Dr. Longabaugh, a social and clinical psychologist, is a professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Brown Medical School, which he joined at its inception in 1972. Dr. Longabaugh became the associate director of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS) in 1986 in order to develop the Center's research mission. During this period he directed numerous studies of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of alcohol treatment, funded primarily by the NIAAA, as well as assisting other CAAS colleagues in the development of their research ideas. He also provided the leadership for the Center's postdoctoral training program in alcohol treatment/intervention research from its inception in 1986 until 2000 and was awarded a Sharon Chauncey Fellowship Award by CAAS for his leadership of the program when he resigned his position. Over 50 fellows graduated from the program during this period. Many have now achieved leadership positions in the field.
A recognized leader in alcohol treatment research, Dr. Longabaugh has served regularly on NIAAA advisory committees; notably, he was the first chair for the scientific advisory group (IRG) on alcohol treatment and clinical research. Dr. Longabaugh, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, has published over 249 research articles and books and in 1999 received the Dan Anderson Research Award from the Hazelden Foundation for his research contribution to the recovery process.
Since 2000, Dr. Longabaugh has reduced his research effort to half time. He continues as co-investigator on four ongoing studies and is collaborating with and assisting more junior colleagues at Brown and elsewhere in the preparation of new grant applications related to his research program on mechanisms of change in behavioral treatments. He continues to serve on advisory panels and review committees for NIAAA. Most recently he participated in NIAAA's Consultant Group Meeting on a "Mechanisms of Behavior Change Initiative". Dr. Longabaugh plans to remain at the Center in a part-time capacity until his research agenda is completed.