Welcome to CDAS
The Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies was established at the University of Delaware in 1991 to facilitate collaborative research and publication on substance abuse among social and behavioral science faculty, professional staff, and graduate students. Administratively housed in the university’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, the Center is funded entirely through sponsored research grants and contracts. The Center provides a national research focus as well as service to the State of Delaware.
The principal mission of the Center for Drug and Alcohol Studies is the production, dissemination, and utilization of scientific knowledge in substance abuse and other health risk behaviors among hard-to-reach populations of youth and adults. Areas of interest include
- The etiology, patterns and consequences and prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse;
- The epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, and the prevention of such infections among high risk populations;
- The prevalence and patterns of health risk behaviors among adolescents and young adults.
Other Center objectives include:
- Training graduate and undergraduate students in health risk and substance abuse behavior research and associated quantitative and qualitative methods;
- Serving as a substance abuse and health risk behavior research information repository for students and colleagues seeking statistical and ethnographic data for secondary analysis;
- Providing technical assistance to colleagues and local agency personnel seeking grant support for prevention and treatment programs;
- Sponsoring lecture and colloquia series, workshops, and conferences for members of the professional community, University staff and students, and the public at large.