CSWR Advisory Council

CSWR is committed to providing its investigators with pre- and post-award research administration support based on a proactive “client services” model. The role of the CSWR Advisory Council is to provide guidance and share expertise on processes and “best practices” for excellence in departmental research administration.  Advisory council members may also provide mentoring for investigators applying for federal and large-scale funding. Individuals are invited to serve on the CSWR Advisory Council based on their depth of experience and success in managing large, complex research units in a university setting.

Current members of the CSWR Advisory Council include:

Gerard Connors, CSWR Advisory Council Gerard J. Connors, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist (and formerly Director) of the Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) at the University at Buffalo. Founded in 1970, RIA currently hosts over 35 federally funded studies in a broad research portfolio that encompasses biological and neuroscience research, post-doctoral training, and social, behavioral, and treatment research on alcohol, drug, and gambling addictions. RIA is also home to the Clinical Research Center, an alcoholism and substance abuse treatment program designed specifically for clinical research. Dr. Connors’ research interests include treatment outcome evaluation, treatment process, relapse, and secondary prevention of alcohol problems. He is an investigator on multiple NIAAA-funded projects examining issues such as mechanisms of change, the application of mindfulness-based stress reduction in the treatment of alcohol dependence, and the relationship of the therapeutic alliance to treatment involvement and outcome. Dr. Connors is fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions of Clinical Psychology and Addictions), and has co-authored numerous scientific articles, books, and book chapters, including Substance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change and the sixth edition of Drug Use and Abuse.

Carrie Randall, CSWR Advisory Council

Carrie Randall, Ph.D., was Director of the Charleston Alcohol Research Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) for over 16 years and the founding director of MUSC’s Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs. The Charleston Alcohol Research Center is  one of fifteen centers supported by NIAAA and the only Center that includes both basic science and clinical research projects that focus specifically on alcohol treatment and implications for treatment.  She is a Distinguished University Professor at MUSC with dual appointment as Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and in the Department of Neurosciences. Dr. Randall transitioned from a successful career in basic science investigating the consequences of drinking during pregnancy on fetal growth and development to a career focused for the past 18 years on clinical research. While her general research interest is in treatment for alcohol problems, especially in women, her specific research expertise is in the comorbidity of alcohol problems and social anxiety disorder. Her numerous awards include the Research Society on Alcoholism’s Distinguished Research Award, the Henry Rosett Award for her contributions to fetal alcohol syndrome research, AMERSA’s Betty Ford award, and the Mark Keller Award bestowed by the NIAAA for significant and long-term contributions to the field of alcohol abuse and alcoholism research.  Dr. Randall devotes a great deal of her time to mentoring the next generation of clinical researchers.