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Lynda Stein Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Dr. Stein was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS) from 2000-2006. She is currently an adjunct Professor at Brown and is also Professor of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Stein received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Kent State University with an emphasis in forensic psychology, completed her internship at the Medical College of Virginia, and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at CAAS. Her primary research areas include substance abuse and other risky behaviors in persons involved in the justice and mental health systems, treatment outcome studies, and assessment. She has been PI or Co-I on several federally-funded grants focused on assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults involved in social service settings. These include randomized clinical trials on treatment engagement, treatment mechanisms, reduction of risky sexual behaviors and crime, group processes, and implementation science. She has served as Director of Juvenile Forensic Psychology Training at Brown University and is Director of Research at the Rhode Island Training School. 

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

Please see Curriculum Vitae

research statement

1) Research in justice and other social service settings.
2) Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 12-Step Facilitation, Psycho-Ed, and Meditation to treat substance use and other problem behaviors in adults and youth
3) Enhancement of services use and treatment engagement
4) Group processes
5) Family interventions
6) Assessment development
7) Systems change and implementation research
8) Sample bias and response bias

funded research

“Motivational Interviewing for Incarcerated Teens (R01 DA-13375).” National Institute on Drug Abuse, $1.26 million. Terms: August, 2000 – July, 2006. PI – Stein.

 “Motivational Interviewing for Incarcerated Teens (Competitive Supplement; R01 DA-13375).” National Institute on Drug Abuse, $186,000. Terms: August, 2002 – July, 2006. PI – Stein.

“Continuity of Care for Drug-Addicted Offenders in RI (U01 DA-016191).” National Institute on Drug Abuse, $599,000. Terms: October, 2002 – September, 2007. PI – Friedmann; Co-I – Stein.

“Mechanisms Relating Conduct Disorder and Drug Abuse (R21 DA-016904).” National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institute of Mental Health, $465,500. Terms: July, 2003 – June, 2006. PI – Miranda, R.; Co-I – Stein.

“Juvenile Forensic Psychology Training Program (DCYF-LS2).” Department of Children Youth and Families of Rhode Island, $674,000. Terms: August, 2003 – July, 2008. PI – Stein.

 “Motivation and Skills for THC/ETOH+ Teens in Jail (R01 DA-018851).” National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism, $3,401,064. Terms: September, 2004 – August, 2011. PI – Stein.

 “An Affect Management Intervention for Juvenile Offenders (R21 DA-019245).” National Institute on Drug Abuse, $375,000. Terms: October, 2004 – September, 2006. PI – Brown; Co-I – Stein.

“Partner-Specific HIV Risk Reduction for Drug Using Incarcerated Adolescents (R01 DA-022921).” National Institute on Drug Abuse, $196,133. Terms: April, 2007 – March, 2011. PI – Rosengard; Co-I – Stein.

“Motivation & Skills for Detained Teen Smokers (R01 DA-020731).” National Institute on Drug Abuse, $3,000,000. Terms: Sept, 2007 – August, 2012. PI – Stein.

“MI:  Empowering Women to Make Contraceptive Choices While Incarcerated (R01 HD054890).”  National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, $1,484,579.  Terms:  June, 2008 – May, 2013.  PI – Clarke; Co-I – Stein.

"Sustaining Tobacco Abstinence Post-Release in Smoke-Free Jails (1R01DA024093)."  National Institute on Drug Abuse, $910,000.  Terms:  Aug, 2009 - July, 2011.  PI-J. Clark, Co-I – Stein.

“Continuum of Care for Drug-Involved Offenders (U01DA016191).”  National Institutes on Drug Abuse, $3,853,647.  Terms:  April, 2009 – March, 2014.  Co-PI - Stein.

 “MI:  Empowering Girls to Make Contraceptive Choices While on Probation (R01HD065942).”  National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, $3,476,000.  Terms:  September, 2011 – June, 2016.  PI-Stein.

"Alcohol Screening & Brief Intervention: Filling the Gap (R01AA-021855)."  National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, $3,231,896.  Terms:  September, 2012 - August, 2017.  PI-Stein.

“Promoting Diversity in Health-Related Research (R01HD065942).”  National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, $130,000.  Terms:  January, 2014 – December, 2016.  Mentor/PI-Stein; Trainee-Hill.

“Healthy Transitions (SM061885).”  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, $5,000,000.  Terms:  Oct., 2014 - Sept, 2019.  PI-Linda Mahoney, RI Dept. of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH); Co-I Stein.

 “State Youth Treatment Planning (SM026039).”  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, $50,000.  Terms:  Sept.,2015 - Sept, 2017.  PI-Trisha Suggs, RI-BHDDH; Evaluator-Stein.

“A Text-Message Personalized Normative Feedback Intervention for 21st Birthday Drinking (F31AA024358),” National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, $38,481.  Terms:  April, 2016 – March, 2017.  Sponsor Stein.

“Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SM16007).”  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, $6,300,000.  Terms:  May, 2016 – May, 2021.  PI-Michelle Brophy, RI Dept. of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals; Co-I Stein.