CeASAR’s Mission and History

The mission of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR) at Boston Children’s Hospital is to discover new ways to reduce substance abuse and related disorders in children and adolescents.

Dr. John R. Knight established the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research in 1999. CeASAR’s goal is to provide national leadership in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of substance-related disorders as they affect children and adolescents. The center conducts research, teaching and training in the field of adolescent substance abuse.

Through its research, CeASAR is developing evidence-based strategies to help pediatricians and other health care providers identify adolescent substance use at its onset and intervene before serious harm results. The research team conducts studies on new methods of screening adolescent patients for substance abuse as well as brief office-based therapeutic interventions. The New England Partnership for Substance Abuse Research (NEPSAR), a network of primary care sites throughout New England, was recently formed to enhance our ability to develop, test, and disseminate these new strategies.