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Primary Investigators

Stephen T. Higgins, Ph.D., (Training Grant P.I. and Co-Director) is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology.

John R. Hughes, M.D., (Co-Director) is a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Family Practice.

Diann E. Gaalema, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry.

Sarah  H. Heil, Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry.

Stacey C. Sigmon, Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of The Chittenden Center, Vermont's only methadone clinic.


The HBPL is located in Burlington, a metropolitan area with a population of approximately 100,000.  Burlington provides a full range of cultural, social, and outdoor activities such as skiing, (4 resorts within 1 hour), hiking, frequent and diverse musical entertainment (e.g. The Mozart Festival and the Reggae Festival).  Vermont was acclaimed by National Geographic as one of the 4 most beautiful pastoral settings in the world.  Burlington is served by an international airport.  Montreal is located 2 hours north of Burlington while Boston is 3 hours southeast.  Burlington is nestled between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont.


Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory (HBPL):  This facility of 6,000 sq. ft., is located adjacent to the University of Vermont (UVM) campus in Burlington and is the site for laboratory research in drug self-administration, drug discrimination, and the direct effects of drugs and for treatment studies for smoking cessation.

Substance Abuse Treatment Center (SATC): 
This facility of 2,900 sq. ft., is also located adjacent to the UVM campus, and is our site for the development and testing of scientifically-based behavioral and pharmacological treatments for cocaine and opioid dependence as well as smoking cessation for pregnant women.  For additional information on the Substance Abuse Treatment Center.

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