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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 system, 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 the justice system. These include randomized clinical trials to increase treatment engagement, mechanisms relating conduct disorder and drug abuse, use of family interventions, reduction of risky sexual behaviors and crime, group processes, and implementation research. In addition, she has initiated two postdoctoral fellowships in juvenile forensic psychology at CAAS, funded by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) in partnership with the Rhode Island Training School (RITS), a local juvenile detention facility. She has served as Director of Juvenile Forensic Psychology Training at Brown University and is the Director of Research at the Rhode Island Training School.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

Please see Lynda Stein's 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)." NIDA, $599,000. Terms: November, 2002 – March, 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, $337,000. Terms: August, 2003 – July, 2008. PI – Stein.

"An Affect Management Intervention for Juvenile Offenders (R21 DA-019245)." NIDA, $375,000. Terms: October, 2004 – September, 2006. PI – Brown; Co-I – Stein.

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

"Partner-Specific HIV Risk Reduction for Drug Using Incarcerated Adolescents." National Institute on Drug Abuse, $196,133 (R01 DA-022921). Terms: April, 2007 – March, 2012. PI – Rosengard; Co-I – Stein.

"Motivation & Skills for Detained Teen Smokers (R01 DA-DA020731)." National Institute on Drug Abuse, $3,776,805. Terms: September, 2007 – August, 2013. 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.

"Continuum of Care for Drug-Involved Offenders (3U01DA016191-06A1)." National Institutes on Drug Abuse, $3,853,647. Terms: April, 2009 – March, 2014. Co-PI - 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.

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