Indiana University Bloomington

Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior

Our mission is to advance basic and translational research on addictive behavior to improve public health.

Our vision is an infrastructure that nurtures scientists across disciplines to work as teams to optimize the quality and relevance of research on addictive behavior.

The Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior (IRAB) was established in 2013 through an ingenuity grant from the School of Public Health at Indiana University-Bloomington. By working together across disciplines we can optimize the quality and relevance of research on addictive behavior.

Addictive behavior refers to a recurring compulsion by an individual to engage in some specific activity, despite harmful consequences to the individual’s physical well-being, mental health, and social relationships. Characteristics of these behaviors include impaired control, preoccupation with immediate gratification, continued involvement in the activity despite short and long-term negative consequences, and denial. Defined in this way, the Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior (IRAB) supports a wide scope of research on addictive behavior including, but not limited to, substance abuse problems, eating disorders, compulsive gambling, and sexual disorders. Since there are likely multiple factors contributing to such patterns of behavior, the IRAB encourages research approaches in the diverse field of addictions that embrace biological/physiological, chemical/ pharmacological, or social/psychological perspectives.