Spit for Science Seeks Undergraduate Research Assistants for Spring 2021
October 14, 2020
Spit for Science is seeking undergraduate research assistants for Spring 2021 to assist with education and outreach, and work in teams to develop research questions and analyze Spit for Science data.
Come work with the EDGE Lab!
September 18, 2020
Multiple positions at the postdoc and Research Associate (faculty) level are available in the EDGE laboratory (Examining Development, Genes, and Environments) at Virginia Commonwealth University (edge.vcu.edu).
EDGE Lab Directors Awarded $3 Million Grant
September 14, 2020
EDGE Lab Directors, Drs. Danielle Dick and Jessica Salvatore, have been awarded a five-year $3 million grant by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to explore the development of alcohol misuse and related problems from adolescence into early midlife.
VCU GREAT makes headlines
August 31, 2020
EDGE Lab program, VCU GREAT, made headlines this week for its efforts to offer hands on research opportunities to undergraduate students from groups historically underrepresented in research.
New study finds that a spouse's family history of alcohol problems can influence their partner's drinking
August 24, 2020
EDGE Lab Associate Director, Jessica Salvatore, was featured in a VCU News Press Release highlighting fascinating new findings from her team's recent paper Disentangling Social-Genetic From Rearing-Environment Effects for Alcohol Use Disorder Using Swedish National Data.
Yes, Your Kids Will Be Okay
August 18, 2020
In her most recent blog post on Psychology Today, "Yes, Your Kids Will Be Okay," EDGE Lab Director, Dr. Danielle Dick assures parents that despite the very real hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, child development research shows that children are incredibly resilient and will get through this.
Early marriage may lead to unsafe drinking behavior by those with higher genetic risk of alcohol use
July 2, 2020
EDGE Lab graduate student, Rebecca Smith, and former EDGE Lab research associate, Seung Bin Cho were featured in a VCU News Press Release focused on exciting findings from their study Using a Developmental Perspective to Examine the Moderating Effects of Marriage on Heavy Episodic Drinking in a Young Adult Sample Enriched for Risk.
5 Ways to Keep Alcohol Use in Check During Stressful Times
June 5, 2020
In her latest blog post on Psychology Today, "5 Ways to Keep Alcohol Use in Check During Stressful Times," EDGE Lab Director Dr. Danielle Dick offers five ways to help you avoid falling into harmful patterns of alcohol use during these challenging times.
Worried About Alcohol Use During the Pandemic?
May 8, 2020
In her blog post on Psychology Today, "Worried About Alcohol Use During the Pandemic?," Dr. Danielle Dick, Director of EDGE Lab, writes about the importance of understanding your genetic risk for alcohol problems amid the soaring alcohol sales and increased drinking habits accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic.
EDGE Lab Graduate Student Wins VCU Psychology Department Award
May 8, 2020
The VCU Psychology Department award and scholarship recipients have been announced, and graduate student Zoe Neale was presented with the Outstanding Clinical Psychology Behavioral Medicine Concentration Graduate Student Award.
EDGE Lab Director one of First Recipients of VCU COVID-19 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity Grants
May 1, 2020
VCU announced Dr. Danielle Dick, Director of EDGE Lab, to be one of twenty Virginia Commonwealth University faculty members to receive internal awards to quickly pivot or expand her work to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health system and the community.
New Study Explores Factors that Predict Drinking Problems
November 10, 2017
In a study entitled “The Role of Social, Familial, and Individual-Level Factors on Multiple Alcohol Use Outcomes During the First Year of University,” doctoral student Megan Cooke and a team of COBE researchers looked at Spit for Science data to learn more about predictors of first year alcohol use across a wide range of alcohol use behavior.
Does Support from Friends and Romantic Partners Influence Alcohol Use?
November 8, 2017
A new study by VCU researcher Peter Barr published in the Journal on Studies of Alcohol and Drugs examined whether involvement in committed relationships or social support impact heavy drinking during young adulthood.
5 Things We Know About Genes and Substance Use (And 2 We Don’t)
October 20, 2017
Dr. Danielle Dick, a leading international researcher on the genetics of addiction and the Director of COBE, talks about the key things we know about the genetics of addiction from her 20 years of research in the field.
How Does Racial Inequality Impact Genetic Research?
October 6, 2017
Over the last 20 years, researchers have made huge steps in understanding the relationship between genes, environment and complex traits. While these advances are heralded as leading to a future of improved health outcomes, individuals of minority descent are underrepresented in genetic research and thus are unlikely to benefit equally from advances in genetics.
