For over 60 years, researchers at FRI have received federal, state, county, and private funding to conduct studies in the fields of substance abuse, health, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and criminal justice. Recent social research has focused on the development and assessment of innovative strategies in pharmacotherapy, psychosocial treatments, bio-behavioral HIV interventions, and prevention.


FRI has provided education and outpatient substance abuse counseling services for adolescents and adults for over 35 years in Baltimore County, Maryland, through Epoch Counseling Center.  FRI also operates service projects and conducts research studies in Los Angeles, California through Friends Community Center.

Grants Administration

By managing all of the functions of grants administration, beginning with the pre-award process through completion of the research project, FRI allows scientists to focus on their research. This division of labor relieves the researchers of the necessary, but extremely time-consuming, work of grants management and allows them to concentrate on their work.

News & Announcements


Interview: Dr. Michael Gordon on 5-year Study


FRI Welcomes Assistant Research Scientist
Dr. Thomas Blue

FRI Welcomes Assistant Research Scientist
Dr. Mary Mitchell


Chen DT, Tomohiro MKo Allen AA, Bonnie RJ, Suratt CE, Appelbaum PS, Nunes EV, Friedmann PD, Lee JD, Gordon MS, McDonald R, Wilson D, Boney TY, Murphy SM, and O’Brien CP (in press). Personal control over decisions to participate in research by persons with histories of both substance use disorders and criminal justice supervision.