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Welcome to CDHS!

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The Center for Drug and Health Studies (CDHS) facilitates collaborative and engaging primary research on substance abuse, health risk behavior, health services, and health policy among social and behavioral science faculty, professional staff, and graduate students. Administratively housed in the University’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, the Center is funded entirely through sponsored research grants and contracts, and is committed to achieve levels of excellence, intensity, and breadth of research.  The Center provides a national research focus as well as service to the State of Delaware.

Originally established in 1991 (as the Center for Drug & Alcohol Studies), the Center was renamed in 2014 to more accurately reflect the expansive nature and new foci of the Center’s directives and approaches to research.  The principal mission of the Center for Drug and Health Studies is the utilization, production, and dissemination of scientific knowledge in various aspects of substance abuse, health behaviors, and health service to inform program and intervention development as well as policy implementation. 

Other Center objectives include:

  • Training graduate and undergraduate students in comprehending, conducting, and explaining substance abuse, health-oriented, and evaluation-based research;
  • Serving as a substance abuse, health risk behavior, and health services research information repository for students and colleagues seeking quantitative and qualitative data for secondary analysis;
  • Providing technical assistance to students, colleagues, and local organization and agency personnel seeking grant support for program development and/or evaluation;
  • Sponsoring lecture and colloquia series, workshops, and conferences for members of the professional community, University staff and students, and the public at large;
  • Building collaboration with practitioners and evaluating, translating, and disseminating research knowledge to the community. CDHS participates in the Community Engagement Initiative (

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  • Center for Drug & Health Studies
  • 257 E. Main Street Suite 110
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-6107