Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Overview

Dr. Abrantes' research interests have focused on two general areas: 1) improving treatment outcomes of individuals with addictive behaviors and 2) increasing physical activity among individuals with mental health problems  -- with an emphasis on the use of technology to support interventions. Her current studies involve examining exercise for smoking cessation among smokers with depression, a Fitbit physical activity intervention for depressed alcohol dependent women, development of a tailored smartphone physical activity app for alcohol dependent patients, tDCS for increasing exercise adherence in depressed individuals, development of a peer-facilitated physical activity intervention delivered in the context of methadone maintenance, development of a smartphone app to help opioid dependent patients discontinue buprenorphine, and tDCS for decreasing opioid relapse.

Brown Affiliations