Prior to taking a position at URI, Dr. Stein was a faculty member of CAAS for 8 years, where she served on the selection and training committees for the Centerís research fellowships sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Instituted on Drug Abuse (NIDA). She is founder and directed Brown Universityís Juvenile Forensic Psychology Post-Doctoral Training Program. Her primary area of interest is in substance abuse and other risky behaviors in forensic populations, especially juveniles. Specifically, she studies treatment and assessment of these behaviors, including issues related to ethnic/racial bias. Publications include detection of under-reported substance abuse in juvenile correctional facilities, methods for enhancing treatment engagement during incarceration, family treatment for incarcerated juveniles, and reduction of at-risk behaviors after release. Dr. Stein is a licensed clinical psychologist and is Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several NIDA/NIAAA-funded grants studying assessment and treatment of incarcerated juveniles. Targeted phenomena in these grants include group processes, reduction of substance use and risky sexual behavior, motivation to change, and more. Dr. Stein recently received the Research Excellence Award for the College of Arts and Sciences.
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