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EDGE Lab Director set to release new book on genetics and parenting [View Image]

EDGE Lab Director set to release new book on genetics and parenting

July 12, 2021

EDGE Lab director, Danielle Dick, Ph.D. has published a book, The Child Code, currently available for preorder on the website https://www.thechildcode.com and set to be released in September 2021. This book introduces new concepts in the theory of childrearing while using science-driven practices that provide practical individualized strategies for navigating challenges and nurturing strengths. 

 

What was COVID-19’s impact on mental health, well-being and substance use early in the pandemic? [View Image]

What was COVID-19’s impact on mental health, well-being and substance use early in the pandemic?

June 2, 2021

A new study led by EDGE Lab Associate Director Dr. Jessica Salvatore and collaborator Dr. Katherine Haydon explored the effects of COVID-19 on participants' well-being, substance use, and mental health early in the pandemic to introduce new insights on the topic of COVID-19. 

Tool for Clinicians [View Image]

Tool for Clinicians

May 12, 2021

Interested in how understanding genetically influenced pathways of risk for substance use disorders can be used to expand prevention, intervention, and treatment? Here is a short quiz you can use with your clients as a springboard for conversation about their genetically influenced temperamental styles: SURPS Worksheet QuizYou can hear Dr. Dick's talk and receive CV credits through the TPN network after registering.
New study finds that romantic relationships mitigate effects of trauma on alcohol use among college students [View Image]

New study finds that romantic relationships mitigate effects of trauma on alcohol use among college students

April 22, 2021

EDGE Lab graduate student, Rebecca Smith, and Associate Director, Jessica Salvatore were featured in a VCU News Press Release focused on exciting findings from their longitudinal study of the moderating effects of romantic relationships on the associations between alcohol use and trauma in college students.

EDGE Lab's Dr. Amy Adkins Named to VCU Women Making History [View Image]

EDGE Lab's Dr. Amy Adkins Named to VCU Women Making History

March 11, 2021

The VCU Institute for Women's Health has named EDGE Lab Faculty, Dr. Amy Adkins, to their list of VCU Women Making History for Women's History Month 2021. Dr. Adkins works to enhance diversity in the biobehavioral research workforce by inspiring undergraduates to explore the research world. 

Teen and College Student Alcohol Use During COVID-19 [View Image]

Teen and College Student Alcohol Use During COVID-19

March 1, 2021

EDGE Lab Director, Dr. Danielle Dick, and Coordinator, Emily Balcke, partnered with substance use researchers and Research-to-Policy Collaboration to develop a fact sheet, "Teen and College Student Alcohol Use During COVID-19" to inform policymakers across the country. 

VCU GREAT highlighted in President Rao's State of the University Address [View Image]

VCU GREAT highlighted in President Rao's State of the University Address

February 11, 2021

EDGE Lab program VCU GREAT was the focus of the opening segment VCU President Michael Rao's 2021 State of the University Address: Emerging Stronger Together! Check out the first few minutes of the address to hear from 2020 VCU GREAT fellow Stephanie Cull about her GREAT experience!

 

Spit for Science Seeks Undergraduate Research Assistants for Spring 2021 [View Image]

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! [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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. 

 

 

 

Yes, Your Kids Will Be Okay [View Image]

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. 

5 Ways to Keep Alcohol Use in Check During Stressful Times [View Image]

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? [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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? [View Image]

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) [View Image]

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? [View Image]

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? [View Image]

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 a special edition of Prevention Science.

Collegiate School Student Surveys Research Translation at VCU [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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? [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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? [View Image]

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? [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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 [View Image]

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?

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