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Current Research Projects

  1. Screening and Brief Advice to Reduce Teen Substance Use Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Sept. 2004, R01DA018848
    In this study we will develop and test a screening and brief intervention program that is appropriate for youth at all levels of substance use, and can be easily applied by busy primary care providers.

  2. A Medical Office Intervention for Adolescent Drug Use. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, June 2004, R01DA014553
    In this study we are testing a "brief intervention" for adolescents who have potentially serious levels of drug and alcohol use. Brief motivational interventions have been shown to be effective in reducing alcohol use among adults, but have not been studied extensively in adolescents.

  3. Parental Alcohol Screening in Pediatric Practices Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, May 2004
    The purpose of this study is to assess parents' reactions to being asked questions about alcohol use. It also aims to understand parents' preferences for how their child's clinician should respond if a parent does have an alcohol problem. The study will also determine patterns and level of alcohol use among parents in a variety of pediatric practices.

  4. Implementation of Medical Office Screening for Adolescent Substance Abuse Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, May 2002
    In this study we will identify barriers to universal screening through focus group meetings with providers. We will also integrate screening using the CRAFFT into a research network of primary care practices in New England (NEPSAR), and evaluate any difficulties encountered while implementing such a program. Through the data we collect we will be able to determine the number of positive screens among teens throughout the network sites.

  5. Collaborative Office Rounds Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Oct. 1996
    The Bright Futures Guidelines, developed by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, have challenged pediatricians to become more adept at identifying and treating developmental, behavioral, and psychosocial problems. Pediatricians need additional training in this area and ready access to consultations with child psychiatrists. Community-based and hospital-based pediatric and child psychiatry providers meet monthly as part of the Collaborative Office Rounds, to discuss psychosocial-developmental aspects of child health.

  6. Spirituality and Alcohol Use in Adolescents Funded by The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the Fetzer Institute, May 2002, R21AA13029
    This study examines existing measures of religiosity and spirituality in an adolescent population. It aims to determine which aspects of religiosity and spirituality are associated with lower rates of alcohol use and alcohol disorders among adolescents. The results of this study will help inform medical clinicians, faith community leaders, and families regarding the spiritual beliefs and practices of adolescents. The findings may be able to assist health care clinicians in identifying high-risk youth, and positively reinforcing activities associated with lower risk.

  7. Substance Use and HIV Risk Reduction through Science-Based Drug Abuse Education: A High School Pilot Study Funded by the Aerosmith Endowment Fund, January, 20066
    This study aims to conduct a pilot study of the effects of a new potential strategy for youth substance use prevention - science-based drug education integrated into the high school science curriculum. Specifically, the study will explore how receipt of a science class module entitled "The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction," recently developed by NIH's Office of Science Education (OSE) and the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), affects high school students' substance use knowledge, attitudes, perceived risk of harm, and behavior.

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