Ongoing since 2011

Principal Investigators: Lisa Fortuna, M.D. and Michelle Porche, Ed.D.

Funded by the Peter F. McManus Charitable Trust through the University of Massachusetts Medical School

This study examines the influence of gender, adversity, and social learning on the development of drug and alcohol-use patterns in a sample of adolescents undergoing in-patient treatment for drug and/or alcohol abuse.


Mixed qualitative and quantitative research methods will be used to examine variations in the trajectories and narratives of adolescents with a range of drug-use severity and primary drug of choice/addiction. Results will provide a foundation for a larger federally funded project that will assist in the development of gender-specific considerations and adaptations to existing treatment and prevention models for substance abuse and related psychosocial and mental health risk factors.