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Center for Family Studies
The Center for Family Studies (CFS) in the Department of Psychiatry is a close collaborator with the CDRC. The CFS has received NIH funding to study drug use, treatment, and intervention among adolescents and their families, particularly Hispanic youth. The Director of CFS is Dr. Jose Szapocznik. The Florida Clinical Trials Network for Drug Abuse Treatment. which is part of the National Clinical Trials Network, is housed in the CFS. Drs. Szapocznik and McCoy serve as co-Principal Investigators on this project.

Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse
The Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse (CTRADA), directed by Howard Liddle, Ph.D., was originally founded in 1991 at Temple University with the overarching goal to conduct psychosocial treatment research on adolescent drug abuse. The creation of the University of Miami CTRADA was based on a foundation of collaborative clinical and empirical work done at Temple University. CTRADA’s mission is to create a scientific climate of discovery and rigor that will facilitate the expansion of knowledge in adolescent drug abuse treatment through basic and applied studies.

Community-Based Health Services Research Center
The CDRC has achieved national visibility as one of only two federally funded centers for community-based health services research with chronic drug users. The Miami research team has developed community-based intervention strategies to improve access to health services for chronic drug users. The health services research done at the CDRC has important public health implications and a direct impact on public health. Dr. McCoy serves as Director of the Health Services Research Center.

Drug Prevention Studies
Members of the CDRC faculty currently are serving as statewide and local evaluators for national prevention efforts targeting youth and their families.   One such program is the State of Florida's State Incentive Grant to lower levels of alcohol and drug use by youth, especially marijuana. The CDRC also is collaborating with the Department of Children and Families to evaluate drug prevention activities funded under the federal block grant and is working with the Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community to develop the Research Information Center (RIC), a multi-media information network. Dr. Lee Crandall heads these efforts.

Drug Use and Related Consequences in Rural and Migrant Populations
For the past 15 years significant research programs have been conducted in rural and migrant populations in Belle Glade and Immokalee, Florida and in areas as far as Delaware and Michigan. The research is modeled on that conducted in our Miami facilities utilizing infrastructure from our main offices, establishing similar outreach and assessment, interviewing, and intervention procedures off site, but carrying out the data processing, analyses and writing in Miami.

Ethnological and Qualitative Research
Qualitative and ethnological studies have been a major focus of the center for more than 25 years with Dr. J. Bryan Page directing those efforts for more than 20 years. Areas of ethnological and qualitative research include drug injection practices, investigation of shooting galleries and crack houses, Haitian gangs, homelessness, crack use, and prostitution.

Evaluation of Drug Treatment Programs
CDRC members have been involved in evaluating drug treatment efforts since the inception of the center.  Currently, CDRC is evaluating programs for women and children in Florida and Georgia to determine the effectiveness of residential substance abuse treatment as a means of increasing physical, social, psychological, and economic well being to women, children and families affected by substance abuse and residing in public housing.

Florida Tobacco Control Program
The Florida Tobacco Control Program is a cutting edge intervention program designed to help Florida’s youth live tobacco-free.  The program, which is run from the Department of Health in Tallahassee, includes interventions in education/training, media/communications, youth and community partnerships, and enforcement. The evaluation is coordinated through the Research and Evaluation Coordinating Center.

Health Economics Center
The Economics Research Group (ERG) is part of the Health Services Research Center of the University of Miami, and conducts research on a variety of health and human resource-related topics, such as the economics of substance abuse treatment and prevention, HIV/AIDS, criminal justice programs, workplace policies and program, cancer treatment and prevention, and mental health.

Miami Cares-Miami Community AIDS Research and Evaluation Studies

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Social Medical Sciences Research Group
The Socio-Medical Sciences Research Group (SMSRG), directed by Dr. Lisa Metsch, conducts epidemiological, social, behavioral, anthropological, and policy research that addresses the health and psychosocial needs of medically underserved populations. Research studies are both community and clinically based and draw on expertise in the social, psychological, and clinical sciences. Research projects primarily focus on HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment, substance abuse policy, and women's health.

Projects include Project HOPE, Moving Substance Users from Welfare to Work in the State of Florida: the Impact of Welfare Reform and Drug Treatment, National Surveillance of HIV Risk and Prevention Behaviors of Men Who Have Sex with Men, ARTAS Expansion, Project Inspire, Project SHARE, Project TEAM, Project ARTAS and Project Smile.

Sociology Research Center
The Sociology Research Center under the direction of Dr. Dale Chitwood has been implementing and conducting epidemiological and intervention studies among injection drug users and heroin sniffers since the early 1980's.  A current project emanating from the Sociology Research Center is an evaluation of two distinct interventions to determine which is more efficacious in preventing heroin sniffers from progressing to heroin injection.

Virological and other infections among chronic drug users became central to our studies with the epidemic of HIV among chronic drug users in the mid ‘80s.  Basic scientists, therefore, became major collaborators contributing molecular epidemiology, viral replication and regulation studies, and other important scientific techniques and methodologies to practically every HIV study since the advent of HIV studies at CDRC.  Also, important studies of cocaethylene and cocaine have been carried out among diverse populations. 

Welfare to Work Health Policy Study
In collaboration with the State of Florida Substance Abuse Office of the Department of Children and Families and the State of Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, the aim of this project is to link several statewide databases to examine the impact of drug treatment in moving substance abusers from welfare to work.