Center on Addiction & Behavior Change

The Center on Addiction & Behavior Change (CABC) aims to translate basic research advances in brain and behavioral science into effective prevention, early intervention and treatment of addiction and other behavior disorders. CABC convenes regular seminars in fall and spring semesters, plus an annual symposium.


Picture of Ed LevinEd Levin, PhD, directs the CABC. He is Chief of the Neurobehavioral Research Lab in the Psychiatry Department of Duke University Medical Center. He is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, with secondary Duke appointments in the departments of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Nicholas School of the Environment. His primary research effort is to understand basic neural interactions underlying cognitive function and addiction and to apply this knowledge to better understand cognitive dysfunction and addiction disorders and to develop novel therapeutic treatments.

Affiliated Faculty

CABC brings together faculty from across campus who are interested in addiction and behavior change. Schools of Medicine, Public Policy, and Law are among those represented.                          

CABC 2020-2021 Virtual Seminar Series

Past presentations available on our YouTube channel

Spring 2021 Seminar Series

Wednesdays, Noon to 1 p.m. (virtual)

Login Info: (these meetings will be recorded) Please contact Tyler Lee at for Zoom access

Series contacts:

Ed Levin, Ph.D., CABC;, 919-681-6273

Tyler Lee, DIBS;; 919-613-5025


Title, Speaker, Contact Information

Jan 27

Time Out: Alcohol's Effects on Circadian Rhythms and Sleep

Christina Ruby, Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania Email:

Feb 3

APOE, TBI and voluntary alcohol consumption using the mouse IntelliCage Rebecca Klein, Ph.D., Duke University


Feb 10

Flavors enhance nicotine addiction-related behaviors by altering ventral tegmental area neurons

Brandon Henderson, Ph.D., Marshall University


Feb 17

QuitBet: A Digital Social Game that Pays You to Stop Smoking Funded by a NIDA SBIR Award

Erika Bloom, Ph.D., RAND Corporation Email:

Mar 10

Neural-glial interactions in substance use disorders Staci Bilbo, Ph.D. Duke University


Mar 24

Extinction memory enhancement for cocaine relapse prevention: pharmacological, behavioral and molecular determinants using an animal model of cue exposure therapy

Kathleen Kantak, Ph.D., Boston University Email:

Apr 14

Examining the relationship between mental health services and law enforcement in Durham County

Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, Ph.D., Duke University Email:

Apr 28

Perceived risks of waterpipe tobacco smoking among young adults Isaac Lipkus, Ph.D., Duke University



Fall 2020 Seminar Series

Following is the schedule for the Fall 2020 VIRTUAL series, on Wednesdays, 12-1 p.m.

Picture of CABC Fall 2020 Seminar Schedule









2020 Virtual Annual Research Symposium                                                                       

Substance Use Prevention with Equity: A Community & Neuroscience-Based Approach, Friday, Sept. 25, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Picture of TRY logo

In 2020, CABC and Together for Resilient Youth, created a unique partnership and symposium. TRY is a Durham non-profit organization founded in 2003 and known locally, regionally and nationally for its work in service to the TRY mission: To prevent substance use among youth by reducing community risk factors through education, mobilization, and collaborative action. The virtual event served both as the 2020 CABC Research Symposium and TRY Prevention 2020.  The event took place Friday, Sept. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.         



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