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Mental Health

Substance Use Epidemiology

Substance use disorders are among a leading cause of disability in the world, and improved strategies to reduce their burden are needed. The substance use epidemiology faculty in the Department of Mental Health conduct research that advances our understanding of the etiology and epidemiology of substance use; develops, implements, and evaluates interventions to prevent substance use; critically examines substance use disorder services and systems of care to improve outcomes, and investigates policies relevant to drug control and substance use disorder treatment. Recent scientific advances in genomics, brain imaging and informatics present new opportunities for accelerating the discovery and translation of findings into public health gains.