Founded by Adrian J. Bravo in 2016, the Cross-cultural Addictions Study Team (CAST) aims to examine models of substance use across distinct cultures.

Our first study, Project CAS (College Alcohol Survey), was focused on examining risk and protective factors for alcohol use in Argentina, Spain, and the United States. To date, we have found a measurement-invariant rumination measure, which partially mediates the effects of depressive symptoms on alcohol-related outcomes via drinking to cope motives. We also found that the internalization of college drinking norms robustly predicted alcohol outcomes in all three countries. Additional papers are under way and will be announced here as they are published.

Our next study, Project CMS (College Marijuana Study), will examine risk and protective factors of marijuana use in Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, the Netherlands, and the United States.