No doubt 2020 has fallen far short of our expectations, bringing enormous challenges that most of us could never have imagined. Even in this adversity, UF CARE faculty and trainees have moved our work forward – THANK YOU.  If you’ve looked through our newsletters over the past months- you’ve seen some of this success—this month is no different.  This month you’ll notice we’re readying for the HOLIDAYs—The Social Committee has planned a great event, perfect for those competitive energies that need some exercise!  Get your team together and sign up. 

Finally, we are thrilled to formally announce that our Annual Symposium will indeed occur this year!  The event will being restructure to better accommodate the Zoom Platform. Look forward to workgroups, data blitzes, keynote lectures, small group networking! 

Wishing you the best – Stay Safe.  -SJN 


UF CARE Holiday Fun! - Pictionary! (Via Zoom)

We hope you can join us for our yearly holiday party on December 2nd at 4 PM.


This year we’ll be playing Pictionary!

Round Up Your Teams Now!


Sign up your teams of between 3 to 5 at this link:

Zoom Meeting:

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Save the Date: UF CARE Annual Symposium, April 20, 2021

The 2021 Annual Symposium will be presented via Zoom.  More details to follow... READ MORE »



John Lee

UF CARE Podcast Affiliate Episode 6, John (Juhan) Lee, Department of Health Education & Behavior

This month affiliate podcast host Victor Schneider is joined by UF CARE Affiliate Member John (Juhan) Lee, a graduate student in the Department of Health Education & Behavior. LISTEN NOW »

Podcast Episode 10: Dr. Daniel Wesson

UF CARE Podcast Episode 10: Dr. Daniel Wesson, UF Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics

UF CARE Member Daniel Wesson, Ph.D. joins podcast host Dr. Oliver Grundmann for this our tenth installment of the UF CARE Podcast. Read more about Dr. Wesson's work here. WATCH NOW »



Recent Recorded Seminars:

UF CARE Recorded Seminar: Dr. Matthew Kirkpatrick, USC Keck School of Medicine

Dr. Matthew Kirkpatrick, USC Keck School of Medicine

Recorded 3:00 PM, November 18, 2020 Watch Now Bio: Matt Kirkpatrick, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Preventive Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is associate director of the USC-Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory (USC-HEAL), which conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection between drug abuse, emotion… WATCH NOW »

Seminar Dr. Susan Ferguson, UW

Susan Ferguson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Washington, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Recorded Seminar from 3:00 PM 10/21/2020 for our monthly UF CARE Seminar Series, this month featuring Dr. Susan Ferguson. WATCH NOW »



Nichole M. Scaglione, PhD, CHES

Assistant Professor

UF Department of Health Education & Behavior

"Dr. Scaglione has over 10 years of experience leading federally-funded (i.e., DoD, CDC, NIH) projects aimed at reducing substance abuse and sexual violence in adolescents and young adults. Her research combines health behavior theory and mobile technologies to examine decision-making processes associated with drinking, drug use, and sexual risk, both globally and at the event level (during specific drinking/substance use occasions). She uses findings from her etiological work to develop and test interventions that target these processes to reduce individual and community risk for sexual violence." - Faculty Profile - CV


COVID-19 Replenishment Awards & Building Networks and Skills Awards

Replenishment Award ($750)

Peter Hamor, UF Department of Psychology, in support of his dissertation project.

Building Networks and Skills Awards ($300)

Carolin Hoeflich, UF Department of Epidemiology, to virtually attend the 20th World Congress of Psychiatry.

Javier Mesa, UF Department of Psychology, to virtually attend the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Global Connectome conference

Giselle Rojas, UF Department of Psychology, to virtually attend the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Global Connectome conference 

Courtney WilkinsonUF Department of Psychology, to virtually attend the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Global Connectome conference 



Grants Funded:

R01 DA049470 (NIDA-NIH) “Opioid and cannabinoid interactions in pain and reward” John Neubert/Rob Caudle are MPIs on this grant.  UF CARE Members Drs. Barry Setlow, Marcelo Febo, Adriaan Bruijnzeel, Christopher McCurdy are co-Is. (NIH Reporter)

Conference / Speaking Engagements:

