Denise Hien, PhD

  • Adjunct Senior Research Scientist

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Denise Hien, PhD, ABPP, is the Director of the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She also maintains longstanding adjunct appointments as Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Division on Substance Use Disorders and Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She and her group have conducted programmatic research on women’s mental health and addictions, with continuous funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (21 grants total: 7 R01, 2R25, 1 multi-site) for over 20 years. Considered a leader in the field, her body of work (over 100 publications and 140 conference presentations) has contributed to the evidence base on the treatment of individuals with trauma-related psychiatric disorders and their comorbidity with addictions, through conducting single- and multi-site clinical trials across the United States in community-based substance abuse treatment settings. She also currently leads a NIDA R25 training grant for translational addiction research for racial/ethnic minority BS/MD, MA and PhD candidates in the biomedical and social sciences. She is board-certified in clinical psychology (ABPP) and has served as a standing member on NIDA’s NIH Institutional Review Groups and a health disparities advisory group to the Director on Asian/Pacific Islander issues.

Dr. Hien received her B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University, and her M.S., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her postdoctoral training in substance use research at the Division on Substance Use Disorders at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Over her career, she has served on the doctoral faculties of the Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and The City College of New York. Within each of these institutions, she has held numerous leadership roles in academic and research administration. Learn more about her research.

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Senior Research Scientist


  • Female


Integrating Developmental, Affective and Cognitive Neuroscience Perspectives on Traumatic Stress, Psychotherapy Research for Trauma-Related Disorders and Addiction; Ethnic and Cultural Factors in the Treatment Process, Maternal Aggression and Its Impact Upon Adverse Child Outcomes