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Addiction Studies Institute


The purpose of the Addictions Studies Institute is to conduct research, provide education, and professional development.

Principal Investigator

John Conahan, LCSW, ACSW, CAC, PhD

Community Activities and Presentations

Kutztown Strong Berks-Mont news article August 17, 2017

Dr. Conahan is Chair of the Board of Directors for The Gate House, Lancaster, PA. AY 2016-2018

Dr. Conahan is Board Consultant for Kutztown Strong, Kutztown, PA. AY 2016-2017

Toth, C. May 3, 2016. Women and Alcohol. Reading, PA

Asayag, J &  Wei, F. H. October 15, 2015. Review of substance abuse treatment outcomes. State College, PA.

Corbett, C. &  Sharma, Y., Department of Social Work, October 5, 2014. Mediating factos between bonding systems and violent behavior among female youths. 2014 CSWE, Tampa, FL.

Sharma, Y. & Pillai, V (November, 2013). Substance abusing women with HIV/AIDS and vulnerability to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Annual Program Meeting of Council of  Social Work

Education (CSWE), Dallas, TX.

Conahan, J. (May 10, 2005). Training series on passive restraint with children: Strategies for staff and foster parents. Presentation at Lehigh County Catholic Social Services.

Conahan, J. (March 31, 2005). Social Work Leadership: Organizational Challenges to Gender Specific Chemical Dependency Treatment. Presentation at the Pennsylvania NASW Conference.

Conahan, J. (January 2005). Gender Specific Chemical Dependency Treatment. Presentation at the Lehigh Valley NASW Chapter.

Conahan, J. (May 2002). Women's Trauma and Addiction: New Approaches, Better Outcomes. Presentation at Princeton House Conference on Women and Addiction, Princeton New Jersey.

Conahan, J. (June 2001). Clinical Supervision for Addiction Treatment Professionals. Presentation at University of Utah School of Alcoholism.

Conahan, J. (June 2000). Addiction treatment with adolescents and clinical supervision. Presentation at University of Utah School of Alcoholism.

Research and Publications

Svistova, J. (2017). University Funded Research Grant.  Barriers to Substance Abuse Treatment in Berks County, Pennsylvania: A Qualitative Study.

Conahan, J. (2015). A Comparison of Need Within A Social Business Model: Residentially Stable and Residentially Unstable Substance Abusers. Journal of Social Sciences. Journal of Social Sciences, 3 (9).

Conahan, J. & MacIntyre, D. (2012). Addressing the Needs of Homeless Substance Abusers: A social business model. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 6(8), pp. 153-164.

Conahan, J. (2005). Organizational structure and its relationship to the delivery of gender specific drug and alcohol services.

Beyer, E., & Conahan, J. (2002). Females with Dual Diagnoses: Implications for Specialized Clinical Approaches. In D., F. O'Connell (Ed.), Managing the Dually Diagnosed Patient: Current Issues and Clinical Approaches. The Haworth Press.

Conahan, J.A. (1999). How An Established Chemical Dependency Treatment Center Manages Change, Behavioral Health Management, March/April 1999.

Lisnow, F.D. & Conahan, J.A. (1989). Treating Cocaine Addiction, The Counselor, November/December 1989.


Dr. Sharon C. Lyter

Dr. John Vafeas

Related Courses

SWK559 Social Work Intervention with Substance Abusing Population
SWK561 Motivational Interviewing Skills: Social Work Strategies in Gender Sensitive Addiction Treatment
SWK286 Social Work and Substance Abuse
EDW502 Substance Abuse in Adolescents: Classroom Strategies for Teachers

Agencies Hosting Interns

Berks Counseling Center
Caron Treatment Center
Chester County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services
Compass Mark
Council On Chemical Abuse (COCA) (Gambling)
Halfway Home of the Lehigh Valley
Keenan House
Reading Health System - Reading Detox
Treatment Trends of the Lehigh Valley