Current Research Projects

Computer Adaptation of Screening, Brief MET Intervention to Reduce Teen Drinking Funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 2014-2017. Goal: to conduct a NIH Behavioral and Integrative Treatment Development Program Stage 1 pilot study evaluating feasibility, acceptability, and estimating the effect size of a new computerized Motivational Enhancement Therapy (cMET) intervention for alcohol-involved adolescent primary care patients.

Consequences of Adolescent Alcohol Use on Brain Development Funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 2015. Goal: This longitudinal study of adolescents during the critical period of brain development that overlaps with the onset of alcohol use will help elucidate milestones of healthy adolescent brain development and identify neurobiological markers associated with the consequences of initiation and course of alcohol use.

Computerized Alcohol Screening for Children and Adolescents (cASCA) in Primary Care Funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 2013-2017. Goal: to develop and test a new computer-facilitated system for screening 9 to 18 year-old patients in busy pediatric offices that implements the recently published NIAAA guide for clinicians titled, "Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Guide for Youth".