Active Grants

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students
Funding period: 2016–2018
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jessica Cronce
Funded by: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

This pilot study is adapting the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) for use with community college students by using an iterative process of adaptation and development, prototype models and instructions, focus groups, usability testing, and individual interviews. A delivery method will be developed that adapts normative and consequence-related content specific for CC students and provides protective behavioral strategies via text-messages.


Comparing Web, Group, and Telehealth Formats of a Military Parenting Program
Funding period: 2014–2019
Principal Investigator: Dr. David DeGarmo
Funded by: United States Department of Defense
Grant number: W81XWH-14-1-0143

This research is testing e-technology approaches to increase access and portability of a family-based substance use intervention for reintegrated military reserve personnel and their families.


eHealth Coping Skills Training and Coach Support for Women Whose Partner Has a Drinking Problem
Funding period: 2016–2021
Principal Investigators: Drs. Robert G. Rychtarik (SUNY Buffalo) and Brian G. Danaher (PSI)
Co-Investigator: Dr. John R. Seeley (PSI)
Funded by: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Grant number: 1 R01 AA024118-01A1

Estimates suggest that nearly 1 in 20 adult women in the U.S. is married to or living with a partner with an alcohol use disorder (AUD). In this project, we are developing and testing a Web-based version of StopSpinningMyWheels (SSMW), an empirically tested coping skills training program. The project includes an RCT with 450 women with an AUD partner to test the therapeutic benefit of being randomly assigned to one of three conditions: Web SSMW plus coach support calls, Web SSMW without coach support, or a usual Web comparison condition that presents a compilation of free Web information.


Prevention of Substance Use in At-risk Students: A Family-centered Web Program
Funding period: 2015–2020
Principal Investigators: Elizabeth Stormshak
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Grant number: R01 DA037628

This study is examining the hypothesis that a brief, tailored, web-based family-centered intervention provided to families of middle school youths can reduce behavioral risk, enhance parenting skills, and improve family climate and child outcomes.


Psychometric Investigation of Universal Screening for Social-Economical Development in Preschool Using Parent and Teacher Informants
Funding period: 2015–2019
Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Randy Kamphaus
Funded by: Institute of Education Sciences
Grant number: R305A150152

This project is evaluating the psychometric properties of the Behavioral and Emotional Screening System Parenting Rating Scale-Preschool Form (BESS PRS-P), a parent-report screening tool. Parent and teacher data and school records are being used to examine associations between ratings of children's social-behavioral risk and child social and academic outcomes in kindergarten and first grade.


Targeting Neurobiological and Behavioral Mechanisms of Self-Regulation in High-Risk Families
Funding period: 2015–2019
Principal Investigators: Dr. Elizabeth Skowron, Dr. Phil Fisher
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Grant number: R01 DA036533

This clinical trial is testing the effects of Parent–Child Interaction Therapy for maltreating families and identifying biobehavioral pathways to positive change in parenting practices and child outcomes. Participating families are assessed for psychological/physical health, behavior, heart rate, brain activity, and reductions in child abuse/neglect.


Testing the Efficacy of an Ecological Approach to Family Intervention and Treatment During Early Elementary School to Prevent Problem Behavior and Improve Academic Outcomes
Funding period: 2014–2018
Principal Investigator: Dr. Elizabeth Stormshak
Funded by: Institute of Education Sciences
Grant number: R305A140189

This study is evaluating the efficacy of the Family Check-Up during the transition into elementary school by targeting family contextual risks and family management skills; self-regulation, academic learning, and social competence skills; and problem behavior.


Translational Drug Abuse Prevention Center (TDAP)
Funding period: 2013–2018
Principal Investigators: Drs. Philip Fisher, Leslie Leve, David DeGarmo, University of Oregon; Dr. Patricia Chamberlain, Oregon Social Learning Center
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Grant number: 1P50DA035763

To improve outcomes for children and families involved in child welfare systems, targets include mechanisms associated with early life adversity and adolescents’ risky decision making, adolescent girls’ drug use and engagement in HIV-risk behaviors, and fidelity of implementation of extant evidence-based interventions into CWS settings.