Welcome to the Curtis Lab

The Curtis Lab pairs traditional methodologies with computational psychiatry to study the digital phenotypes of people who use drugs. While much of the labs focus is on converting raw signals from digital data sources into useful clinical insights, the TTRU is very much committed to solving problems experienced by people in recovery and undergoing substance use treatment. Through clinical research, the Curtis lab intersects addiction treatment, computational psychiatry, and innovative technologies. Using natural-language processing, digital phenotyping, and deep learning, the lab focuses on enhancing precision assessment of substance use and behavioral predictors using intensive longitudinal data and integrating passive sensor data from smartphones and wearable devices. Among others, an overall goal is to develop personalized smartphone interventions for individuals living with SUD to enhance the recovery experience. Other areas of research focus on the intersect between addiction and Covid and on the impact of stigma on addiction.

We are looking for passionate new PhD students, Postdocs, and Master students to join the team (more info) !


Februaru 26, 2024

Kelsey Isman’s abstract ‘Communities at the Crossroads: Exploring Cultural Variations in Opioid Epidemic Outcomes in the United States’ was accepted at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence conference.

October 18, 2022

Kelsey Isman’s abstract ‘Perceptions Matter: Stigma, Mental Health, and Drug Treatment Outcomes’ was accepted at the International Conference on Stigma.

October 6, 2022

Danial Habib’s abstract ‘Trends in the dehumanization of people who use drugs in American news articles from 1986 to 2020’ was accepted at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association.

August 26, 2022

Elise Bragard’s work on loneliness and substance use was publish today in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Read it here.

August 1, 2022

Zachary Fried has joined the TTRU lab as a Postbaccalaureate Fellow.

June 2, 2022

Sophia Lou’s abstract on comparing small area composite indices of vulnerability has been accepted at the 3rd Workshop on the Data for the Wellbeing of Most Vulnerable at ICWSM.

February 27, 2022

Our new paper, on non-suicidal self injury, has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

February 23 2022

Kenna Yadeta has accepted a PhD offer in Counseling Psychology with Dr. Shawn Jones at Virginia Commonwealth University.

February 15, 2022

Amanda Devoto got a job as Associate Director of the Quality and Science Department at the American Society of Addiction Medicine!