Dr. Jalie Tucker -  Participated in the NIAAA Recovery Webinar held September 30, 2020 as part of an invited panel of experts who presented research and commentary relevant to NIAAA's recently developed research definition of recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder. The development process conducted during the past year included reviews of research on recovery-based processes and trajectories, prior definitions of recovery, NIAAA statistical analyses, and consultation with over 30 key recovery stakeholders, including recovery-focused researchers, clinicians, and professionals from recovery organizations. The title of her presentation was "Why studying multiple pathways to AUD recovery matters: Lessons learned from natural recovery research." There will be a forthcoming special issue on recovery in the NIAAA journal Alcohol Research: Current Reviews. NIAAA will continue to evaluate and refine the definition based on empirical evidence.

UF CARE Affiliate Member & Trainee News:

John (Juhan) Lee -  Was accepted into the postdoctoral position at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. He is projected to graduate in May 2021.

Meera Rath - Defended her PhD dissertation on 10/20/2020.



(UF CARE Members, Affiliate Members, and Alumni in Bold)

Hamadeh, R. R. Lee, J., Abu-Rmeileh, N. M. E., Kheirallah, K., Mostafa, A., Darawad, M., Yusufali, A., Thomas, J., Salama, M., Nakkash, R., Salloum, R. G. Waterpipe tobacco smoking among university students in four Eastern Mediterranean countries: Gender analyses by smoking patterns, behavior, intention to quit and harm perception. Tobacco Induced Diseases. (Accepted). 

Hernandez, C. M., Orsini, C. A., Blaes, S. L., Bizon, J. L., Febo, M., Bruijnzeel, A. W., & Setlow, B. (in press). Effects of repeated adolescent exposure to cannabis smoke on cognitive outcomes in adulthood. Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Hultgren, B. A., Scaglione, N. M., Buben, A., & Turrisi, R. (2020). Examining congruence between ecological momentary assessments and daily diaries of college student drinking: Implications for prevention. Addictive Behaviors, 106471.

Lewis, B., Price, J.L., Garcia, C.C., Ebner, N.C., Nixon, S.J. (2020). The impact of emotional face stimuli on working memory performance among men and women with alcohol use disorder. Addictive Behaviors, 106731.

Liu, Y., Cheong, J., Setlow, B., & Cottler, L. B. (in press). Cocaine and marijuana polysubstance use and cocaine use disorder; investigating mediated effects through patterns of cocaine use. Journal of Dual Diagnosis.

Ramos, C., Roberts, J.B., Jasso, K.R., Ten Eyck, T. W., Everett, T., Pozo, P., Setlow, B., & McIntyre, J. C. (in press/pre-print). Neuron-specific cilia loss alters locomotor responses to amphetamine. Journal of Neuroscience Research. 

Rath M, Guergues JG, Pinho JPC, Zhang P, Nguyen TG, MacFadyen KA, Peris J, McLaughlin JP, Stevens S M, Liu, B (2020). Chronic voluntary binge ethanol consumption causes sex-specific differences in microglial signaling pathways and withdrawal-associated behaviors in mice. Alcohol.: Clin. Exp. Res. 44: 1791-1806. 

Tucker, J. A., Bacon, J. P., Chandler, S. D., Lindstrom, K., & Cheong, J. (2020). Utility of digital Respondent Driven Sampling to recruit community-dwelling emerging adults for assessment of drinking and related risks. Addictive Behaviors.

Tucker, J. A., Chandler, S. D., & Witkiewitz, K. (in press). Epidemiology of recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder. Alcohol Research: Current Reviews.

Witkiewitz, K., Montes, K. S., Schwebel, F. J., & Tucker, J. A. (2020). What is recovery? A narrative review of definitions of recovery from alcohol use disorder. Alcohol Research: Current Reviews, 40.

Witkiewitz, K., Pearson, M. R., Wilson, A. D., Stein, E. R., Votaw, V. R., Hallgren, K. A., Maisto, S. A., Swan, J. E., Schwebel, F. J., Aldridge, A., Zarkin, G. A., & Tucker, J. A. (2020). Can Alcohol Use Disorder recovery include some heavy drinking? A replication and extension up to nine years following treatment. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 44(9), 1862-1874.