The Division of Addiction Psychiatry is committed to tobacco and substance abuse research, training and education. Since its establishment, the Division of Addiction Psychiatry has grown rapidly and continues to lead the way into several areas of research. Research teams consisting of Division faculty along with experienced clinicians from the disciplines of public and behavioral health are currently engaged in research programs. We take great pride in our research and training accomplishments. Our division faculty are involved in endeavors that are funded through several federal, state and foundation grants. Many of our research projects are collaborative efforts across disciplines and between researchers and practitioners. We are committed to increase our knowledge through research and apply it directly to the care of the individual patient. As a result of our research activities, the division actively publishes articles and presents research findings at national and international conferences.

The division offers a variety of CME/CE activities that were developed as the result of our decade of research, clinical practice and public health work in tobacco addiction. We are devoted to helping organizations with preparation and implementation of smoke free policies and provide ongoing consultation, technical assistance, and support for agencies wishing to integrate tobacco dependence treatment into their current settings. We are also very active in teaching clinicians how to do tobacco dependence treatment.

Jill Williams, MD, Program Director, is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at the Rutgers University-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick. She also holds faculty appointments at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is affiliated with the Rutgers Center for Alcohol Studies. She received her medical degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway and completed her residency training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Williams also completed a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

The focus of Dr. Williams work has been in Addressing Tobacco in individuals with Mental llness or other Addictions. She is a member of the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), and the American Association of Community Psychiatrists (AACP).    Dr Williams has developed training curricula for behavioral health professionals and manualized treatments for treating tobacco in mental health settings.

Dr. Williams has received research funding from sources including the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and American Legacy Foundation. Her publications have appeared in numerous journals including Nicotine and Tobacco Research, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment

Jose A. Cruz, MBA, LCSW, Addictions Consultant

Jose A. Cruz holds a LCSW, MBA, and is currently a PhD student at Rutgers University.  He is also employed as an Addictions Consultant in the Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Rutgers University.  As an Addictions Consultant, Jose has provided technical and educational assistance to residential addiction and behavioral health facilities throughout New Jersey.  His work also includes assisting New Jersey’s Regional Prevention Coalitions address youth access to tobacco.  He has a wide range of experience in providing access to health and mental health services for populations dealing with issues such as HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, immigration issues, and tobacco dependence.  With a cross-over in business and mental health, Jose is deeply engaged in replicating models of healing that are sustainable and just.


Lucija Milicevic, Program Assistant/Division Coordinator

Provides administrative support to the Division of Addiction Psychiatry. Lucy is responsible for coordinating office operations and serves as principal liaison to other departments and outside agencies. Her duties include overseeing printing and preparation of educational materials; website design, content creation and updates; purchasing and development of the logistical plan.









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Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

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Last Updated 4/5/2016