Kate B. Carey, PhD

Professor, Brown University (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research interests include the assessment, treatment, and prevention of alcohol misuse and alcohol-related problems; the co-occurrence of alcohol use with other related risk behaviors; and the influence of alcohol use on mental health outcomes. I conduct randomized controlled trials that evaluate the efficacy of brief interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm in individuals outside of traditional treatment settings. One active research area involves studying psychological factors that affect the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs by college students, including the use of brief motivational interventions to reduce risks and to prevent harm related to drinking and identification of mediators and moderators of intervention-related change. Other active projects involve group-based and media-based brief intervention for individuals in the community who engage in heavy alcohol use and risky sexual behaviors. I am currently collaborating with Seth Kalichman from InCHIP/UConn, and colleagues from the South African Human Sciences Research Council and the University of the Western Cape, to investigate interventions designed to reduce alcohol use, intimate partner violence, and sexual risk among men frequenting shebeens in the townships outside Cape Town.


1980 B.S., Psychology, St. Lawrence University
1982 M.A., Cognitive Psychology, Vanderbilt University
1985 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University
1984 – 1985 Clinical Psychology Internship, Vanderbilt University
1985 – 1986 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine, Brown University

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressBrown University
Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies
Box G-S121-5
Providence, RI 02912