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Photo Elizabeth Epstein

Elizabeth E. Epstein, Ph.D. - Principal Investigator
Dr. Epstein has 25 years experience conducting treatment outcome studies on alcohol and drug use disorders.  She is a Licensed Psychologist and Associate Research Professor in the Clinical Division of the Center of Alcohol Studies. Dr. Epstein has been awarded several clinical research grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop and test state of the art empirically Supported therapies.  She has co-published an Addictions Guidebook as well as two Therapy Manuals and patient workbooks with Oxford University Press. Dr. Epstein also has a part time private practice in Freehold New Jersey where she treats adults, teens, and couples with alcohol, drug, and/or other problems.

Photo Barbara McCrady

Barbara S. McCrady, Ph.D. - Co-Principal Investigator
Barbara McCrady, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the Director of The Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) at the University of New Mexico. She received her 1969 B.S. in Biological Sciences from Purdue University and her 1975 Ph.D. in Psychology (clinical) from the University of Rhode Island. Her research has focused on developing and testing effective treatments for persons with substance use disorders. She has developed and tested a conjoint treatment model for substance abusers and their spouses. Dr. McCrady also has been active in bringing scientific attention to Alcoholics Anonymous, and has conducted research evaluating treatment models for women with alcohol and other substance use disorders, with a special focus on women in poverty. Her work has been funded by the NIH since 1979.

Photo Amy Cohn

Amy Cohn, Ph.D.
Project Manager

Dr. Cohn is a Research Associate at CAS. After obtaining her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2007, she went on to receive specialized postdoctoral training in addictions treatment and clinical research at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Cohn has extensive experience treating individuals with various substance use problems and works in collaboration with Dr. Epstein to understand social and interpersonal influences on alcohol use among behavior treated and untreated individuals. Dr. Cohn also serves as a graduate research mentor and has provided clinical supervision to graduate students as part of the Program for Addictions Consultation and Treatment.

Photo Noelle Jensen

Noelle Jensen, M.S.W., L.S.W.
Senior Project Coordinator

Ms. Jensen received her M.S.W. from Rutgers School of Social Work in 2001. She began work at the Center of Alcohol Studies in 1993 as a Program Interviewer. Over the past 16 years her role has expanded to include project coordination and clinical responsibilities. She is a licensed social worker and has been trained extensively in a range of assessment instruments. Her responsibities include recruiting, interviewing, tracking, and following up all the women in our treatment/research program. She has many years of experience conducting clinical interviews with clients in drug and alcohol treatment units in New Jersey. Noelle will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the Rutgers Women’s Project. You can reach her by calling (732) 445-0900.

Photo Sandra Hoffmann

Sandra Hoffmann
Program Interviewer

Ms. Hoffmann is a veteran Program Interviewer/Project Coordinator at the Center of Alcohol Studies and the Institute of Health. Beginning in 1983, she worked as a Program Interviewer for a Longitudinal Study on New Jersey youth as part of a large grant on vulnerability to substance abuse. She subsequently worked on a relapse prevention grant as a Program Interviewer and was also responsible for tracking and completing follow-up assessments. Later she was a Project Coordinator at the Institute for Health. She has been trained to administer numerous psychological assessments

Photo Sharon Cook

Sharon Cook, M.S.
Data Base Manager/Statistician

Ms. Cook received her M.A. in Sociology at Rutgers University. For the past 10 years she has been database manager and data analyst for many of our treatment studies at the Center of Alcohol Studies. Her responsibilities include overseeing data base creation, data entry, and data preparation for papers and presentations of our research findings. Before coming to Rutgers, she worked for a state funded study evaluating the transition of adults with developmental disabilities from institutions into community residences.

Photo Jill Williams

Jill Williams, MD - Consultant
Jill Williams is a Board Certified Addictions Psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of tobacco and other addictions in mentally ill populations. She is an Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Psychiatry. She also holds faculty appointments with the UMDNJ-School of Public Health Tobacco Dependence Program in New Brunswick and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.  Dr. Williams conducts research on smokers with serious mental illnesses including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and was the recipient of a NIDA Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award. Her research examines differences in nicotine intake, cigarette puffing and nicotine cravings in individuals with schizophrenia in hopes that these discoveries will lead better treatments in the future.

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Center of Alcohol Studies
Women's Treatment Project III
607 Allison Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8001