Completed Research Projects

Adolescent Marijuana SBIRT Study Protocol Development Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Florida Node Alliance of Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network (NIDA-CTN), 2014. Goal: To develop and implement a national primary care-based trial of adolescent Screening and Brief Intervention, targeting marijuana use among 12 to 17 year-old primary care patients.

Dental and Medical Office iMET to Reduce Teen Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Use Funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), 2009-2012. Goal: to develop an internet-based interactive Motivational Enhancement Therapy (i iMET) program for adolescents that targets tobacco, alcohol, and drug use.

Training Residents in Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services Administration (SAMHSA), 2008-2013. Goal: to design, implement, test and disseminate a new curriculum for pediatric residents on adolescent substance use SBIRT and medical management strategies for substance-related problems (laboratory testing for drugs, treatment of substance abuse and chronic pain).

International Research Collaboration on Drug Addiction Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 2006-2010. Goal: to measure the criterion validity of a Czech-language translation of the CRAFFT screening test and to measure the effect of a Czech-language use among adolescents coming for routine care to a practice-based research network of pediatric practices in the greater Prague area.

Screening and Brief Advice to Reduce Teen Substance Use Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 2004-2010. Goal: to measure the effect of a computerized screening/physician brief advice intervention on alcohol and drug use among adolescents coming for routine care in a practice-based research network of primary care medical practices in MA, NH, and VT.

Medical Office Intervention for Adolescent Substance Abuse Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 2004-2010. Goal: to estimate the effect-size and identify significant moderators and mediators of a new brief MET Intervention in an adolescent substance abuse/dependence outpatient treatment sample, and to identify characteristics of optimal responders.

Substance Use and HIV Risk Reduction through Science-Based Drug Abuse Education: A High School Pilot Study Funded by the Aerosmith Endowment Fund, 2006-2007. Goal: To evaluate how receipt of science-based drug abuse education through a science class unit entitled "The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction", affects high school students' substance use knowledge, attitudes, perceived risk of harm, and behavior.

Research Supplement for Underrepresented Minorities Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 2006-2007. Goal: to measure the association between attention and impulsivity scores from the Connors Continuous Performance Test and psychoactive substance use in an adolescent substance abuse/dependence outpatient treatment sample.

Implementation of Medical Office Screening for Adolescent Substance Abuse Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2002-2005. Goal: to assess the prevalence of positive substance use screens, estimate the prevalence of substance use disorders, and assess preferences for substance use screening methods, among adolescents coming for routine care to a research network of practices.

A National Survey of Physicians' Adolescent Drug Testing Practices Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), 2003-2004. Goal: to assess the knowledge, attitudes and practices of pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and family practice primary care providers regarding laboratory testing of adolescents for drugs of abuse.

Risks and Benefits of Home Drug Testing Policies for Adolescents Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), 2001-2003. Goal: to assess the potential risks/benefits, claims of accuracy, and instructions of products marketed via the Internet to parents for laboratory testing of adolescents for drugs of abuse.

Spirituality and Alcohol Use in Adolescents Funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and the Fetzer Foundation, 2000-2003.Goal: to measure the psychometric properties of the Brief Multidimensional Measure of Religiousness/Spirituality (BMMRS) among adolescent medical patients and to assess the relationship between BMMRS constructs and adolescents' use of alcohol and drugs.

Identifying Adolescent Alcohol Use in the Medical Office Funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 1999-2002. Goal: to refine and validate a brief screening test for adolescent substance use that can be used by health care professionals in the medical office setting. It led to the development of a short tool known by a mnemonic, CRAFFT, based on the first letter of key words in the 6 easy-to-remember questions.

Managing Adolescent Substance Abuse Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 1999-2002.
Goal: to develop a theory-based approach, therapist manual and training protocol, and to determine the feasibility of a new brief Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) Intervention for adolescent substance abuse.

The Evaluation of a New Alcohol Policy for MA State Colleges Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), 1999-2001. Goal: to investigate and evaluate the process and outcomes of implementing a new alcohol policy at 11 Massachusetts state public colleges and universities.

The Reaction to a Policy Banning Alcohol on Massachusetts State College Campuses Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), 1998-1999. Goal: to assess the opinions and behaviors of college presidents, deans of students, campus security chiefs, and students in the year following implementation of a new policy placing greater restrictions on alcohol consumption in a statewide system of colleges and universities in MA.