Can Genetic Analysis Make Prevention Research More Effective?
August 29, 2017
Dr. Danielle Dick reflects on the growth of her field, examines opportunities to use gene-environment analysis to inform prevention research and surveys ethical concerns broadly related to the study of genetics in the introduction to the latest issue the academic journal Prevention Science.
Collegiate School Student Surveys Research Translation at VCU
June 16, 2017
Marnie Brennan, a senior at Collegiate School in Richmond, Va., recently completed a three week internship with the EDGE Lab at VCU where she surveyed substance use research published by members of the group, created a survey on translation of research and media consumption and presented her findings to the lab.
COBE Researcher Wins IPAS Most Outstanding Student Award
March 17, 2017
Nate Thomas, a COBE research assistant and recent graduate of the International Programme in Addiction Studies (IPAS), received the IPAS Most Outstanding Student Award for 2015-2016.
Does Experiencing Divorce Cause Drinking Problems, or Vice Versa?
February 7, 2017
VCU researchers Dr. Kenneth Kendler, M.D., and Dr. Jessica Salvatore and their Swedish counterparts Sara Larsson Lönn, Jan Sundquist, Kristina Sundquist and Paul Lichtenstein untangle the complex relationship underlying AUD and divorce.
Nearly 20% of College Students Experience Sexual Assault
January 26, 2017
Nearly one in five college students experience sexual assault, with women facing significantly higher rates compared with men.
Does Working a Job During College Lead to Drinking and Smoking?
January 19, 2017
Rose Bono, a research assistant at the Department of Health Behavior and Policy, and health behavior and policy researcher Dr. Andrew Barnes, teamed up with COBE director Dr. Danielle Dick and Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics director Dr. Kenneth Kendler to study the relationship between substance use and employment in college students based on data from Spit for Science.
Do Genetic and Environmental Influences Affect Adolescent Drinking?
January 10, 2017
When it comes to problems with alcohol use, genes play an increasingly important role as you get older. But scientists still struggle to pinpoint exactly which genes are most to blame.
EDGE Lab Graduate Student Wins VIPBG Research Award
December 14, 2016
The Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics pre- and post-doc awards were announced in early December, and graduate student Megan Cooke was presented with the Kenneth S. Kendler Award for Excellence in Pre-Doctoral Research.
COBE Researcher Wins VCU Postdoctoral Scholar Grant
October 25, 2016
Jinni Su, a postdoctoral researcher with the EDGE Lab and COBE, was recently awarded a $5,000 grant by the VCU Postdoctoral Scholar Association for a spinoff research project based on Spit for Science.
COBE Researcher Wins Genetics and Human Agency Award
October 6, 2016
The Genetics and Human Agency Initiative recently gave a Junior Investigator award to COBE researcher Dr. Jessica Salvatore, Assistant Professor in the VCU Department of Psychology and the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.
New Grant Explores Ties between Alcohol Abuse, Genetics and Romantic Relationships
May 13, 2016
EDGE Lab associate director Jessica Salvatore, Ph.D., has received a roughly $750,000 grant to study the complex interplay between alcohol abuse, romantic relationships and genetic predispositions to alcoholism during emerging adulthood.
Dr. Amy Adkins Awarded Quest Innovation Award
March 8, 2016
Congratulations to EDGE Lab member Dr. Amy Adkins, who was recently awarded a Quest Innovation Award!
Student Researches 'Subtle Biological Differences' of Addiction
November 9, 2015
Binge drinking is a growing problem in the United States, but are all problem drinkers the same? That is a question Virginia Commonwealth University student Megan Cooke hopes to answer.
Research: Stronger Links Between Interpersonal Trauma and Alcohol Use for Women than Men
November 4, 2015
In a recent issue of the journal Addictive Behaviors, co-authors Seung Bin Cho, Ph.D., a Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Psychiatry postdoctoral fellow, and University of Virginia Department of Pediatrics assistant professor Erin Berenz, Ph.D., utilized data from the Spit 4 Science research project to illuminate relationships between trauma before and during college and alcohol consumption.
Behind the Numbers: Examining Social Norms Around Alcohol, Substance Use and Sex at VCU
November 3, 2015
Does it ever seem like everyone else has all of the fun? Has that kind of thinking ever influenced your decisions around alcohol, substance use or sex?