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Addiction Studies Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 42.0101 Psychology, General)

Department of Psychology

283 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4110

Jennifer P. Read

Alexis Thompson
Director, Addiction Studies Minor

Micheal L. Dent
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Christa M. Greenberg
Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies / Senior Academic Advisor

Wendy J. Quinton
Director, Psychology Honors Program

Associated Subjects

Why study Addiction Studies Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

  • Addiction affects every level of American society, and also requires responses at every level—from individual treatment of people with addiction to collective action to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms of drug commerce, drug use, and drug policing.
  • UB’s Minor in Addiction Studies is unique in drawing from experts from many different disciplines—medical, humanities, legal, social sciences, and more—to provide multi-perspective training in addiction and related issues.
  • The program has been designed for all students whose interests and career goals involve addiction at any level:
    • It provides a foundation for students headed toward careers in the identification, management, and treatment of addictive behaviors (e.g., Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor/CASAC certification).
    • It provides a strong, evidence-based understanding of the medical and social dimensions of addiction for students pursuing careers where addiction is an important issue (e.g., medicine, law enforcement, journalism, human resources, etc.).

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Addiction Studies Minor, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic elements of scientific inquiry into addiction.
  • Describe and explain social, psychological, and biological etiology and pathways of addiction based on the latest evidence-based research.
  • Evaluate the effects of addiction on physical and mental health; on individual, family, work, and social functioning; and on communities and society more broadly.
  • Recognize and apply the basic elements of evidence-based addiction treatment modalities and practice.
  • Analyze the social and historical origins of addiction crises, and evidence-based collective responses to addiction as a social crisis.

The Learning Environment

  • The Addiction Studies Minor features:
    • Courses across the University to take advantage of our multidisciplinary expertise.
    • A number of smaller classes for in-depth, engaged learning.
    • Opportunities for undergraduate research.
  • Introduction to Substance Use and Abuse (PSY 121) and Alcohol and Other Drugs in American History (HIS 240) showcase the origins of, responses to, and consequences of addiction as well as the wide-ranging impact of substance use and abuse across disciplines. 
  • 300- and 400-level courses increase knowledge in specific areas of addiction (e.g., biological, psychological, social, and societal).

About Our Facilities

  • Fully equipped research labs allow faculty and students to conduct a wide variety of research.
  • Research facilities downtown include the Clinical and Research for Institute on Addictions, and the Center for Translational Research.
  • Conference rooms in Park Hall are used for small group meetings and seminars.
  • A computer lab on the 4th floor of Park Hall offers specialized statistical software.
  • The James R. Sawusch PhD Psychology Undergraduate Resource Center in 282 Park Hall is a meeting place and general study area for all students.

About Our Faculty

  • The minor spans five departments across UB:
    • College of Arts & Sciences: Psychology, History, Sociology
    • School of Education: Counseling, School & Educational Psychology
    • Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Faculty specializations include all aspects of the study of addiction science, including the identification, management, and treatment of addictive behaviors.
  • Faculty conduct research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Faculty members serve as editors for leading journals and as officers in professional organizations.  
  • Core faculty teach the majority of undergraduate courses.  Approximately one-third of undergraduate courses are taught by highly qualified adjunct faculty or graduate instructors.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the following websites for additional information about faculty teaching courses for this minor.

Counseling, School, & Educational Psychology  website
History website
Pharmacology and Toxicology website
Psychology website
Sociology website

Career Outlook

There is great need for certified substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in the Western New York region and nationwide. Many careers involve engagement with issues of addiction, and thus expertise in this field can improve student marketability, for example, in government; journalism; human resources; law enforcement; social work; psychology/counseling; medicine; nursing; etc.

Academic Advising

Students' connection to advisors is a top priority

  • College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Student Advisement and Services provides educational planning and advisement on the adjustment to university life.
  • The Department of Psychology is the home department for the Addiction Studies Minor, and it provides individual consultations, faculty-led presentations, and student workshops on educational opportunities, career planning, and applying to graduate school and professional programs.
  • Senior Academic Advisor for Psychology is available in person Monday through Friday (no appointment needed) and by email
  • Meeting with an academic advisor at least once per semester is recommended.

Academic Advising Contact Information

CAS Student Advisement and Services
275 Park Hall, University at Buffalo, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
CASSAS website

Senior Academic Advisor for Psychology/Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies
Christa M. Greenberg
283 Park Hall, University at Buffalo, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-0205
Email Christa Greenberg
Department of Psychology Website

Scholarships and Financial Support

Addiction Studies minors qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources:

Associated Subjects

Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:49:26