Our goals at the Center for Addiction Science are three-fold.
We are creating a wealth of scientific knowledge that has an immediate impact on patient care at Wellbridge and beyond. This is done by using scientific methods from various fields such as Dissemination and Implementation Science.
We are purposeful in ensuring that the culture at Wellbridge integrates clinical, scientific, and patient-focused perspectives at all times. For example, a Research Scientist attends daily clinical meetings while the clinical and administrative staff attend weekly and monthly research-focused events.
It is imperative that we impact more than our Wellbridge patients and their support networks. Once it is safe to do so, our events will extend to be open to the wider Long Island, New York, and tri-state areas.
What we study
Broadly, we study multiple facets of addiction science. Current projects include
Tracking patient progress during treatment at Wellbridge and post-treatment.
Evaluating the implementation of our Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy protocol, Family Services program protocol, and Movement Psychotherapy protocol.
Assessing the best way to communicate research findings to clinicians and patients.
How we study
We utilize a comprehensive set of questionnaires as well as surveys and interviews. Our methods are project specific.
How we share findings
The Center for Addiction Science is the home of Wellbridge’s Learning Laboratory. The Learning Laboratory is where the communication of scientific findings occurs, education around research and science takes place, and ideas are generated for future projects. This is done in many modalities – presentations, hands-on workshops, town halls, and brown-bag lunches. We also utilize traditional science communication techniques such as peer-reviewed publications, social media, and our frequently updated blog. Check out our blog!
“What is evidence-based practice?”
Evidence-based practice is a term used to refer to clinical therapy that is based on an established protocol. This protocol has been tested in past studies and is shown to be effective for patients with specific needs. It also refers to the habit of constantly ensuring that the practice is still effective, and hence still evidence-based, as time goes on.
“What is science communication?”
Science communication is the act of openly discussing scientific findings. This can be done informally, such as talking to your friends about a study you read online, to formally publishing studies. Here at Wellbridge, we utilize all aspects of science communication via manuscripts, events, meetings, social media, and our blog.
“Can I be part of a study?”
We will eventually conduct research where community members can come into Wellbridge to take part in studies. It is not known when we will be able to do such studies due to the pandemic.