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Welcome to the HAPPY Lab!

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We are dedicated to understanding the effects of drugs and alcohol on the brain and behavior.

Our research is strongly committed to understanding the biological reasons why some people may be protected against developing problematic substance use while others are not.

Our Research

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At the HAPPY lab, we examine how psychoactive substances influence a person's mood, their behavior and physiology​

We examine the factors that influence the transition from recreational drug use to more hazardous use

Studies that administer drugs or alcohol in a carefully controlled research setting are vital to understanding basic brain functions and to learn more about how substance use disorders develop

Under the guidelines of:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) 

National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse (NACDA)

for the safe and ethical administration of drugs and alcohol to fully screened volunteers.

Drug and Alcohol Research News

September is National Suicide Awareness Month

Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation. If you or someone you know may be having thoughts of suicide or are facing emotional distress, reach out to 988 for 24/7 confidential support.

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