The Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry hereby applies on behalf of Timothy J. O'Farrell for an Independent Scientist Award (KO2) from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The overall aim of the proposed Research Career Award (RCA) is to free the candidate from clinical and administrative duties so that he may devote nearly full-time to continue and develop further his programmatic research on family treatment and family processes among individuals with alcoholism and other drug problems. Family-involved treatments for alcohol and drug problems have substantial evidence for their effectiveness as documented in recent reviews. Family processes affect and are affected by the course and treatment outcome of addictions, and processes within families troubled by addiction are linked to some of our most urgent societal problems. This application has three specific aims: (1) the aim for research on family treatment is to complete two projects on behavioral marital therapy (BMT) for alcoholics and to initiate work on promising new areas in family treatment research; and the aims for research on family processes are to extend to broader treatment samples the candidate's more recent work on (2) domestic violence, and on (3) expressed emotion as a predictor of relapse. Career development activities will include: intensive learning with leading experts about specific new areas involved in the research planned under this RCA; a visit each year with a senior scientist at a leading research center about how the senior scientist has developed and maintained a productive environment for research; coursework and consultation in health services research and in family and developmental psychology research; and a course on the responsible conduct of research.

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O'Farrell, Timothy J; Schreiner, Amy; Schumm, Jeremiah et al. (2016) Do outcomes after behavioral couples therapy differ based on the gender of the alcohol use disorder patient? Addict Behav 54:46-51
Rounsaville, Daniel; O'Farrell, Timothy J; Andreas, Jasmina Burdzovic et al. (2014) Children's exposure to parental conflict after father's treatment for alcoholism. Addict Behav 39:1168-71
Schumm, Jeremiah A; O'Farrell, Timothy J; Andreas, Jasmina Burdzovic (2012) Behavioral Couples Therapy When Both Partners Have a Current Alcohol Use Disorder. Alcohol Treat Q 30:407-421
O'Farrell, Timothy J; Murphy, Marie; Alter, Jane et al. (2010) Behavioral family counseling for substance abuse: a treatment development pilot study. Addict Behav 35:1-6
Fals-Stewart, William; O'Farrell, Timothy J; Lam, Wendy K K (2009) Behavioral couple therapy for gay and lesbian couples with alcohol use disorders. J Subst Abuse Treat 37:379-87
Watkins, Laura E; O'Farrell, Timothy J; Suvak, Michael K et al. (2009) Parenting satisfaction among fathers with alcoholism. Addict Behav 34:610-2
Andreas, Jasmina Burdzovic; O'Farrell, Timothy J (2009) Alcoholics Anonymous attendance following 12-step treatment participation as a link between alcohol-dependent fathers' treatment involvement and their children's externalizing problems. J Subst Abuse Treat 36:87-100
Schumm, Jeremiah A; O'Farrell, Timothy J; Murphy, Christopher M et al. (2009) Partner violence before and after couples-based alcoholism treatment for female alcoholic patients. J Consult Clin Psychol 77:1136-46
Stuart, Gregory L; O'Farrell, Timothy J; Temple, Jeff R (2009) Review of the association between treatment for substance misuse and reductions in intimate partner violence. Subst Use Misuse 44:1298-317
O'Farrell, Timothy J; Murphy, Marie; Alter, Jane et al. (2008) Brief family treatment intervention to promote continuing care among alcohol-dependent patients in inpatient detoxification: a randomized pilot study. J Subst Abuse Treat 34:363-9

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