In the U.S., alcohol and drug use is the third leading preventable cause of death. Substance use is costly to society, and has a significant impact on health and social problems. The need for substance abuse research in the State of Texas is underscored by our alarmingly high statewide rate of alcohol-related motor vehicle fatalities – a rate which exceeds that of all other large population states. Faculty at the UNTHSC have conducted significant research into the causes of and solutions to substance use, particularly among young people and those in the criminal justice system.
Dr. Barnett’s research focuses on e-cigarette and hookah use among adolescents and young adults, and tobacco cessation interventions for adults.
Dr. Livingston has examined how state-level alcohol taxes affect a diverse set of alcohol-related health outcomes, and has served as statistician for an intervention trial to prevent alcohol use among youth residing in the Cherokee nation. Dr. Thombs has documented predictors and patterns of alcohol consumption among intoxicated bar patrons. Dr. Walters has conducted a range of studies examining predictors of substance use among young people and those in the criminal justice system, and has developed in-person and web-based interventions for a variety of high-risk populations.
This page was last modified on February 10, 2017