RARC’s Center Spotlight Series: Rutgers Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies
Led by Director Dr. Denise Hien, Senior Vice Provost for Research, Chancellor’s Office, Rutgers-New Brunswick; Helen E. Chaney Endowed Chair in Alcohol Studies and Distinguished Professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). CAS is a multidisciplinary institute dedicated to substance use research, education, and training. Their collaborations intersect with key translational health domains, broadening impact in the field of addiction science. Learn more alcoholstudies.rutgers.edu


Interview with Keith Murphy from Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
Keith Murphy, LPC, LCADC, is the director of the Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) for Rutgers Student Health Services. In his present role as a Recovery Counselor, Keith has been tasked to help the students in the College Recovery Program develop skills for recovery and life in college and beyond. As a member of the Rutgers counseling staff, Keith has the privilege of seeing students flourish and become world-changers.

Interview with Michael Litterer from the Institute for Prevention and Recovery
Michael Litterer, CHES, CPS, is the Vice President, Prevention and Recovery at RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery. Michael oversees all programs and services implemented at IFPR by a team of highly skilled and incredibly passionate staff of professionals.

Interview with Alexis LaPietra about Addiction Medicine at RWJBarnabas Health
Alexis LaPietra, DO, FACEP, is the System Director of Addiction Medicine for the Emergency and Hospitalist Medicine Service line at RWJBarnabas Health in NJ. Dr. LaPietra and her dedicated team are at the forefront, driving the integration of Addiction Medicine programming—from the emergency department to inpatient units and beyond.

Interview with Sonia Rodrigues about School and Community-Based Programs at UBHC
Sonia Rodrigues is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LCADC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). She is the Senior Director of School and Community Based Programs at Rutgers Health -University Behavioral Health Care which provides professional development and intensive mental health programs to youth and families in public, private and out of district school settings.

Interview with Lewis Nelson about Department of Emergency Medicine the Division of Medical Toxicology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and University Hospital in Newark
Dr. Nelson is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Division of Medical Toxicology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. He was a member of the Core Expert Group for the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines and Chair of the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee. He has participated in the development of several opioid stewardship programs at his institutions and others.


Interview with Petros Levounis about Treating Addiction in Psychiatry at Rutgers NJMS
Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., serves as professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and associate dean for professional development at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is the chief of service at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. He is also President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Interview with Caitlin Simpson about Addiction Programing at UBHC
Caitlin Simpson, DSW, LCSW, LCADC , is the Senior Director of Addiction Services at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. The Addictions Services Programs offered through Rutgers UBHC provide comprehensive clinical care designed to meet the specific needs of each individual. Grounded in evidenced based practice, integrative medicine, wellness, and a compassionate trauma-informed approach; their care model provides every aspect of support and therapeutic interventions to address the whole person. They strive to support their clients on a journey of recovery, health, and personal growth.