Ned Cooney, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Ned L. Cooney, Ph.D., has been engaged in addiction research supported by NIH over the past 30 years. His studies have included clinical trials of behavioral interventions for addictive disorders and studies of the process of relapse after addiction treatment. His methodological expertise includes controlled clinical trials, laboratory studies of stress and cue reactivity, and real-time data capture methodology. His current research focus is on alcohol and tobacco interactions in the treatment of alcohol dependent smokers.
Dr. Cooney is also director of the mental health and substance abuse programs at the Newington Campus of VA Connecticut Healthcare System. He provides patient care services and supervised clinical training in the substance abuse outpatient clinic and the primary mental health care clinic.

Research interests
Alcoholism; Psychiatry; Smoking; Substance Abuse Detection; Clinical Trial
Research summary

My research is focused on the efficacy of psychotherapy for alcohol dependence, on the determinants of relapse after alcoholism treatment, and on the interaction of alcohol and tobacco dependence. I have conducted studies that have attempted to bridge the gap between basic behavioral research and clinical treatment methods. My alcohol cue reactivity research involved a systematic laboratory assessment of subjective and physiological responses to alcohol-related stimuli. Using this methodology, I have attempted to bring the phenomenon of ''craving'' into the laboratory. My studies of alcohol cue reactivity have focused on the contribution of negative affect to craving for alcohol. I have conducted two clinical trials designed to test alcohol treatment matching hypotheses.

My interest in matching has focused on severity of alcohol dependence and comorbid psychopathology as matching variables. My recent research has utilized Ecological Momentary Assessment methodology to study craving and relapse after alcohol treatment. Computerized self-monitoring is used to obtain real-time assessments of alcohol craving antecedents and consequences. This methodology is also used to measure the impact of tobacco smoking on alcohol urges.

Specialized Terms: Alcoholism and Alcohol Use Therapy; Clinical Trial; Cognitive Behavior Therapy; Cue Reactivity; Ecological Momentary Assessment; Human Data; Human Therapy Evaluation; Psychotherapy; Substance Use; Tobacco Smoking

  • PhD, Rutgers University, 1981
  • MA, Rutgers University, 1980
  • BA, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1977