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Public Relations:Jennifer Nachbur (802) 656-7875
Specialty:cocaine dependence treatment; maternal smoking cessation; drug abuse; behavioral pharmacology; stimulant-alcohol combinations' effects
Biography:Higgins is professor of psychiatry and psychology. He co-directs the Substance Abuse Treatment Center and Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory. He is principal investigator for a NIDA (NIH)-funded study on the effectiveness of a voucher-based incentive system to get new and pregnant mothers to quit smoking. His clinical and research interests include drug abuse, cocaine dependence, behavior therapy/applied behavior analysis, behavioral pharmacology, treatment of cocaine dependence, behavioral and cardiac effects of stimulant-alcohol combinations. In addition to the NIDA funded study, he has been principal investigator, investigator or sponsor on 15 grants from organizations such as National Institute on Drug Abuse and Eli Lilly and Company. Author of over 300 articles, book chapters, abstracts, etc., Higgins' books include: "Treating Cocaine Dependence: A Community Reinforcement Plus Vouchers Approach" (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1998, co-author); and "Motivating Behavior Change in Illicit-Drug Abusers: Contemporary Research on Contingency-Management Interventions" (American Psychological Association, 1999, co-editor).