Didactic Curriculum

Listed below is a selection of topics covered as part of the Didactic Series, with additional topics added if a fellow has a particular interest not already represented. Presenters often provide relevant publications to fellows for review in advance of this 1-hour, weekly meeting. On alternate weeks, the group meets with the Program Director to review Addiction Specialty Board-style questions in conjunction with the provided textbooks, with each fellow given an opportunity to lead the discussion on a rotating schedule.

Additionally, fellows meet for an hour-long weekly Journal Club to review emerging literature in the field of addictions.  Below is a list of some topic presentations.


Treating Medical Professionals

Adolescent Substance Abuse

Sexual Behavior Disorders

Translational Basic Science

Psychotropics & Pregnancy

Cannabis Use Disorder

Biomarkers of Addiction

Brain Imaging in Addiction

Neurobiology of Addiction

Bipolar Disorder & Comorbid SUD


Sarah Book, M.D.

Kevin Gray, M.D.

Emily Gottfried, Ph.D.

Patrick Mulholland, Ph.D.

Rubin Aujla, M.D.; Claire Smith, M.D.

Kathryn Gex, Ph.D.

Sarah Book, M.D./Ph.D.

Lindsay Squeglia, Ph.D. 

Carmela Reichel, Ph.D.

Bryan Tolliver, M.D., Ph.D.

Fellows are also encouraged to attend the Psychiatry Grand Rounds Series and the Addiction Research Seminar Series, both of which feature nationally and internationally recognized experts from a wide variety of disciplines in the field of addictions research and treatment. These weekly seminars are held on campus in the Institute of Psychiatry Auditorium.