Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health (DASH Center)

DASH Center

The Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health (DASH) is an inter-professional and interdisciplinary center directed by Dr. Sean E. McCabe. Based in the School of Nursing, it brings together faculty from health science professions to address clinical, educational, and research issues related to substance use.

The DASH Center is committed to advancing knowledge of substance use and its consequences through pioneering scholarship, evidence-based prevention, innovative clinical training and timely public policy and service. DASH Center scholars recognize that the use, misuse and abuse of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco or nicotine products cause broad-reaching social despair, impaired health, and substance use disorders.

Sexual, ethnic and gender minorities, adolescents, pregnant women, veterans and the elderly are at highest risk for the negative consequences of substance use, including HIV, injury, birth defects, suicide, cancer, and liver disease. These at-risk populations are the primary focus of the DASH Center scholars. 

Follow DASH on Twitter @UMichDASH.

Read more about Dr. Boyd's research. 

ABCs of Prescription Drug SafetyABCs of prescription drug safety

The DASH Center has created an educational brochure and poster to inform patients and families about the proper use, control, and disposal of prescription medications.

To purchase brochures and posters, click the red box below and you will be directed to our online storefront. If ordering with short code through QTO, please contact Francis Olegario at Allegra Print-Mail-Marketing at or 734-944-1404 ext. 115.

Click to order the ABCs Brochure and Poster



Affiliated faculty

Affiliated faculty and researchers who join DASH as members have access to resources of the center. This includes access to large conference rooms, classrooms, library and technical support facilities within the University of Michigan School of Nursing. DASH also offers a wide range of research meetings, lectures, seminars, presentations, and workshops focused on substance use topics focused on vulnerable populations. Affiliated faculty also have access to collegial consultation with researchers connected to grant-funded projects housed at the University of Michigan. 

DASH is committed to the training of minority scholars and early and new substance abuse investigators.  

Brooke Arterberry, Iowa State University, Psychology

Elizabeth Austic, Senior Program Manager

Erin Bonar, Psychiatry, Michigan Medicine

Kao-Ping Chua, Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Michigan Medicine

Chin Hwa (Gina) Y. Dahlem, Nursing

Angela R. Fernandez, Social Work

Jason Ford, Sociology Department, University of Central Florida

Andria Eisman, College of Education, Wayne State University

Rebecca Evans-Polce, Nursing

Kristi Gamarel, Public Health

Margaret (Peggy) Gnegy, Pharmacology

Emily Jutkiewicz, Pharmacology

Luisa Kcomt, Nursing

Elizabeth King, Public Health

Yasamin Kusunoki, Nursing

Vita McCabe, Michigan Medicine, Surgery and Psychiatry

Massy Mutumba, Nursing

Quyen Ngo, Emergency Medicine, Michigan Medicine

Yusuf Ransome, Yale School of Public Health

Jennie Ryan, Jefferson College of Nursing

John Traynor, Pharmacology

Ty S. Schepis, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Texas State University

John Schulenberg, Psychology and Institute for Social Research

Clayton Shuman, Nursing

Rob Stephenson, Nursing

Sarah Stoddard, Nursing

Stephen Strobbe, Nursing

Terri Voepel-Lewis, Nursing

Phil Veliz, Nursing

Golfo Tzilos Wernette, Psychiatry, Michigan Medicine

Timothy Wilens, Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Selected grants and current projects

Over $25 million in federal research and training grants were received by DASH members for substance use research in the past 5 years from the U.S. Department of Justice, NCI, NIAAA, NICHD, and NIDA. A selection of key projects include:

Read about other work on U-M's campus to address the opioid problem. 

Clinical initiatives

Integrating substance use screening with youth psychiatric care

Young people with mental health problems are at increased risk for substance use and related disorders, which can lead to further complications and poorer treatment outcomes. 

Stephen Strobbe, Ph.D., RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP, FIAAN, FAAN is supported by a Flinn Foundation grant (2018-2019) for work integrating adolescent screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment for substance use (Adolescent SBIRT) into the model of care for youth receiving inpatient psychiatric care at U-M's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Strobbe works with UMSN colleagues and the Nyman Family Center for Mental Health and Wellness of Children and Adolescents (8CAP) on the project. 

This project provides interprofessional education and training across all clinical disciplines and integrates this process into the inpatient care delivery model.

Integrating reproductive health services into substance use treatment

Women with substance use disorders are at higher risk for negative sexual and reproductive health outcomes, including unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.

