Alcohol Research Center

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Established in 1978, the Alcohol Research Center (ARC) at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine remains the longest-funded center both at UConn and at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a branch of the National Institutes of Health. Funding to the ARC was recently renewed through 2024.

The Center is the first funded by the NIAAA to focus on both the etiology and treatment of alcoholism. Although alcohol research remains the central focus, the ARC now has programs that encompass research on other psychoactive substances (including heroin, marijuana, cocaine), pathological gambling and HIV/AIDS.

Our program is guided by three basic scientific questions:

  • What is the nature of addiction?
  • Why are some individuals more vulnerable to addiction than others?
  • What mechanisms account for the efficacy of various treatments for different types of addicted persons?

Research Studies

Addiction and Substance Abuse*

* Several of the studies listed at this link are funded by the ARC. Others are funded by other grants.


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Principal Investigator and ARC Contact
Lance Bauer, Ph.D.
Psychiatry, School of Medicine
Phone: 860-679-4154

Scientific Directors
Jonathan Covault, M.D., Ph.D.
Psychiatry, School of Medicine

Sheila Alessi, Ph.D.
Calhoun Cardiology Center, School of Medicine

Associate Scientific Directors
Mark Litt, Ph.D.
Behavioral Sciences and Community Health, School of Dental Medicine

Carla Rash, Ph.D.
Calhoun Cardiology Center, School of Medicine

Howard Tennen, Ph.D.
Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine

Kristyn Zajac, Ph.D.
Calhoun Cardiology Center, School of Medicine

Victor Hesselbrock, Ph.D.
Psychiatry, School of Medicine

Grants Management Contact
Ms. Margie Meadows
Psychiatry, School of Medicine

Mailing Address
Margie Meadows
Alcohol Research Center Administrative Office
Department of Psychiatry
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1410