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The Health & Addiction Research Training (H.A.R.T.) Lab is dedicated to improving the health and addiction related outcomes among diverse and at-risk urban populations. We strive to be a resource center for social work, public health, and community based organizations with regards to current research and best clinical prevention and intervention practices.

Persistent use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is a major risk factor for disease, death, and disability within our society. As such, we believe that it is important to understand the reasons why people continue to use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, despite knowing about their detrimental health effects. The increased understanding of the factors that underlie addiction and related health issues will lead to the development of more effective and culturally appropriate innovative interventions within the urban context. Therefore, the overarching mission of the H.A.R.T. Lab is as follows:

  • To investigate factors that lead to excessive use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and factors involved in increased risk for the development of substance use disorders.
  • To develop more effective interventions in the treatment of substance use disorders.
  • To explore the relationship between addiction and health related behaviors among minority at-risk populations.
  • This website provides an overview of the H.A.R.T. Lab, introductions to current researchers and assistants, current and previous research projects, as well as ways to get involved.

The H.A.R.T Lab is the work of Anthony T. Estreet, Ph.D., LCSW-C, LCADC - a proven leader in the field of social work research and practice among diverse urban populations affected by alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.