Awards

2016

Screening Assessment and Resources (2016)  NIDA (N44 DA-16-5580)

The goal of this study is to further develop the Screening and Assessment Resources Phase I product, a comprehensive system designed to facilitate the automated delivery of substance use risk screening, assessment, and referral services. The system will be evaluated in a randomized controlled trial to compare outcomes between the intervention group patients and patients receiving usual customary care.

Computerizing NIAAA’s Best Practices for Youth Screening and Brief Intervention
NIAAA (1R41 AA024354-01A1)

This project seeks to translate key elements in the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)’s Practitioner’s Guide for pediatric alcohol misuse to a computerized web- and mobile-compatible format. A computerized version of this Guide could dramatically enhance its practical utility for clinicians, thereby increasing the number of youth who receive high-quality alcohol screening and appropriate intervention.

2015

Avatar Assisted Therapy for Probationers and Parolees with Substance Use Disorders
NIMHD (1R41 MD009540-01)

The primary aim of this project is to develop an Avatar Assisted Therapy (AAT) platform for probationers/parolees with substance use disorders who are in need of outpatient substance abuse treatment. AAT uses the Internet to enable clinicians and clients in substance abuse treatment programs to interact in group sessions from separate and remote locations in real-time through the use of avatars (i.e., digital self-representations).

Continuing Care App for Probationers and Parolees with Substance Use Disorders
NIMHD (1R41 MD008848-01)

The primary aim of this project is to develop a continuing care mobile application for probationers and parolees completing outpatient substance abuse treatment who are at high risk of substance abuse relapse, HIV related risk factors, and re-arrest and re-incarceration.

Mobile Mindfulness Based Smoking Cessation
NCI (1R43 CA195849-01)

The primary aim of this project is to develop a mindfulness-based smoking cessation program delivered to smokers on their smartphone devices (Android/iPhone). This program is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program tailored for smoking cessation.

2014

Screening Assessment and Resources
NIDA (N43 DA145580)

The primary aim of this project was to design, develop, and evaluate a substance use and related risk behaviors screening and assessment system for providers and patients in healthcare service settings. This system included web-based delivery of substance use risk assessments to patients and web-based delivery of the collected assessment data reports for providers based on this data.

A Daily Client Check-In System for Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
NIDA (1R41 DA036949-01)

The primary aim of this project was to develop a phone-based interactive voice response system designed to obtain client report information between weekly substance abuse treatment sessions regarding mood, cravings, substance use, and involvement in recovery support activities. The system was designed to generate a brief, one-page weekly summary report to assist clinicians in assessing client needs and tailoring treatment services.

2013

Mobile App Targeting Meth Use, HIV Sex Risks, & ART Adherence for Gay/Bisexual Men
NIDA (1R41 DA036438-01)

The primary aim of this project was to conduct formative work to assist in the development of a culturally competent and consumer responsive computerized app for gay/bisexual methamphetamine-using men. This app was designed to reduce methamphetamine use and HIV sexual risk behaviors and to increase antiretroviral therapy (ART) medication adherence.

MedCheck – Medication Adherence System
NIDA (N43 DA132238)

The primary aim of this project was to develop and evaluate a comprehensive and interactive medication adherence support system for patients and their providers. This system included a web- and mobile-based support system that integrated content delivery and real-time data collection to motivate patients to adhere to their medication treatment plans. Moreover, the system was designed to facilitate ongoing monitoring and communication between patients and providers in-between office visits.