Helping Others Live Sober 

The mission of the “Helping Others” Research Project at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child Psychiatry is to improve the quality of life for youth, families, and communities by providing a resource of scientific information, education, and personal experiences on the role of service in addiction recovery. 

Science to date tells us that adults who help others in 12-step programs of recovery double their chances of staying sober. While the disease of addiction often begins in adolescence, we know little about how youths help their peers to stay sober. Our goal is to further dialogue on 12th Step experiences in adolescence by investigating the source: our nation’s children, wherever they may be on their personal journey of recovery. Through scientific inquiry and personal sharing of 12th Step experiences, our research team is uncovering the practical, accessible, and profound ways that children are helping others in recovery.

Together, we are united in the shared goal of Helping Others Live Sober.  For more information on this project, the research, and the team members, visit the website

Contact | (216)-844-2767 
Location | W. O. Walker Building 1st floor
Current Study | Helping Others Live Sober

Maria Pagano, Ph.D.

Principle Investigator, Associate Professor of Psychiatry
BA Child Development,  BA Art History Tufts University
Ed.M.  Human Development and Psychology Harvard University
Ph.D. Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University, 

M. E. Pagano Research Publications 2014-2016

Advisors and Administrators

Jacqui Lingler, B.S.

Project Coordinator

Linda Marsh


Alicia Murphy

Christopher Maher

Joseph Tonich