Our Team

The Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Project (MSACD) began life as the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Screening project in 1981. At that time, the Georgia Legislature had the foresight to establish a program for screening pregnant women for alcohol use in order to identify the extent of the problem in Georgia as well as methods for prevention in this group. In the early 1980's, there was still considerable debate about the extent of this problem and, indeed, about the existence of FAS and other conditions resulting from prenatal exposure to substances of abuse. The FAS Screening project was among the first to work with this problem and was able to establish that alcohol effects could be seen in the newborn infant.

Claire Coles

Director of MSACD

Assistant Professor

Julie Kable


Assistant Professor

Karen Howell


Assistant Professor

Mary Ellen Lynch


Assistant Professor

Elisabeth Taddeo



Sharron Paige-Whitaker















MSACD Emory West

1256 Briarcliff Road

Room-323 West

Atlanta, GA 30306

Phone:(404) 712-9800

FAX: (404) 712-9809


Claire D. Coles:


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