Associate Director

The Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research (CAPER) within the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying the development and maintenance of addictive behaviors and their co-occurring psychological conditions, including mood, anxiety and personality disorders. To accomplish these cross-cutting goals, CAPER is comprised of a multidisciplinary team with expertise in the domains of clinical and counseling psychology, as well as social and decisional sciences.

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CAPER also holds active collaborations with top local, national, and international research teams focused on the genetic and neurobehavioral underpinnings of addictive behaviors. As a result, CAPER supports state of the art bio-behavioral research with rigorous experimental designs. As a true translational research Center, CAPER also blends this basic process research with efforts to develop novel assessment and behavioral intervention approaches that work in real world community settings, from residential drug treatment centers for low income adolescents and adults to underserved international regions including Kurdistan Iraq.

CAPER and the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program were awarded a NIDA pre-doctoral fellowship training grant. For details, see here.

Derek Iwamoto received a NIDA Minority Faculty Supplement Award.

CAPER undergraduates and research assistants were admitted into the following clinical psychology graduate programs this past year: Arizona State University, Emory University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Tech University, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Kentucky, University of Mississippi, and Vanderbilt University.

Laura MacPherson was awarded a Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS) to treat smoking among heroin and cocaine users in residential substance use treatment.

CAPER faculty and graduate students have presented research and provided clinical trainings in the past year in several international locations including Cyprus, France, Romania, St. Maarten, and Turkey.

CAPER was awarded seed funding from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Maryland to prepare a P01 Center Grant. This seed funding will support basic animal research examining neural pathways to addiction in conjunction with Jens Heberholz and Matt Roesch.

Elizabeth Reynolds is completing her internship at the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium.

Gaye Bugenhagen received the 2011 Outstanding Staff Award from the University of Maryland College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Angela Lee, a CAPER research assistant, has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study in the Netherlands for 9 months.

Affective Vulnerabilities in Smoking Cessation

Risk Taking Processes

Clinical Applications of Behavioral Activation

Personality and Social Contextual Factors Underlying Substance Use

Relationship of Gender and Cultural Factors to the Development of Substance Use and Mental Health

Personality Pathology

Drug Use and Anxiety among Low Income Substance Users

Mentorship and Professional Development
Participate in a Smoking Research Study.