The CPDD Executive Office is pleased to announce the researchers who have been selected as the inaugural recipients of the CPDD Early Career Investigator Grant. This prestigious grant, totaling $10,000 each, is a testament to their contributions to the field of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs).

The esteemed awardees are as follows:

  • Dr. Caitlyn Hood, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  • Dr. Justin Matheson, Ph.D., Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Dr. Sean Regnier, Ph.D., University of Kentucky, School of Medicine

These accomplished individuals have been chosen for their exceptional dedication and impactful work in the realm of SUDs research. The grant aims to provide crucial support for their ongoing investigations in the following critical areas:

  • Dr. Caitlyn Hood's research focuses on using implementation science to increase the accessibility of trauma-informed Interventions for violence-exposed Women Enrolled in Substance Use Recovery Centers.
  • Dr. Justin Matheson's study examines rates of cannabis and other substance use, revealing higher prevalence in transgender and gender-diverse (TGD) adults compared to cisgender adults.
  • Dr. Sean Regnier's work addresses the vulnerabilities of people living with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDDs) to the dangers of cigarette smoking.

Submissions for the Early Career Investigator Grant for 2024 funding are now open. Learn more by visiting the CPDD website at

The CPDD extends gratitude for the continued support of its mission to advance research in the field of Substance Use Disorders.