Dr. Kaminer is a Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry & The Alcohol Research Center, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT. He has a joint appointment as Professor at the Department of Pediatrics, where he is involved in research of youth high-risk driving and suicidal behavior at the Injury Prevention Center of the Connecticut Children€™s Medical Center (CCMC), Hartford.
His main interest has been focusing on clinical research of the assessment, adaptive treatment, after/continuous care of high-risk behaviors particularly substance abuse, in youth with comorbid psychiatric disorders. He has special interest and experience in comorbid depressive disorders and suicidal behavior. He has received funding for research from NIAAA, NIDA, CSAT and the Donaghue Foundation in CT.
Dr. Kaminer is on the editorial board of several peer review journals. He has been a guest editor of special issues on adolescent substance abuse including: American Journal of Addictions (2006), Substance Abuse Journal (2008; 2014), and the Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America (2010).
Dr. Kaminer authored/edited 5 books, authored/co-authored more than 150 scientific publications and made numerous scientific and invited presentations nationally and internationally. He also developed several rating scales (including: the Teen Addiction Severity Index; T-ASI that has been translated into several languages including Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Dutch, Hebrew and more, the Teen Treatment Services Review; T-TSR and the Adolescent Substance Abuse and Goal Commitment questionnaire: ASAGC-Q).
Dr. Kaminer and his research team at UConn developed several treatment and continued care manuals including the MET and CBT manuals for the Multisite Cannabis Youth Treatment (CYT) study (N=600).
His most recent books include: 1) Brief Telephone Continuing Care Therapy for Adolescents, Hazelden, (2010); 2) Clinical Manual of Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment, American Psychiatric Publishing (2011); 3) Youth substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, American Psychiatric Publishing (2015).
Dr. Kaminer received his M.D. from Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel in 1976. and his MBA from the University of Hartford in 2000.