Dr. Stein is a faculty member in the Psychology Dept at the University of RI (URI) and part of the Cancer Prevention Research Center (CPRC) within the Social Sciences Research Center (SSRC) of URI. The SSRC and CPRC are dedicated to studying behavior change as it relates to reducing health risks and enhancing health.
Dr. Stein is also an Adjunct Professor within the Dept of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of Brown University and is a member of the training faculty at Brown’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS).
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 Center’s research fellowships sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
She founded and directed Brown University’s 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 adults and adolescents. Targeted phenomena in these grants include group processes, reduction of substance use and risky sexual behavior, motivation to change, and more.