The Laboratory serves the educational, research and community needs in the field of the psychology of addictions with particularly foci research, prevention, and clinical interventions in the field of substance use, misuse, and dependence.
The Addiction Psychology Laboratory also aims to contribute to:
(a) The education and training of our MSc students by involving them in the research process and in the development and implementation of family, school, and community interventions at the primary and secondary prevention levels (via the student’s diploma thesis).
(b) The development of research protocols and participation in research programs on substance use and abuse and substance dependence.
(c) Apart with the collaboration with OKANA and the Faculty of Medicine, the Laboratory aims to foster strong and enduring research partnerships with universities, institutes, and other laboratories.
Towards these goals, our work in the “Addiction Psychology Laboratory”focuses on developing understanding of the relational mechanisms, implications, and modes of intervention in the use and abuse of drugs. The center of interest of our current work is on families and communities who are confronting the challenges of drug use and abuse.
Currently, in collaboration with OKANA we are launching a project to study the impact of ‘suspicions of drug use’ in the family. The conceptual insights that will be derived from this research will be used to develop culturally sensitive family and community interventions for drug use and abuse reduction in the adolescent, high school, alcohol and marijuana-using populations.
Moreover, this academic year we will collaborate with California State University, Long Beach in training graduate students with respect to family interventions. We will also commence a train-the-trainers project for mental health professionals working in drug addiction and rehabilitation services in OKANA.