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Rutgers Student Receives National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Award

Ms. Suyeon Noh, PhD candidate at the Rutgers School of Public Health will present her research on Alcohol Use Disorders (AUD) at the 40th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism’s Conference. Ms. Noh also received the 2017 Mechanisms of Behavior Change Satellite travel award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institutes of Health (NIH). This travel award supports students and early career investigators who are committed to the study and application of mechanisms of behavior change research.

[Photo: Ms. Suyeon Noh]

The Research Society on Alcoholism’s Conference, which will be held in Denver, serves as an annual meeting ground for scientists in the broad areas of alcoholism and alcohol-related problems. Ms. Noh’s research focuses on outpatient data from Project MATCH, which examines the association between project participant alcohol use during the first six months following AUD treatment, psychosocial functioning at 15-months post treatment, and the mediating effect of alcohol-related negative consequences at nine months.

Preliminary results show that alcohol use during study months one-six predicted psychosocial functioning at the 15-month follow-up, participant alcohol use during months one-six was also associated with alcohol-related negative consequences at the nine-month follow-up, and negative consequences reported during the nine-month follow-up interview were associated with lower psychosocial functioning at 15-months. Furthermore, significant others’ involvement in the participants’ AUD treatment strengthened the relationship between alcohol use and later functioning in society.

“This conference is a major step for me professionally and academically in that it will be my first conference presentation during my graduate school career at the Rutgers School of Public Health,” says Ms. Suyeon Noh.

Mrs. Noh is originally from South Korea and received her undergraduate degree in Theology from Chongshin University. She received a master’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University in 2013 and is pursuing her PhD within the department of health education and behavioral science at the Rutgers School of Public Health.