Yasamin Kusunoki, Ph.D., MPH and Carol Boyd, Ph.D., RN, FAAN build on an existing collaboration with Vanessa Dalton, MD, MPH (University of Michigan Medical School) and Lauren MacAfee, MD (University of Vermont Medical Center) to explore integrating reproductive health services into substance use treatment facilities. Building on findings from Dalton and MacAfee's mixed-methods project evaluating the broad need for reproductive health services at substance use treatment facilities, the current project encompasses a needs assessment at two substance use treatment centers, a sustainability assessment of models of integration of care, and partnership building with substance use treatment centers in preparation for integration of reproductive health services into these treatment facilities. 

This project is supported by pilot funding from the University of Michigan School of Nursing (2018-2019).

Resources for the public

National Institute on Drug Abuse for teens has useful information for parents, families, and kids.

Collaborative Research on Addiction at the National Institute of Health (CRAN) provides information on current interdisciplinary research on addition. 

Local Resources:

24/7 Crisis Hotlines for Addiction & Mental Health

*For Immediate Assistance, Call 911*

Washtenaw Community Mental Health Crisis Hotline - 734-544-3050

U-M Psychiatric Emergency Services - 734-936-5900 or 734-996-4747

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 1-888-628-9454

LOCAL Online/Virtual Addiction & Recovery Resources

U-M Collegiate Recovery Program provides holistic, tailored support to Michigan students who are in recovery from alcohol or other drug problems. If you are a student in recovery or are curious about recovery, give us a call.

Huron Valley Intergroup provides a list of local AA online meetings

Washtenaw Alano Club provides a wide range of online and face-to-face recovery meetings

Washtenaw Families Against Narcotics provides online meetings and resources for families coping with loved ones who are involved with narcotics including those who have lost loved ones

Washtenaw County Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings lists online and face-to-face AA meetings in Washtenaw county

National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) Washtenaw County

Online Yoga for Recovery (Y4R) - Washtenaw Families Against Narcotics

Dawn Farm

U-M Addiction Center

National Resources:

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357) - SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline - 1-800-662-HELP (5990) OR text TalkWithUs to 66746

Online/Virtual Addiction & Recovery Meetings-

AAOnlineMeeting - online AA meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous - virtual meetings

International AA Online Meetings (link to online meetings in Europe)

Families Against Narcotics - List of online recovery resources

In the Rooms - Online recovery AA, NA, and other meetings

Narcotics Anonymous - NA meetings online & by phone

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - List of COVID-19 mental health resources

Guidance for People Who Use Substances

COVID-19 Guidance for People Who Use Substances (Yale)

Substance Use & Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

Addiction, Substance Use and Recovery during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Online support community for parents & caregivers

Recovery Dharma - List of virtual meetings

Smart Recovery - List of outline/remote meetings and 24-7 message boards

Educational Resources

COVID-19: Accessing Critical Medication Assisted Treatment for Your Loved One

Dealing with Isolation: Northwest Wayne Families Against Narcotics Family Forum Recorded Meeting One-on-One Help to Address Young Person's Substance Use: text, email, or call

In a Time of Disruption, Protecting Your Child from the Risks of Substance Use

Welcoming An Adult Child Back Home Because of COVID-19

6 Alternative Zoom Happy Hour Ideas

Managing Substance Use Disorder During Quarantine Recorded Interview with Dr. Jonathon Morrow

Mental Health Resources

COVID-19 Well-Being Help Center - Michigan Medicine Wellness Office

Department of Psychiatry COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Page

Depression Center Toolkit

Suicide Prevention Resource Center: COVID-19 Resources

Taking Care of Family Well-Being

Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation

Recovery Support and Treatment Apps and Resources

Sober Grid allows you to create online profiles and interact, support, and engage with other people in recovery using a platform similar to Facebook. You can also use the app to create anonymous check-ins about whether you’re sober or not, your mood, and what’s going on.

SoberTool is an easy way to track your clean and sober days. The app includes daily motivational messages and reminders to keep you on target

WEconnect provides you with daily reminders to stay on track with your recovery plan. You can create reminders to call your sponsor, go to a group meeting, or meditate—anything you need to provide that extra push.

AA Big Book is an app that gives you access to the full text of the Big Book, along with a meeting finder, podcasts, prayers, and personal stories. You can use the app to bookmark meaningful passages, make notes on individual chapters in the comment section, and search for specific keywords.

12 Step Meditation Daily Reflections for AA, NA, Al-Anon is an app that features hundreds of easy-to-follow guided meditations, as well as soothing music, prayers, and 12-step recovery audio.

I Am Sober tracks your sober days and milestones, build new habits, and enjoy ongoing motivation from a community of people who get it.

Pink Cloud find meetings near you based on your location.

Workit Health provides telemedicine addiction treatment with clinicians, therapists, and coaches over live chat and video.

Further resources for researchers

University of Michigan Addiction Center is housed in the Michigan Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network is an effort of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, led by Clifford E. Douglas, J.D. 

Opioid Solutions

Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation