Addiction Research and Education Foundation (AREF)


Research. Compassion. Results.


Our Founder

Amanda Wilson, MD, FASAM


Founder and Chairwoman of the Board of CleanSlate Centers Inc., CEO of Addiction Research and Education Foundation 

Dr. Wilson is a leader in addiction medicine. She has been on the forefront of the movement to treat addiction as a medical condition versus a personal failure. She built the largest addiction medicine medical practice in the United States and is sought after speaker and adviser on matters related to the treatment of substance use disorder. 

Our Team


Lisa Chiodo —

Director of Research

Dr. Chiodo is a developmental psychologist and a statistician trained in neurobehavioral teratology with 20 years of basic and clinical research experience. Most of her research has focused on high-risk populations of children who have been exposed to prenatal alcohol, cocaine, and environmental toxins. Dr. Chiodo has more than two decades of experience managing large-scale longitudinal studies, and is a recognized expert in data management and sophisticated statistical analyses. Dr. Chiodo is also an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a member of two regional opioid task forces through the Department of Community Health in Massachusetts.

Foundation History

2009- Recognizing the growing opioid addiction epidemic, Dr. Wilson founds CleanSlate Centers, a medical practice specializing in substance use disorders. 

2012 - The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded CleanSlate the Science and Service Award for Office-based Opioid Treatment Programs recognizing the quality and effectiveness of CleanSlate's treatment protocols. 

2014 - Dr. Wilson founds Addiction Research and Education Foundation (AREF) to help advance the science of addiction medicine.

2015 - Lisa Chiodo joins as Director of Research, begins building a network of research partners

2016 - AREF begins research studies and submits its first research grant applications. A world class Board of Trustees is built with nationally renowned Addiction Medicine thought leaders. 


Angelo Cruz —

Research Assistant

Angelo is a Public Health graduate of UMass Amherst and worked under Lisa Chiodo as a research assistant on a UMass Stress study before joining the team. His senior year, Angelo had presented a group project named “Opioid Epidemic: Affecting Massachusetts” at the 23rd Annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference.

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Stephen Martin — Advisor

Stephen Martin is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and boarded in both Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine.

Steve’s research interests include primary care, oral health, complex care, addiction medicine, chronic pain, diagnostic error, and health disparities. He is the lead author of publications in the BMJ,JAMA, Lancet, and the American Journal of Public Health.