About us

At the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies, we seek to explore the complex problems of drugs through multidisciplinary research and training, with a focus on the neuroscience of addictions and related neurobehavioral disorders.

The institute is led by F. Gerard Moeller, M.D., a preeminent researcher with a focus on brain imaging in addiction medicine. Moeller’s addiction research has been funded since 1996 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. His work is published in more than 110 peer-reviewed publications.

Moeller is also director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the university’s associate vice president for clinical research.


F. Gerard Moeller, M.D. [View Image]

F. Gerard Moeller, M.D.

Director, Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies
Director, Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Neurology
Associate Vice President for Clinical Research
(804) 828-4134
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Albert Arias [View Image] 

Albert Arias, M.D.

Associate Professor, Psychiatry
(804) 828-8793
ORCID: 0000-0002-3091-8504

James M. Bjork, Ph.D. [View Image]

James M. Bjork, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Pharmacology and Toxicology
(804) 828-3935
ORCID: 0000-0003-0593-3291

Lori Keyser-Marcus, Ph.D. [View Image]

Lori Keyser-Marcus, Ph.D.

Assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry
(804) 828-4164
ORCID: 0000-0001-6014-2500

Ma Liangsuo, Ph.D. [View Image]

Ma Liangsuo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
(804) 828-2871
ORCID: 0000-0002-8856-098X

Martin Caitlin [View Image] 

Caitlin Martin, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn
(804) 628-7023
ORCID: 0000-0001-5560-458X

Joel L. Steinberg, M.D. [View Image]

Joel L. Steinberg, M.D.

Professor, Department of Psychiatry
(713) 249-7472
ORCID: 0000-0002-0297-0751

Jasmin Vassileva, Ph.D. [View Image]

Jasmin Vassileva, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
(804) 828-5807
ORCID: 0000-0003-2397-2657


Business Office:
(804) 828-3793
(804) 828-4155

CARI MRI Facility: (804) 828-3639

CARI MRI Imaging Analysis Lab: (804) 828-4184

CARI Research Team:
(804) 827-3784
(804) 828-3686

ABCD Research Team: (804) 828-4085

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