to curtail the growing opiate abuse epidemic in this country.
The CAPR team develops, translates and evaluates evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention interventions. Emphasis is placed on validated treatments that are affordable, and can be easily adopted and disseminated in community settings.
CAPR research is funded through the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.
Vision: Be a leader in the creation of research collaborations with leading health research professionals and organizations to develop interventions that prevent or reduce the health burden for vulnerable populations, and to provide education and experiential training in community research for young professionals.
Mission: Develop and evaluate evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention interventions that can easily be disseminated, implemented and maintained in community settings.
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